Strategic Procurement Advisor and Canada’s First Social MBA
Sandra Hamilton is a Strategic Procurement Advisor and Canada’s First Social MBA. She serves as an advisor to the Ontario Public Buyers Association (OPBA) and to CBSR – Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. Her current work involves leading demonstration projects in BC, Alberta and Ontario designed to transform the role of public procurement from ‘Price Taker to Market Mover’.
Hamilton foresees a future where all taxpayer funded contracts are designed to move markets toward the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals; to align and support key environmental, social and economic public policy goals.
Known for her progressive, trade agreement compliant approach, Hamilton designed both British Columbia’s & Alberta’s first Social Procurement Frameworks and, in 2017, she was nominated by Global Affairs Canada to profile her work at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Symposium on Sustainable Government Procurement in Geneva.
In addition to working with CBSR and OPBA to re-imagine the role of public procurement in creating a more circular and socially responsible economy, Hamilton is currently exploring the role and responsibility of public procurement in Poverty Reduction with The City of Hamilton, ON; in building more inclusive workplaces and fostering Indigenous Reconciliation with the Fort McMurray Construction Association in NE Alberta and in promoting skills development/apprenticeships and Indigenous Reconciliation within a large infrastructure project with the District of Tofino, BC.
For Hamilton “It’s about moving beyond Do No Harm, to proactively Doing Some Good.”
Hamilton has over 20 years’ experience as a strategic advisor and business consultant. She is theformer Business Manager to Vancouver 2010 Olympics CEO John Furlong and Olympic rower Silken Laumann. Before establishing her consultancy practice, Hamilton was the Publisher of BC Woman Magazine and Director of Marketing at The Vancouver Sun.