Sandra Hamilton - Advancing Social Procurement

New Paper on Community Benefit Agreements & Advancing Social Procurement 
Oct 5, 2016 - Bill C-227 - Community Benefits in Infrastructure - PASSES Second Reading

Client News - Media Release: 

Sept 30, 2016  - An Alberta First -RMWB issues Alberta's First Social RFQ

Sept 29, 2016  - UBCM 2016 - Cumberland resolution B76 - Social Procurement PASSED

Sept 13, 2016  -  An Alberta First - RMWB to use Social Purchasing to support Fort McMurray re-build and to grow the regional economy.Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is the first municipality in Alberta to receive  Buy Social Canada certification 

June 13, 2016- Town of Qualicum Beach adopts Country’s First Social Procurement Policy

June 13, 2016- The Sandermoen School of Business graduates Canada's first SocialMBA

Strategist, Social Innovator, Social Business Educator, Speaker and Management Consultant   

Sandra Hamilton is Canada's first SocialMBA. Her consultancy work is focused on developing strategies to create healthy, vibrant communities through sustainable and equitable economic development. 

Public Policy Paper: 
Advancing Social Innovation in Canada 
April 9th 2016
Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities - Conference delegates vote overwhelmingly in support of advancing Social Procurement across the region.

March 30th 2016 Media Release: 

The Village of Cumberland includes Social Procurement in 2016 Village Upgrade Projects 
March 29th 2016 Media Release: 
Victoria City Council votes to support Cumberland Social Procurement Resolution Social Procurement is advancing on Vancouver Island. 


                              " Sandra is a results oriented, values driven business woman, well known for her passion, integrity and innovative thinking. I wish Sandra every success as she continues to pursue her life’s passion.     I would like to thank Sandra Hamilton for her dedication and hard work over the last two years.” John Furlong

Media Coverage of Sandra's work

September 23rd, 2015 - UBCM

Cumberland, B.C. is Canada's First Buy Social Municipality

In Focus Magazine  - Feeding the Future:
FEED Comox Valley takes the idea of the 100-mile diet to a whole new level

Announcing a B.C. First: The Village of Cumberland 
Sept 7th, 2015: Cumberland is the first municipality in B.C. to pass and implement a Social Procurement framework, designed to better leverage tax dollars for community benefit.  

Also, five years after the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, key lessons learned have been incorporated into the first BC Government  Social Impact Purchasing GuidelinesThis is a good first step for BC; a way to better leverage tax payer funded contracts, to improve targeted and desirable social impact.

July 23rd, 2015  Comox Valley Record    
Patients at St. Joseph’s General Hospital, residents at Glacier View Lodge and students at North Island College are enjoying freshly harvested vegetables, thanks to a project geared at increasing the supply of local food in public institutions.

February 27th,  2015    Social Enterprise Catalyst Media Release                     
Can a City prefer local companies in the procurement process?  
 Yes, if you think more about impact and less about geography,” says panelist Sandra Hamilton, a Social Procurement Consultant and former Business Manager to John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 

February 27th, 2015  Sustain Ontario Media Release   
The Law Leaves Room for Local Food 
Trade Agreements & Social Public Procurement 
November 5th, 2014  -  Sieffert's Farm today delivered locally grown food directly to North Island College, marking the start of the campaign to Re-Localize the food institutional food system and to Re-Vitalize the economy

More local food being supplied to public institutions is the goal of NIC’s 
FEED Comox Valley project 

By matching supply to demand, and by using a seasonally adjusted menu, Sandra Hamilton  believes that it could be economically viable to introduce a brand new, socially innovative local supply chain into Vancouver Island’s two new hospitals, providing a secure market demand for local farmers.

A Podcast Series:
Working to advance the not for profit sector
A series of Social Enterprise broadcasts presented by Sandra Hamilton with the Sandermoen School of Business at the University of Fredericton.

1. Sandra Hamilton speaks with Marcel Lauziere, President and CEO of Imagine Canada, about their earned revenue framework and some of the challenges facing the sector.

2. Sandra Hamilton speaks with  lawyer Michael Blatchford, a not for profit specialist at Bull Houserin Vancouver, BC, who delivers 25 minutes of invaluable board governance advice.    Clarifying the CRA rules surrounding earned business revenues within a charity.  How British Columbia’s new Community Contribution Company, a CCC, could be of benefit for raising capital for social/community causes.
3.  A Fully Online Executive Education is now available to not for profit leaders interested in pursuing an MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership. More information at
Why Social Enterprise is an essential growth area for the non-profit sector
Sandra Hamilton speaks with Marcel Lauziere, President and CEO of Imagine Canada, about the importance of earned income for charities. Of the three possible revenue steams - Donations, Government Grants and Earned Income - only earned income is predicted to grow. 

May 22, 2013 Canada: Wall Street Journal  
Canada's First MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership 
FREDERICTON, May 21, 2013 The Sandermoen School of Business is the first business school in Canada to offer an MBA and Executive MBA focused on Social Enterprise Leadership. Podcast interview with Program Adjunct Sandra Hamilton and David LePage, advisers to the new program.

Business Manager to John Furlong, CEO VANOC
"I wish Sandra every success as she continues to pursue her life’s passion ”   
“I would like to thank Sandra Hamilton for her dedication and hard work over the last two years.” said John Furlong.“ Sandra is a results oriented, values driven business woman, well known for her passion, integrity and innovative thinking.

Sandra worked with us in the early days of the Olympic bid. In May 2010, I asked her to be my Business Manager.  Since then, Sandra has successfully managed my reputation, speaking business, corporate sponsorships, media, events and the launch of my bestselling book Patriot Hearts – Inside the Olympics that changed a country.  

Sandra Hamilton -
Canada's First 
Social MBA


Sandra Hamilton, Executive MBA – Social Enterprise Leadership
Four years ago, Sandra Hamilton was instrumental in the creation of Canada’s first Social MBA. She recently became the first Canadian to graduate with an Executive MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership.

Sandra is the former Business Manager to Vancouver 2010 Olympic CEO John Furlong. Her consulting career spans 20 years working as a strategic advisor to Olympians such as Silken Laumann; Other roles include, Director of Marketing at The Vancouver Sun;  Publisher, BC Woman Magazine and Project lead for the FEED Comox Valley initiative at North Island College.

Today, Sandra is focused on advancing Social Innovation in the public sector.She is the author and strategist behind both British Columbia’s, and Alberta’s, first Social Procurement frameworks. Sandra was instrumental in Cumberland, BC, becoming Canada’s  first Buy Social Municipality. Her work has earned support from key Mayors and politicians on Vancouver Island, who recently voted to adopt AVICC Resolution #6 - to advance Social Procurement across the AVICC region.

Driven by the desire to see more children raised in healthy communities, Sandra works with public sector organisations to strategically leverage taxpayer funded contracts to enhance social and economic outcomes. Her work is focused on providing Social Procurement education within the public sector and on inspiring social entrepreneurialism acros Canada. 

In 1989 Hamilton Emigrated to Vancouver from the UK where she held the position of Regional Sales Manager for the women’s monthly magazine division of IPC, the largest magazine publisher in Britain.

“I would like to thank Sandra Hamilton for her dedication and hard work as my Business Manager over the last two years. Sandra is a results oriented, values driven business woman, well known for her passion, integrity and innovative thinking"
- John Furlong, CEO, Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games
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