FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO, ON – May 28, 2018– The Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) today announced the 2018 finalists for its fifth annual LGBT+ Supplier Diversity Awards, sponsored by Kellogg Company.  These awards recognize the efforts and participation of both individuals and businesses which champion LGBT+ supplier diversity in Canadian corporate procurement.

CGLCC’s LGBT+ supplier diversity program is supported by over 18 leading Canadian corporations, demonstrating how inclusive procurement practices are bolstering the economic empowerment of Canada’s estimated 140,000 LGBT+ owned-businesses.

“The Program Ambassador of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of an individual, group, organization or corporation in raising awareness and support of the LGBT+ Supplier Diversity Program in Canada,” says Darrell Schuurman, co-founder and CEO, CGLCC. “The Supplier of the Year Award recognizes the participation, efforts and success of a CGLCC-certified LGBT Business,” added Bruce McDonald, co-founder and Board Chair, CGLCC.

Awards will be presented to winners at a luncheon during the LGBT+ Global Business Summit and Supplier Diversity Forum, Presented by TD Bank on Tuesday, June 5 at 12:20 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Downtown Toronto.

LGBT+ Supplier Diversity Awards Finalists, Sponsored by Kellogg Company 
The Supplier Diversity Ambassador of the Year Finalists

  • Lori Benson, Procurement Compliance, L&D, Enablement and Knowledge Lead – EY
  • Catherine Grosz, Manager, Supplier Diversity – BMO
  • Kiruba Sankar, Director-CSR, Global Procurement – RBC Royal Bank

The Supplier of the Year Award Finalists

About the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Established in 2003, the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) is a national, non-profit industry association. The CGLCC is committed to forming a broad-based coalition, representative of the various interests of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified, Queer, Two-Spirited and Intersex (LGBT+) owned businesses, allied businesses, corporations, professionals, and students of business for the purpose of promoting economic growth and prosperity, through public and private sector advocacy and engagement, to advance the common business interests and opportunities of its members and stakeholders.

For media inquiries:
John Bowes
jb@jbpr.ca/ 416-529-5775

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