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Executive Officers

Officers are designated by the Board of Directors.

Éric Blanchette-Ouellet, President
Éric has ten years experience in planning, project management and process analysis related to information technologies and computerized inventory systems. For five years, he participated in the analysis and the development of electronic transactions between hospitals and their suppliers, on top of advising the supplies database management team. Eric joined the Board of Directors of the CPPC in 2008.

Koce Kolev, Vice-president
Koce Kolev, DirectorA versatile, multilingual manager, Koce Kolev is the head of the purchasing department at (Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke) with solid experience in operations management and business development in various sectors: Supply, production, maintenance, IT, engineering and project management, in large and small businesses. He is a passionate communicator, and demonstrating credible leadership, excellent people skills and is a skilled supervisor, trainer, motivator, mobilizer and leader of work teams. Certified trainer. Results oriented. Recognized for his operations skills and strategic ability to meet and exceed business objectives. Demonstrates 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 joined the Board of Directors of the CPPC in 2011.

David Knight, Vice-president
David Knight, Director and co-SecretaryDavid has been employed by the Government of Yukon for 28 years, 20 years in the area of Procurement. David currently heads the Procurement Services unit which is the contracting authority for goods procurement for all Government Departments. Commodities include Livestock containment and tracking devices, firefighting equipment, office equipment, stationary supplies, groceries, vehicles and road maintenance and construction supplies and equipment. David is working on new initiatives regarding green procurement, and alternative forms of Procurement which include total cost of ownership models. David obtained his C.P.P. designation in 2004. David joined the Board of Directors of the CPPC in 2008.

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 two 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 recently elected to the CPPC Board of Directors in 2013.

Jelena Maric, Director and co-Secretary
Jelena's PictureJelena Maric has led The City of Red Deer Purchasing Section since 2006. Prior to joining The City, she held a claims adjuster position with Wawanesa Insurance for nine years and prior to moving to Canada she worked as a civil litigation lawyer for eight years. Jelena has her law degree and bar exam from her home country. She is also a Certified Insurance Professional, has a Certificate in Public Procurement and is working towards the completion of the Enterprise in Risk Management and CPPO 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.

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Kathleen Muretti, Past-president
Kathleen Muretti is Manager of Fleet, Procurement, Accounts Payable, Waste & Recycling for the City of Airdrie, AB. Prior to her work in the public sector, she worked for 15 years as Operations and Materiels Manager in the private sector. Kathleen has served on the CPPC Board of Directors since 2005 and was Host and Chair of the 2007 Canadian Forum on Public Procurement held in Calgary and President from 2007-2012. She represents the CPPC on the Board of Directors for the National Council Public Procurement and Contracting (NCPPC) and on the Evaluation Committee for the NPI Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. She also represents CPPC with the Governing Board of Directors of the UPPCC (Universal Public Procurement Certification Council). She is an active member of the National Institute Government Purchasing (NIPG) and National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals (NAPCP). She has earned a Certified Professional Public Buyer designation (CPPB), a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), and a Certified Procurement Card Professional designation (CPCP). Kathleen is a regular speaker, host and commentator at business seminars and conferences .

Board of Directors

Éric Blanchette-Ouellet, President
Koce Kolev, Vice-president
David Knight, Vice-president
Mark McCullogh, Treasurer
Monique Whitehill, Director and co-Secretary
Jelena Maric, Director and co-Secretary
Kathleen Muretti, Past-president

Ken Babich, Director
Ken Babich, Director and Chair of Forum 2012Ken was Director of Purchasing Services at the University of Victoria. He has extensive public sector executive experience in finance and administration, supply management, logistics and facilities management. Co-author in 2004 of “Sourcing in the Public Sector”, he is Certified Master Instructor for major procurement certification programs. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the CPPC since 2006.
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.

Gwen Barr, Director
Gwen - 0095Gwen has been involved in a variety of aspects public procurement for over 30 years.  Her current role with the City of Edmonton is as the Procurement Manager for design and construction procurements.  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.

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. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Université Laval as well as a Project Management Professional Certificate from the Project Management Institute. Mélinda is 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.

Natalie McLean, Director
nat bioNatalie has over 10 years of experience in a public procurement setting.  In her current role with the Province of Nova Scotia as the Director, Procurement Governance she provides direction and leadership in the areas of procurement policy, supplier development and sustainable procurement.  In addition, she has responsibility for procurement related enablement tools, and trade agreement implementation as it relates to procurement.  Previous to her time in public procurement, Natalie worked in the banking and telecommunications industries in the areas of project management, and management consulting.  Natalie has her BBA from UPEI, and her MBA from Dalhousie University.   Natalie joined the CPPC board of Directors in 2014.

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
Vincent_VUVincent is the Director of Purchasing Services for the City of Levis, the 8th largest city in the province of Quebec. With over 22 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