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.

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
Head & General Manager, Sourcing Management
Canada Post Corporation

Bill is the Head and 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.

Jack Bradley
VP Logistics,
Kohl & Frisch Limited

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.

Sean Ramnarine
Vice President, Strategic Sourcing
Uwe Dienst
Head of Procurement
Siemens Canada Limited
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.

Shauna Gamble
Vice President, Vice President, Procurement Aerospace/Supply Chain

Shauna Gamble joined Bombardier in November 2017 as vice-president of Procurement for the company’s Business Aircraft division. Soon thereafter, Shauna’s role was expanded to lead a newly-formed Aerospace Procurement organization, responsible for commodity strategies, contract management and supplier relations for both business and commercial aircraft at Bombardier.

Since joining Bombardier, Shauna has made it her mission to transform Aerospace Procurement into a best-in-class organization. She initiated the Diamond Supplier Program to increase accountability across the supply chain and to raise the company’s profile. Shauna also spearheaded the creation of a Procurement Academy at Bombardier, providing an opportunity for team members to improve their expertise at all levels.

A seasoned executive with excellent leadership, communication and negotiation skills, Shauna has more than 20 years of experience in global supply chain and operations. Prior to joining the organization, Shauna held senior leadership positions at Danby Appliances and telecommunications equipment firm Ciena. 

She holds a post-baccalaureate Diploma in Management from Athabasca University, she completed a Senior Executive Program at the London Business School and she is presently pursuing an Executive MBA. 

Shauna Gamble is based at Bombardier Business Aircraft headquarters in Montreal, Canada. 

Jennifer Sinclair
Senior Manager Procurement – Canada Indirect
Adidas Canada Ltd.

Jennifer Sinclair is a Sr. Procurement Manager with adidas managing all indirect spend categories for their Canadian operations. Prior to adidas she was a Category Manager with Rogers Communications managing various categories such as Customer Operations, HR, IT and outsourcing.  She’s created and implemented multiple category strategies, bringing new ideas and innovative solutions to business partners and leadership to drive revenue and create efficiencies.  She has a keen interest in exploring emerging technology and how procurement can be at the forefront of bringing these solutions into organizations.

Karyn Fagan
Director - Purchasing Development
Maple Leaf Foods
Martin Gaudreau
Senior Director, Global Supply Chain, Externals, Controls & Nacelles
Pratt & Whitney
Bill Michels
Vice President of Operations, Americas
Sheri Spinks
Director, Supplier Diversity
WBE, The Global Council for the Advancement of Women in Procurement

Sheri is an accomplished supply chain and procurement leader,  with over 19 years of expertise in global sourcing, strategic supplier relations, negotiation, category management, SRM & SPM, and supplier diversity. She is the Director, Supplier Diversity, WBE on the Global Council for the Advancement of Women in Procurement, and is a passionate, active advocate for the empowerment and development of women.  Sheri was recognized as one of Canada's Top 10 Most Influential Women in Diversity & HR for her contributions to increasing awareness and advancing supplier diversity in corporate Canada.

Silvia Pencak
WBE Canada

Silvia Pencak is the President of WBE Canada, a Canadian non-profit organization certifying women-owned businesses and opening the doors to corporate & government supply chains under supplier diversity programs across North America. 

Silvia has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and business environment, leading transformational projects and teams. She is regularly called a Juggernaut accelerating speed of change. Her diverse international background spearheading successful initiatives gives her a wealth of experience to lead supplier diversity to its next level to support Canadian women-owned businesses. 

Silvia believes in the power of partnerships and is always open to building alliances that benefit all involved. She is passionate about making positive impact in her communities. She is a wife and mom to 2 girls. 

Fatma Hassan
Director, Business Development & Partnerships, Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council

Fatma Hassan joined CAMSC in 2017 to lead the Business Development & Partnerships portfolio at the Council. In her 1.5 years at CAMSC Fatma has successfully supported the Council’s efforts to deliver programming and events that aim to raise the importance of supplier diversity in Canada. Prior to joining CAMSC Fatma’s career was in public policy and global migration. Fatma held positions as a Policy Analyst with the Federal and Provincial government focusing on Canadian immigration policy, and at Ryerson’s Global Diversity Exchange in the Hire Immigrants program.

Michael Louie
Director of Product Marketing
Rimini Street Inc.

Michael has more than 18 years' of experience in product marketing and strategy in the enterprise software and services space.  Mr. Louie currently holds the position of Product Marketing Director and is responsible for overseeing the SAP line of solutions. Prior to Rimini Street, Mr. Louie has held various positions in global companies including Oracle, Symantec, and Cisco. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UC Davis.

Priyamvada Singh
Head of Product Management, Global Trade and Receivables Finance

Priyamvada Singh is Head of Product and Propositions, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, North America for HSBC Bank USA N.A. In her role as Product Head, she is responsible for strengthening GTRF’s product capabilities and sector propositions in trade including supply chain and receivables finance as well as building on the strong foundation of traditional trade in adapting to technological change. As the leading trade bank in the world, HSBC has also led the way in embracing technological developments with digitalization of trade, automation and key ‘fintech’ partnerships. GTRF in North America has successfully established partnerships with external supply chain platforms to deliver end-to-end structured solutions and launched digital tools to enhance client on-boarding and access to trade transaction information.

Priyamvada has 20+ years of experience as a trade finance professional with global banks as well as leading trade and supply chain finance in emerging markets with the World Bank Group. Prior to joining HSBC in 2014, Priyamvada was Global Program Head for Supplier Finance at International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank. She joined IFC in June 2005 as Regional Head, Asia and Middle East in Trade and Supply Chain. As Principal, Trade Finance, she was involved in developing the multi-donor funded Global Trade Liquidity program in 2009 as a crisis response to supporting trade finance delivered through global banks. At IFC, Priyamvada established the Global Trade Supplier Finance program in 2010 under which IFC provides financing solutions for emerging market supply chains in partnership with global banks and alternative independent platform providers that includes sustainability metrics for improved supplier compliance with sustainability standards. Priyamvada has also been a regular speaker at trade finance and industry events on emerging markets trade and supply chain finance.

Michael Sudah
Senior Manager, Business Process Management
Pratt & Whitney
Germán Cabáñez
Quebec Procurement Lead
Patrick Doyle
Vice President & General Manager
American Express Global Business Travel Canada

Patrick Doyle is the Vice President and General Manager for Canada at American Express Global Business Travel (GBT). Patrick oversees the commercial relationships in region and manages a team of professionals that advice key Canadian clients on spend optimization and sourcing strategies.  Patrick is also accountable for driving client retention and acquisition efforts in the region through service, product and marketing strategies aligned with the needs of Canadian clients. 

 Patrick offers proficiency in all aspects of business travel account management having worked with both multinational and global clients for more than 15 years in over 30 countries. 

Prior to his current position, Patrick has held various leadership roles with both the Global Payments and Corporate Quality Groups at American Express.  In addition, he has a proven track record of leading programs that consistently demonstrate value to shareholders and stakeholders, positioning him as a thought leader and a go-to expert within the industry. 

He is active across many industry and volunteer organizations including the ACTE Canada Conference Advisory Board and the Co-Chair of the Providence Healthcare’s Silver Ball Committee.

Patrick holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University with an emphasis in Business and Sports Administration. He lives outside of Toronto with wife and two children.

Crithica Parthasarathy
Procurement Services Delivery Leader
IBM Canada

Crithica leads procurement transformation for IBM Canada and is an active leader in the IBM global landscape supporting source to pay transformation and delivery. Her role is to enable the organization to deliver high value and impact in sourcing, category management, spend, service analytics, procurement operations, p2p and cognitive procurement capabilities.  Crithica’s sourcing experience centers around indirect procurement and outsourcing. In addition she has proven experience managing a global organization delivering sourcing savings, supplier governance and transformation. Her experience has included successful transition of IBM's Procurement operations function to IBM India. Areas of expertise include: spend analysis, alignment of sourcing strategies, stakeholder assessment and implementation of operational efficiencies. Crithica graduated from York University, Schulich School of Business with a Masters of Business Administration. Prior to this she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce, Economics degree with distinction from McMaster University. 

Henry Friesen
Founder & CEO

Henry is the founder and CEO of IntelScout, a technology supported services firm focused on helping organizations access critical content, within legal documents.  The main areas of focus include governance, risk management and regulatory compliance.

Henry has more than 20 years of experience leading technology-based business transformations.  His passion for applying comprehensive solutions to multi layered, cross functional business challenges, provide customers with turnkey solutions and peace of mind. It is the foundation that IntelScout is built upon.  His cross functional leadership experience encompasses consulting, project management, business operations, product marketing and solutions delivery.  His teams have provided customers in financial services, insurance and pharmaceutical corporations with invaluable data insights from their unstructured content.

Henry is a tremendous collaborator who demonstrates the value of partnerships to drive positive outcomes both in his business as well as his community.  His most recent community venture involved launching a non-profit competitive volleyball club for youth, which provides the added benefit of spending quality time with his teenage daughter.

John McGurrin
Vice President Strategic Customers – Procurement & Business Networks
SAP Ariba

John has over 25 years of experience in a variety of Software Sales, Operations and Delivery positions.  He has served in management, consulting, presales, account executive, operations and "center of excellence" roles.  He is a thought leader in Digital Transformations, Total Spend Management, The Intelligent Enterprise, Supply Chain, Procurement, Supplier Relationship Management and the Source to Settle lifecycle.  John speaks regularly at Supply Chain Conferences and Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) events.   

John is currently a national Vice President for SAP Ariba Strategic Accounts.  He is responsible for Financial Services, Regulated industries and Canada.  Drawing on 20 years of experience with SAP's Business Networks, Ariba, Fieldglass, Concur, the SAP Business Suite, SAP SRM, S/4 HANA, and the SAP Cloud Platform, John is a long-time trusted advisor for his customers.  His charter is to drive enterprise transformations, produce innovative and measurable business outcomes, improve cost savings and profit margins, and increase efficiencies and automation across SAP Ariba’s most strategic customers.

John spent 6 years with Ariba before joining SAP in 2006.  Prior to “rejoining” Ariba in 2016, John served in a variety of Sales leadership roles at SAP.  

Michael Power
Supply Professional Magazine

Michael is an accomplished and experienced communications professional with 17 years of experience with magazines, newspapers, corporate clients, professional associations and not-for-profit organizations. He has worked both in North America and overseas helping clients communicate and craft messages that help them attain their business goals. Michael has experience in business writing, copywriting, media relations, social media management, corporate communications, conference planning, customer communications, publications, speech writing, strategic planning, and more.

Anand Iyer
Strategic Sourcing Lead

Anand Iyer – Strategic Sourcing Lead at Box is a goal-oriented Technology leader and strategic deal negotiator with 16+ years of consulting, supply chain, global procurement, sourcing, operations and risk management experience in Fortune 100 as well as high-growth start-up companies. Breadth of sourcing experience spans across Technology - hardware, software, cloud and data center, Marketing, IT, HR and Sales Operations as well as managing teams directly & vendor relationships globally. Strong track record of directly managing employees and proven ability to solve problems by analyzing complex data at both strategic and tactical level.

Phil Symmonds
Torys LLP
Geoff Suares
Director of QA
Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Ankur Thakur
Purchasing Manager
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.

Lara Fletcher
Director, Global Business Solutions
Clearwater Seafoods

20 years spend in IS/IT management with 13 years of experience focused in SAP

In this leadership role, Lara defined and executed Clearwater's solution portfolio strategy and architecture across their global enterprise. She developed a strategic vision of how applications, data, and the underlying technology can be optimally applied to create maximum business value.

James Coulman
Senior Manager, Strategic Supply Management
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
Head of Responsible Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, Strategic Sourcing Group (SSG)
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 Convergence and Business Technologies
Shaw Communications
Paul serves as the Head of Networks & Business Technology Sourcing of a major Canadian Telecom where he enjoys leading an exceptional and diversified team of Category Managers responsible for driving change in the wireless / wireline telecom networks, Satellites technology and Business sectors. His background includes, global supply chain and manufacturing experience in OEM, EMS and distribution environments with significant international manufacturing, audit and negotiation experience in China, Japan, Korea and Europe. In addition to many other accomplishments, he has created and implemented a global distribution purchasing strategy for a $7 billion multinational electronics manufacturer. Key differentiators in approach:  staunch supporter of servant leadership and removal of information silos. All accomplished by building trust and credibility with stakeholders both internal and external.
Ankur Thakur
Director, 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

Sheraz is a highly progressive customer oriented procurement / integrated supply chain leader with 20+ years of global experience working for multi-billion dollar conglomerates/ Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Siemens, Rogers Communication, Equifax and Mondelēz International (Ex KRAFT). In these challenging procurement & supply chain leadership roles he has led global teams in Europe, Middle East Africa, North America and Asia, managed budgets in excess of billion dollars and delivered stellar results in achieving cost efficiencies and making significant contribution to the bottom line through creative, out of the box, supply chain & procurement solutions and state of the art processes. He has received higher education, MBA Supply Chain Management from UK (University of Leicester) and Leadership & Negotiation certification from USA (Harvard Business School). He specializes in Creating procurement and supply chain functions from scratch or transforming an existing one to optimize and introduce excellence.

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
Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing
Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee

Adina was formerly responsible for the packaging, ingredients and energy procurement for Maple Leaf Foods, leading a world-class team of sourcing professionals. She is most interested in emphasizing the value of Sourcing as part of cross-functional teams and in actively supporting procurement professionals in their careers.   

Prior to the direct sourcing roles at Maple Leaf Foods, Adina created and led the indirect sourcing function at Acklands-Grainger, designing and implementing processes and practices to support a cost reduction mandate. The prior decade, spent in Facilities Management supporting the largest outsourced portfolios in the country, was focused on creating value through supplier relationships and category restructuring. 

Adina holds an MBA, a supply chain professional designation and a degree in Economics.

Sanja Cancar-Todorovic
Director – Strategic Relationships, Global Real Estate Asset Management

Sanja Cancar-Todorovic is the Director of Strategic Relationships and Global Real Estate Asset Management at Manulife. Sanja was previously the Director of 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.

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

Howard Cheng is the Manager of M&A and Process Enablement for Procurement at OpenText, Canada’s largest software company and a global leader in providing Enterprise Information Management solutions.  With over 18 years of procurement experience in the IT and luxury automotive industry, he currently manages the M&A procurement activities, from due diligence to integration, identifying potential risks and synergies.  Howard is experienced in the opportunities and challenges facing procurement organizations during M&A.

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 from Freedom Mobile (a Shaw company), manages Strategic sourcing, Negotiation, Vendor relationship and Contracts for technologies including Access, Core and Infrastructure networks with expertise in Hardware, Software, License, and Professional Services.

He has over 10 years experience in Strategic Sourcing and Procurement in the Telecoms industry with certificates in “Project Management” and “Sales and Marketing”; and an educational background in engineering.

Throughout Mahmoud’s career, he has also held roles in Sales and Marketing, Program Management, Product Development, R&D management and telecommunication system design.

David Krupp
Manager of Supply Chain
Seven Generations Energy
Aylin Kurkcuyan
Director of Vendor Relationship Management, Retail
Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Danny Wang
VP of Sourcing And Procurement
Canada Goose

Danny Wang is currently the VP of Sourcing and Procurement at Canada Goose with accountability for Direct/Indirect spends and replenishment planning and purchasing.  He received his Engineering degree from Queen’s University which lead to his initial career in manufacturing and supply chain at Celestica.  After a successful tenure developing their international supply chain, Danny completed his MBA at Ivey and proceeded into his retail consulting career with Accenture and performed numerous strategic sourcing transformations and assessments at Walgreens, HBC/L&T/Saks, Staples, JC Penny, Canadian Tire.  Danny eventually returned back to industry and worked at Walmart Canada leading several indirect categories.  He currently resides in Toronto with his wife and wears a different Canada Goose jacket every week.

Gillian Groening
VP of Global Supply Chain
Price Industries

Gillian Groening is the Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Price Industries Ltd in Winnipeg MB.  Gillian has 20 years of experience in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operations.  She earned her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and has since attained her Supply Chain Management Professional Designation, Six Sigma Black Belt Certification and her Masters of Business Administration.  Early in her career Gillian worked for 3M in a variety of supply chain roles including production scheduling, distribution leadership and Six Sigma.  Gillian’s current responsibilities at Price include capitalizing on efficiencies associated with central and shared processes, leveraging corporate-wide buying power for strategic supply categories and maximizing the quality and service Price receives from global vendors.  Gillian also focusses on Price’s Global Trade Compliance program to ensure reliable execution with international freight and customs brokerage partners.

Zishan Zubair
Manager, Indirect Procurement Canada
The Estée Lauder Companies
Sankar Pattabi
Snr. Category Manager, Corporate Sourcing
Zdravko Dimitrov
Instructor of Strategic Sourcing
McMaster University
Zdravko Dimitrov is a procurement professional with over 6 years of experience in the field. His has held roles in procurement transformation, strategic sourcing, and data analytics in leading retail and financial services organizations in Canada. He has a strong track record in supplier negotiations, business problem solving, process improvement, and cost base optimization. Some of the categories he has worked on include: Marketing, Corporate Services, IT, MRO, and Transportation.

Zdravko has graduated with honors from the MBA program at McMaster University, specializing in Supply Chain and Procurement, and with honors from the BBA program at the University of Toronto. He holds a Lean Six Sigma, Green belt certification. He is an instructor at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, where he teaches Strategic Procurement at the MBA program. He also teaches Microsoft Office applications courses at Sheridan College.

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

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.

Michel Boulet
Senior Policy Advisor of Federal, Provincial, Territorial and International Relations
Public Services and Procurement Canada

Mr. Boulet is a long-time Government of Canada Policy Analyst and writer. During his 22 year career, Mr. Boulet has worked on auditing and policy development in a national security setting, has led large teams of employees for departments like Public Works and Government Services Canada and National Defence and has worked for a Central Agency, Treasury Board in government-wide policy and operational standards development. Mr. Boulet currently works at Public Services and Procurement Canada as a Senior Advisor in Federal, Provincial and Territorial relations

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. 

Jean-Michel Stam
VP Canadian Operations, and President
Mediagrif and MERX

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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