Delivering a General Election – Procurement and Material Management Challenge
Robert Ashton, Director, Procurement and Contracting Services, Chief Procurement Officer, Elections Canada
Robert has a strong passion for procurement spanning 25 years. Robert was instrumental in revitalizing Elections Canada’s procurement function – transforming to a client-centric approach, strong procurement planning and supplier engagement focus. Robert is a champion for early engagement, doing things differently, creativity, being a conceptual thinker, service design and energized by the increasing importance and future of procurement in a digital landscape. For him, procurement rocks!
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In October 2019, Elections Canada conducted the 43rd general election. While a general election is a very short period of time, a tremendous amount of coordination and effort is orchestrated by a dedicated group of individuals to ensure Canadians exercise their democratic rights to vote and be a candidate and that Canada has a stable electoral process. Purchasing of everything from complex IT solutions to ballot paper, boxes and pencils, learn what it takes to run a Canadian general election from a logistics, procurement and material management perspective.