NATIONAL, April 6 /CNW/ - To meet the growing demand among companies for
support to advance the inclusion of Aboriginal businesses in their
supply chain, the Aboriginal Human Resource Council (AHRC), with the
support of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC), has
officially unveiled a new Aboriginal procurement program to help large
companies connect more successfully with Aboriginal suppliers of goods
The program, called Introduction to Successful Aboriginal Procurement, builds on the highly successful Aboriginal procurement initiative that
was developed and implemented for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games.
AHRC President and CEO, Kelly Lendsay, said: "The resource and intellect
that was passed on to us through VANOC, as one of the Games legacies,
has enabled us to build a first-class program that is ideal for helping
companies find a competitive edge in today's economy, while also
advancing the employment of Aboriginal people.
"A good Aboriginal procurement program is a hallmark strategy designed
to strengthen corporate social responsibility and enhance partnerships
with the Aboriginal community for the benefit of both sides," said Mr.
He added that Canada's estimated 34,000 Aboriginal companies are open
for business and ready to provide the goods and services the economy
needs to forge ahead and create jobs and economic prosperity that will
benefit all Canadians.
"Canada's Aboriginal companies have a vital role to play in building the
economy and creating prosperity for their own communities and for the
country as a whole," said Mr. Lendsay.
PMAC President and CEO, Cheryl Paradowski, said the new initiative is an
opportunity for purchasing and procurement managers and staff across
Canada to better understand how to do business with Aboriginal firms.
"AHRC's new program is in line with a key element of PMAC's current
strategic plan: support for strategic supply chain management practice
through leading-edge education and resources," said Ms. Paradowski.
"We want our members to have access to high quality supply chain
management training programs and professional development opportunities
and we believe that AHRC's Introduction to Successful Aboriginal Procurement program helps us meet that goal."
Aboriginal Procurement Program
The Aboriginal Human Resource Council's new program has three components
- workshops, resources and advisory services. Two training formats are
offered, online and instructor led. Both are aimed at helping
procurement managers and supply chain specialists better use and
develop effective tools and strategies to find and procure from
Aboriginal businesses that meet their organization's needs.
On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
Build a business case to support increased sourcing from Aboriginal
Cite the key elements of an Aboriginal procurement strategy and policy
Define how a company qualifies as an Aboriginal business.
Review existing procurement practices to identify potential barriers to
Introduce adjustments to sourcing practices that will increase the
percentage of goods and services sourced from Aboriginal businesses
while maintaining equitable practices and long-term value.
Strengthen links between First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and
community economic development.
List techniques and tips to help develop a list of Aboriginal businesses
that will meet an organization's procurement needs.
Full details of the new program are available on the council's website
About the Aboriginal Human Resource Council
Formed in 1998, and ISO certified in 2010, the Aboriginal Human Resource
Council is a national not-for-profit social enterprise that helps
employers climb the inclusion continuum, the seven stage road map to
becoming an employer of choice for aboriginal talent in Canada and
abroad. Our focus is inclusion leadership in the workplace. aboriginalhr.ca
About the Purchasing Management Association of Canada
The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) is the leading,
and the largest, association in Canada for supply chain management
professionals. With 7,000 members working across private and public
sectors, PMAC is the principal source of supply chain training,
education and professional development in the country, requiring all
members to adhere to a Code of Ethics. Through its 10 Provincial and
Territorial Institutes, PMAC grants the SCMP (Supply Chain Management
Professional) designation, the highest achievement in the field and the
mark of strategic leadership. pmac.ca
SOURCE Aboriginal Human Resource Council
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