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PURCHASING MADE PRACTICAL: Cracking the sustainable supply chain

  • 23 Sep 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • RIC Centre 2660 Speakman Dr Mississauga, ON L5K 2L1

PURCHASING MADE PRACTICAL:  Cracking the sustainable supply chain

In partnership with the RIC Centre

WHEN: September 23, 2015

WHERE: RIC Centre, 2660 Speakman Dr. Mississauga, ON
L5K 2L1


Small firms often have the innovative solutions that larger companies need – but how can you crack the supply chains of major purchasers?  The Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) is pleased to partner with Mississauga’s Research Innovation and Commercialization (RIC) Centre to offer a targeted event that will:

  • Draw back the curtain on how purchasing decisions are made by major clients;
  • Introduce attendees to representatives from major purchasers; and
  • Bring smaller and innovative suppliers together to network and build partnerships



Registration:                                       8:00 AM

Breakfast and networking                     8:00 – 8:30 AM

Panel discussion and audience Q&A:      8:30 – 10:00 AM

Networking:                                       10:00 – 11:00 AM

Event wraps:                                      11:00 AM 


Blake Smith, Director of Environment, Energy and Vehicle Safety, Ford Motor Company of Canada

  Mr. Blake Smith began his career in industry with Walker Industries in 1978. Mr. Smith began working with Ford Motor Company of Canada in 1992. Initially hired as the Manager, Environmental Quality, he was principally responsible for facility related environmental issues for Ford of Canada. In 1998, he was appointed Director, Environment, Energy and Vehicle Safety. In this capacity, Mr. Smith is responsible for vehicle and facility environmental matters, energy issues, vehicle safety and several other technical areas.

Aamer Hasham, Manager, Project Management Office, Metrolinx

  Aamer has extensive experience managing large-scale operational, customer service and technical programs.  With over 12 years of experience in program management, Aamer has successfully delivered a number of high-profile initiatives in a variety of environments including Honda Financial Services, Rogers Communications Ltd. and Deloitte & Touché LLP.  Aamer currently leads the Customer Service Project Management Office at Metrolinx (an Agency of the Government of Ontario) with a focus on improving customer experience through transit initiatives impacting passengers across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

James Sbrolla, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, RIC Centre (Moderator)

 James is an entrepreneur and veteran of the financial and environmental industries, bringing to the table over 15 years of experience from these sectors. He is Chairman of Environmental Business Consultants and serves on several boards including Actual Media, WE Communications and BlueZone Technologies. As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RIC, he coaches business owners and technology developers through the process of commercialization.

Details to come for Rob Abernethy, Manager Director - Ecoinsight Instruments Inc. and Brian Potvin, Manager Cargo sales and contracts - KF cargo. Stay tuned!

For more information, please contact:
Amarpreet Kaur
Communications Officer, RIC Centre
T: 289-373-3050 x 201




Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA)

192 Spadina Avenue, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 2C2

Tel: 416-531-7884 Email: info[at]

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