Toronto Pan Am games looking for suppliers

Supplier Diversity Advisory Council hosts business seminar in Toronto

February 22, 2012
by Purchasing b2b staff
TORONTO: The Toronto 2015 Pan/Pan American Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) is calling on Toronto businesses to get involved in supplying goods and services for the games. On February 22, the committee hosted a seminar, called Winning In Business, providing local businesses with expertise, tools and tips to prepare for potential opportunities with the games. More than 65 local businesses registered for the event. Organized by TO2015, the February 22 seminar provided local businesses with expertise, tools and tips to prepare themselves for potential opportunities with TO2015.

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.