A Word from our Forum Chairs

It is with great pride that together the cities of Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary are co-chairing the Canadian Public Procurement Council Forum , 2015 Edition in Edmonton, Alberta. The very essence of the CPPC is collaborative relationships and we are very excited to together develop a program of workshops, dialogue and education that will support membership in meeting our shared challenges.

Almost every decision made at all levels of government has a Procurement impact or factor and the value of the Public Procurement Professional is now being recognized and sought after early on in the decision making process which is very exciting to see.

This once a year opportunity allows you to engage in workshops, seminars, products exposition and networking. Our Forum program is currently under development but the focus is on value and results. Workshops with actual take-a-ways to bring to your agency and break-out sessions are designed to gain fresh perspectives and new ideas.

We are the professionals and we want people to come to us first. Bring us your concerns, your questions, your problems and we in turn will show you value and results. Keep Calm, and let Procurement handle it… See you in Edmonton!

Kathleen Muretti, City of Airdrie
Jelena Maric, City of Red Deer
Gwen Barr, City of Edmonton

Call for presentations

The CPPC is inviting proposals for Education Sessions at our 2015 Forum. As a presenter, you will have the opportunity to speak in front of an estimated audience 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 2015 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 minutes 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 “Keep Calm and Let Procurement Handle it”. 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;
  • Tools to analyze performance of procurement processes and other related processes
  • Reporting and performance measurements to show results

 How to apply

Please email your proposals to by May 22, 2015. 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 2015 Program development Committee based on a number of criteria, including topics and benefits to delegates.


Photos from the City of Edmonton.