On Thursday September 26, TELUS was the humble recipient of the CAMSC Corporation of the Year Award. CAMSC (Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council) pulled out all of the stops, celebrating a wonderful evening of accolades, recognizing several worthy recipients for their hard work and efforts in the supplier diversity space. TELUS team members from all across the business celebrated the recognition together with our friends from CAMSC, partner corporations and certified diverse suppliers.
CAMSC notified us in advance so that we could be prepared in receiving this award. But, there was one thing that I didn’t plan for. Minutes prior to leaving for the event, I was given the honour (and terrifying news) from CPO & SVP David Sharma that both of us would be accepting the award on behalf of TELUS. As the TELUS army walked from our building on 25 York Street to the event, Dave and I hashed out a plan of attack for a shared acceptance speech. Sure enough, we both delivered, and the fact that I got to play some part in any of this at all is truly a blessing. Being up there on stage made me realize how lucky I am to be a part of this experience and part of such a great team at TELUS.
There are three criteria to winning this award: the corporation must actively include certified Aboriginal and minority suppliers in their procurement opportunities, assist in their development, and promote supplier diversity socially. TELUS’ Supplier Diversity Mentorship Program is a perfect example of our commitment to filling these criteria. Six diverse owned and certified companies are working with top TELUS executives. Together, we are developing personalized goals for each of our protégés, harnessing TELUS’ experience and expertise to grow and develop our protégés as individuals and as companies. At the end of the day, the program is geared towards growing companies that are bigger, better and have stronger capabilities that will make them a better partner to corporations, whether that’s with TELUS, our competitors, or elsewhere in the industry. We are focused on raising the bar for our protégés which will help them will help them win more business, prompting the positive multiplier effect on our Canadian economy that I discussed in my last blog post.
TELUS shares this award with a number of contributors: CAMSC, who works so hard to advance supplier diversity in Canada and who helped us build our program; all of our corporate partners who have blazed the trail bringing supplier diversity to Canada, being on the frontier of change and innovation; and the diverse certified suppliers, who each offer their own unique suite of products and services, creating a range of business solutions. A personal thank you goes out to all of my Procurement & Supply Chain Management team members for not only standing behind the program, but driving it. Everyone seems to so easily understand the value of supplier diversity. Winning this award is a testament to diversity truly being at the heart of TELUS’ culture.
At TELUS, we give business to the supplier that can provide the best value for a product or service. Organizations like CAMSC help us find diverse suppliers that can do just that. In the end, Supplier Diversity makes us a stronger organization. And the more that we can socialize this, the better it is for everybody. Which is the very reason I am writing this blog post. So let’s get the word out there.
In closing, congratulations to the CAMSC team on celebrating a wonderful 9th annual Business Achievement Awards. We are so honoured to be a part of it, and looking forward to the 10th annual celebration next year.
Supplier Diversity Program Manager