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Message from David Sharma, chief procurement officer


“At TELUS, we believe in innovation, spirited teamwork and initiating opportunity. We are proud to launch our Supplier Diversity Program which will provide our commitment to enable more opportunities for historically under-represented groups to compete for our business.  Our vision is to build a portfolio of suppliers that more closely reflects the communities where we live, work and serve.”



At TELUS, we understand that a diverse environment, both internally and with our suppliers, facilitates a broader exchange of perspectives and better reflects our society.


By launching the supplier diversity program in January 2012, we are aiming to deliver an improved customer experience and innovation by taking proactive steps to provide equal access to a supply base that reflects the diversity where we live, work and serve.


We are committed to expanding the scope of this program to include more diverse groups over time. Currently, the scope of our supplier diversity program is as follows:


  • Female-owned, LGBT-owned or Minority-owned (51 per cent +) businesses in Canada.
  • Businesses must be certified as diverse by the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) or Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) to qualify as diverse for the TELUS program.
  • Online supplier registration with TELUS is also strongly recommended.


In addition to launching this program at TELUS, we also commit to providing thought leadership in the policy development and growth of supplier diversity in Canada through Board representation with CAMSC, CGLCC and WBE Canada.



Program definitions

Minority-owned business means a business that is at least 51 per cent owned by an Aboriginal Person and/or Visible Minority and where the daily operations of the business are controlled by Aboriginal Persons and/or Visible Minorities.

  • “Aboriginal Person” means a person who is First Nation, Inuit or Metis.
  • “Visible Minority” means a person who is not an Aboriginal Person and who is non-Caucasian in race and non-white in colour.


Please visit the CAMSC wesbite for more information.


Female-owned business means a business that is at least 51 per cent owned by a woman or women who also control and manage the business. Where “control” means exercising the power to make policy decisions and “manage” means being actively involved in the day-to-day management of the business.


Please visit the WBE Canada website for more information.


LGBT-owned business means a business that is at least 51 per cent LGBT owned and operated. CGLCC-certified LGBTBEs offer a range of products and services including marketing, public relations, communications, event management, executive coaching, diversity coaching, office carpet maintenance, janitorial services, digital printing, graphic and web design, advertising, translation, and catering.


Please visit the CGLCC website for more information.

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