Sanja Cancar-Todorovic - Sourcing Star

Sanja Cancar-Todorovic
Director - Strategic Relationships, Global Real Estate Asset Management
  • Category: Sourcing Star
  • Year: 2019

Sanja Cancar-Todorovic - Sourcing Star

The winner of the Sourcing Star Award is Sanja Cancar-Todorovic, Director - Strategic Relationships, Global Real Estate Asset Management at Manulife.

Sanja's Biography

Sanja Cancar-Todorovic is an outsourcing, offshoring, global procurement, strategic sourcing and vendor management leader specializing in customer experience, innovation, agile digital transformation and corporate culture evolution.  

As a Director – Strategic Relationships at Manulife, Sanja is accountable for the Outsourcing & Supplier Engagement Framework for Global Manulife Real Estate Investments and Asset Management portfolio. 

Over the last 19 years of her career, Sanja has had exposure to many different roles. Since 2008, she has led different sourcing, outsourcing and vendor management strategies, from IT Professional, Managed and Infrastructure Services, Media Content, Real Estate and Customer Equipment, to BPO and ITO.  

Sanja holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (eMBA) degree from University of New Brunswick, a Master of Management (MM) degree from American Sentinel University and an Honors Double Major Bachelor of Arts in Law and Political Science from York University. 


  • 2019 “Innovation, Trust & Diversity = Surviving the 4IR”, article, published by "Supply Professional", February edition, page 18 

  •  Inductee of Customer Service Professionals Network (CSPN) Women in Leadership Hall of Fame 

  • 2018 Nominated for WXN “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100” and Caldwell “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® Award”  

  • 2017 Recipient of Customer Service Professionals Network (CSPN) “Women in Leadership Award” 

  • 2016 Recipient of TELUS Darren Entwistle’s Commemorative Coin Award for TELUS Brand Advocacy 

  • Nomination for TELUS “CHLOE (Connections Honours Leaders of Excellence) Leadership Excellence Award” recognizing established female leaders that made significant contributions to TELUS 

  • 2015 Recipient of TELUS Darren Entwistle's “Passion for Growth and Reliability Award” - honouring those with TELUS leadership values & an exceptional commitment, focus & energy over the duration of a project or initiative. 

  • Top finalists for TELUS 2015 “CHLOE Leadership Award” 

  • “JoAnna Townsend Excellence Award” recognizing woman in Ontario who, act as a trade advocate & mentor for women in international business – Organization of Women in International Trade 

  • 2014 Finalist for TELUS’ “CHLOE Leadership Award” in the category of “Emerging Leader”  

  • 2011 Nominated for WXN “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100” in the category of “Future Leaders” 

  • 2009 Recipient of “Top 30 Under 30” WBC-INCO- European Commission Award focused on economic development of Western Balkan Countries  - achievements: Vision & Leadership; Innovation & Achievement; Impact; Growth/Development Strategy; and Community Involvement & Contribution 

  • 2005 “Electronization of Business Processes” essay, published by the American Sentinel University.  

  • 2000 Recipient of “York University Entrance Scholarship” for academic achievement 

  • Recipient of TELUS “Top Rung Award” honouring the best in TELUS Technology & Strategy - those who are successfully climbing the Ladder of Accountability to create success for our business, customers and team 

Other finalists included: 

  • William Crane – IndustryStar Solutions
  • Jerry E. Durant – International Institute for Outsource Management (IIOM)
  • Michael Leiken – LendingTree
  • Dennis Tupper – Kelly Services
  • Paul McArdle – Hilton Supply Management