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Apr 16

Halton Region Poised For A New Era In Public Procurement Spending

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Canada’s thought leaders urge Halton politicians and businesses to leverage spending to improve lives of everyday people in the region

April 16, 2018. Ontario is the first Canadian province to pass Community Benefit legislation. Bill 6, the Ontario Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act (IJPA), enables consideration of Community Benefits in infrastructure planning and investment. Ontario’s Bill 6 is good news for Halton Region and the Halton Community Benefits Network (HCBN) is serving as the catalyst for change, encouraging both public and private sectors to adopt business practices that lead to sustainable, economic and social opportunity for everyone.

hip with the HCBN, Sandra Hamilton, Canada’s thought leader and expert on strategic procurement, will be in Halton for four days only from April 17-20th. She will be speaking to local businesses, politicians and non-profits about how we can shift our thinking and buying power to go beyond the “do no harm” thinking, to proactively and intentionally “doing some good.”
“Over the last 25 years we have accepted that taxpayer funded contracts must do less harm to the planet, but do we consider how they impact the people?” asked Hamilton. “Social procurement puts people at the forefront of a more sustainable and inclusive approach to public procurement.” Hamilton believes that public and private sector investments can be better leveraged to improve the lives of people living in the Region, one contract at a time.

In Halton, community benefits from social procurement can support socio-economic goals, including poverty reduction, elimination of precarious work, improved labour conditions, greater income equality and community economic development.

Millions of dollars are spent every year in Halton Region on taxpayer funded contracts large and small. The HCBN is asking the public and private sector, “what if we can leverage that spending to improve the lives and prosperity of everyday people in Halton?” The HCBN is proposing that the new Oakville Court House, estimated as an investment of $500 million, is an ideal pilot project that could be used to address poverty in the region.

“If we can all make a more strategic approach to procurement, we can contribute to a greater social good and help improve the lives and prosperity to everyday people in Halton.” says Ian Troop, former CEO of the 2015 Pan Am Games and Chair of the HCBN. “We’re excited to bring Sandra to Halton to share her expertise and help us bring more community benefits to the region.”

Media Opportunities with Sandra Hamilton:

Tuesday, April 17th – “Are we buying the future we want? Leveraging public procurement for community benefit” Forum with Businesses, Public Organizations, Non-profits & Citizen Groups
Location: Sheridan College – Trafalgar Campus, Conference Centre
– Keynote Speech (9:00-10:00 a.m.)
– Tabletop Session (10:00-10:30 a.m.)
– Facilitated Panel Discussion (10:40-12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 18th
– Media Roundtable, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: United Way Halton & Hamilton (4210 South Service, Unit #101, Burlington)
– Dinner meeting with Halton’s future business leaders, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: United Way Halton & Hamilton (4210 South Service, Unit #101, Burlington)

Additional media availability upon request from April 17 – 20

More about Sandra Hamilton:Sandra Hamilton is a Strategic Procurement Advisor, Speaker & Canada’s first Social MBA. She works with governments, industry and non-profits to re-design systems to move markets toward a more a sustainable and inclusive economy. She is the author of the first social procurement frameworks to be adopted in both B.C and Alberta.

Sandra is the former business manager to Vancouver 2010 Olympic CEO John Furlong and rower Silken Laumann. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games were the first games in history to add social criteria in to the sustainability strategy.
The Halton Community Benefits Network (HCBN) is a key initiative of the Halton Poverty Roundtable. The HCBN is a multi-sectoral collaborative network working together towards fostering awareness and action in the development of Community Benefits Agreements. Through research and consultation our goal is to educate and engage community partners to adopt Community Benefits Agreements and Social Procurement practices that can lead to change the way our economic region does business and thus benefit its citizens with fuller employment opportunities and inclusive social well-being.

The Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) is a collaborative multi-sector group comprised of volunteers who are committed to leveraging resources and partnerships to eliminate poverty in Halton through education, greater community engagement, and collective impact. The HPRT believes in the right of every person to live in good health and with dignity.

For media enquires, please contact Sarah Rutka at sarahrutka@gmail.com, 905-782-1247

OR

Sarah Sabihuddin, sarah@haltonpovertyroundtable.com, 905-635-3131, ext 303In partnership with the HCBN, Sandra Hamilton, Canada’s thought leader and expert on strategic procurement, will be in Halton for four days only from April 17-20th. She will be speaking to local businesses, politicians and non-profits about how we can shift our thinking and buying power to go beyond the “do no harm” thinking, to proactively and intentionally “doing some good.”
“Over the last 25 years we have accepted that taxpayer funded contracts must do less harm to the planet, but do we consider how they impact the people?” asked Hamilton. “Social procurement puts people at the forefront of a more sustainable and inclusive approach to public procurement.” Hamilton believes that public and private sector investments can be better leveraged to improve the lives of people living in the Region, one contract at a time.

In Halton, community benefits from social procurement can support socio-economic goals, including poverty reduction, elimination of precarious work, improved labour conditions, greater income equality and community economic development.

Millions of dollars are spent every year in Halton Region on taxpayer funded contracts large and small. The HCBN is asking the public and private sector, “what if we can leverage that spending to improve the lives and prosperity of everyday people in Halton?” The HCBN is proposing that the new Oakville Court House, estimated as an investment of $500 million, is an ideal pilot project that could be used to address poverty in the region.

“If we can all make a more strategic approach to procurement, we can contribute to a greater social good and help improve the lives and prosperity to everyday people in Halton.” says Ian Troop, former CEO of the 2015 Pan Am Games and Chair of the HCBN. “We’re excited to bring Sandra to Halton to share her expertise and help us bring more community benefits to the region.”

Media Opportunities with Sandra Hamilton:

Tuesday, April 17th – “Are we buying the future we want? Leveraging public procurement for community benefit” Forum with Businesses, Public Organizations, Non-profits & Citizen Groups
Location: Sheridan College – Trafalgar Campus, Conference Centre
– Keynote Speech (9:00-10:00 a.m.)
– Tabletop Session (10:00-10:30 a.m.)
– Facilitated Panel Discussion (10:40-12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 18th
– Media Roundtable, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: United Way Halton & Hamilton (4210 South Service, Unit #101, Burlington)
– Dinner meeting with Halton’s future business leaders, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: United Way Halton & Hamilton (4210 South Service, Unit #101, Burlington)

Additional media availability upon request from April 17 – 20

More about Sandra Hamilton:

Sandra Hamilton is a Strategic Procurement Advisor, Speaker & Canada’s first Social MBA. She works with governments, industry and non-profits to re-design systems to move markets toward a more a sustainable and inclusive economy. She is the author of the first social procurement frameworks to be adopted in both B.C and Alberta.

Sandra is the former business manager to Vancouver 2010 Olympic CEO John Furlong and rower Silken Laumann. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games were the first games in history to add social criteria in to the sustainability strategy.

The Halton Community Benefits Network (HCBN) is a key initiative of the Halton Poverty Roundtable. The HCBN is a multi-sectoral collaborative network working together towards fostering awareness and action in the development of Community Benefits Agreements. Through research and consultation our goal is to educate and engage community partners to adopt Community Benefits Agreements and Social Procurement practices that can lead to change the way our economic region does business and thus benefit its citizens with fuller employment opportunities and inclusive social well-being.

The Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) is a collaborative multi-sector group comprised of volunteers who are committed to leveraging resources and partnerships to eliminate poverty in Halton through education, greater community engagement, and collective impact. The HPRT believes in the right of every person to live in good health and with dignity.

For media enquires, please contact Sarah Rutka at sarahrutka@gmail.com, 905-782-1247

OR

Sarah Sabihuddin, sarah@haltonpovertyroundtable.com, 905-635-3131, ext 303