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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Call for presentations

The CPPC is inviting proposals for Education Sessions at our 2016 Forum. As a presenter, you will have the opportunity to speak in front of an estimated audience of 125 public procurement professionals. This will be a great opportunity to showcase your successes but also to share best practices related to public procurement. Your contribution to help advance our profession will be greatly appreciated by our members.

Who attends?

Forum 2016 is unique in serving the broad public procurement sector, which is represented at all levels in all regions of Canada: federal, provincial/territorial, municipal, healthcare, education, NGOs and Crown corporations.

The CPPC attracts delegates and speakers from across the country.  This annual conference is an event where decision makers in public procurement come to network, share leading practices and find collaborative partners to support the profession in moving it forward.

 Why present?

  • Great exposure opportunity for you and your organization as professional leaders;
  • Contribute to elevate the knowledge base of the public procurement profession;
  • Excellent networking opportunity with other experts and colleagues;
  • Build relationships with the Canadian Public Procurement Council, the leading voice for professionals involved in public procurement in Canada.

 Session format

  • Each session is approximately 60 minutes with a 10 minute period for questions and discussion.
  • Sessions should be interactive in the format of workshop, panel discussions or lecture.
  • Sessions should also include hands-on exercises and tools that participants could easily take back to their workplace for immediate use and implementation.

Session objectives

Our theme for this year is “Partnerships in Procurement”. We are looking for creative, out-of-the-box thinkers to come forward and share the knowledge they have gathered in the public or private sector related to the following topics:

  • Identify best practices that will help public procurement professionals show value and improve customer satisfaction;
  • Success stories related to the development of internal partnerships with customers;
  • Success stories related to the development of external partnerships including other jurisdictions;
  • Use and implementation of new technologies and electronic tools to aid in the procurement process;
  • Experiences with joint procurement;
  • Shared services;
  • Strategic Procurement/Category Management;
  • Procurement strategies for rural regions.

How to apply

Please email your proposals to by May 20, 2016. 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)

Other information

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.