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Sandra Hamilton is a Strategic Procurement Advisor, Speaker, and Canada’s First Social MBA  

Sandra specializes in working with governments, industry and non-profits to transform procurement into a more strategic function; to create more societal value through public sector supply chains and to move markets toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

For SandraIt’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 nominated by Global Affairs Canada 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. 

In the News 

Are We Buying The Future We Want?  Hamilton Spectator 


2018/19: City of Hamilton, ON - Strategic Procurement Advisor - One Year Pilot
2018/19 : OPBA - Ontario Public Buyers Association - Strategic Advisor
2019: CBSR - Canadian Business for Social Responsibility - Strategic Advisor

2017- 2019: Project Designer & Lead: Wood Buffalo Community Benefit Network 
- Fort McMurray, Alberta. Introducing WBCBN.

2017-2018: Advisor: Halton Community Benefit Network - Ontario

2017 Pilot: Strategic Procurement, Community Benefit Infrastructure Pilot 
Project Designer & Lead - City of Victoria, Town of Qualicum Beach, City of Campbell River; VICA - Vancouver Island Construction Assn. & The Construction Foundation
2016 - 2017: RMWB - Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo -
Alberta's First Social Procurement Framework & Pilot
2015: Village of Cumberland - B.C.'s First Social Procurement Framework
Awarded the GFOA-BC 2018 Innovation Award for Public Sector Leadership 
2014 - 2016: NIC FEED Comox Valley 
Project Designer & Lead: Sustainable Institutional Food systems
2012- 2016: Catalyst & First Graduate of Canada's Social MBA


Social Innovation & Public Policy 

White Paper: Building a new economy requires investing in Social Innovation as well as technological innovation and the importance of advancing Strategic Public Procurement to move markets towards the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals.                                                                      

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 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

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.                                  

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 advisor 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
Six years ago, Sandra Hamilton was instrumental in the creation of Canada’s first Social MBA and she went on to become 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 in 2017 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 across 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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