By establishing a Supplier Diversity Advisory Council to provide advice to the organizing committee and promote TO2015 business opportunities through various contacts, associations and networks, TO2015 is looking to build a database of local and diverse suppliers that could potentially win games business.
“From towels for the athletes to tables and chairs for the spectators at concession stands, we have a huge list of more than $300 million in goods and services that will be needed to successfully stage the games in 2015,” said Ian Troop, TO2015 CEO. “We want to tap into the expertise and services that we know are available from local, small and diverse businesses throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe.”
TO2015 is encouraging involvement from businesses that are 51-percent owned and operated by Aboriginal peoples, women, individuals from visible minority groups, persons with disabilities or individuals from the LGBT community. Small- to medium-sized businesses with fewer than 500 employees are also encouraged to seek opportunities.