New Partnership Aims to Increase Number of Indigenous Suppliers in Canada for A More Inclusive Supply Chain

by pmnationtalk on September 30, 2021877 Views



Toronto, ON – September 30, 2021 – A new strategic partnership will facilitate supply chain access for Indigenous suppliers across Canada with the help of The Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) and the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando). The partnership will lay the foundation for Indigenous business owners who are looking to connect with corporate Canada, the government and beyond, while also contributing to an ecosystem that promotes equity for Indigenous and diverse suppliers.

“Cognizant that the power of collaboration, people and resources are key to our economic growth, CAMSC is excited that the strategic combination of the Cando suppliers with the CAMSC network will have a significant impact as we rebuild the Canadian economy,” says Cassandra Dorrington, President and CEO of CAMSC.

“Indigenous peoples have collaborated for thousands of years to ensure their survival and enable them to prospoer in a harsh environment. Collaboration remains a key strategy in enhancing opportunities for Indigenous suppliers and their communities. CAMSC and Cando have shared goals and a commitment to their membership, so it makes strategic sense to develop a partnership that will enchance opportunities for members of both organizations,” says Ray Wanuch, Executive Director of Cando.

CAMSC and Cando will bring their collective resources and expertise to foster collaboration and co-creation, driving inclusive economic development and creating more resilient communities in Canada.


Founded in 2004, CAMSC is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates the growth of Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses by connecting them to procurement opportunities with corporate and government organizations. CAMSC also supports larger organizations with the development of their own inclusive procurement processes and promotes contacts to certified Aboriginal and minority-owned suppliers. For more information, please visit

282 Richmond St. East, Suite 101, Toronto, ON M5A 1P4 • Tel: 416-941-0004 • Fax: 416-941-9282 •

About Cando

In 1990, Economic Development Officers (EDOs) from across Canada founded and mandated Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) to provide a national body to focus on the training, education, and networking opportunities necessary to serve their communities and/or organizations as professionals.

Cando is a federally registered, non-profit society that is Indigenous controlled, community based, and membership driven. Cando is directed by a nationally represented volunteer board of elected EDOs representing every region of Canada. Cando is unique because it is the only national organization that focuses on education and professional development for EDOs working in Indigenous communities or organizations. For more information, please visit


For more information and to request an interview, please contact:
Christina Rodrigues, Director of Member Services, CAMSC
Phone: 416-941-0004, Ext 228

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