Buy with Impact: Build Social Procurement into Your Next Construction Project

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Time: 10:00am-11:30am PT / 1:00pm-2:30pm ET (90 minutes)
Location: Online – Attendance is complimentary

Join Buy Social Canada and Chandos Construction, for a hands-on learning session on how to implement social procurement in your next construction project.

Bringing purpose to purchasing is growing as corporations, governments and institutions recognize the power they have to leverage their existing spend to create positive impact in their communities. Based upon Canada-wide experience, you’ll learn innovative industry best practice examples, how to use available tools, and the next steps you can take to buy with impact on your next commercial renovation or new build.

This session will cover:
  • The Buy Social Canada Social Procurement Implementation Process of Policy, Learn, Measure, Test and Lead
  • Government examples of social procurement like the Coastal Communities Social Procurement Initiative ( and Infrastructure Canada’s Community Employment Benefits
  • Institutional examples of social procurement in construction like St. Paul’s Hospital and the BC Housing Integrated Health and Housing Facility Community Benefit Agreement
  • Recognizing the impact of leading sustainability and green procurement practices, such as LEED, we will use tools and resources to develop social value outcomes in construction such as diversity, inclusion and social enterprise subcontracting
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Event Agenda

  1. Welcome and What & Why of Social Procurement (15 mins)
  2. Implementation — Deeper Conversation & Breakout Rooms (60 mins)
    • Policy
    • Learn
    • Measure
    • Test
    • Lead
  3. Q&A + Next Steps (15 mins)


  • Tim Coldwell, President, Chandos Construction Ltd.
  • Tori Williamson, Director of Education and Communications, Buy Social Canada
  • Elizabeth Chick-Blount, Executive Director, Buy Social Canada

More social procurement resources

Building a Better Future Through Social Procurement – GLOBE Capital blog by Tim Coldwell, President of Chandos Construction Ltd.

Restoring Our Environment, Economy and Humanity Through Infrastructure – Opinion Piece by Tim Coldwell, President of Chandos Construction Ltd. as part of the Clean Recovery Breakthrough Series

Learning Centre for Purchasers and Suppliers – Buy Social Canada