TSA Forum: Supplier Diversity - TSA

TSA Forum: Supplier Diversity

Supplier Diversity is an approach to procurement that increases access to business opportunities for companies owned by members of underrepresented identity groups. 

Though the Canadian construction industry’s approach to supplier diversity is behind that of the United States, it is experiencing shifts as large corporations, municipalities, and institutions better understand the benefits of diversifying their supply chains.

In Canada, there are certifying organizations for businesses owned by persons identifying as 2SLGBTQIA+, racialized, disabled, indigenous, or women. These organizations provide assurance that those benefiting from supplier diversity programs are eligible. They also support business education, networking, and opportunity for their respective members and communities. 

Join us on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, for this virtual lecture with an incredible lineup of speakers that support and promote supplier diversity in the AEC industry. Through short presentations, as well as a panel discussion with an audience Q&A, this session will offer a range of information and perspectives to help procurement professionals and businesses owned by equity-deserving groups understand supplier diversity and its ecosystem, benefits and considerations. Overall, participants will learn what companies may expect as this approach moves from nice-to-do to more formally required. 


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what Supplier Diversity strategies are and why they are necessary.
  • Identify the business benefits of supplier diversity, both to large procurers and to minority-owned businesses.
  • Learn what Canadian companies in the construction industry, and those that procure their services, are doing to establish inclusive procurement practices.



TSA MEMBERS: This event is free for TSA Members using the discount code found in our Bulletin! Not a member yet? Membership is open to everyone and you can join here (student memberships are free!).

OAA MEMBERS: This lecture is eligible for 1.5 OAA Structured Learning Hours. When registering, please include your full name as registered with the OAA to ensure your certificate of participation is credited properly. Please also include an email address you check frequently to ensure you receive our certificate in a timely manner.

TSA PRIDE 2023: This technical lecture forms part of the TSA’s 2023 Pride Programming, a series of events—both virtual and in-person—exploring questions of diversity and inclusion within the built environment and industry.

Register Here

When Tuesday, May 30, 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST

Where Online via Zoom

Cost $15+HST General Admission, Free for TSA Members using code in the TSA Bulletin.


Russell Pollard
Principal, Founder
Framework Leadership (Certified Diverse Supplier); Pride Talks
Cassandra Dorrington
Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)
Geoff Capelle
Project Development & Collaborative Delivery, Bird Construction
Nicole Monaco
Director, Marketing and Communication, Board Director
Chandos Construction, Canada’s LGTBQ+ Chamber of Commerce