Our Leadership


Executive Officers

Officers are designated by the Board of Directors.

Jelena Maric, President
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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, Vice-president
Gord SearsGord 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.
Mark McCulloch, Treasurer
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.
Monique Whitehill, Director and co-Secretary
Monique WhitehillWith 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 Barr, Director and co-Secretary
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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.

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Board of Directors

Jelena Maric, President
Gord Sears, Vice-president
Mark McCullogh, Treasurer
Monique Whitehill, Director and co-Secretary
Gwen Barr, Director and co-Secretary

Hugh Amiel, Director
Hugh Amiel, DirectorHugh 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
Asad Chughtai, DirectorAsad 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.

Shelly Flahr, Director
Shelly Flahr, DirectorShelly 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.

Koce Kolev, Director
Koce Kolev, DirectorA 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.

 Kimberley Murphy, Director
Kimberley Murphy, DirectorKimberley 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.
 Melinda Nycholat, Director
Melinda Nycholat, DirectorSince 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, Director
caroCaroline 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 Vu, Director
caroVincent 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.
 Francois Emond, Executive Director
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.

Standing Committees

Canadian Forum on Public Procurement 2014 Committee
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Communications Committee

Membership Committee

Outreach Services Committee