Corporate Canda's Role in Procurement


From government to large companies, procurement processes policies can differ, and yet present opportunities to Indigenous communities and businesses.  Leaders from private industry will share their perspectives on how Indigenous participation in their procurement activities can create positive impacts for communities and businesses.


  • Carolyn Arthur, Procurement Assistance Canada
  • Kear Porttris, QM Environmental
  • Leann Collins, ABCMI

Speaker Bios

Kear Porttris

Kear is a Métis-Chinese professional who has been walking in multiple worlds since he was born. His Father is Métis, with family that stretches back to Red River, and his mother is a Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong. He grew up in Treaty Four Territory in Regina, Saskatchewan. With a civil engineering background, holding undergraduate and Master of Applied Science Degrees in Civil Engineering, he merges education, personal, and professional experience with a solutions based lens. He has extensive experience developing partnerships between industry and Indigenous Communities. He focuses on using a collaborative approach to bolster and support Indigenization and engagement across disciplines and find unique and effective solutions for his clients. He is able to combine his professional training with his unique perspectives and network to support clients. He is involved with a number of interesting and innovative projects that are pushing the limits of Indigenization in industry. Kear sits on the board of Métis Nation of Greater Victoria, helping to represent Métis People throughout lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories.