Diverse Suppliers

Please see the list of Diverse Supplier Directories and Organizations below. Queen's buyers can consult the lists for consideration when they're deciding who to purchase from. The Procurement Policy should always be followed.


Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC)
CBCC online directory

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)
CCAB online directory

Women Entrepreneurs Can
WE-CAN online directory (XLS, 27 KB)




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Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)

The Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) facilitates the growth of Aboriginal and minority owned businesses, by connecting them to procurement opportunities with companies and governments committed to a diverse and inclusive supply chain.

CAMSC website

Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC)

The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) is committed to connecting Black Businesses in Canada to the Global Black diaspora and the mainstream global markets. We promote local and bilateral trade, resources, information, and cultural exchange for business.

CBCC website     CBCC online directory

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) positions Indigenous business at the focal point for strengthening Indigenous communities, promoting progressive and prosperous relationships, and growing a new economy based on mutual respect and shared prosperity.

CCAB provides an array of business development offerings, including certification for Aboriginal-owned businesses (CAB) and companies with Progressive Aboriginal Relations™ (PAR). Tools and Financing for Aboriginal Business (TFAB) connects Indigenous entrepreneurs with tools, training and networks to strengthen and scale their businesses.

CCAB website     CCAB online directory

Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce

We often get the question: why do you exist? There are business chambers at the regional and national level, and corporations’ support for LGBT+ initiatives is on the rise. So, the answer is: we exist because LGBT+ entrepreneurs already have a huge impact on the Canadian economy, with barriers. Let’s see what kind of thriving and inclusive Canada is possible when we remove them.

CGLCC website

Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC)

The Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC) is a Canadian non-profit created to support Veterans and/or people with disabilities who own businesses. We provide certification so that these businesses can be officially recognized as Diverse Suppliers and work with corporate partners to increase the inclusivity of workplaces and procurement processes.

IWSCC believes that every Canadian has a right to meaningful work; to support themselves and their families. For Veterans and/or those with disabilities, that right is more of a privilege or not recognized at all. Across Canada, they are denied employment, paid less than their peers and are less likely to hold management positions.

IWSCC website

National Minority Supplier Identity Council (NMSDC)

Founded in 1972, the National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc.® (NMSDC®) is the longest-operating business growth engine for the broadest group of systematically excluded communities of color (Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American), and our impact goes far beyond supply chain. It’s about upward mobility for the emerging majority of Americans, an equal shot at participating in the American experiment of free-market capitalism and entrepreneurship. Our work is about correcting the unequal access to wealth-building opportunities.

NMSDC website

Women Entrepreneurs Can

The mission for WE-CAN is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women-identifying entrepreneurs, through the provision of tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and building of community, to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures.

WE-CAN website     WE-CAN online directory (XLS, 27 KB)

WEConnect International

WEConnect International is a global network that connects women owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world.

WEConnect website

Womens Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBEs)

WBE Canada is a non-profit organization certifying Canadian Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) and opening doors to supply chains across North America. Our mission is to build and grow a strong Canadian ecosystem that connects women-owned businesses to procurement opportunities through advocacy, certification, development, and promotion and helps corporations and governments to deliver on their supplier diversity commitments. 

WBE website