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Tuesday, December 7 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Role of Procurement In Community Wealth Building

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Using institutional purchasing to build community wealth: meet the groups making social procurement happen.

Over the last year, the City of Winnipeg has been developing a Social Procurement policy. This comes on the heels of a multi-year advocacy campaign from the community to ensure our city considers community wealth and well being within its purchasing.

Many other examples of community wealth building from government and institutional purchasers exist in Manitoba, thanks to the work of community builders creating alternatives. The University of Winnipeg procures its food services from Diversity Food Services social enterprise. Manitoba Housing purchases from a variety of social enterprises to retrofit and renovate social housing units. Many municipalities divert mattresses to Mother Earth Recycling, an Indigenous-owned social enterprise.

This session is a discussion with purchasers and suppliers who strive to create a marketplace that focuses on building community wealth rather than a mere economic value transaction. Timed well with the City of Winnipeg taking a big step forward in considering a Social Procurement policy, this session will leave you feeling excited and engaged in how this community-driven innovation can strengthen communities across Manitoba.

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Tori Williamson

Director of Education and Communications, Buy Social Canada
With a passion for understanding the systems around us and working collaboratively on community-centred solutions, Tori believes in people and the power of shifting perspectives and objectives to create change. As Director of Education and Communications at Buy Social Canada, she... Read More →

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Jessica Floresco

General Manager, Mother Earth Recycling
Jessica Floresco is the General Manager at Mother Earth Recycling, an Indigenous For-Profit Social Enterprise, and a proud member of the Metis community. Jessica has been working within the urban Indigenous community and rural First Nations for the past thirteen years on environmental... Read More →
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Charlotte Lewthwaite

Chief Operating Officer, CleanStart BC
Charlotte Lewthwaite graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Economics, with a focus on community economic development and policy. She was initially drawn to CleanStart BC through a keen interest in the logistics and collective benefits of the social enterprise... Read More →
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Joseph Wasylycia-Leis

Campus Sustainability Coordinator, University of Winnipeg
Joseph (or Joe) is an experienced activist and community organizer who has been advocating for social and environmental justice at the local and national level for many years. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Masters in Environment and Resource Studies. Since then... Read More →

Tuesday December 7, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST