CIPMM is pleased to launch a Call for Presentations for our Webinar Series. Webinars will be held on a regular basis from January 2021 – June 2021.

Please sign-up for a free CIPMM membership to view recordings of the past webinars (June 2020 – November 2020). Please consult the Calendar above for topics and speakers of the past and upcoming webinars.

Data Analytics – French – January 13, 2021

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French: Data Analytics

Date: January 13, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
 

Webinar Overview:

The Government of Canada Procurement Competency Profiles have been updated to include 5 new technical competencies: Business Acumen; Data Analytics; Negotiations; Project Management and Risk Management. Take charge of your procurement career by attending this learning event.  The ability to analyse data is a critical skill for procurement specialists in order make evidence-based decisions.  This webinar will arm procurement specialists with the basic elements of data analytics and provide practical applications of how to apply them in a day to day environment. 

Please join Josephine Dahan, as she guides you through data analytics as it relates to procurement.  After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities to gather information and data;
  • Techniques and approaches to analyse data;
  • Ways to build insights in order to improve procurement outcomes; and
  • Elevate the role of procurement by communicating meaningful insights to key stakeholders and senior management.

Speakers:

Josephine Dahan, Director, Special Projects, Procurement Policy Division,Treasury Board Secretariat

Josephine Dahan is the Director, Special Projects, Procurement Policy Division at the Treasury Board Secretariat. She is a seasoned procurement expert with over 15 years of government procurement experience with a vast array of experience across a number of departments and commodities. She started off her career at Canada Post in their procurement development program where she completed the Purchasing Management Association of Canada certification program. She has extensive experience conducting commodity analysis, spend analysis and market research in developing strategic sourcing approaches within the government generating nearly $100M in cost savings to date. As well, she is an experienced negotiator able to resolve complex contracting issues both domestically and internationally. She is a passionate leader known as an innovator with experience in procurement transformation and business optimization across the federal government. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a concentration in Operations Management & Technology with a minor in Statistics.

French: Contract Negotiations – January 27th, 2021

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French: Contract Negotiations

Date: January 27th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

The Government of Canada Procurement Competency Profiles have been updated to include 5 new technical competencies: Business Acumen; Data Analytics; Negotiations; Project Management and Risk Management. Take charge of your procurement career by attending this learning event.  The ability to negotiate is a critical skill for procurement specialists especially as the world becomes more unpredictable and volatile.  This webinar will arm procurement specialists with the basic elements of negotiations and how to apply them artfully and fairly in contract negotiations in order to improve the outcomes and solve problems.  It also includes conflict management techniques and how to handle difficult conversations.

Please join Josephine Dahan, as she guides you through the negotiation process to better handle and resolve contracting disputes and resolved problems.  After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Better prepare for contract negotiations;
  • Think creatively and strategize to identify innovative solutions;
  • Collaborate and partner with stakeholders to solve problems; and
  • Handle difficult conversations.

Speakers:

Josephine Dahan, Director, Special Projects, Procurement Policy Division,Treasury Board Secretariat

Josephine Dahan is the Director, Special Projects, Procurement Policy Division at the Treasury Board Secretariat. She is a seasoned procurement expert with over 15 years of government procurement experience with a vast array of experience across a number of departments and commodities. She started off her career at Canada Post in their procurement development program where she completed the Purchasing Management Association of Canada certification program. She has extensive experience conducting commodity analysis, spend analysis and market research in developing strategic sourcing approaches within the government generating nearly $100M in cost savings to date. As well, she is an experienced negotiator able to resolve complex contracting issues both domestically and internationally. She is a passionate leader known as an innovator with experience in procurement transformation and business optimization across the federal government. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a concentration in Operations Management & Technology with a minor in Statistics.

 

Green Procurement in the Canadian Government – February 3rd, 2021

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Green Procurement in the Canadian Government

Date: February 3rd, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

Participants will be updated on all of the new initiatives coming from the Centre for Greening government and learn how they will impact the procurement and materiel management community

Speakers:

Nick Xenos, Executive Director, Centre for Greening Government, Treasury Board Secretariat of the Government of Canada

Nick Xenos is the Executive Director of the Centre for Greening Government within the Treasury Board Secretariat of the Government of Canada. The Centre is working with federal departments and agencies towards low-carbon, sustainable and climate-resilient government operations including greening real property, energy and procurement.

Previous to this position Mr. Xenos has worked on climate change impacts and adaptation, Arctic science policy and infrastructure policy. Mr. Xenos has a Master’s in Business Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa.

French: Risk Management – February 10th, 2021

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French: Risk Management

Date: February 10th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

The Government of Canada Procurement Competency Profiles have been updated to include 5 new technical competencies: Business Acumen; Data Analytics; Negotiations; Project Management and Risk Management. Take charge of your procurement career by attending this learning event.

Risk management principles are applied to all stages of the procurement process, where we assess and control threats that affect the results. The result is making evidence-based decisions when assuming, avoiding, transferring, mitigating sharing and compensating elements of risk.

Speakers:

Mario Guigère, Procurement Specialist, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Mario Giguère is a procurement specialist in the Environmental Services Acquisitions Team (ESAT), Western Region, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).  He is a Franco-Albertan who was raised in Red Deer and now resides in Edmonton.

Mario is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean (2007) and McGill University (2010).  He has 10 years of experience at PSPC, having completed the Intern Officer Development Program with assignments in a variety of operational units within the Procurement Branch.  In 2013, Mario earned the PSPC Award of Excellence in the official languages category for his work with Francophone small and medium businesses in the Western Region.  He is currently working on northern contaminated sites requirements while assisting his colleagues with their comprehensive land claims agreements (CLCA) obligations.

Mario spent his free time as a hockey columnist for the French-language weekly Le Franco from 2014-2017.  In the fall of 2018, he published the book Mon Journal: The Journal and Memoir of Father Léon Doucet OMI, 1868-1890 with the Historical Society of Alberta.  Today, Mario volunteers with the Alberta Ghostbusters–a non-profit society that fundraises for local children’s hospitals through cosplay events.

 

An Orientation To Weighting – February 17th, 2021

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An Orientation To Weighting

Date: February 17th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

In this webinar, Drew Schlosser from Commerce Decisions will share his experience on the challenges and opportunities in weighting of evaluation criteria.  Drew will walk fellow procurement professionals through various approaches to weighting, discussing the pros and cons associated with each, and delve into why choosing the right weights and the appropriate methodology are integral to your project’s success. 

Drew will refer to real world examples to demonstrate the importance of weighting and how being mindful of your weighting method can positively impact your procurement outcomes. He’ll introduce you to new concepts and ways of thinking, so you can add fresh value to your projects and provide significant benefits to your organization.

Following the presentation, Drew will be joined by two of his colleagues, Peter Marshall (Global Services Director, Commerce Decisions) and Mike Ross (International Services – Capability Lead, Commerce Decisions) to answer any of your questions.

Commerce Decisions is at the forefront of best practice procurement, having supported over $500 billion of procurement spend globally. Our best in class solutions combine software with thought-leadership and expert services, to support the delivery of the best possible outcome on the most complex of procurements. These solutions have been crafted and refined over the past 20+ years to support some of the largest projects in the world across defence, infrastructure, government and commercial. We continue to develop our offerings to reflect the very latest thought-leadership and industry changes.

For more information about AWARD® and Commerce Decisions please visit: www.commercedecisions.com or email: contact@commercedecisions.com

Speakers:

Drew Schlosser:

Drew Schlosser works for Commerce Decisions, where he is the Senior Procurement Consultant for Canada, responsible for consulting services and training delivery for the North America Sector.  Since joining Commerce Decisions in 2019, Drew has provided thought leadership and expert advice to several DND Major Crown Projects, including Future Aircrew Training, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, and Logistics Vehicle Modernization.

Drew is a 23-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, where he was responsible for managing a number of materiel management programs and procurement projects, including bid evaluation design for the Canadian Surface Combatant, one of Canada’s largest procurements to date. 

Drew resides in Ottawa where you can find him on his cross-country skis in the winter or in a canoe during the summer.

Mike Ross, Principal Consultant and International Services Capability Lead, Commerce Decisions

An experienced Principal Consultant with over 35 years’ IT based experience. Now providing professional consultancy services for Commerce Decisions with a focus on international clients and global expansion of Services Delivery.

With Commerce Decisions Mike has had extensive experience in the development of evaluation strategies, evaluation modelling and the deployment of AWARD® and has led on the procurement processes for many high-profile projects from around the world, including the Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP) and a number of other current Canadian DND projects.

Peter Marshall, Professional Services Director & Principal Consultant, Commerce Decisions

An experienced Principal Consultant and Professional Services leader with 20 years’ strategic public sector procurement experience and prior to that, 10 years’ experience of training and consulting in the software process improvement and requirements management industries.

Since co-founding Commerce Decisions, Peter has been a thought-leader in the innovation of new methods and thinking used by public sector strategic procurement projects to design effective evaluation scoring mechanisms, secure value for money and perform sensitivity analysis, as part of a coherent and robust procurement assurance process.  Peter has supported many high-profile procurement projects around the world including the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) and a number of other current Canadian DND projects.

Introduction to Social Procurement February 24, 2021

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Introduction to Social Procurement

Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

The why and how of social procurement: as social procurement emerges as a way to leverage existing buying choices for community value and it is increasingly a means to further government socio-economic policy objectives, we all need to gain a shared understanding of the principles and practices. The workshop will include definitions, application options, RFx language, and potential metrics built from Canadian and international examples.

Speakers:

Davis Lepage, BuySocial Canada
David LePage is the Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada, a network that advocates for and promotes leveraging existing procurement to create community value. Buy Social Canada provides direct support to governments and corporations on social procurement policy, practice and measurement, and offers a third-party Social Enterprise Certification Program. 

David LePage is engaged with social enterprise in multiple roles. David serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Social Enterprise World Forum and the Social Enterprise Council of Canada. He was the designer and initial Executive Director of Community Impact Real Estate in Vancouver’s Inner City and a founding partner of the Social Enterprise Ecosystem Project. Additionally, David is a Professor for the University of Fredericton MBA program in Social Enterprise Leadership, and author of the book Marketplace Revolution, from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital.

Tori Williamson, Manager of Communications and Engagement, Buy Social Canada
With a passion for understanding the systems around us and working collaboratively on community-centred solutions, Tori believes in people and the power of shifting perspectives and objectives to create monumental change. At Buy Social Canada Tori spearheads engagement and communication, championing the work of social enterprise and social procurement.

 

 

Contractual Arrangements March 3rd, 2021

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Contractual Arrangements

Date: March 3rd, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

The objective of this presentation is to improve your understanding of the defining characteristics of contractual arrangements and the policy principles and requirements that support them.

Speaker:

Danielle Aubin, Director, Strategic Policy, Procurement Policy Division, Office of the Comptroller General
Danielle has been working at the Treasury Board Secretariat in the Procurement Policy Division since 2013. She has been the Director of Strategic Policy since August 2017.  She is responsible for the development of new procurement policies and guidance material, as well as coordinating advice and briefings on procurement issues. Danielle has worked in strategic policy positions at Veterans Affairs, Public Safety and the Privy Council Office. She started her career at TBS in the program sector, gaining valuable experience on defence-related files. Danielle holds a Masters of Arts in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies from Queen’s University.

Intellectual Property and Procurement Fundamentals for Government Apr 14th, 2021

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Intellectual Property and Procurement Fundamentals for Government - Apr 14th, 2021

Date: Apr 14th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

Intellectual Property and Procurement Fundamentals for Government

On behalf of the Intellectual Property Centre of Expertise (ISED), CIPMM is pleased to share the upcoming webinar on IP and Procurement Fundamentals for Government. 

As federal public servants, intellectual property (IP) is encountered in many aspects of our work. The way that IP is addressed and considered by federal employees can significantly impact, either positively or negatively, the achievement of departmental/program objectives and benefits to the Canadian public. Procurement is one area of federal activity where it is important to recognize what constitutes IP and understand potential IP implications. 

In this webinar, the IP Centre of Expertise will explore topics such as

  • What is IP and how is it created and managed in government
  • Importance of IP in the private and public sector
  • Key IP concepts in procurement
  • Ownership and licensing considerations in procurement contracts

It is our hope that participants will leave with a better understanding of the IP considerations that will impact their procurement activities.

Speakers:

Sandra Babin is a Senior Policy Analyst with ISED’s Intellectual Property (IP) Centre of Expertise, where she is leading the development of an IP education and training program for federal public servants. Sandra has over 15 years of professional work experience in IP. Before joining the IP Centre of Expertise, Sandra worked in biotechnology patent prosecution at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and most recently, as an IP advisor with ISED’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Molecular Genetics, both from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. 

 

The Alphabet Soup of Good Logistics Support Apr 21, 2021

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The Alphabet Soup of Good Logistics Support - Apr 21th, 2021

Date: Apr 21th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

This presentation will introduce proven SCM practices and operating philosophy that SCM practitioners can apply that will lead to better outcomes with their processes and their personnel and ultimately enhance the likelihood of meeting performance objectives set for the organization because of the common focus and structure the application brings to an organization.

Speaker:

Richard Quinn is a former senior military logistician with over 30 years of experience. As a Logistics Officer he has acquired all-embracing knowledge and experience in supply chain management which includes the acquisition, movement, accounting, storage and disposal of goods, business planning, performance measurement and budget management. He is well versed in the art of networking with departmental managers and executives to implement business objectives. He is an accomplished briefer and instructor. His various employment assignments have provided him with extensive experience in offering advice to senior officials and resolving complex and sensitive issues, either personal or business-related and has often served as the Subject Matter Expert in various fields of study such as Logistics Planning and Support, Change Management, Performance Management and Ethics.

 

Acquiring from CORCAN – Supporting the Social Policy and Other Key Mandates of the Government of Canada Apr 28, 2021

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Acquiring from CORCAN – Supporting the Social Policy and Other Key Mandates of the Government of Canada

Date: Apr 28th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

CORCAN is a key rehabilitation program of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).  It contributes to safe communities by providing offenders with employment and employability skills training while incarcerated in federal penitentiaries, and after they are released into the community.

By acquiring from CORCAN, departments contribute to social reinvestment, by contributing to the offender employment and employability program. This presentation will provide participants with information on goods and services that can be acquired from CORCAN, a special operating agency within the CSC, explaining the ease of acquiring from CORCAN and the social reinvestment benefits that clients of this program support. 

Speaker:

 

Overview of Research Conducted in the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman May 12, 2021

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Overview of Research Conducted in the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman

Date: May 12, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

The Procurement Ombudsman is dedicated to advancing research on topics that matter to federal procurement stakeholders. At the May 12 Webinar Wednesday, he will  provide an overview of research conducted by his office on the following topics:

  • Late Payments
  • Emergency Procurement
  • Social Procurement: A study on supplier diversity and workforce development benefits
  • Dispute Resolution Mechanisms for Vendor Performance
  • Low Dollar Value Contracting

Through the publication of this research, the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman intends to share knowledge and provide meaningful guidance to suppliers and federal departments.

Speaker:

Mr. Alexander Jeglic
Procurement Ombudsman

Mr. Alexander Jeglic has been named Procurement Ombudsman for a five-year term.

Alex is a lawyer by background and most recently served as General Counsel for Private-Public Partnerships Canada Inc., a federal Crown Corporation, where he was involved in the procurement processes for large infrastructure projects. He previously held positions of increased responsibility in the United States and Canada including at the Canadian Commercial Corporation as Senior Legal Counsel and the Australian Trade Commission as Business Development Manager and International Trade Advisor in Washington (DC). Throughout Alex’s legal and professional career, he has focused primarily on procurement, contracting and dispute resolution which will serve him well as Procurement Ombudsman.

Alex graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts (Law), with a concentration in Business Law, in 2000. In 2001, he completed the Cornell Law School Paris Summer Institute program in international and comparative law and in 2003 completed a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in Chicago, Illinois with a certificate in International Law.

Alex has also been teaching procurement law at Carleton University since 2010. Alex and his wife Shelley have four children.

 

 

Path Forward on Federal Indigenous Procurement May 19, 2021

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Path Forward on Federal Indigenous Procurement

Date: May 19, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

Participants will receive an overview of the current federal Indigenous procurement landscape

Speakers:

Ian Szuto, Senior Advisor, Acquired Services & Assets Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Ian joined the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) as a Senior Advisor in the Procurement Policy Division of the Office of the Comptroller General at the end of 2018.  Prior to TBS, Ian spent 10 years with the First Nations Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada working in internal client services and business management functions. Ian holds a Master’s of Public Health and started his public service journey at the Public Health Agency of Canada in chronic disease prevention and control, surveillance and health promotion. Ian’s focus at present is to advance Indigenous procurement, with specific attention on the new procurement directive in the Nunavut Settlement Area. 

Michelle Cousineau, Manager, Indigenous Procurement Policy Division, Strategic Policy Sector, Acquisitions Program. Public Services and Procurement Canada
 
Darrell Gumieny, Senior Policy and Program Officer, Business Development, Indigenous Services Canada

 

 

Software Procurement May 26, 2021

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Software Procurement

Date: May 26, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

This presentation will cover the various procurement services that ASPD offers, including on premise licenses, Software as a Service, protected B cloud products, Software License Supply Arrangements, and Artificial Intelligence.

Speakers:

John Penhale is the Senior Director for the Software Procurement Directorate.  He has worked in many domains in procurement, including procurement policy, performance management, commodity management and business process improvement.  Over the past few years, a lot of changes in technology and procurement have helped to shape how we procure software today.

Brock Flemming
is an acting Manager with the Applications and Software Procurement Directorate, and has led numerous high complex files, including agile and protected B SaaS.