CIPMM is pleased to launch a Call for Presentations for our Webinar Series. Webinars will be held on a regular basis from June 2020 – May 2021.

Bid-Rigging, Awareness and Prevention – Questions and Answers Session – July 8

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Bid-Rigging, Awareness and Prevention - Questions and Answers Session

Date: July 8, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Webinar Overview:

The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace. It is also responsible for redressing anti-competitive conduct, which causes harm to Canadians, such as bid-rigging. This presentation will enable procurement specialists and other public servants who work in the field of procurement to recognize bid-rigging in order to prevent it and take action when it occurs. Participants will also learn what bid-rigging is, how to identify warning signs and what steps they can take to prevent it.

Important Note:  this presentation has an uncommon format and is a live Questions and Answers (Q&A) session.  Attendees are requested to watch a recorded presentation before the session:

  1. Upon Registration:  attendees will be provided the information to access and watch the password-protected recorded presentation;
  2. Before the Session:  watch the pre-requisite presentation “Bid-Rigging: Awareness and Prevention” (approximatively 30-40 minutes),
  3. 8 July 2020, Noon (eastern time):  join the live Q&A session.

Speakers:

Sujit Nirman, Competition Law Officer, Competition Bureau;
Sujit Nirman joined the Competition Bureau from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General where he worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Ottawa for one year.  Prior to that, Sujit was an associate at Beament Hebert Nicholson LLP in Ottawa, where he practised civil litigation, representing clients before various court levels.  Sujit obtained his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he also obtained his Master of Laws.

Julian Gallarino, Competition Law Officer, Competition Bureau.
Julian Gallarino has been with the Competition Bureau for a year.  Previously, he worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney in North Bay for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.  Julian also worked as an associate at Wallace Klein Partners in Law LLP in North Bay, where he practiced criminal law, civil litigation, and corporate law.  Julian has represented clients before various courts in both English and French. Julian obtained a doctorate in law and a law degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa.

Your Brain on Change – How to Thrive in and Help Manage Rapid Change – July 15

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Your Brain on Change – How to Thrive in and Help Manage Rapid Change

Date: July 15, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Webinar Overview:

Change is the only constant. Our brains are designed to function best with a delicate balance of monotony and change. This is, of course, not what work and life throws at us. So how can we prepare ourselves and our teams to thrive in periods of change?

Drawing from psychology, behavioural science, and neuroscience, Dr. Lisa Bélanger shares practical tips to helps teams to perform well even in high-stress situations. She provides simple tools that build resilience, enhance performance, and improve our ability to handle stress and pressure in periods of rapid change.

Audiences will learn:

  • How to establish behaviours and thought processes required to thrive in both monotony and change.
  • How to design and implement specific habits to improve focus and manage attention.
  • Steps to set up an environment and community to facilitate mental well-being and promote healthy behaviours.
  • How to effectively manage mindsets and maintain a positive mindset.

Speakers:

Dr. Lisa Bélanger
Behavioural Change Expert | Researcher

Award-winning CEO Dr. Lisa Bélanger shows leaders and teams how insights from psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural science can be applied in the workplace to optimize performance, productivity, and innovation. She helps close the gap between intention and action, resulting in long-term change and a greater competitive advantage.

Bélanger holds a PhD in Behavioural Medicine, and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, a researcher at the University of Calgary, and an instructor at the University of Alberta Executive Education. She is also the CEO and founder of Conscious Works, a consulting firm that shows how insights from behavioural science can strategically improve habits of both corporate leaders and their employees.

On-stage, Bélanger has presented to clients throughout North America and across the globe, including Collins Barrow, the University of Alberta, and CEBS Canada. Her dynamic keynotes share practical insights and strategies to help audiences learn how to take control of their habits and, as a result, take control of their life.

Bélanger is the author of two books — Inspire Me Well: Finding Motivation to Take Control of Your Health, and her upcoming release, A Cup of Mindfulness for the Busy and Restless. She is also the founder of Knight’s Cabin, a national charity offering wellness programming to cancer survivors.

Imagining the office in the Federal space post COVID-19 and Planning for a Safe Return to the Office – July 22

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Imagining the office in the Federal space post COVID-19 and Planning for a Safe Return to the Office

Date: July 22, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Webinar Overview:

The office will need to look and operate differently. Capacity planning, physical distancing, contact tracing, and touchless interactions are now in the forefront of office planning to allow for a safe return to the office.

The right strategy, procedures and supporting technology can help keep your employees safe.

In this webinar, our presenter panel will discuss:

  • How to design your strategy.
  • How to promote social distancing in an office environment.
  • How to apply engineering controls in the physical space.
  • Technologies you can use to support a safe working environment.

Presenter Panel Information

Steve Smith, Director, Services Portfolio, Ricoh Canada
Steve is a successful B2B sales and marketing leader with two decades of experience bringing new services to market.  Actively involved in the Analyst community, Steve brings thought leadership to Ricoh’s Services portfolios.  Steve’s team has expertise in Managed Services, Content Services and Software, Communications Services and Software and Document Processing Services.

John Kingan, Branch Manager – Federal Government Accounts
John is a seasoned sales and marketing leader with over 25 years of experience in the office equipment industry. Spending the last two decades managing teams providing various services to the Federal Government, John brings a unique expertise and awareness to the GC clients.

Michael Costa, Services Portfolio Manager, Ricoh Canada
With over 20 years’ experience managing some of Canada’s largest B2B portfolios, he leads Ricoh Canada’s Managed Services portfolio. As a subject matter expert, he champions using technology to drive cost-effective process’ to yield optimal business results for our customers. Currently he’s focused on enabling our customer’s safe return to the office and engaging technology to make this transition possible.

Amrit Sandhu, Vice President, Human Resources, Ricoh Canada
A seasoned HR executive, Amrit oversees Ricoh’s Human Resources strategy from leadership development to employee relations, succession planning to diversity and learning. He believes in applying the principles of organizational effectiveness to solve business challenges and drive change from within.

Let’s talk about Business Acumen – How Dumbbells became the new toilet paper! – July 29

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Let’s talk about Business Acumen – How Dumbbells became the new toilet paper!

Date: July 29, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 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.  Business Acumen applies understanding of how industry and the Government of Canada work to achieve goals and objectives. It also includes risk management principles that 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.

Please join Al Garlinski, as he shares his story of the difficulty of finding fitness equipment for his home gym during the COVID-19 situation and how it led to a valuable lesson learned about the importance of business acumen awareness that can be applied to procurement in the workplace. With this newfound awareness, the procurement professional should be able to:

  • Think creatively, strategize, and synthesize information.
  • Collaborate and partner
  • Be proactive and offer innovative solutions

Speakers:

Al Garlinski is the Regional Trainer for the School of Procurement, Business Advisory Services, Western Region, Public Services Procurement Canada (PSPC).

He is a seasoned procurement expert with over 33 years of government procurement experience with a vast array of experience across a number of commodities, all with PSPC. He currently coaches and mentors students under the School of Procurement program, from the University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, Mount Royal University and MacEwan University. He has been nominated twice and awarded the “Mentor of The Year” for the University of Alberta School of Business program in 2019.

He is currently a faculty member for the University of Winnipeg and Supply Chain Canada.

He earned his professional designation in Supply Chain Management with Supply Chain Canada and was awarded the prestigious Fellowship designation for his lifetime commitment with teaching, coaching and mentoring. He also has a professional designation with the Institute of Supply Management from Tempe, Arizona. Al is a tireless animal rescue advocate, and founder of IRun4rescue, a running team committed to making a difference in the lives of animals. Al is a Canadian long-distance runner. He has run in long-distance running adventures in several countries, and unique locations, including Iceland, The Grand Canyon, trekking the volcanoes of Nicaragua, climbing Mt Jacinto in California, to running across Lake Manitoba.

He openly shares his struggles with anxiety and shatters the stigma around mental illness and is an advocate for the mental health community.

Using Digital Signature…What’s in it for me, you…us?!? –
August 5

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Using Digital Signature…What's in it for me, you…us?!?

Date: August 5, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

E-signatures is a rising need especially during the current time we are all in. This session will be covering how the Canada Border Services Agency was able to implement E-signatures within their procurement division and the brief journey it took to get there. It will also touch on how this enabled the group to go completely paperless. 

Speakers:

Taylor Komery is a trainer within the Strategic Procurement Division (SPD) at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) starting in 2019. Taylor started at CBSA as a student in 2016. He started as a student procurement officer and quickly was accustomed to the agency’s financial system and various systems in use. Since then, he has helped lead various training sessions on the tools that PGs must use at CBSA and created training material. He also helped with GCdocs and the related business processes to get the SPD to a paperless environment. He then helped kick start the initiative to go completely paperless by implementing E-signatures.  After that, he then joined into the newly formed Training Unit within SPD that leads a multitude of training sessions that are dedicated to the PGs at CBSA.

Mario Beaulne, Senior Manager, Financial and Administration Branch, PSPC

Mario Beaulne, Senior Manager is a Procurement and Materiel Management expert with over 35 years of experience as a public servant.  I worked in 7 departments.  Started my career at Federal Court of Canada back in 1985 and then moved on to Natural Resources Canada, HRDC / Service Canada, Indians and Northern Affairs, Global Affairs, Treasury Board and finally Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).  As the Ambassador of Change, I led various projects mainly the transformation of modernization of procurement.  For the past years, I devoted my expertise to implement the utilization of the digital signature and changing the way we work: leading several greening initiative. Reducing paper, implementing paperless environment and more.  At PSPC, since 2015 has supported, developed, implemented and led the usage of the digital signature within various stage.  

Award recognitions:

  • 2015 – Transformation Award
    • Greening initiative
  • 2017 – Transformer Award
    • Procurement modernization
  • 2018 – Innovation Award
    • Digital signature

Roxane Seguin, Ambassador of Change and Transformation, Finance and Administration Branch, PSPC

Roxane Seguin has joined PSPC back in March 2016.  It was a drastic career change from a 25 year Telecommunication Expert spanning from PWGSC, TBS and CBSA into the complex world of procurement.  However, an opportunity present itself to become an Ambassador of Change and Transformation, and a participation to the change management model Prosci ADKAR.  All of a sudden, I had found my footing again.  Regardless of my expertise, I had always been in leadership role and looking for new ways of doing business.  This was going to be exciting!

Over the past four (4) years, I have successfully lead a team towards a paperless environment and a greening awareness with the implementation of the digital signature (s.41).  Furthermore, I am co-leading a digital signature initiative for the endorsement of the new business practice for departmental-wide procurement activities.  The COVID-19 situation has propelled forward the digital way of doing business. 

Awards:

2018  Innovation Award

  • Digital signature (s.41) / PSPC Acquisition Branch 

Balancing Life with Humour – August 12

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Balancing Life with Humour

Date: August 12, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM
 

Webinar Overview:

Between our jobs, home, and relationships, learning how to balance our new lives demands a strong sense of personal development and, most importantly, a sense of humour.

Comedian Kate Davis has the unique ability to find humour in any situation. After being quarantined, diagnosed positive, and beating COVID-19, she experienced first-hand the importance of adaptability — especially in circumstances beyond our control — and how this ability allows us to explore creative solutions that can be applied to every area of our lives.

Davis’ generous insight and outspoken character provides a powerful combination to help organizations empower their staff with effective tools for managing stress and sustaining motivation.

Participants will leave with an understanding of practical techniques for refueling, rediscovering, and re-engaging their true selves and finding a balance, plus learn how to use humour as an instrument of communication to create an atmosphere of compassion, caring, and productivity.

Speakers:

Kate Davis: Connectivity Expert | Humour in the Workplace | Work-Life Balance

Kate Davis has the unique ability to find humour in any situation and offer creative solutions to defuse frustrations in both the workplace and at home. A hit comedian, who has opened for the likes of Bill Clinton and Barbara Walters, Davis’ generous insight and hilarious presence is a powerful combination that helps organizations empower their staff with effective tools for managing stress and sustaining motivation.

A 12-time Canadian Comedy Awards nominee, which includes a nomination for the prestigious Phil Hartman Award, Davis has also been the star of her own hour-long comedy special on CTV and the Comedy Network. Additionally, she has appeared on Breakfast Television, Star TV, Toronto 1, Prime, WTN, TVO, and CBC Radio’s The Debaters. Davis also stars, writes, and produces the hit web series “Best Before”, which won at the Canadian Comedy Awards and was chosen for “Standup and Pitch” at the Just For Laughs Comedy Pro.

On stage, Davis has performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs, and the Hubcap Comedy Festival. During the 2008 season of Last Comic Standing, Davis’ sense of humour endured and carried her into the finals in Canada. She’s also released a new comedy album called House Arrest.

As a writer, Davis has been published in Today’s Parent, Mom, and Caregiver magazines. She is also the author of two books, The Breastfeeding Diaries, which won the iParenting media award, and Second Best Mom.

Canadian Red Cross’ Humanitarian Logistics – August 19

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Canadian Red Cross’ Humanitarian Logistics

Date: August 19, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

Through real-life examples, we will address the main challenges of humanitarian logistics and we will see how emergency responses in Canada and abroad are supported by the Logistics Operations department of the Canadian Red Cross.

Speakers:

Olivier Trinh, Manager, Logistics Operations, Canadian Red Cross

Olivier Trinh has been with the Canadian Red Cross for 6 years. Olivier completed an engineering degree at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France and also holds a Master’s of Science in Logistics from HEC Montréal. He was involved in several national and international emergency responses.

Let’s talk about Business Acumen – How Dumbbells became the new toilet paper! – French Webinar – August 26

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Let’s talk about Business Acumen – How Dumbbells became the new toilet paper! - August 26

Date: August 26th, 2020
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. Business Acumen applies understanding of how industry and the Government of Canada work to achieve goals and objectives. It also includes risk management principles that 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.

Post-NAFTA: Now What? – September 2nd

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Post-NAFTA: Now What? - September 2nd

Date: September 2nd, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

CFTA and CETA have been in force now for three years and NAFTA has now been replaced with a trade agreement that does not have a procurement chapter. The WTO-AGP replaces NAFTA as it relates to the US and CPTPP replaces NAFTA as it relates to Mexico. What does this mean in terms of procurement processes and documents; and what challenges lie ahead

Speakers:

Marie-José Régimbal, Lawyer, Ambercrest Law

Marie-José (M-J) Régimbal has been a practicing lawyer for over 20 years. Her first five years were spent practicing commercial law with one of Canada’s large national law firms. Following this she joined the Department of Justice where her practice focused mainly on procurement and contracting law, and the privatization and divestiture of government assets and responsibilities. 

Procurement and Contracting 

The breadth of Marie-José’s experience in procurement law is without parallel. Her most recent role on Justice Canada’s procurement team was as lead counsel for the Royal Canadian Navy’s acquisition of a new fleet of warships to replace Canada’s aging frigates. M-J spent two years shepherding this complicated $60B transaction — one of Canada’s largest and most complex procurements to date. 

Prior to the acquisition of Canada’s new warships, M-J had provided legal advice in respect of a number of multi-billion dollar defence procurements, including contracts in support of Canadian flight training services and facilities required by NATO countries whose geographical size is not sufficient for effective flight training. Marie-José has also provided strategic legal advice on other important Department of National Defence projects. This considerable experience in defence procurement has given M-J an extensive understanding of national security issues. 

In addition to her experience in the world of defence procurement, M-J spent a considerable number of years providing legal advice to Elections Canada in connection with its commercial and procurement issues, including the acquisition of goods and services required for federal elections, and the leasing of office space for returning officers and facilities required for polling stations across Canada. This work involved the review and negotiation of many large contracts, including sole-source contracts for the provision of telecom services required by returning officers, and the drafting of procurement documents for Elections Canada’s first web-hosting contract. Marie-José’s initiative in creating a robust institutional framework for procurement at Elections Canada, was recognized by the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman. 

Privatization and Divestitures 

Marie-José’s experience while at the Department of Justice included providing legal advice in connection with the federal government’s divestiture of significant assets and privatization of government operations that took place in the ‘90s. These divestitures and privatizations were implemented through a variety of legal structures, and resulted in the transfer of Canada’s civil air navigation responsibilities to NAV Canada, establishment of the St-Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation to assume responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the winding-up of the Canada Ports Corporation which entailed the transfer of Canada’s major operating ports to not-for-profit corporations, and many of its smaller ports to municipalities. More recently, M-J was lead counsel with respect to the restructuring of operational responsibility for Atomic Energy Canada Limited’s nuclear facilities and programs, which was conducted and completed by way of an innovative, long-term procurement transaction. 

Other Legal Experience 

In providing advice to government clients on major procurement initiatives, and then subsequently providing legal support during the implementation of these initiatives, Marie-José gained a broad range of experience in the resolution of disputes arising which arose with respect to various topics, including intellectual property and licensing issues, and liability and insurance issues. M-J has also provided advice with respect to other aspects of commercial transactions, including performance guarantees, security-related instruments, matters relating to privacy law, and real property issues. 

While at Treasury Board Legal Services, Mare-José provided advice to Treasury Board on various legal issues related to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP), including fiduciary obligations, trust law, pension law, privacy law, insurance law, labour law, and provisions of relevant federal legislation such as the Financial Administration Act and the User Fees Act

Data Analytics (Commodity Management and Spend Analytics) – September 9th

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Data Analytics (Commodity Management and Spend Analytics) - September 9th

Date: September 9th, 2020
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.

The Future of Procurement – September 16th

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The Future of Procurement - September 16th

Date: September 16th, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

 

Webinar Overview:

Given the current context and external forces, chief procurement officers must ask themselves “What will the role of procurement be? Is there one?”

Enabling user friendly processes, policies and procedures, harnessing broad data sets to drive automation and analytics, and empowering self-service across all processes to do more with less are just some of the disruptions that are quickly making their way into each organization. How can you prepare for the future of procurement?

Speakers:

Jérôme Thirion, Partner and National Leader, Supply Chain Management, for KPMG Canada

Jérôme  is  leading the supply chain & procurement management consulting team at KPMG Canada, he is a permanent steering committee member of the Global Center of Excellence. Prior to joining KPMG, Jérôme held supply chain management positions in the industry. He is helping his clients to digitize their operations, and to position the supply chain as a strategic lever for growth. As a trusted advisor to senior leadership, Jérôme takes a pragmatic approach to gain alignment and increase adoption of new practices from the within and the supplier community.

Delivering a General Election – Procurement and Material Management Challenge – September 23th

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Delivering a General Election – Procurement and Material Management Challenge - September 23th

Date: September 23th, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Webinar Overview:

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.

Speakers:

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!

Let’s talk about Risk Management – How Dumbbells became the new toilet paper – Part 2 – September 30th

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Let’s talk about Risk Management – How Dumbbells became the new toilet paper – Part 2 - September 30th

Date: September 30th, 2020
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.

Please join Al Garlinski, as he shares part 2 of his story on the difficulty of finding fitness equipment for his home gym during the COVID-19 situation and how it led to a valuable lesson learned about the importance of risk management awareness that can be applied to procurement in the workplace. With this newfound awareness, the procurement professional should be able to:

  • Think creatively, strategize, and synthesize information.
  • Collaborate and partner
  • Be proactive and offer innovative solutions

Speakers:

Al Garlinski is the Regional Trainer for the School of Procurement, Business Advisory Services, Western Region, Public Services Procurement Canada (PSPC)

He is a seasoned procurement expert with over 33 years of government procurement experience with a vast array of experience across a number of commodities, all with PSPC. He currently coaches and mentors students under the School of Procurement program, from the University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, Mount Royal University and MacEwan University. He has been nominated twice and awarded the “Mentor of The Year” for the University of Alberta School of Business program in 2019.

He is currently a faculty member for the University of Winnipeg and Supply Chain Canada.

He earned his professional designation in Supply Chain Management with Supply Chain Canada and was awarded the prestigious Fellowship designation for his lifetime commitment with teaching, coaching and mentoring. He also has a professional designation with the Institute of Supply Management from Tempe, Arizona. Al is a tireless animal rescue advocate, and founder of IRun4rescue, a running team committed to making a difference in the lives of animals. Al is a Canadian long-distance runner. He has run in long-distance running adventures in several countries, and unique locations, including Iceland, The Grand Canyon, trekking the volcanoes of Nicaragua, climbing Mt Jacinto in California, to running across Lake Manitoba.

He openly shares his struggles with anxiety and shatters the stigma around mental illness and is an advocate for the mental health community.

 

Contract Negotiations – October 7th

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Contract Negotiations - October 7th

Date: October 7th, 2020
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.

Preparing for 2021: Harnessing Change to Build a Culture of Trust – October 14th

Preparing for 2021: Harnessing Change to Build a Culture of Trust - October 14th

Date: October 14th, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
 

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Webinar Overview:

A key insight into workplaces doing well during the pandemic is how quickly they were able to pivot. Developing capabilities to transform ways of working together means embracing new ways to learn, to empower and generate a culture of trust. This means understanding how change has changed and acquiring new skills to become even more agile. This keynote will begin by exploring how workplace cultures are changing and ways to foster greater collaboration. We’ll look not only at best, but next practices as you work with your colleagues to develop connective team work. By harnessing a three- step approach of pausing, planning and preparing, you’ll be better equipped for the new world that awaits us in 2021. 

Participants will learn: 

  • How to collaborate to create greater alignment and nurture culture 
  • How to recognize the 8 different types of change and practices to respond 
  • How to harness multiple perspectives to ignite commitment, trust and accountability 
  • How to develop practices that enable you to find more room to maneuver and attain much needed breathing space 
  • How to appreciate multiple perspectives to drive more evidence-based decisions 

Three Questions to ask prior to the webinar – please send your responses by email before September 30, 2020 to Secretariat: 
Much has occurred during the pandemic; we had to learn, change and grow all at the same time. Please take a moment and reflect on the three questions below, sharing your observations from a professional/work perspective:

  1. What is the most important thing you’ve learned during the pandemic? 
  2. What is one thing that has worked well?
  3. What one thing you would do differently as a result of your experience during the pandemic?

Speakers:

Jill Birch, Leadership and Organizational Change Expert

Jill Birch helps audiences master 21st century leadership skills, going beyond today’s jargon and stereotypes to show what’s really needed to innovate and compete in today’s marketplace. Birch has been a CEO and member of several C-Suites and has facilitated leadership breakthroughs for Fortune 500 organizations around the world. Drawing on this experience, her captivating and customized presentations help inspire change, build leadership capacity, and drive competitive advantage.

As a consultant, Birch has worked with tech, energy, finance, telecommunications, professional services, education, health, and not-for-profit sectors. She uses relational leadership techniques — a new way to spark real and meaningful change in workplaces — to help leaders become more self-aware and fuse teamwork with organizational goals.

Birch developed the framework, “The Five Stepping Stones in Relational Leadership” to provide organizations with a practical, grounded experience in leadership development. Leaping across the five “steppingstones”, leaders put current behaviours under the microscope to identify what may be holding them back, and then develop practical strategies to navigate change, connect the dots, and grow competitive advantage.

In her engaging keynotes, Birch begins by deeply researching her client’s organization and sector. She then combines case studies with her framework to support leaders in unlocking “turning point” moments to ignite new behaviour. This greater self-awareness forges stronger connective and collective intelligence throughout an organization.

Birch holds a PhD from Griffith University in Australia, and an MA from the University of Toronto where she researched how CEOs learn to lead, and how they learn to learn. She is also a Certified Association Executive.

Data Analytics – French – October 28th

Data Analytics - French - October 28th

Date: October 28th, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
 

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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.

Centre of Expertise on Mental Health
in the Workplace – November 4th

Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace - November 4th

 

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Webinar Overview:

An overview of the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health and tips for managers and employees to protect their mental health.

    Speakers:

    Sophie Dubourg Manager, Data, Policy and Support
    Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace
    Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

    Sophie Dubourg has been on assignment with the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace as Manager, Data, Policy and Support, since April 29, 2019. Before taking up this opportunity, she was Manager, Wellness and Employee Engagement, with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s (TBS’s) Human Resources Division, where she worked with the wellness and Public Service Employee Survey champions to promote wellness and bring about cultural change at TBS. 

    Sophie has served as a senior advisor in disciplines including human resources planning, corporate staffing, labour relations, EX services, employee development programs, employment equity and diversity, wellness, and employee engagement. 

    She is known for being innovative, nimble and action-oriented, and for her natural ability to facilitate discussions and deliver engaging presentations.

    French – Authentic and Human Leadership – November 18th

    Authentic and Human Leadership - November 18th

    Date: November 18th, 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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    Webinar Overview:

    We are not born a leader; we become a leader, as demonstrated by this conference by Pierre Lavoie based on his own life course. In each of us there is a leader, it is enough to believe in it, and to develop it according to human values.

    “In the past 20 years my life has taken a 180 degree turn. However, nothing foreshadowed such a change, because I was not always a unifier, I often had doubts and fears, I did not always go for it. The trials and challenges before me have made me grow, but I realize in hindsight that it is the people around me who have enabled me to develop my leadership skills.

    I have long wondered why people support my initiatives. I think the answer lies in the type of leadership I exercise, because there are many. Personally, the model that lives in me is authentic and human leadership. I want to show you how to develop this type of leadership and, above all, how to exercise it wisely to improve society or lead an organization in its ascent to the heights it seeks. “

    Who is this conference for?

    • To companies
    • To team managers
    • To managers (director, VP, supervisor, coach, teacher)

    Speakers:

    Pierre Lavoie
    Cofounder of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie

    Pierre Lavoie was born in L’Anse-Saint-Jean in 1963. Together with his wife, Lynne Routhier, they had four children, two of whom died from lactic acidosis, an orphan hereditary disease, common in the Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean region, but rare elsewhere in the world. Laurie passed away in 1997 at the age of four years old, and Raphaël passed away in 2000 at the age of 20 months old.

    In 1998, the year Raphaël was born, 10 other children in the region were born with lactic acidosis. Pierre told himself that he could no longer stand by and let this disease wreak havoc. He focused all his energy on raising awareness of this deadly disease in his region and funding medical research. A determined athlete up until that point, Pierre became a dedicated one.

    In 1999, he launched the first Défi Pierre Lavoie in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean (cycling 650 km in 24 hours), a feat he repeated three times. Through his challenge, Pierre managed to raise the funding needed to set up a team of multidisciplinary researchers at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Significant advances were made and the gene responsible for lactic acidosis was finally discovered in 2003. A screening test was also developed, giving hope to future parents.

    His meeting with Germain Thibault in 1999 was decisive. Both put their heart and soul into an ambitious project to educate the province’s primary school students and the general public about adopting healthy lifestyle habits. The Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, which was launched in 2008, has been very successful.

    Pierre is also a founding member of the Lab-École, a non-profit organization that aims to bring together multidisciplinary expertise to design the environment of the schools of tomorrow.

    Although he has added several feathers to his cap over the years—speaker, science advocate, spokesperson, media personality—at heart, Pierre is above all else a fierce competitor. In 2013, he participated in his 10th Ironman in Hawaii, finishing 2nd in his category. To date, he has won this competition three times.

    Pierre knows how to use his remarkable experience to motivate people. Through his extraordinary history, his unbelievable strength, and his talents as a communicator, he unfailingly passes on his creative energy and convinces us that challenges can always be overcome if faced with the right attitude. His story is a lesson in courage, surpassing oneself and respect.

    Teamwork: It’s not About the Medal – November 25th

    Teamwork: It's not About the Medal - November 25th

    Date: November 25th, 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
     

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    Webinar Overview:

    A three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic gold medallist on Canada’s famous women’s hockey team, Sami Jo Small helps to show the audience that a “team” needs all of its members, regardless of their role, if they are to succeed. Small uses her motto, “In life, you don’t always get to choose the role you play, but you do get to choose how you play it,” to talk about teamwork, being a valuable team member, and facing one’s feelings about failure. Audiences will learn:

    • How to motivate in turbulent times.
    • Build the capacity for stronger teams.
    • How to become a more trusted team member.
    • How to connect and forge deeper relationships in order to be more successful as a team.

    Speakers:

    Sami Jo Small, Gold Medal-Winning Goalie, Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team

    The night before the Olympic game, in the race to the gold medal, Sami Jo Small was told that she would not be on the ice. At first, she was devastated and angry, but eventually, she chose to rise above those feelings and embraced her new role with enthusiasm. She became a force of positivity in the dressing room, on the bench, and on the ice, and in doing so ultimately helped the team become champions. A graceful storyteller, Small shows audiences that a “team” needs all of its members ― regardless of their role ― if they are to succeed.

    As a goalie for the Canadian women’s hockey team, Small has won five World Championships, twice named championship MVP, and is a three-time Olympian, who played on two gold-medal-winning teams. After a lifetime of training for the “big game,” in the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002, Small never got to play in it. “The biggest difference between myself and other Olympians,” says Small, “is the whole idea of being placed in situations that were not the way I had envisioned living my Olympic dream. Not playing in the final game in Salt Lake forced me to focus on the accomplishment of the team above my own feelings.”

    Small currently works as a motivational speaker and is a Certified Speaking Professional through the National Speaking Association. She is also an owner of a hockey school that runs throughout four provinces. Prior to this, Small was one of the founders of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and worked as the general manager of the Toronto Furies until it discontinued operations in 2019. Small’s autobiography, The Role I Played, will be published in September 2020.

    Built to Fly – January 20th

    Built to Fly - January 20th

    Date: January 20th, 2021
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
     

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    Webinar Overview:

    Kellylee Evans speaks about her journey to recovery, sharing an inspirational message of self-care and finding your own superpowers. It’s a message that speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever had their life interrupted by a setback they have worked to overcome.

    Speakers:

    Kellylee Evans, Juno Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter | Motivational Speaker

    Internationally acclaimed Juno Award-Winning singer songwriter Kellylee Evans has been making waves around the world with her energy-charged performances. She shares her inspirational journey of recovery, and showcases the importance of self-care and finding your superpower. Evans’ keynotes resonate with anyone who has ever had their life interrupted by an illness or a setback.

    With multiple albums to her name and a gruelling touring schedule, Evans experienced a life altering event in 2013 when she was struck by lightning while washing dishes in her home. For several months, she worked to regain her health, stamina, and balance, however, in 2015, she suffered a devastating concussion that left her unable to tour. For the next two years, this mother of three dedicated herself to recovery so she could get back to making and sharing her music.

    In the summer of 2017, Evans triumphantly returned to the stage, and in 2018 her album Come On was nominated at the Juno Awards for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

    When she’s not on tour, Evans also takes the stage to share her story in hopes of inspiring others to find their superpower even in the face of adversity. Combining storytelling with music, she creates a memorable experience for all audiences.

    Risk Management: Protecting Good People
    from Bad Decisions –
    February 24th

    Risk Management: Protecting Good People from Bad Decisions - February 24th

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

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    Webinar Overview:

    Every risk is made up of two essential parts: an external threat, and our reaction to it. To be effective, risk management must account for both. Yet, modern governance models and safety practices tend to be highly quantitative in nature, relying on statistics and forecasts while overlooking the common psychological vulnerabilities — heuristics (mental shortcuts) and cognitive biases (systematic deviations from rationality) — that can weaken any decision. With examples ranging from avalanches and grizzly bears to Himalayan expeditions and African white-water, Bruce Kirkby illuminates these universal blind-spots to leave audiences with a series of powerful yet easy-to-implement strategies, allowing teams to stay sheltered from crisis, yet open to opportunity. Highly entertaining, laden with content, and immediately applicable, Kirkby’s keynote is a reminder that an engaged, enthusiastic risk culture offers the most certain path to both protecting current assets, and creating future growth.

    Speakers:

    Bruce Kirkby, Acclaimed Explorer | Writer | Photographer

    Bruce Kirkby lives life on the edge. An acclaimed explorer, travel writer, and television host (with a degree in engineering physics), he uses his incredible adventures across the globe to provide real-world, practical lessons on risk management and change leadership. Kirkby’s travels have taken him to the tip of the highest mountain and to the centre of the driest desert. He draws on these experiences to offer simple strategies to help people confront their fears and learn how to embrace change and growth to see lasting success, both personally and professionally.

    With journeys spanning more than 80 countries and 2000 days, Kirkby’s accomplishments include the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter by camel, a raft descent of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge by raft, sea kayak traverse of Borneo’s northern coast, and a coast-to-coast Icelandic trek. He also spent six months travelling to and living in a Himalayan Buddhist monastery with his young family — an experience that was chronicled on Travel Channel’s Big Crazy Family Adventure. Kirkby is also the former host of CBC’s No Opportunity Wasted.

    Kirby is the bestselling author of two travel books and a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail. A multi-National Magazine Award winner, Kirkby has also had his writing appear in The New York TimesEnRoute, Huffington Post, Explore, and Canadian Geographic. He is also the winner of a prestigious Western Magazine Award, and his photography was selected by National Geographic as among “the most compelling adventure images of the decade.”