Procurecon Canada 2019

09 - 10 April, 2019

Intercontinental Toronto Centre, Toronto, ON

Contact Us: 1.888.482.6012


CPO’s & Heads of Procurement

Wael Safwat
Head of Procurement - North America, Chairman of CIPS Canada
Black & McDonald
Wael is a UK global chartered procurement and supply chain fellow, who led and delivered award-winning procurement transformation programs and global SAP/Ariba implementations.

He had a distinguished career over the past 22 years, holding various senior roles as a Head of Procurement for some of the global fortune 500 companies back in the UK, Asia-Pacific, North Africa and the Middle East. He got solid expertise in both direct and indirect spend categories with transferable skills across a number of industries including; Oil & Gas, Retail, Real Estate, and Properties Management.

Change management expert who effectively engage stakeholders, and build high performing teams while implementing leading practices. He is passionate about develop people while driving value creation to enhance organizations’ competitiveness

Wael was recognized for his global dedication and contribution to Procurement, Supply Chain profession. He is a key contributor to the establishment and growth of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), UK across various countries. He represented the CIPS institution in the capacity of Chair of Canada Branch. He also joined Supply Chain Management Association Ontario (SCMAO) Board of Directors in 2015 and chaired the awards committee. In 2016 he received SCMAO Board of Directors Leadership Award for promoting Procurement & Chain across Canada.

Wael is the 1st Chartered Fellow Procurement & Supply Chain in North America and the 7th globally. Also he is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in the UK and a Fellow of the Institution of Leadership and Management (ILM) in England. He holds a MBA with distinction while being Certified Project Management In addition to various procurement designations including CSCMP (Canada) and CPSM (ISM-USA)

Senior lecturer for procurement and supply chain and also a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and industry forums, including executives and CPOs roundtables .Wael released a number of publications in the UK, Africa , Middle East and North America.

Jay Sklar
Chief Procurement & Real Estate Officer
HUB International
Jay Sklar is the Chief Procurement & Real Estate Officer for HUB International Limited, where he oversees the firm’s North American footprint.  He is responsible for implementing a long-term procurement program to leverage HUB’s buying power across a historically decentralized organization that has grown rapidly via acquisitions, while simultaneously driving efficiencies within HUB’s leased office portfolio.

Jay brings more than 20 years of experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, supplier diversity, and real estate from prior roles at Orbitz, Aon, BankOne (now JPMorgan Chase), Waste Management, and A.T.Kearney.

Jay earned his BA from Northwestern University, and his MBA from Kellogg / Northwestern University.

Manny Satija
Head of Global Procurement
CSA Group

Manny Satija was appointed Global Director, Strategic Sourcing at CSA Group on November 14th 2016. As the Head of Procurement for CSA Group, Mr. Satija is focused on building a globally integrated procurement organization with responsibility for sourcing activity across 14 Countries in 37 cities covering North America, Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining CSA Group, Manny spent 14 years with IBM in various procurement leadership and global transformational roles. His sourcing experience centers around indirect procurement and outsourcing. In addition, he has proven experience leading on-site and remote teams delivering sourcing savings, supplier governance and transformation for clients. Manny’s experience in procurement transformation is focused on spend analytics, technology, contract governance, alignment of sourcing strategies, stakeholder assessment and implementation of operational efficiencies. Prior to working for IBM, Manny spend a few years gaining experience in the Financial Services Industry working for RBC Financial Group.

Manny holds a MBA and BBA from the Schulich School of Business(York University), and has participated in an International study abroad program with the University of Bath in England.

Vitold Horodecki
Americas CPO Group Procurement
Capgemini Canada

Vitold is the Capgemini Americas Chief Procurement Officer, responsible for all categories: IT and Telco, External Resources, Training, Professional services, Travel and meetings. Previously, Vitold was the Capgemini Travel Director hosted within the Global Procurement organization. Before, amongst other roles at HP, he has managed the worldwide hotel and card programs. In 1999, he joined HP in Belgium, working for the Finance department after his national service at the French Embassy in Rome. Vitold has a true passion for innovation and for the sustainable growth topics. Vitold holds a master degree in Applied Economics, with a major in Banking and Finance, and a master degree in Economics Modeling. He is based in Montreal.

Jonathan Rosemberg
Vice President, Strategic Sourcing & Profit Improvement
Indigo Books & Music Inc.

Before joining Indigo, Jonathan Rosemberg spent time at Walmart Canada spearheading several key transformational projects, like the creation of the Walmart Media Group and interchange fee negotiation. Jon also spent 4 years at Sears Canada leading cost optimization turn-around efforts, including several business process outsourcing projects. Prior to that, he resided in Venezuela, where he worked with Procter & Gamble, led operations for Confecciones Paramount, a menswear manufacturer, and started a marketing consulting business servicing large consumer packaged goods and telecom clients, like Diageo and Movistar. Jon has an MBA from Cornell University, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University and a post-graduate degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Munish Dhanker
Head of Global Sourcing and Contract Management
Open Text
Munish Dhanker is the Director of Category Management for Corporate & Professional Services, Travel and Marketing at OpenText, the leading Canadian software products company. With over 15 years of experience in IT, Telecom and Consulting organizations, he is currently spearheading a Procurement Transformation initiative to establish a results driven Strategic sourcing and Category Management organization. Additionally, he is leading the implementation of a Global Contingent Workforce program.
He is a returning speaker at ProcureCon Canada and is passionate about elevating the role of Sourcing and Procurement to a strategic business partner that delivers real value to the organization.

Sebastien Brunel
Procurement SVP North & Central America
Accor Hotels
Jeff Van Geel
Strategic Sourcing Manager for Canada
Jeff van Geel, sourcing manager, joined 3M Canada in 2005. He began his 3M career as a print consultant as part of a six sigma black belt project. He became sourcing manager in 2006 and is responsible for overseeing procurement, accounts payable and package engineering for the entire 3M Canada supply chain.  
Prior to 3M, van Geel worked for 15 years in IT for Canada Trust.
Van Geel graduated with a Master of Science degree, majoring in information technology, from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.  He lives with his wife, Sylvie in London, Ontario and enjoys mountain biking, squash and volunteering.
Lori Benson
Global Procurement Operations - Procurement Compliance, L&D, Engagement and Knowledge Lead - Business Enablement
Ernst & Young

Lori's career experience is focused as a practitioner in supply chain services. Lori studied as a part time student and successfully earned the SCMP (Supply Chain Management Professional) designation in 1994 and the CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) in 2011. Passionately active in supply chain she supports dynamic and sustainable education programs and networking opportunities for the supply chain practice. She is focused on implementing innovative and compelling vendor management, global category and supplier diversity strategies. With a strong network of practitioners Lori advocates growth and improved marketplace knowledge for supplier diversity initiatives and actualizing opportunities.

Bill Michalopulos
General Manager – Procurement
Canada Post Corporation

Bill is the General Manager of Sourcing Management and is also the Process Owner for the Procurement to Pay process for Canada Post Corporation (CPC); Canada’s mail and courier delivery service. 

At CPC, Bill has corporate oversight for over $2 billion of annual spend not including major capital project procurents. He has held a variety of senior positions at CPC including the responsibilities of Senior Lead Project Manager for the introduction and delivery of the e-procurement and automated expense models to 6,000 CPC users and the transformation and integration of the Procurement and Payable functions into a single process.

He has over 20 years experience in procurement with an emphasis on strategic sourcing, reengineering of the supply process, change management and process management.

During the last five years, Bill has generated the procurement strategy and the related execution approach for some of Canada’s largest value and most complex procurements, including: the construction of two new CPC plants, the purchase of the new generation plant mail sorting and parcel equipment, and the acquisition of the Integrated Real Estate Services. Bill’s team has delivered significant bottom line savings while reducing the overall headcount of the Procurement to Pay function. 

Bill holds B.A and B. Commerce (Hons) degrees from the University of Manitoba and Procurement Management Certification from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Bill has worked for a diverse range of companies including the: United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Digital Equipment of Canada(DEC), Supply and Services Canada and the T.D Bank.

Stéfane Belleau
Executive Director Strategic Supply Management

Stefane Belleau is Executive Director Strategic Supply Management for CBC, he holds the SCMP designation and is an MBA from HEC. His responsibilities include contract and procurement activities for the CBC, including fleet and travel management.

His career includes procurement and supply chain and operations responsibilities, including contract, capital budgets, fleet and real-estate management, and achievements in the telecommunication, financial and manufacturing sectors. He has held management positions for the last 17 years, at Teleglobe, Cogeco Cable, Intact, Laurentian Bank and currently with CBC.

He has occupied several positions as a volunteer within PMAC, at district and national.

Jack Bradley
Vice President, Supply Chain
Jack Bradley, B.A, CCLP, P.MM is the Vice President, Supply Chain for Strongco Corporation. Strongco is a major multiline mobile equipment dealer with 27 branch operations across Canada.

As a member of the Strongco Corporation leadership team Jack’s goals are to develop an organized, strategic approach to purchasing, logistics, inventory and fleet management through better processes, accountability and disciplines.

Previously Jack worked in senior logistics and supply chain management positions with a number of large Canadian corporations in the manufacturing, infrastructure and construction sectors. He was also President and Partner in a supply chain consulting firm and has significant multi-modal, international transportation procurement experience across a number of industries.

Jack has provided course development support for industry-leading CITT program and has written and appeared in dozens of leading trade magazines. He has also provided course facilitation for the CITT and PMAC and served on the Executive Board of Directors for SCL Canada. Jack is a previous winner of the CITT Award of Excellence. This award recognizes members for their deep industry experience, professional integrity, and involvement in CITT.

Kyle Brown
Director, Continuous Improvement & Rapid Procurement Solutions –Procurement, CFO Portfolio
ATB Financial
As a Director within the Procurement department at ATB Financial, Kyle is responsible for continuous improvement projects and the rapid procurements team. This year, his prioritizes are focused on stabilizing processes within our new operating model, and automating processes with Google Scripts and robot process automation. If you are not familiar with ATB Financial, it is Alberta’s largest financial institution, and has about $550 million in annual addressable spend.
John Castelhano
AVP, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement North America
Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS)

John Castelhano is a charismatic, passionate and collaborative procurement professional with over 25 years of global sourcing and supply chain management experience across a number of different industries: wholesale, retail, custom manufacturing, project management and real estate services. John has had the tremendous great fortune of travelling extensively across the globe during his career and built strong sourcing teams in NA, Asia and Europe committed to driving lasting savings programs, increase value and accelerating speed to market. John is a recently certified Change Management Practitioner from Prosci, has a deep understanding and of the Lean, CI (Continuous Improvement), Six Sigma tool kits.

His focus over the past 6 years has been with BGIS in the real estate services category providing leadership to a team of over 80 procurement professionals. In 2013 ,the BGIS procurement team launched a Sourcing Transformation initiative to improve their sourcing operations, vendor management and overall procurement as a service value proposition. The team is highly engaged and are aligned to the vision of being the most effective global sourcing team in the corporate real estate industry.

Raffaele Pasceri
Snr. Strategic Sourcing Manager
Ericsson Canada

Other C-Levels/VPs

Farukh Javed
Executive Vice President & Chief Digital Officer
CSA Group

Farukh Javed was appointed Vice President, Chief Information Officer at CSA Group on August 8, 2016. As CIO at CSA Group, Mr. Javed will focus on transforming the current technological landscape to deliver a higher level of operational effectiveness, service delivery performance and overall customer experience.

Mr. Javed has more than 15 years of experience in leading business transformations enabled by technology. Most recently he was the Canada CIO at GlaxoSmithKline Inc. leading the startup of an engagement platform designed to encourage scientific debate for improving better patient health outcomes. Prior to his assignment at GSK, Farukh Javed was at Procter & Gamble Inc. delivering strategic initiatives across 80 markets worldwide. These included developing shared services, enabling mergers and acquisitions, entering emerging markets, monetizing intellectual property and leading innovation. Mr. Javed started his career programming financial systems as an Intern Analyst at IBM Canada Ltd.

Mr. Javed graduated from McMaster University with a B. Eng. in Engineering Physics and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Nicolas Heldmann
SVP of Digital Business Services

VP’s, Directors & Managers

Marnie Banting
DVP, Vendor Relations & Procurement
Holt Renfrew
Kiruba Sankar
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility - Global Procurement
Royal Bank of Canada

As a Global Leader for Corporate Social Responsibility at RBC Procurement, Kiruba is responsible for the strategy development and execution of Supplier Diversity Program for Global Procurement. To enable program success Kiruba works collaboratively with various procurement category managers to support supplier diversity program goal. He acts as CSR advocate with in RBC procurement and to external stakeholders & suppliers.

Prior to his current role, he was Director, Procurement responsible for IT Professional Service Category supporting Technology & Operations across all business units of RBC. 

Before joining RBC, Kiruba was managing the systems and server product distribution through reseller channels for Tech Data Canada.  Prior to immigrating to Canada, as a general manager, he introduced Emachine Systems in the Dubai market.  He was also a regional manager of Middle East operations for Taiwan’s largest systems manufacturer, First International Computers.  And he set up MegaPlus International, a systems integrator company in Dubai and Sydney, Australia.

Kiruba has been honoured with Procurement Business Advocate of the Year Award in 2017 by CAMSC and Corporate Leader by WBE Canada in recognition of his outstanding leadership in implementing Supplier Diversity in Canada.

Azam Dawood
Head of Technology Procurement
BMO Financial Group

Azam Dawood is the Head of Technology Procurement for the BMO Financial Group and has been in the procurement space in North America for over 15 years.  Having built Strategic Sourcing organizations at multiple large institutions and also having negotiated over 150 procurement, outsourcing and M&A agreements, Azam is well versed in the opportunities and challenges facing the procurement world today.  His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Outsource Magazine and the Huffington Post.  Azam holds a Chemistry and Chemical Engineering degree from McGill University and an MBA in strategy from Warwick Business School. 

Dimitrios Manolopoulos
Senior Director, Strategic & IT Sourcing
National Bank of Canada

Dimitrios is a Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing & IT at The National Bank of Canada with over 15 years in the telecom, banking and financial services industries. He is an effective change agent in building and executing blue prints to centralize and transform procurement towards value creation organizations. Dimitrios holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University. He also has a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors where he is a board member for a Not For Profit organization assisting the community and underprivileged.

Michelle Albanese
Manager, Responsible Sourcing and Supplier Diversity
TD Bank Group

Michelle Albanese currently leads TD's Responsible Sourcing and Supplier Diversity programs as part of TD's Ready Commitment.   In this role, Ms. Albanese is responsible for implementing TD’s Responsible Sourcing program which assesses and engages suppliers to adopt best practices for social, ethical and environmental corporate responsibility including carbon emissions reduction.  Ms. Albanese is also responsible for leading TD's Supplier Diversity program which encourages the inclusion of diverse-owned suppliers to support TD's Canadian and US operations.  Before working at TD, her previous experience includes working in the consulting, non-profit and government sectors.  Ms. Albanese is on the Board of Directors of WBE Canada which supports women entrepreneurs and has over 22 years of experience in the environmental and sustainability fields; a Master of Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.

Paul Tilley
Director, Strategic Sourcing Network & Consumer Technologies
Shaw Communications

Paul heads Shaw Communications Strategic Sourcing Team responsible for networks, satellite and business infrastructure. He has an extensive background in international negotiation, vendor management, supply chain auditing and change management. His current focus is the development of high performance teams centered on strong stakeholder engagement and maximizing value to the organization.

Jeff Russell
Director, Procurement – Carbon
Samuel, Son & Co.

Jeff Russell is in his 14th year as the Director of Procurement for Crane Supply – a Canadian national wholesaler/distributor of pipes, valves and fittings. He has 21 years’ experience in Procurement/Supply Chain Management, having previously worked with such companies as Honeywell ES&S (Aerospace), Pratt & Whitney Canada, ABC Group of Companies (Tier 1 Automotive) and NPB-Melville Software (now Tyco Healthcare). He currently holds professional designations with Supply Chain Management Association of Canada, the Institute of Supply Management in the United States, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management; holds two University degrees from Carleton University, and an Accounting Diploma from Algonquin College. In his currently role, he oversees a direct material spend of $145M and all supply chain initiatives, global sourcing initiatives, and logistics and Canada Customs for all in-bound material. Personally, he currently resides in Toronto with his wife Naomi and their two children, enjoys playing hockey in the winter, golfing in the summer, boating around the Toronto harbor front and the when the opportunity strikes itself, the martial art judo.

Carmen Pecican
Senior Project Manager, Procurement Strategy & Innovation (PSI), Network & Supply Transformation
Inwha Huh
Executive Vice President & Global Head of Structured Trade Solutions
HSBC Bank Canada

Inwha Huh is the Global Head of Structured Trade Solutions, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, focused on supply chain and working capital solutions for global corporate clients, based in Hong Kong  

Inwha was previously the Regional Head of Global Trade & Receivables Finance, North America at HSBC.  She has 20+ years of experience in various leadership roles across global trade, working capital solutions and syndicated loan markets, at GE, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan in the US, UK and Asia.

She is passionate about supporting women, children, and developing future leaders. She is a sponsor of HSBC Millenials group, Women for Women International, Save the Children, Junior Achievement, Trade Advisory Council of US Dept of Commerce, and is the executive sponsor of Asian Pacific Islander forum at HSBC. 

Inwha holds a MBA, International Finance from American University, attended Clark University & Columbia University School of International Public Affairs.  

Ankur Thakur
Manager of Strategic Procurement
JamesWay Incubator Company Inc

Ankur Thakur is an accomplished Senior Business Management and Operations Leader, with extensive global experience and successful track record in Strategic Supply Chain/ Strategic Sourcing/Procurement excellence, Operations and Program Management (PMP certified).

He is specialized in identifying and executing cost reductions opportunities (Includes creating and leading cost reduction task forces), within quantified/ measurable timeline. Prior working experience in Process/Manufacturing Engineering, Business Development and Program/ Portfolio Management, has enhanced his knowledge of each and every aspect of the cost elements and respective attributors, thus facilitating effective and successful business negotiations & cost reductions throughout his career.

His expertise also includes planning, creation, execution and management of Corporate Supply Chain, Global Procurement and Strategic Sourcing Strategies.

He is highly experienced in working as global key interface in both Vendor/Supplier Management (at Tier1 ODM, OEM, EMS and System Integrators), Customer Relationship Management, managing C+ level business relationship as well negotiating high value contracts, directly with the key decision makers. Ankur is highly experienced in managing and executing supplier compression /consolidation including identifying global footprint, supplier assessment, executing RFXs, cost effective /complex project tech transfers, analysis and execution of sourcing/reverse sourcing, New Product Introduction, inventory management, Supply and Demand Planning, Reverse Logistics, 3PL, Forecasting improvement, Transportation and Warehousing (hub).

He is fully fluent in Spanish (as a result of having lived and worked in Guadalajara, Mexico for many years) and also has the privilege to work with multiple cultures by managing cross regional Global Supply and Customer base including (i.e., Far East, Europe, Asia, North and Latin America).

Ankur is looking forward to attend ProcureCon Canada 2018 and meet wonderful and talented people at the conference.

Sheraz Kashif
Sr. Director Strategic Sourcing
Kevin Riddell
Director, Trade and Regulatory Compliance
Tremco Incorporated

Kevin Riddell is the Director, Trade and Regulatory Compliance for Tremco, where he has worked for over 24 years. The Tremco Group is a leading manufacturer of construction and waterproofing products, based in Ohio, with a large presence in Canada and other countries. While living in Canada, his duties take him to Tremco locations globally. Mr. Riddell is responsible for international trade compliance, including customs compliance. Kevin has co-written the 2-part book “Practical Guide to SAP GTS”, in addition to speaking at numerous industry events, and an active member of the global trade compliance community.

Adina Man
Sourcing Director, Ingredients and Packaging
Maple Leaf Foods
Sanja Cancar-Todorovic
Director – Vendor Management, BPO Outsourcing & Site Strategy

Sanja Cancar-Todorovic is a Director – BPO Outsourcing and Vendor Management at TELUS. Over the last 17 years of her career in the telecommunications industry, Sanja had exposure to a number of different roles. Since 2008, she has been leading different Procurement and Vendor Management strategies, from IT Professional, Managed and Infrastructure Services, to Broadcasting Media Content, M2M, Corporate Real-estate, Visual Media, and Mobile Handsets & Accessories.

In her current role Sanja manages the integrated BPO and ITO solutions, with different third-party service providers. She is responsible for Contact Centre Outsourcing, Vendor Management, site strategy, geo-centric resourcing strategy, negotiating full range of commercial contracts, leading operationalization of overall vendor governance and contractual compliance.

George Chatzivasileiou
Supply Chain Director
Earth’s Own Food Company Inc.

George is the Supply Chain Director for Earth’s Own and Happy Planet. Earth's Own, a founding member of Plant-Based Foods of Canada, is a pioneering healthy food & beverage company. Happy Planet is Canada’s leading all natural food and juice company.

George’s accountability includes, strategic sourcing and procurement for direct spend, demand planning, distribution and logistics, including Customer Service with exposure to manufacturing. George is a strategic, agile, and results oriented operations leader with several years of experience in Food & Beverage sector within Fast Moving Consumer Goods. He holds a diverse expertise gained in unique organizational structures and multicultural environments including the Hellenic Air Force and Windset Farms, one of North America’s largest sustainable suppliers of naturally grown produce, where he developed and deployed an MRO spend requisition system.

Born in Greece, George holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Science in Shipping, Trade & Transport from the University of the Aegean. George has engaged as an instructor in inventory and supply chain at British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is based in the Greater Vancouver Area. 

Howard Cheng
Procurement Category Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions
Sergio Frias
VP of Contracts
Sergio Frias is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience . Sergio started his Supply Chain career in the Construction industry followed by a brief period on the Tobacco industry before his debut in the Aerospace industry, where he experienced a fast growth to eventually become the Head of Procurement for aircraft programs. He then grew to become the leader of the Spare Parts business at Embraer and later on, began his career in the Contracts organization for the sale of Aircraft and Services for Business and Commercial aircraft market, first in Brazil and currently in Canada, with Bombardier. 

With vast experience in Suppliers and Customers Management, Sergio accumulated plenty of experience with the development and improvement of partnerships with such Suppliers and Customers. Sergio's business acumen, coupled with his experience in operations, logistics and Customer Services, permitted the understanding of the importance of Supply Chain Integration and healthy partnerships in multiple fronts of the business to enable profitable growth.

Mahmoud Aablue
Strategic Sourcing & Category Manager - Network
Freedom Mobile, a Shaw Communications Company
Mahmoud Aablue is a professional in procurement of Telco industry with more than 10 years of experience managing complex procurements for IT, Access network, Core network, Backbone including HW, SW, License, and Professional Services.
Currently, he is employed as a “Sr. Technology & Technical Procurement Expert” with Wind Mobile to manage strategic sourcing, Negotiation, vendor relationship and contracts for IT, Access, Core and backbone of LTE network. 
Last year, he managed procurement of 10 major Projects for IT and network with $ value from $1M to $255 Million. It was including developing RFP, executing Tender, Negotiating with short-listed vendors and Contracting with winner.
His previous roles were PMO Director, VP Procurement, VP Sales & Marketing, Program Manager, Director of Product Development, Manager of R&D and Senior Design Engineer

Pratima Lad
Purchasing Manager – Canada
General Mills

Industry Professionals

Zdravko Dimitrov
Sourcing Manager
(formerly with Scotiabank and Loblaws)

Kathy Cheng
President and Founder
Redwood Classics

Kathy Cheng is President of WS & Co., one of Canada's leading full-service apparel manufacturers, and the founder of its in-stock promotional apparel line, Redwood Classics Apparel. In addition to producing past Olympic apparel programs, Cheng’s high-quality apparel can be found at upscale, internationally renowned retailers across North America. With a growing presence in Japan and Europe, WS & Co. has combated offshore competition, putting Canada on the map as a leading destination for premium apparel manufacturing. A longtime champion of North American manufacturing, in 2016 Cheng received two honours that recognized and celebrated this fact: she was selected as a Supplier Woman of Distinction by the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) and named to the MBE’s Who Rock list by Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine. The recipient of CAMSC’s 2015 Supplier of the year award, Cheng was also one of three Canadians inducted into the 2014 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program. In 2013, she was named as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winners. Finally, Cheng focuses on paying it forward to the next generation of Canadian designers with her role as a mentor and member of the Board of Directors for Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI).

Cheryl Appleton
VP & General Manager
Gallimore Products

Cheryl has more than 20 years of procurement experience leading large multi-national companies, and is also the Founder of Canadian Women In Food, a national association supporting female food entrepreneurs.

Cheryl has been a Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) since 2001, and has served on executive boards such as The Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) in 2012 – 2014.  Named in 2016 by The Huffington Post as one of “10 Women Changing the Canadian Food Industry”, Cheryl has been a panelist and speaker for several groups including Women’s Leadership Network (WLN), Women Business Enterprises Canada (WBE), and Food Starter. 

Cheryl has personally conducted negotiations ranging from complex North American and global agreements with major food, non-food, and service suppliers, manufacturers, importers, and distributors.  In addition to leading negotiations with companies such as Coca-Cola, McCain Foods, and Ecolab, Cheryl has also facilitated lease arrangements, customer, brokerage, and employment agreements – all on a North American basis.

Known for saying…”If you sold it, I probably bought it!” Cheryl brings a unique perspective, an engaging speaking style, and an entrepreneurial spirit to commercial contract negotiations.

Jaime Crump
President & CEO
The Richwell Group

Jamie Crump is President of The Richwell Group, a consulting and coaching company for Fortune 500 and small and diverse-owned business in the areas of strategic sourcing and supplier diversity. Jamie has been a thought leader in both areas for over 25 years in a variety of industries including banking, telecommunications, IT, pharmaceutical, welding & medical, and heavy equipment rental. She was most recently Director of Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Diversity for United Rentals, Inc., where she developed the team and strategy for indirect sourcing and an award-winning supplier diversity program. Jamie is a frequent speaker and writer for and at sourcing and diversity events throughout the United States and Canada. She is a charter Advisory Board member for ProcureCon and serves as an advisor for Spend Matters and Diversity Professional.

Government and Association

Michel Boulet
Policy Advisor for Public Services and Procurement Canada
Government of Canada
Juli Smyth
Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist
University Health Network

A procurement professional with over 15 years of experience in both Public and Private Sectors.  Currently, working as a Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist at University Health Network in Toronto.   Has lead both corporate and regional projects and is an expert in the application of the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directives.   While at UHN, Juli has had the opportunity to lead a number of innovative procurements including Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Competitive Dialogue.   

Philip Ducharme
Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)

Philip Ducharme is a proud Metis with all eight of his Great-Grandparents attached to Metis Scrip applications. He graduated from the University of Regina through the Gabriel Dumont Institute in Business Administration. Philip has spent the last 20 years working with numerous national Aboriginal organizations helping to advance Aboriginal peoples in various sectors including business, employment, education and health.

Philip has rejoined CCAB as the Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is excited to be part of CCAB’s advancement Aboriginal business in Canada.

Philip’s greatest passion is road trips and is proud to say that he has driven the entire Trans Canada Highway from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. 

Sponsor Speakers

Jean-Michel Stam
Vice President of Canadian Operations

Since joining Mediagrif in 2000, Jean-Michel has held executive-level positions within different business units operated by Mediagrif and currently oversees sales and operations for six LOBs: MERX, ASC Networks inc.,The Broker Forum, Polygon, Carrus, & Power Source On-Line. Over the years, he has played a critical role in the commercial development of various units within Mediagrif, and his expertise in the B2B e-business sector stem from the leadership roles he has assumed over the years in the field of international operations, sales and marketing. Jean-Michel holds a bachelor degree in Commerce from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), where he also held key management positions in the field of international relations prior to joining Mediagrif.

Arien Gough
Sales Executive

Having worked in the public service from 2003 until 2009 when he joined MERX. Arien continues to serve his stakeholders in his role as Account Manager where he maintains Account Management responsibilities for public sector organizations including municipalities, schools, hospitals and post-secondary institutions across Canada as well as numerous provincial agencies and private corporations.  Arien has managed the transition of hundreds of buying organizations to the new MERX technology platform over the past 5 years and is an advocate for the enhancement of the platform to ensure new treaty compliance as trade agreements mature and evolve.  Prior to joining MERX, Arien worked as the Chief Political Aid in several Ministries of the Crown including the Department of Health and Health Promotion and the Department of Energy within the government of Nova Scotia.

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