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BMO Financial Group Joins Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council – CAMSC
TORONTO, Oct. 23 – BMO Financial Group announced today that it has joined the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council – CAMSC – an initiative that demonstrates BMO’s commitment to enhancing access for Aboriginal and visible minority suppliers and that strengthens its ability to foster brand loyalty with the most rapidly growing groups of consumers in Canada. Membership in CAMSC allows the bank to be responsive to this important market by providing both financial services and new business opportunities to help them grow their businesses.
“Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses represent an emerging source of competitive and innovative suppliers,” said Michael Thornburrow, Senior Vice President, Corporate Real Estate and Strategic Sourcing, BMO Financial Group. “Our membership in CAMSC will reinforce our role as a corporate leader in support of diversity initiatives and will help us build both supplier and customer relationships and new business opportunities in the Aboriginal and visible minority market.”Mr. Thornburrow noted that BMO has a long history of being an employer committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and said that this commitment is central to the way BMO employees work together and with their customers. “We draw our strength from the diversity of our people and our businesses,” he explained.
Mr. Thornburrow said that plans for BMO to align the CAMSC program with the Women and Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE) work that it conducts within the Strategic Sourcing portfolio of its U.S.-based subsidiary, Harris, will help BMO leverage the experience of its U.S. team in working with CAMSC.
The Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council – CAMSC – is an independent private-sector-led, non-profit membership organization. The vision of CAMSC is to be the leading business organization in Canada dedicated to the economic empowerment of socially and economically disadvantaged communities through business development and employment. CAMSC’s mission is to deliver programs to promote and facilitate procurement opportunities between major corporations in Canada and suppliers of all sizes owned and operated by Canadian Aboriginals and visible minorities. To learn more about CAMSC visit www.camsc.ca.
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