Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London Olympic Games to Speak at Upcoming DBN Supplier Diversity Conference

TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Stephen Frost, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will be the keynote speaker at The Canadian Supplier Diversity Conference 2012. Mr. Frost will talk about the work he has been doing to make the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games diverse and inclusive. The upcoming summer Olympic Games (27 July to 12 August 2012) employs a workforce of 200,000 and its procurement spend amounts to £1.2 billion ($1.9 billion Canadian).

Prior to his appointment to head up Diversity and Inclusion Mr. Frost served as Executive Assistant to the Games' Chief Executive, Paul Deighton. Mr. Frost, among his many jobs, oversees customer service and accessibility in addition to overseeing the Games'  9-million ticket program and managing the team responsible for recruitment. He recently launched the LOCOG Diversity and Inclusion Business Charter, the first organization in the United Kingdom to achieve the Diversity Works for London Gold Standard.

Mr. Frost is the recent recipient of the Peter Robertson Award for Equality and Diversity Champions, an annual award given by ORC Worldwide, an international management consulting firm focused on building equitable, inclusive work environments. The Award recognized his longstanding work in the areas of disability, age, gay and lesbian rights, his strong collaboration with community and industry groups to benefit the economically disadvantaged, and his entrepreneurial style that breaks down boundaries and enables real change, even in unreceptive environments.

Mr. Frost has established and led the workplace team at Stonewall, Europe's largest gay equality organization. He helped build the Diversity Champions program into the largest diversity employer forum in the United Kingdom with over 300 members including The Royal Navy and Manchester City Football Club. He launched the United Kingdom's first lesbian and gay recruitment guide, established the LGBT Leadership program in conjunction with Harvard University and Henley Management College, and developed the Workplace Equality Index which has become a standard across many leading United Kingdom employers.

The Canadian Supplier Diversity Conference, Diversity our Economic Strength, presented by RBC, will take place on Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Allstream Centre, Toronto, Canada. The conference is an initiative of the Diversity Business Network (www.diversitybusinessnetwork.com) and brings together diverse-owned businesses with government, NGOs and leading Canadian  corporations seeking diversity in their supply chain. First held in the fall of 2010, with more than 300 diverse-owned companies attending, this year's theme will be on the ROI of diversity for Canadian business. The conference will feature, along with Ms. Castillo, a number of speakers who will talk about the impact diversity in the supply chain is having in their organizations and what it means to their bottom line.

About The Canadian Supplier Diversity Conference 2012

The theme is Diversity Our Economic Strength. The location is the Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. The date is Friday, March 23, 2012. The conference runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The presenting sponsor is RBC.  Visit www.diversitybusinessnetwork.com/supplier-diversity-conference-overview?pmExp=1448 to learn more.

About LOCOG

LOCOG is the organizing committee responsible for the delivery of The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Contact Information for DBN and The Canadian Supplier Diversity Conference 2012:

Courtney Betty
President and CEO, Diversity Business Network (DBN)
Email: Courtney@diversitybusinessnetwork.com
Tel: 416-968-1181 | Fax: 416-968-7619

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