Officers are designated by the Board of Directors.
Jelena Maric, President
Jelena Maric has led the City of Airdrie Procurement since August 2015. She accepted the position in Airdrie leaving The City of Red Deer Purchasing and Risk Management Section after ten great years. Prior to getting involved in procurement and risk management field, she held a claims adjuster position with Wawanesa Insurance for nine years. Jelena moved to Canada nineteen years bringing eight years’ experience as a civil litigation lawyer. Jelena has her law degree and bar exam from her home country. She is also a Certified Insurance Professional (CIP), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), has Advanced Certificate in Public Procurement and is working towards the completion of the Enterprise in Risk Management designation. Jelena’s education and work experience provide broad range of expertise covering the different aspects of procurement. Jelena continues to progress her passion for public procurement using every opportunity to share her experiences and learn from others. “It is an honour to serve on the CPPC Board of Directors.”
Gord Sears has been in Public Procurement for over 28 years and is currently the Manager of Procurement Services with the Town of Newmarket. Gord holds both the CPPB and CPPO désignations from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) and is currently completing his last year of a Bachelors of Art Degree in Political Science at York University. He has served with both the Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) and the Ontario Public Buyers Association (OPBA) – chapter of NIGP in the following capacities : NIGP 2.0 Governance Task Force Member from 2013-2014, NIGP’s Canadian Board Representative from 2008-2013, Chair of NIGP Name Change Task Force in 2011, Ontario Public Buyers Association as Director of NIGP Relations from 2001 to 2013 and Ontario Public Buyers Association as Past President in 2001.
A versatile, multilingual manager, Koce Kolev is Procurement Director at Ottawa Transit Authority (STO) in Gatineau, Quebec. With a solid experience in health care management, in operations management and business development in various sectors: supply, production, maintenance, IT, engineering and project management, in large businesses, he is a passionate communicator demonstrating credible leadership, excellent people skills and is a skilled supervisor, trainer, motivator, mobilizer and a leader of work teams. Recognized for his operations skills and strategic ability to meet and exceed business objectives, he is also results oriented with a highly analytical mind. His energy and ability to adapt to environmental change make it possible for him to simultaneously manage various projects and meet challenges in markets that are constantly evolving. Koce is an academic mentor too and joined the Board of Directors of the CPPC in 2011.
Mark has been in the procurement and logistics profession for over 22 years. He brings a mixture of government and private industry experience. Mark has an MBA, a CPP designation from the Purchasing Management Association of Canada and a P. Log. from the Canadian Logistics Institute. He currently is the senior manager of procurement, logistics and contract support services for the Government of Nunavut. Mark works out of the home office in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Mark joined the board of Directors in 2009.
With over 25 years of public sector experience, Monique Whitehill joined the University of Manitoba four years ago to manage a new IT Procurement Centre. Previously, she worked for 5 years as Director of ICT Procurement at Manitoba Innovation, Energy & Mines (Business Transformation & Technology, Province of Manitoba). She also served for 15 years at Manitoba Lotteries Corporation – primarily as the Director of Purchasing. Other public procurement and contract management expertise was acquired at Western Canada Lottery Corporation and Manitoba Health Organizations. Monique has earned her Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation from the Supply Chain Management Association, as well as a Certificate in Management (CIM) designation from the Canadian Institute of Management. She was elected to the CPPC Board of Directors in 2013.
Gwen has been involved in a variety of aspects public procurement for over 30 years. She is presently on a secondment from her role with the City of Edmonton as the Procurement Manager for design and construction procurements, in order to complete the implementation of a corporate supplier performance program. Her past areas of responsibility have included technology, inventory and operational related procurements portfolios. Gwen has both an SCMP designation and a MBA. She has been on the Executive of the NIGP-Canada West Chapter since 2010. Gwen joined the CPPC board of Directors in 2013.
Board of Directors
Jelena Maric, President
Gord Sears, Vice-president
Koce Kolev, Vice-president
Mark McCullogh, Treasurer
Monique Whitehill, Director and co-Secretary
Gwen Barr, Director and co-Secretary
Hugh has worked in both Public and Private Sector Procurement for the past 15 years and has spent the last four at University Health Network, one of Canada’s Largest Research Hospitals. In his current role as Director for UHN Procurement, Hugh worked to develop new Procurement Policies and Standardized Procurement processes across the organization. He has overseen the development new systems for tracking Procurement activity as well as the implementation of an Online Procurement Evaluation tool and an Electronic Document Signing tool. Prior to joining UHN, Hugh was a Manager of Procurement at Shared Services West where he provided procurement and contract management services to both clinical and non-clinical hospital clients. Hugh has a Degree from York University, a Leadership Certification from University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, and holds a Certification in Public Procurement Law and Practice from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Asad Chughtai, Director of Purchasing Services, City of Vaughan, has diverse and extensive public sector experience in supply management, logistics, procurement and contract management for three levels in government here in Canada and abroad. Prior to his work in the Municipality of Vaughan and Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) in Canada, he held different procurement, logistics, supply and materials management positions for federal government procurement abroad dealing with international manufacturers as well as agencies of the United States government participating in complex multi-million dollar procurement projects. He is member of many North American Purchasing Professional Associations and holds a CSCMP designation from the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, and the CPPB and CPPO from National Institute of Governmental Purchasing USA. Asad joined the Board of Directors of the CPPC in 2011.
Shanna was born, raised and educated in Ontario. Shanna moved to the Yukon in 1994 where she worked for Holland America. She fell in love with the Yukon the first day she arrived. After working for Holland America she went on to work at a bank, first as a teller and then as a personal banker. Shanna began working for the Yukon government at Environment in 2000. Shanna has worked for various departments including Economic Development, Tourism and Culture. In 2014 Shanna joined the team at Procurement Support Centre. Since 2014 Shanna has been working as a Procurement Advisor with the Procurement Support Centre. Shanna organized the first ever Industry Conference in 2015 and continues to work with industry partners on this great event. Shanna has been bringing vendors and YG together as never before, engaging with stakeholders such as three chambers of commerce and spearheading the Reverse Trade Show- another new event for the Yukon. Shanna also facilitates a variety of training for YG staff at various levels and has started some vendor outreach session on ‘Doing Business with Government of Yukon’. Shanna recently organized one of the events during the Royal Visit in Fall of 2016. It was publicly recognized as a great success. Shanna also enjoys volunteering, especially as Chair of the Child Development Centre director for school council and VP of Whitehorse Woman’s Hockey League.
Shelly Flahr, Director
Shelly Flahr has led the City of Red Deer Procurement Section since August 2015. She began her career with the City of Red Deer when she moved back to Canada from Alaska in 1997. Prior to getting involved with procurement for the City of Red Deer, she owned an electrical company and heavy equipment rental company along with her husband in Alaska. Shelly has earned her Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation from the Supply Chain Management Association, as well as her Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) designations from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC). Shelly was elected to the CPPC Board of Directors in 2016 and Shelly is honored to serve the CPPC Board.
Kimberley Murphy has been with the Nova Scotia Government in the Procurement division for the past 10 years. In her current role as Manager of Outreach and Training, she is responsible for developing and delivering information on the policies and processes of public procurement for internal and external groups. Included in that group is the supplier community where Kimberley has focused much of her efforts to engage suppliers in the public procurement process through events, on-line resources and by participating in the Atlantic Supplier Development team where she served two terms as Chair. In addition to this, Kimberley has been certified with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to deliver The Working Mind: Workplace Mental Health and Wellness training to government employees. Kimberley joined the Board of Directors in October 2016 and most recently was the Chair the CPPC Forum held in Halifax.
Since joining Defence Construction Canada in 1988 as a junior engineer, Mélinda has served the Corporation in various capacities and locations across the country. Some significant undertakings include managing the construction contract for a $20 million Design/Build Hangar and Taxiway facility for 14 Wing Greenwood, as well as serving as the national client liaison for 1 Canadian Air Division. Mélinda was appointed Director, Contract Services in August 2008 and Vice-President Operations, Procurement in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Université Laval. Mélinda is an Owner representative on the Canadian Construction Documents Committee and sits on the Steering Committee of the Institute for BIM in Canada. Mélinda is also honoured to serve the CPPC Board and looks forward to contributing her expertise as a procurement specialist. Melinda joined the Board of Directors of the CPPC in 2008.
Caroline Bogner is the Senior Manager, Category Management and Procurement Operations at Metrolinx in Toronto. Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario and oversees GO Transit, PRESTO and the Union Pearson Express, working together to transform the way the region moves. Caroline has over 15 years of public procurement experience in various sectors across Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. Prior to Metrolinx, Caroline’s positions included Director of Strategic Sourcing and Logistics at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Associate Director, Procurement at the University of Toronto, Director, Procurement at Alberta Infrastructure in Edmonton and Procurement Manager at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal. Caroline enjoys contributing to the various excellent strategic initiatives of the CPPC board.
Vincent is the Director of Purchasing Services for the City of Levis, the 8th largest city in the province of Quebec. With over 25 years of experience in leadership and management in the municipal sector, he developed his expertise in process optimization, strategic planning, change management, project management as well as strategic sourcing. He has also been an active member of the board of the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Quebec (AGFMQ) for over 10 years and he contributed, in collaboration with the CERIU (Expertise and Research Centre on Urban Infrastructures), to the development of the model of “performance bids” (DOP). He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Laval University with a Chartered Professional Accountant professional designation. He was elected on the CPPC’s board of directors in 2014 and is proud to help promote this national network of procurement professionals.
François was nominated as Executive Director of the Canadian Public Procurement Council in March 2013. He will continue the development of our organization in making it the Canadian reference in public procurement while continuously providing greater value for our members. François has been actively involved with the council as a member of the board of director for the past two years. He is a graduate from the University of Sherbrooke where he earned an MBA degree. His knowledge but also his leadership contributed to build a solid experience in the field of procurement in both the private and public sector first as a professional but also as a manager over the last 17 years. He first worked for Bombardier Aerospace for a little over six years where he took different roles in procurement and continuous improvement initiatives. More recently, he was employed by the City of Quebec, in the procurement service, as manager of acquisitions, a position he held over the past four years.
Training and Professional Development Committee Members
- Kathleen Muretti – Committee Leader
- Gord Sears – CPPC Vice-president
- Vincent Vu – CPPC Director
- Caroline Bogner – CPPC Director
- Shanna Epp – CPPC Director
- Shelly Flahr – CPPC Director
- Kimberley Murphy – CPPC Director
- Warren Pearson – Contracting Officer, Yukon Government
Canadian Forum on Public Procurement 2014 Committee
Outreach Services Committee