The Sustainable Procurement Fellowship

Sustainable Procurement Fellowship: Information Session 

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022. 1:30 – 2:30 pm EST | 10:30 – 11:30 am PST 


Join us in this informational webinar to learn more about: 

  • The SPF program and how to apply; 
  • How sustainable procurement can be leveraged to reduce emissions and hit net-zero targets without capital investment or the strain of pilot projects; and 
  • How sustainable procurement increases supply chain transparency and strengthens relationships with suppliers.  

This webinar will be moderated by CBSR’s Executive Director, Leor Rotchild, with guest speakers Frances Edmonds, Head of Sustainable Impact, HP Canada, and Bob Willard, Sustainability Advantage. 


Are you ready to lead the just transition to a net zero economy? Then let’s talk sustainable procurement.


Accelerating the adoption of sustainable procurement to drive the transition to an equitable, low carbon, circular economy.


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Our Mission

Sustainable procurement represents a huge opportunity to achieve important global ESG goals such as net zero, greater equity and equality.  In recognition of this opportunity, CBSR is pleased to introduce the Sustainable Procurement Fellowship, in partnership with HP. This 6-month program will bring together 40 Canadian leaders to champion sustainable procurement and lead the transition to an equitable, circular and net zero economy.  


Sustainable Procurement Fellows will have the opportunity to build trust, share knowledge, and work together to refine ideas and scale the impact of sustainable procurement initiatives in Canada. 


Why become a Sustainable Procurement Fellow?  

  • Lead in Your Field: Become a champion and recognized leader in an emerging field of ESG.  
  • Expand Your Network: Establish new relationships in other industries and in your value chain. Connect with leaders from across Canada who bring their own unique experiences and perspectives to the fellowship. 
  • Access New Tools: Discover a variety of procurement-related tools that mobilize supply chain transformation strategies aimed to mitigate carbon and increase circularity. 
  • Develop Professionally: Build your knowledge with guidance from key leaders with decades of expertise. Improve engagement, coordination and cooperation within internal procurement teams and across your organizational value chain.  
  • Create a Procurement Plan for Your Organization: Generate project-based outcomes by vetting procurement-based initiatives with a diverse group of sustainability and procurement leaders. 

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Designed for Diversity

This program aims to build better supply chains by facilitating collaboration among a cohort that reflects the demographics of Canadian communities. We especially want to ensure that the voices of Black, Indigenous, and other under-represented communities are included in the development of transformative procurement strategies. By prioritizing diversity in the fellow selection process, we are also supporting the creation of more inclusive solutions that benefit all of Canada’s communities.

How to Apply 

Selection Criteria 

We are looking to create a diverse group of fellows who reflect Canada’s multitude of industries, communities and perspectives. We are looking to recruit fellows who… 

  • Are interested and able to drive positive change within their organization 
  • Are excited to learn new methods to advance ESG commitments  
  • Have organizational support to participate in the SPF as a training opportunity 

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply using the button below.  


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Selection Process 

The Sustainable Procurement Fellowship will be accepting fellow applications until October 18, 2022. After this date, applications will be reviewed by our selection team and the top 40 candidates will be chosen as the inaugural SPF cohort.  


The top candidates will be identified through application responses and diversity considerations. Our selection team will ensure that the chosen fellows are reflective of Canada’s diverse communities and come from a broad range of industries.  

Meet the Program Advisors

Frances Edmonds, Head of Sustainable Impact, HP Canada 

Frances Edmonds is the Head of Sustainable Impact at HP Canada, where she is responsible for business development and oversees Corporate Social Responsibility programs nationally. With a focus on sustainable procurement, Frances is driving meaningful change cross-sector that supports a more circular and sustainable economic future for Canada. With more than 30 years of experience, Frances is recognized as one of Canada’s top sustainability professionals, having received two Clean 50 awards and has led HP to become the most sustainable technology company in Canada.

Bob Willard, Sustainability Advantage 

Bob is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and a sought-after speaker who has given over 1,500 presentations to corporate, government, university, and NGO audiences. Bob is the author of the highly acclaimed books The Sustainability Advantage and the Business Case for Sustainability which engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities by using smart environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices. Bob is experienced in sustainable procurement and has created tools to help with its implementation such as the Basic Sustainability Assessment Tool for suppliers to determine their performance on core sustainability issues.  

Monica Da Ponte, Principal Consultant, Shift & Build 

Monica is principal at Shift & Build.  She helps organizations develop and implement strategies that deliver social, environmental and economic value at scale.  She has been working on helping to catalyze the advancement of sustainable procurement over the last 6 years.  During this time, she has led a number of projects ranging from an assessment of the integration of sustainability into public sector procurement to research that deepens the understanding of needs in the area of sustainable procurement.  In addition to her work at Shift & Build, Monica is an adjunct instructor at the Schulich School of Business. 

Ted Ferguson, Managing Director, CBSR & Chief Sustainability Officer, The Delphi Group

Ted has over 25 years of experience working with leading-edge companies, governments, and strategic initiatives to create value from combining business strategy and sustainability. Half of his experience has been with Delphi, helping business succeed through sustainability across most sectors of the economy, including energy, food and beverage, retail, finance, telecom, manufacturing, and transportation. He has delivered dozens of strategies for clients and continues to work with many of them on ensuring successful implementation. He led Delphi as president from 2016 to the beginning of 2021. 


Prior to joining Delphi, Ted worked for BC Hydro, where he was responsible for corporate sustainability strategy, sustainable supply chain initiatives, policy engagement on carbon regulations, and climate change risk management. He also helped develop the first set of rules and guidelines for the international emission markets while working at Foreign Affairs Canada. Ted began his career at the David Suzuki Foundation. 


Ted has a master’s degree from the University of Northern British Columbia and an honours undergraduate degree from Trent University. 

Frequently Asked Questions


What is CBSR?  
  • CBSR is Canada’s only membership association for companies co-creating a sustainable, equitable future. CBSR is a pioneer in championing the idea that businesses do better – by every measure – when they operate in a socially and environmentally responsible way.  
  • CBSR provides the tools, resources, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, workshops and events that help members build capacity in corporate sustainability.  
How has CBSR built diversity into the fellowship and organization? 
  • The Sustainable Procurement Fellowship was created as an opportunity to drive meaningful change through collaboration across a wide range of industries and organizations.  
  • We are looking to create the most diverse cohort possible; we seek individuals from differing ethnicities, abilities, identities, ages, industries and professions.  
  • We have included diversity as a consideration for the fellow selection process and we created 10 fellow positions that are available for bursary to ensure that financial limitations will not be a barrier to inclusion.  
What is the role of a Sustainable Procurement Fellow? 
  • To gain a deep understanding of the role sustainable procurement can play in enabling the achievement of your specific organizational sustainability goals.  
  • To assess how well-integrated sustainability is in your current procurement program. 
  • To identify, in collaboration with your procurement team, specific sustainable procurement goals that are connected to your organizational sustainability goals. 
  • To develop a plan towards advancing said goals. This plan will include, but is not limited to, strategies that secure organizational consensus, policy, program and process advancements, resourcing and mechanisms of accountability. 
What is the cost?  
  • The Sustainable Procurement Fellowship has an enrollment fee of approximately $3,000. We have 10 bursaries available to ensure that financial cost is not a barrier to participation. 
Who should apply? 
  • You! We’re looking for sustainability and procurement professionals with a diverse set of experiences and perspectives to transform supply chains across several industries, cut GHG emissions, and lead the transition to an equitable, net zero economy.  
  • Whether you are passionate about tackling climate change, searching for ways to ensure your company meets its targets, or looking to gain new relevant skills that will help you as an aspiring leader, the Sustainable Procurement Fellowship is here to help you succeed. 
What is the application process? 
  • The application is an online form completed by prospective fellows. Applications are due by October 18, 2022, after which date, they will be reviewed by the Sustainable Procurement Fellowship selection team.  
Where will meetings be held? 
  • Almost all meetings will be held virtually except for one in-person meeting, which will take place in conjunction with GLOBExCHANGE from February 27 to March 1, 2023 in Toronto. 
What are the responsibilities of a fellow? 
  • Participation in every session and commitment to completing homework assignments on time. 
What is the selection process/how are fellows selected? 
  • CBSR and the selection committee will review submitted applications and select 40 individuals based on their availability, organizational support, and overall diversity.  
What is the length of a fellow term? 
  • The fellow term is from November 2022 to May 2023. 
What is the time commitment of being a fellow? 
  • Fellows will be expected to attend 12 virtual workshops held bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00 pm EST between November 2022 and April 2023. Fellows will be expected to complete homework assignments that accompany workshop curriculum, approximately 1 hour of additional work before each workshop.  
  • Fellows have the opportunity to attend one in-person event, GLOBExCHANGE from February 27 to March 1, 2023 in Toronto. 
What is sustainable procurement? 
  • Sustainable procurement ensures that buyers obtain the best value for money when purchasing the most sustainable goods and services from the most sustainable suppliers, in support of their organization’s stated purpose and strategic goals.  
  • This means counting all the costs included in a good or service, not just the initial purchase price, but the impact that the purchase and supplier have on people and the environment. 

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The Sustainable Procurement Fellowship is brought to you in partnership with HP Canada