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Meet the Buyer: BGIS

May 24, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

This LIVE virtual event is for all certified WBEs who want to learn how to do business with BGIS, a WBE Canada Corporate Member. BGIS is a global leader in integrated facility management services including Facility Management, Project Delivery Services, Critical Environments, Energy and Sustainability, Strategic Asset Management, Technical and Real Estate Services, Workplace Solutions and Sustainable Cleaning Solutions. Bring your questions, we’ll have lines open for conversations.

WBE Canada’s Meet the Buyer webinars are an excellent way for WBEs to get first hand information from member corporations they may be targeting with their products and services.

Why should you attend?

We will focus on the following topics:

  • Company information and brief background
  • Supplier Diversity policy or guidelines
  • Procurement processes
  • Categories they purchase
  • Information on working with Tier 1 and Tier 2 vendors (if applicable)
  • Best way to connect and contact information
  • How to best follow up
  • Special programs or opportunities available to diverse suppliers
  • Tips, best practices, success stories
  • Live Q&A
  • Can’t join us LIVE? No problem! Send your questions to concierge@wbecanada.ca anytime between now and 1 day prior to the call. Call will be recorded and available in our online library – Toolbox!


This Webinar is open to Certified WBEs and other Certified Diverse Suppliers


Certification has its benefits!

This webinar is open to certified WBEs and other certified diverse suppliers from the following councils: CAMSC, CGLCC, IWSCC, CCAB. This webinar is free but participants must register in advance.


Meet the Presenters:

John Castelhano
Vice-President Strategic Sourcing, North America

John is an innovative and accomplished professional with over 25 years of Sourcing Leadership experience who is stimulated by challenges and diversity. He has led the BGIS Strategic Sourcing team through several large-scale positive changes bringing innovation and energy to the way BGIS manages its supply chain. John is highly focused on establishing and advancing the sustainable and diverse procurement program, guiding BGIS towards integrating social considerations in purchasing decisions to promote a more sustainable way of doing business.



Adel Saleem
Managing Director, BMO Client Account

Adel is an experienced senior leader with a demonstrated history of working in the financial, corporate real estate, and information technology industry. Skilled in Project & Portfolio Management & Delivery, ERP transformations, IT Strategy & Emerging Technology, Mergers and Acquisitions integrations, and Facilities Management Services. He is currently the Managing Director, Client Services at BGIS accountable for providing integrated FM service for the BMO Canadian portfolio of properties.


Yarlene Frisani
Managing Director, National CIBC Client Account

Yarlene oversees the full range of IFM services provided to the CIBC Client account, working with vendor partners to ensure an overall positive customer and workplace experience. She previously led the Shell Account with BGIS and has also spent time in strategic development roles with municipal and provincial government which included involvement in diversity, equity and inclusion and ‘value for money’ initiatives.


Richard MacIntosh
Vice-President, Client Services

Richard has been with BGIS for 8 years and now oversees the operations and capital delivery efforts for multiple key clients within BGIS. Throughout his experience, Richard has had the pleasure of working with multiple clients and different sectors gaining a better appreciation of client needs and the intersections of customer care, innovation, responsiveness, and culture. 


Eric Dumouchel
Director, Portfolio Services – Bank of Canada

Eric has worked in Property and Facilities Management for 26 years. Getting his start in commercial property management, prior to joining BGIS in 2011, Eric also managed facilities in the pharmaceutical and airline industries. At BGIS, Eric was a leader on the CIBC account for 5 years and, most recently, the account leader for the Bank of Canada account.


Rusalena MacDougall
Strategic Sourcing Information Manager

Rusalena is experienced professional with extensive experience in providing business support to the BGIS Strategic Sourcing team in service delivery to our Client accounts. She is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing BGIS’ award-winning Supplier Diversity program and developing value creation opportunities for  Client accounts. Passionate about sustainability, diversity and Inclusion, Rusalena partners with the Supplier Diversity councils, suppliers and BGIS team members to advance the BGIS Supplier Diversity & Inclusion program.