No matter what aspect of procurement you are involved in, one of the most vital success factors is the development of strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders. This even begins at the recruitment stage for new procurement professionals who are required to foster critical collaboration with clients. In fact, a recent job posting by the City of Edmonton cited the following “It takes more than just a procurement background to be successful in the role of Senior Buyer; strong procurement knowledge and relationship building skills are what lead to improved contracts and satisfied clients.” Proof that procurement is not just about the buying and selling of goods and services. It means extending beyond the walls of our offices into those of our clients and their clients, industry associations, professional service providers, suppliers and many others to ask questions, share information and solve problems together. With the ever increasing pressures of reduced budgets and the movement towards sharing services and joint procurement, establishing the right partnerships for the right reasons is essential to our success.

Message from the Chair

It is with great enthusiasm that I have taken on the role of Chair for the Canadian Public Procurement Council Forum 2016 edition, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. My first experience with Forum was 4 years ago in St. John’s, NL and I have been hooked ever since. The learning program kept me fully engaged, but I was most inspired by being in a room with so many likeminded individuals from one end of the country to the other. Knowing that there was an entire community of professionals facing the same challenges brought a sense of clarity to the relationship building role that I play in procurement. After accepting the role of Chair in Edmonton last year, I looked around the room and was once again inspired by the people and the connections that were being made and the theme “Partnerships in Procurement” came naturally to me. We are currently working on a Forum Program that I am certain will meet your interests and expectations and I am looking forward to welcoming you to Halifax in October!

Kimberley Murphy Chair, CPPC Forum 2016

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Registration is now open. Click here to access our online form. You will find below the detailed rates.

*Only visa and mastercard are accepted as a credit card payment method.

CPPC                                                                Member                        Non-member

Full Forum + Pre Forum Seminar               $1350                                  $1750

Full Forum only                                               $1000                                  $1300

One Day only                                                     $550                                    $850

Pre Forum only                                                 $350                                    $450

*Considering the number of registrations received, the Pre Forum Seminar is now closed and no longer available.

Hotel Registration Policy

Staying at the host hotel helps the CCPC meet its contractual obligations, therefore keep registration fees down. Take advantage of the convenience, camaraderie and savings by staying at the Westin Nova Scotian. Attendees choosing alternate accommodations will be assessed a $150 surcharge on their registration fee. In your registration process you will be asked to provide your hotel reservation confirmation number so please make sure you complete your hotel reservation first. To book you room, please contact directly The Westin Nova Scotian at 888-627-8553.

Local attendees: If you plan to commute daily and live within a 100 kilometer radius of the Westin Nova Scotian, we will waive the $150 surcharge fee assessed to attendees making alternative hotel accommodations. To avoid the surcharge fee, you must include as part of your registration the commute mileage (one way) when registering.

Room Sharing: Attendees sharing a room at the Westin Nova Scotian are exempt from the surcharge fee, however must provide a confirmation number and list all names on reservation for verification.

Marketing Opportunities

The CPPC encourages companies who do business with governments at all levels to take this opportunity to meet public procurement officials outside of the confines of a contract negotiation.

Marketing opportunities in the form of exhibit booth space and sponsorships are available for the three-day conference. For more information click here to download our sponsorship package.


Our program for Partnerships in Procurement is now available. Click here to view it and see the preliminary schedule of what will be a great event again this year.  Most of our sessions have been confirmed and we are working on finalizing the last few details in order to offer our participants a program rich in content with workshops and learning activities that will leave you with practical tools to use in your working environment.

Call for presentations

The Call for presentations period is now closed. However if you have a proposal to submit that would be in line with the theme of the Forum you can still do so. The program committee may still take it into consideration.

Please email your proposals to  All proposals should include:

  • A creative, concise but descriptive session title
  • A session overview (50-75 word maximum) which will briefly describe the content and most importantly how it links to our Forum theme and session objectives
  • Intended format of the session and how you intend to make it interactive
  • Learning outcomes and takeaways for the participants (please list 2-3 items in bullet form)

As a not-for-profit association, the CPPC does not provide honoraria for session presenters at our Forum. Presenters are responsible for their own travel, hotel and other expenses. A complimentary one-day registration for the day on which the presentation is scheduled is provided.

Selections will be made by the Forum 2016 Program development Committee based on a number of criteria, including topics and benefits to delegates.