Sandermoen School of Business alumna Sandra Hamilton, and Sandermoen School of Business faculty member, David LePage, each addressed the World Trade Organization (WTO) Symposium on Sustainable Government Procurement in Geneva, Wednesday, February 22, 2017. They were two of the 12-scheduled international presenters.

Hamilton delivered her talk, “Procurement strategy: the importance of people in a people, planet, profit approach to sustainable government procurement,” to address the Session 2 query, “What are the key practices of sustainable procurement and how can sustainability be incorporated into the different stages of procurement?”

In 2016, she was a part of the first class to complete the Sandermoen School of Business, Executive MBA degree program with a specialty stream in Social Enterprise Leadership. She designed the first Social Procurement Frameworks for both the province of British Columbia and Alberta and continues to work with all level of government as well as industry to modernize procurement processes to achieve social value through public sector supply chains.

Due to her expertise, Hamilton is frequently asked to speak at conferences. In addition to this engagement, the WTO Symposium, she is scheduled to present at the 2017 Canadian Construction Conference in Mexico, March 20 – 23, 2017, and the Canadian Capital Cities Conference, in Victoria, BC, later this year.

LePage delivered his talk, “SPP practices – consistency with the Parties’ International trade obligations: a perspective from Canada,” to address the Session 3 query, “How are sustainability measures in procurement processes practiced in a manner consistent with both the principle of “best-value-for-money” and international trade obligations?”

He is Principal with Accelerating Social Impact CCC, Ltd. (ASI), Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, and a member of the Social Enterprise World Forum Steering Group, the Canadian CED Network Policy Council, Imagine Canada’s Advisory Committee, and BC’s Partners for Social Impact. LePage is the former Team Manager of enp-BC and played a lead role in the development of enp-Canada and a professor at the Sandermoen School of Business.

He has worked in non-profit and related fields for over 35-years, in a broad range of communities and cultures and was heavily involved with the development of the EMBA/MBA degree program specialty stream in Social Enterprise Leadership at the Sandermoen School of Business. This specialty stream has drawn immense interest from people all across North America, therefore, it is of the utmost importance for the Sandermoen School of Business to work with leading industry experts of his caliber.

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