About CIPMM/TBS Round Tables

CIPMM and The Community Development Office at the Office of the Comptroller General, Treasury Board Secretariat partnered to deliver a series of Round Tables for the Procurement and Materiel Management professionals of the Government of Canada.

Key Objectives

  • To promote the leadership and delivery of outcomes through Procurement and Materiel Management;
  • To provide the support for the roll-out of Policy Suite Reset 2 across the Procurement and Materiel Management functional communities in the Government of Canada;
  • To equip the Government of Canada Procurement and Materiel Management communities with the knowledge and tools to deliver on the Government guide priorities;
  • To assist in filling gaps in professional development opportunities for the Procurement and Materiel Management communities; and
  • To increase awareness on burdenless, practical, measures to resolve the challenges to deliver critical outcomes in Procurement and Materiel Management.

Round Table # 1

Implementation of the Policy on the Planning and Management of Investments

OCTOBER 18, 2023
11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST

DESCRIPTION: 

The shift from transactional to outcomes-based Procurement and Materiel Management under the new Policy Framework has allowed our communities to apply flexible strategies and approaches to our day-to-day work while delivering socio-economic benefits to underrepresented and underprivileged Canadians but has also come with many challenges and hurdles along the way.

On October 18th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm EST, the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) and the Canadian Institute for Procurement and Materiel Management (CIPMM) are proud to offer one of five free webinars as part of the Round Table Series partnership.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how senior community leaders from the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), Health Canada (HC), Department of National Defence (DND) and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) who have applied and successfully delivered on new policy requirements within their departments, and how you can apply sound strategies to support these important initiatives in your own day-to-day work.

MODERATOR:

Joseph Oickle, Senior Director, Enterprise Strategies: Procurement and Materiel Management, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Joseph (Joe) Oickle has worked in the federal public service for over 21 years fulfilling various roles, primarily in the fields of Procurement and Materiel management.

Joe is currently the Senior Director, Enterprise Strategies: Procurement and Materiel Management at the Treasury Board Secretariat. He is responsible for the Government of Canada’s procurement and materiel management policies, supporting the government’s target of a minimum of 5% of federal contracts awarded to Indigenous businesses, and strengthening federal procurement policies in relation to environmental, social and governance principles. Prior to that, as Director of Operations Policy, he provided policy advice on Government of Canada procurement matters.

Earlier in his career Joe worked in several procurement and materiel management positions including with Environment Canada and with the Department of National Defence supporting various Navy and Army fleets. He also spent several years in government-to-government acquisitions and represented Canada internationally in NATO Partnership committees. 

Joe holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa, a certificate in Supply Chain Management from Algonquin College, and has completed the NATO Support and Procurement Agency’s International Cooperation in Logistics course in Luxembourg.

PANELISTS:

Caroline Landry, Executive Director, Strategic Policy Sector, Procurement Branch, Public Services and Procurement Canada 

Caroline Landry is a member of the CIPMM Board of Directors as well as the Chair of the CIPMM Mentorship Program. For her day job, Caroline is an Executive Director in the Strategic Policy Sector within the Procurement Branch at PSPC. She has over 23 years’ experience in the Government of Canada, with the last 15 years in various leadership roles in Procurement. She is passionate about all things procurement and is a strong advocate for our Procurement and Material Management Community.

 

 

 

Judith Bennett, Director General – Materiel Systems and Supply Chain, Department of National Defence 

Judith Bennett is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada with a degree in Civil Engineering.  After completing military service, Judith joined the Public Service of Canada.  Judith currently serves as the Director General, Materiel Systems and Supply Chain; a multifaceted portfolio dedicated to meeting the high expectations of Canadian Armed Forces members and Canadians for sound and effective materiel planning and supply chain management.

Judith has spent her career in service of both defence and asset management interests of Canada.  She has managed numerous complex files, such as decommissioning military bases and stations, and working with communities to clean up and return traditional lands. 

Prior to her recent appointment, Judith was the Senior Director for a $5-billion portfolio of seventeen (17) major engineering assets across the country, such as bridges, dams, 835km of the Alaska Highway and the Esquimalt Graving Dock, an open-access, dry dock ship repair facility.  In this role, she managed a cross country team that delivered essential services to Canadians – by keeping Canada’s assets safe and operational.

Judith also served as the Director, Implementation for the Carling Campus Project – a large-scale office accommodations project to transform National Defence Headquarters into today’s modern, collaborative work environment.  

Judith holds a master’s degree in Complex Project Leadership from the University of Ottawa.  She is certified as a Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional.  She is married with two teenagers who don’t clean kitchens.  The family enjoys cottaging, outdoor life, and travel, often associated with competitive Irish dance.

Nausheena Wright, Director, Procurement, Materiel, and Asset Management, Health Canada

Nausheena Wright has worked in procurement since the beginning of her public service career 18 years ago. She has worked in various fields within procurement, including operations, asset management, and data/reporting. Nausheena is currently the Director of Procurement, Materiel, and Asset Management at Health Canada where is she is responsible for providing centralized procurement and asset management services to Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, through a Shared Services Partnership. Throughout the last couple of years, she provided key support to both organizations to address procurement requirements to support pandemic response. Her current focus is to modernize procurement within the organization while also addressing the policy requirements in the ever-changing procurement landscape.

Nausheena graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelors in Commerce degree. Fresh out of university, Nausheena joined the Public Service as an Intern Officer (IO) at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). Through the IO program, Nausheena gained experience procuring a variety of goods and services. She continued her career in procurement at Natural Resources Canada and Statistics Canada before finally landing at Health Canada in 2015, where she remains today as the Director. She is married and has two small boys who keep her very busy. She enjoys reading, puzzling, and is an avid Swiftie (Taylor Swift fan).  

Round Table # 2

Procurement and Materiel Management Competency Framework

NOVEMBER 22, 2023
11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST

DESCRIPTION:

Competencies are an integral piece of Professional Development Frameworks in the GC Procurement and Materiel Management communities.   They form a foundational base for recruitment, talent management and staffing activities within departments and provide members of the community with an outline of the knowledge and behaviours associated with their roles.  Understanding and applying them is a key component of career growth.

Come and join the TBS Acquired Services and Assets Sector Community Development office and senior members of our communities to learn about how you can navigate these competencies and climb your way to the top of the Federal Procurement and Materiel Management workforce.

MODERATOR:

Jennifer El Chaar – Director, Communities Development Office – Procurement, Materiel Management, Real Property and Project Management, Acquired Services & Assets Sector, Office of the Comptroller General, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Jennifer brings with her a wealth of experience in corporate services, audit, financial management, as well as community development.  She joins ASAS from her most recent role at ISED where she was the Director of Operations, Planning and Governance for the Office of the Corporate Secretary, the three Deputy Ministers offices and four Ministers Offices. Prior to ISED, as an Assistant Director in Finance at Statistics Canada, Jennifer stood up a new division under the CFO for Governance, Risk, and Compliance.

Jennifer received her Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in Accounting from the University of Ottawa and she is a fully certified CPA, CA and has also obtained her certification in GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance).

PANELISTS:

Denis Forest – Lead, Materiel Management Practitioner Professionalization Project (MMP3), Department of National Defence
LCol (Ret) Denis Forest, BSC, M.Ed., is a seasoned Training Development Officer who possesses over 30 years of experience in the Canadian Armed Forces and Public Service including more than 10 years in the Materiel Group.  Prior to joining the MMP3 in early 2022, he was the Section Head at Materiel Management Trg Centre (MMTC) from 2017 to 2021.  Denis has held over the years, increasingly  complex tactical, operational, strategic and multi-national level training and professional development related positions in training organizations, and projects.  The positions held include Director of Standards at the NATO School in Oberammergau Germany, Deputy Director of Air Force Training at 2 Canadian Air Division, and Project Director of the Air Force Integrated Information and Learning Environment (AFIILE). 

Married with 3 children, Denis is an avid RVer and outdoor enthusiast.  When not stuck in a Teams meeting or in front of his desktop, he can be found on his bike, paddleboard or cross-country skis.

Isa David, Manager, Digital Talent Development, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.
Isa is passionate about supporting the federal government in attracting, retaining and developing the diverse digital talent it needs to deliver excellent services to Canadians. She has 20 years of experience in digital government and corporate training and currently leads a team responsible for the Government of Canada’s first Digital Talent Strategy

Outside of her work, Isa volunteers much of her time as Team Lead of Emergency Response Services for the Canadian Red Cross in Quebec. 

 

 

 

Jennifer Ethier, Manager, Contracts and Materiel Management, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Jennifer Ethier is currently one of the Procurement Managers at Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED). She has over 20 years of experience in the Procurement field acquired while working at numerous departments over the course of her career. She brings forth the ability to effectively oversee all processes related to procurement of goods and services. She is committed to bring forth valuable industry experience, and the skills to achieve real results to her clients and staff. Jennifer is also a graduate of Carleton University with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Law and is also a 3-time Ironman finisher.

 

 

Leonard Irani, Procurement Officer, Contracts and Materiel Management, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Leonard started his public servant career in 2004 with the Department of Indigenous Service as Executive Assistant to the Indian Registrar. In 2013 to 2019 he served the indigenous community as a Monitoring Compliance officer. Leonard joined Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) in 2020 as Senior Procurement Officer and in 2023 as a Manager of Procurement.

 

Round Table # 3

Application of the New Standards on Green Procurement and Fleet Management

DECEMBER 13, 2023
11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST

DESCRIPTION:

New Green standards in the Federal Government are enabling Procurement and Materiel Management professionals to champions in the Government of Canada’s goals of reducing carbon emissions and delivering on the Greening Government Strategy.  

Come and learn from senior leaders in our communities, including Jane Keenan Director at the Centre for Greening Government within the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Peter O’Sullivan, Program Manager for Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Net-Zero Challenge program, Angus O’Leary, Executive Director of the Strategic Policy Planning, Management and Interpretation Directorate at Public Services and Procurement Canada and Logan Murphy, Program Manager, Land Fleet – Royal Canadian Mounted Police on how the new Standard on the Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Setting of Reduction Targets and the Mandatory Procedures for Land Vehicle Fleet Management are driving reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the atmosphere and increasing the resiliency of assets, services and operations by adapting to the changing climate.  

MODERATOR: 

Jane Keenan, Director, Centre for Greening Government, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Jane is the Director at the Centre for Greening Government within the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.   She has also held leadership roles at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as well as at Environment and Climate Change Canada.  In these roles she advanced domestic and international environmental policies related to climate policy and clean energy. Her outreach focused on the natural resource sector, Indigenous peoples as well as strategic engagement with the United States. Jane started her career with the Province of New Brunswick where she led the development of environmental legislation and regulations to improve air quality and reduce waste.  Jane has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, a Bachelor of Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Francis Xavier University. 

PANELISTS:

Angus O’Leary, Executive Director, Strategic Policy Sector, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Angus O’Leary is an Executive Director in the Strategic Policy Sector of Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Acquisitions Program. In this capacity, he leads federal policy work around Social, Green and Accessible Procurement.

Angus joined PSPC in 2009 with the Audit and Evaluation Branch and has been building his career in the Canadian federal government holding progressively senior management positions. Some of his professional achievements include leading key files related to diversity supplier in the procurement landscape through implementing the Policy on Social Procurement and Supplier Diversity Program, as well as leading Greening initiatives related to supporting the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Angus is committed to diversity and inclusion, climate action within the Federal Government, as well as across the federal community.

Peter O’Sullivan, Program Manager, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Peter is currently a Program Manager for Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Net-Zero Challenge program, which encourages businesses to develop and implement credible and effective plans to transition their facilities and operations to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Prior to this, he worked in several different contexts. A significant portion of his career focused on asylum-seeker and refugee-related issues, which included as a Senior Policy and Program Advisor with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and over seven years with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), with a particular focus on refugee resettlement. Peter was also a Senior Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the Senate of Canada, and a Security and Policy Analyst with CARE International West Bank/Gaza. He spent a number of years working in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), both as a Policy and Advocacy Coordinator on governance, education and human rights-related issues, and as Head of Office and Human Rights Officer to the OSCE’s Srebrenica Office. Peter also worked as a Human Rights Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lesotho and spent some time in India working with non-governmental organizations on economic and social rights issues.     

Peter is from Ireland, where he has undertaken all of his education. He holds a B.A. in Geography from University College Cork, an M.A. in Peace and Development Studies from the University of Limerick, and an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the University of Galway, Ireland.

Logan Murphy, Program Manager, Land Fleet, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Logan Murphy has 15 years of experience as an Asset and Materiel Management specialist in the federal public service, specializing in the use and configuration of Systems, Applications, and Products (SAP) as well as extensive knowledge in fleet management and inventory management disciplines. Logan serves as the Program Manager of the Land Fleet for the RCMP’s National Fleet Program Policy Centre, responsible for the support of a portfolio of over 15,000 land-based transportation assets including light-duty, heavy-duty, commercial, and off-road vehicles.

Round Table # 4

Outcome Based Procurement

JANUARY 23, 2024
11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST

DESCRIPTION:
Outcomes-based procurement is an approach that focuses on what a product or service achieves (results or outcomes) instead of what it has or does (specifications or inputs). This approach is a change from the traditional procurement process, which usually focuses on only the features or specifications of a product or service.

In this learning event, you will have the opportunity to hear from procurement leaders in various departments about:

  • how you can bring outcomes-based thinking into your procurement work
  • help clients define intended outcomes
  • deciding whether an outcomes-based procurement is appropriate
  • working with suppliers to find solutions
  • how to determine whether outcomes are being achieved
  • other related topics

MODERATOR:

 Emily Wehbi, Senior Director, Enterprise Strategies: Procurement and Materiel, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Emily recently joined TBS as the Senior Director, Enterprise Strategies: Procurement and Materiel Management after 2 years as the Director of the Marine Services and Strategic Initiatives directorate at PSPC, where she was responsible for a diverse breadth of programs and initiatives related to marine procurement modernization, industry engagement, increasing Indigenous participation in procurement, greening, environmental remediation and vessel disposal.  Prior to joining the Defence and Marine Procurement Branch, Emily was the director of PSPC’s Cabinet Submissions directorate where she was responsible for the management and oversight of the department’s Treasury Board submissions. Emily has also worked for the Department of Justice, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Parks Canada Agency.

 

PANELISTS:

Guylaine Carriere, Sr. Director Cloud Procurement Services, Shared Services Canada
A leader in procurement transformation, Guylaine is currently the Sr. Director Cloud Procurement Services at Shared Services Canada (SSC). An engineer by training, she has over 20 years of experience in public procurement. Prior to joining SSC, Guylaine worked at the Canadian International Development Agency, now Global Affairs Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, and the Canadian Space Agency.

 

 

Christopher Sullivan, Senior Policy Advisor, Procurement, High Frequency Rail, Transport Canada
Christopher Sullivan is a manager within the High Frequency Rail (HFR) project team at Transport Canada. As an integrated team with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Infrastructure Canada (IC), the Department of Justice, the dedicated project office for the HFR project – VIA HFR, and numerous advisors, the team is advancing the procurement to select the private sector partner who will work collaboratively with VIA HFR to design and develop one of the largest infrastructure projects in Canada’s history, to transform passenger travel in Canada through the creation of a faster, more frequent, accessible, and sustainable rail service from Québec City to Toronto. 

Over his 20-year career in the public service, Chris has held several senior procurement roles including as a manager within the Public-Private-Partnership (P3) procurement team at PSPC, as manager of construction, architectural and engineering contracting at Global Affairs Canada, and as manager of procurement operations at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (now Indigenous Services Canada). Throughout his career, Chris has sought out and had the opportunity to participate in complex procurement projects, implementing innovative procurement solutions to support effective project delivery and positive outcomes for Canadians at home and abroad.

Pascale Archambault, Sr Director for Technology-Enabled major project procurement, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Pascale is the Senior Director responsible for Technology-Enables Major Projects procurement at PSPC where she leads a team of Procurement specialists and Team leaders that manage over 50 various Major IT & Professional Services Projects such as the Next Generations HR & Pay project, DefenceX and the CARM project. She has been doing procurement for over 30 years in the government. She started out her career doing military procurement at the Department of National Defence. She has been working at PSPC since 2001 working specifically in Professional services since 2004.

Round Table # 5

Ethical Procurement

FEBRUARY 7, 2024
11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST

DESCRIPTION:

Join us for a pivotal event where we delve into the heart of ethical procurement, focusing specifically on human rights aspects and the commendable strides being made by key Canadian federal departments. This informative session will highlight the initiatives and policies of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) in reinforcing ethical standards in government procurement.

Discover how these departments are leading the charge in ensuring that federal procurement supply chains are devoid of human rights violations, including forced labor and human trafficking. Learn about the robust measures, including the development of human rights due diligence frameworks, rigorous supplier codes of conduct, and innovative contract clauses designed to combat forced labor.

This event is an essential gathering for procurement professionals, policy makers, and anyone interested in understanding how government agencies are not just talking about, but actively embedding, human rights considerations into their procurement processes. It’s a unique opportunity to gain insights into the government’s approach to ethical procurement, network with like-minded professionals, and contribute to a discussion that’s shaping a more responsible and ethical future in government spending. 

Don’t miss this chance to be part of a critical conversation on ethical procurement and human rights within the Canadian federal government.

MODERATOR:

Emily Wehbi, Senior Director, Enterprise Strategies: Procurement and Materiel, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Emily recently joined TBS as the Senior Director, Enterprise Strategies: Procurement and Materiel Management after 2 years as the Director of the Marine Services and Strategic Initiatives directorate at PSPC, where she was responsible for a diverse breadth of programs and initiatives related to marine procurement modernization, industry engagement, increasing Indigenous participation in procurement, greening, environmental remediation and vessel disposal.  Prior to joining the Defence and Marine Procurement Branch, Emily was the director of PSPC’s Cabinet Submissions directorate where she was responsible for the management and oversight of the department’s Treasury Board submissions. Emily has also worked for the Department of Justice, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Parks Canada Agency.

 

 

PANELISTS:

Laura Unitt, A/Manager, Strategic Policy Sector, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Since she began working for the Government of Canada in 2005, Laura has worked for Employment and Social Development Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and most recently with Public Services and Procurement Canada.

Laura has been the acting manager of the Ethical Procurement Team since January 2022, and has been leading the team’s work to deliver on the department’s commitments under the National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking. Under Laura’s leadership, the team is developing: policy instruments to set out departmental human and labour rights expectations; tools and guidance documents for suppliers to foster compliance; ethical procurement best practices; and examining long-term approaches to identifying and mitigating the risks of forced labour, child labour, and human trafficking in federal procurement supply chains.

In addition, Laura has been providing critical input in meeting departmental mandate letter commitments related to ethical procurement. In addition, the Ethical Procurement team has also been working closely and collaboratively with Employment and Social Development Canada in the analysis of supply chain legislation under development in Canada.

Most recently, Laura coordinated the hosting of two supplier engagement sessions in early 2023 to raise awareness on supply chain risks, outline Departmental human and labour rights priorities, and promote greater, ongoing dialogue with the supplier community.

 

Matthew Garsia, Senior Policy Analyst, Policy Modernization and Guidance Directorate, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Matthew Garsia is a Senior Advisor on the Ethical Procurement team in the Strategic Policy Sector at Public Services and Procurement Canada, where he has contributed to updates to the Code of Conduct for Procurement and is leading consultations for development of a Policy on Ethical Procurement.

 


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