2017 Pilot: Strategic Procurement, Community Benefit Infrastructure Pilot 
City of Victoria, Town of Qualicum Beach, City of Campbell River; VICA - Vancouver Island Construction Assn. & The Construction Foundation
2018 Pilot: Indigenous Strategic Procurement Pilot
Wood Buffalo Community Benefit Network - Fort McMurray, Alberta 
Halton Community Benefit Network - Ontario 
Upcoming Conference Keynotes & Presentations 
GFOA-BC - Government Financial Officers Assn. 

Sandra Hamilton is a Strategic Procurement Advisor, Speaker and Canada’s First Social MBA 
Sandra specializes in working with governments to transform procurement into a more strategic function and to achieve more social value through public sector supply chains.
For Sandra “It’s about moving beyond Do No Harm, to proactively Doing Some Good” 

Known for her progressive, trade agreement compliant approach, Hamilton has designed both British Columbia’s & Alberta’s first Social Procurement Frameworks and was recently nominated to profile her work at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Symposium on Sustainable Government Procurement in Geneva. Sandra has over 20 years’ experience as a strategic advisor and business consultant. She is the former Publisher of BC Woman Magazine; Director of Marketing at The Vancouver Sun; Business Manager to Vancouver 2010 Olympics CEO John Furlong and Olympic rower Silken Laumann.  
Social Innovation - Design Labs & Baby Boomers
White Paper: Tapping into Canada's Radical Social Innovators 
Social Innovation & Non-Profit Governance
White Paper: Transformational Non-Profit Governance  
Social Innovation & Transformational Non-Profit Management 

White Paper: Culture Shock - Freighters or Speed Boats?
Social Innovation & Public Policy 

White Paper: Building a new economy requires investing in Social Innovation as well as technological innovation 

Social Procurement in Infrastructure  

Northworks Magazine 2017 - NRCA - Northern Regional Construction Association. 
Closing the skills gap and Social Value in Infrastructure:
Why Canada's $180 billion + investment in infrastructure must also be an investment in people. 

Community Benefits & Infrastructure Tenders 

BUILD Magazine 2016 - VICA - Vancouver Island Construction Association
Discussion Paper

Community Benefit Agreements & Social Procurement                          Sandra Hamilton - Advancing Social Procurement 

Trump. Brexit.  Is this what happens when governments leave too many people behind?  
by Sandra Hamilton, EMBA

April 7th, 2017:  AVICC - Association of Vancouver Island & Coastal Communities - Advancing Social Procurement  

Past Speaking Events                               

June, 2017  ANPHA - Alberta Network of Public Housing Agencies - Provincial Conference Policy Innovation for Public Good - Social Procurement 
May, 2017   Capital Cities Conference - Building Capital Economies 

April 2017  Capital Project Delivery Forum   

Vancouver Island Construction Association

March 2017  Canadian Construction Association Conference - Mexico Social Procurement, CETA and the changing face of public sector procurement in Canada    

WTO Symposium on Sustainable Government Procurement - Geneva
Feb, 2017 Sandra Hamilton: Canadian nominee and industry expert, spoke to the importance of including People, in a People, Planet, Profit based approach to sustainable government procurement.

Client News - Media Releases

November 4th - An Alberta First - RMWB issues Alberta's First Social RFQ 

October, 2016 -  VIDEO: North Island College - FEED Comox Valley Project 
                               Increasing the supply of Local Food in Hospitals, Care Homes & Colleges 
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

                            " 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. 

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.

"Sandra Hamilton is a results oriented marketer."
- Andrea Shaw, Twentyten Group Strategic Marketing & Sponsorship
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