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

Are We Buying the Future We Want? Leveraging Public Procurement for Community Benefit

Leveraging Public Procurement for Community Benefit

A Half-Day Forum Invite:

Businesses, Public Organizations, Non-profits & Citizen Groups
April 17, 2018
Sheridan College – Trafalgar Campus, Conference Centre
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM Speaker – Sandra Hamilton, Group Dialogue & Community Leader Panel
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Networking Lunch

Halton Region is poised to move forward in a new era for project and procurement spending. Since 2016, Halton Community Benefits Network has served as a catalyst for change, encouraging both public and private sectors to adopt business practices that lead to Economic & Social Opportunity for Everyone. Inspired by progress in other regions across Canada, our network initiative has gained further attention in Hamilton and the Niagara Region.

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In 2015, Ontario was the first province to pass Community Benefit legislation with Bill 6 – the Ontario Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, to enable the consideration of community benefits in infrastructure planning and investment. Sandra Hamilton, Canada’s leading thought leader on strategic procurement will inform us on how these initiatives build to inclusive economic development and what we can learn from other markets experience. This will kick off a group dialogue to help answer the question, ‘what does this mean to the Halton Region?’

Community Benefits Agreements & Public Procurement Practices can contribute to greater social good, (lead to new or better jobs and improve family incomes). We can all make changes to our purchasing decisions to ensure that spending is aligned with our values and supports our strategic priorities. After our keynote speaker and Group Dialogue, a Community Leader Panel will discuss current examples and ideas for the best ways we can collaborate & innovate to leverage the combined power of our purchasing to buy the future we want locally in Halton Region.

Speaker Bio


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. For Sandra “It’s about moving procurement beyond Do No Harm, to proactively Doing Some Good.”

Please click here and fill out the form to RSVP your attendance by Friday April 13, 2018
Sheridan College – Trafalgar Campus, Conference Centre
1400 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville

This event is organized and funded by the Halton Community Benefits Network
For further Information

Email info@haltoncommunitybenefits.com Phone 905-635-3131 ext 303

Website http://haltoncommunitybenefits.com

The Halton Community Benefits Network is an initiative of the Halton Poverty Roundtable
Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Atkinson Foundation, and Amarna

Be a Canada Learning Bond Champion

If you are passionate about education and believe that it plays a fundamental role in eliminating poverty, then please consider becoming a CLB Champion in 2018!

Join us on March 29th for information on the Canada Learning Bond, as well as for training on this vital initiative.

To register, please either click on the contact us or email links below and confirm which workshop you would like to attend:

Contact Us
marjorie@haltonpovertyroundtable.com

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to seeing you on March 29th!

CLB Champions Training_Smart Start Halton_March 29_2018

HPRT Educational Resources

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Picture Books

Somebodys new pajamas – Isaac Jackson and David Soman (ages 3 and up)

Yes we can! Janitor strike in LA. – Diana Cohn and Francisco Delgado (age 5 and up)

Those shoes – Maribeth Boelts and Noah Johens (age 5 and up)

Voices in the parkAnthony Brown (ages 7 and up)

Click clack moo – Doreen Cronin (ages 7 and up)

Amber was brave, Essie was smart – Vera B. Williams (age 8 and up)

From far away – Robert Munsch

The hundred dresses – Eleanor Estes

Money hungry – Sharon G. Flake

It’s okay to be different – Todd Parr

The leaves in OctoberKaren Ackerman

Khandra Mohammad and dough – Karen Williams

Four feet, two sandals – Chayka

Do the Math: http://dothemath.thestop.org

Narratives and Collections of Narratives

Where We Stand: Class Matters – bell hook

Teaching Tolerance essay “How School Taught me I was poor: – Jeff Sapp http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-35-spring-2009/feature/how-school- taught-me-i-was-poor

“On Lilacs, Tap dancing and Children of Poverty” – Bobby Starnes Phi Delta Kappa

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Experiencing Poverty; Voices from the Bottom – D. Stanley Eitzen and Kelly Eitzen Smith

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Why our students need “equity literacy” Teaching Tolerance Blog

http://www.tolerance.org/blog/why-our-students-need-equity-literacy

Reaching and Teaching Students in PovertyPaul Gorski.

Persistent PovertyJamie Swift, Brice Balmer and Mira Dineen

Resources for Incorporating Arts Across the Curriculum

Beginner’s Guide to CommunityBased Arts – Mark Schwarzman and Keith Knight

Engaging Films and Music Videos in Critical Thinking – Charlene Tan

Handbook for K – 8 Arts Integration: Purposeful Planning Across the Curriculum – Nan L McDonald

The Hip Hop Education GuidebookMarcella Runnell and Martha Diaz

Integrating the Arts Across the Elementary School Curriculum Z- R Phyllis Gelineau

Music and Movement in the ClassroomGreg and Steven Trough

Teaching using Across the Curriculum – Valereai Luppens and Greg Formena

Theater of the Oppressed – August Boal

Smart Start Halton: smartstarthalton.com

Federal Government program that provides a FREE Registered Education Program for children

in low-income families born in 2004. No contribution by the family necessary! You can apply on line in about 10 minutes at this link: https://www.smartsaver.org/startmyresp/?Halton

Social Insurance number of the parent and child are required. HPRT is very willing to come to

your school and run a sign-up event!

HIPPY Oakville

We send trained Home Visitors into homes to teach Mothers how to be their child’s first and best teacher. We use role play to show Mothers how to teach the vital pre-reading, pre-writing and pre- literacy skills. We are funded by Trillium Foundation, Halton Region and the United Way and generous community members.

We serve over 100 families Burlington, Milton as well as Oakville

Please see www.hippyoakville.org for more details Please call 905 582 7860

Poverty Simulation Games

Wealth Inequality: http://activelearningps.com/2014/05/06/wealth-inequality-game/

Spent Game: http://playspent.org

Privilege Walk: https://peacelearner.org/2016/03/14/privilege-walk-lesson-plan/ STARPOWER Game: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/carol.mukhopadhyay/race/Starpower-Activity-2014.pdf The Last Straw! http://www.thelaststraw.ca/ (The Halton Poverty Roundtable has 3 copies and would be very happy to come and facilitate it for your class or meeting).

 

 

 

 

Case Study Halton Poverty Roundtable

CASE STUDY | Located in southern Ontario and part of the Greater Toronto Area, Halton Region is known as an affluent community and desirable place to live. However, poverty in the area is significant, growing and largely hidden. Historically, an understanding of poverty and the lives of those who live in poverty in Halton has been limited. It was not until 2011 that the community coalesced around a coherent strategy led by the Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) to combat systemic poverty, and while challenges remain, the community moves forward today with a deepening commitment and greater degree of collaboration.

Read case study here

HPRT Response to Ontario’s “Income Security: A Roadmap for Change” Report

The staff, board, and volunteer members at the Halton Poverty Roundtable appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback on the recommendations of the “Income Security: A Roadmap for Change” (Roadmap) report. This Roadmap has the potential to transform income security programs that affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of low-income people in Ontario. The key to this transformation is to move beyond the words, so eloquently written in the Roadmap, to acting on the recommendations inherent in the Roadmap, as well as any innovative and viable responses that follow from community feedback. We also acknowledge the Ministry for recognizing the need for a much needed human rights-based equity lens approach to serving vulnerable populations.
Click here to read the Halton Poverty Roundtable’s response.

Welcome to the HPRT’s new Director of Community Engagement: Sarah Sabihuddin.

Please join us in welcoming the HPRT’s new Director of Community Engagement: Sarah Sabihuddin.

Sarah was one of several strong candidates for the position with the HPRT. We are pleased to note that she was the unanimous choice of the Selection Committee.

Sarah joins the HPRT from the Ontario Public Service where she has held many positions over the last 8 years, notably, with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Political Science in 2008 from the University of Western Ontario and also earned a certificate in Public Administration through the University of Windsor. In addition, Sarah recently completed the Municipal Administration Program (MAP) offered through the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO).

Sarah has been a resident of Halton Region for the past 5 years, and an active member of her community – she has served as a council appointed member of the Community Spirit Awards Selection Committee since January 2015. Sarah is also a member The Bronte Village Residents Association (BVRA).

Sarah has a deep knowledge and practical experience in key provincial and regionally based community strategies, provincial legislation and policies related to social issues including: housing, homelessness, urban growth and poverty reduction. This knowledge coupled with the experience she has in developing and managing strategic relationships will enable her to further the work that Leena has so ably led during her time with the HPRT.