Kevin Vuong is a connector, city-builder, and military officer working to build a stronger, resilient, prosperous Canada where no one is left behind. At the Agency for Public & Social Innovation, he is focused on innovating procurement for social impact & improving Ontario’s social innovation ecosystem through capital, capacity-building, & scaling services. He sees social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for advancing the SDGs, & is playing an active role in its advancement as Canada’s Local Pathways Fellow for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. His work as a community leader has led him to be named one of Her Majesty The Queen’s Young Leaders, Canada's Top 30 Under 30, & a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Winner of the Robert G. Siskind Entrepreneurial Medal at the Ivey School of Business, Kevin was awarded a Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Fellowship to take part in HKS’ Emerging Leaders program; & joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto as a candidate for the executive-level Global Professional Master of Laws, focusing on public-private partnerships, CSR, and business law. Most recently, he was named a CJPAC Fellow, a Public Fellow as a leading Canadian thinker under 35, & delivered a Walrus Talk on Social Innovation - Innovating Procurement for Social Impact.
Government and businesses are the largest procurers of goods and services. By innovating the procurement process, the purchasing power of government and businesses could be used to support our most vulnerable communities and advance SDG Goal #8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth.
The Agency for Public + Social Innovation (APSI) innovates procurement for social impact by transforming projects into workforce development opportunities. Recognizing that not every business has the capacity to take on large procurement contracts, APSI also provides capital, capacity-building, and scaling services to support and develop social ventures so that these contracts become possible. They also advise larger organizations by reviewing existing procurement processes to identify commercial and partnership opportunities that can both advance their corporate responsibility goals and support small-business, start-ups, and social entrepreneurs. This includes examining training and workforce development programs to explore how training opportunities can be incorporated into different aspects of the existing programme.