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IWSCC Newsletter – March 2022

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Word of the Month: Listening.

Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. It requires patience, empathy, and commitment.


Corporate Corner

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Our Corporate Member – Procurement Assistance Canada with The Accessible Procurement Resource Centre – is inviting you to participate in a questionnaire relating to Canadian businesses owned or led by persons with disabilities to provide feedback about experiences with federal procurement.

“Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is extending the deadline for Canadian businesses owned or led by persons with disabilities to provide feedback about their experience with federal procurement to Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Canadian businesses owned or led by persons with disabilities (including micro-businesses, social enterprises, not-for-profits, and other social purpose organizations) are invited to complete the online questionnaire. Please visit the Request for Information for additional information, including frequently asked questions and an alternative word version.

This questionnaire is part of a series of PSPC initiatives to increase the participation of Canadian businesses owned or led by persons with disabilities in federal procurement. Your feedback will help ensure that programs developed reflect lived experiences and needs.

If you have any questions about the questionnaire, or require additional information or assistance, please contact us by email at TPSGC.PACRAAccessible-APAccessiblePRC.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

Thank you for your appreciated participation.”


Supplier Spotlight

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CORE Resources helps technology companies find and leverage ideas, experts, and technological resources. Our team provides expertise on Agile, DevOps, Continuous Integration, and Automated Testing.

Diversity has and always will be a foundational piece of CORE’s business. We believe people create great tech, and each person should have an equal opportunity to impact innovation. As a diverse-owned business, we’re able to offer unique insights on how to develop inclusive initiatives, and how to build strong technical teams that leverage diversity.

Visit CORE Resources’ Website


Words of Wisdom

This tip of the month is for anyone who wants to improve their communication skills!


Communicating with someone that has a disability may feel intimidating at first. Here are a few tips to make both of you more comfortable:

  • Communicate directly with the person, not their caregiver or translator
  • Use a normal tone of voice (do not raise your voice unless asked to)
  • Ask the person what will help with communication
  • Be patient
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes!


Matchmaking Dates

We’re back at it!


Introducing our upcoming Match Made in 5 Minutes dates!

Can’t wait to see you there! Watch your email for invitations from Eventbrite or reach out to us and get on the list!

March 9th , March 30th , April 6th , April 20th , May 11th , May 26th , June 7th , June 15th , July 6th , July 20th , August 10th , August 24th , September 7th , September 20th , October 5th , October 26th , November 16th , November 30th , December 14th


Coming Up…

Annual Reports are Here!


After reflecting on a very successful 2021, the IWSCC is excited to announce it’s Annual Corporate and Annual Supplier Reports are ready for distribution! The 7-page documents outline past and future projects, IWSCC by the numbers, quotes from our members, and much more.

Please e-mail jenniferm@iwscc.ca to get your copy of either report!

SDAC Events Update


Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada (SDAC) has more news on their in-person events! The Halifax & Vancouver events will be held in July 2022 and will include:

Corporate education sessions for those interested in incorporating greater diversity in their supply chain

Networking roundtables between Corporate Members and Certified Suppliers from CAMSC, CGLCC, WBE & IWSCC


Supplier Diversity Advocacy


The IWSCC is partnering with a government relations firm to engage with Ministers, MPs and members of the Secretariat. Our aim is to educate on supplier diversity, offer resources, and encourage the government to implement specific supplier diversity policies within the federal procurement process. Updates on this progress will be shared via our newsletter.

If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to reach out!


Let’s Get Social!

Don’t forget to connect with us on our socials! We post weekly content like…

Tip of the month

Success stories

IWSCC-original blogs

How we’re bringing our mission to life

And more!

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