September 16-19, 2018
Whitehorse, Yukon

16-19 septembre 2018
Whitehorse, Yukon

Message from the Chair

I am so excited to be taking on the role of Chair for the Canadian Public Procurement Council Forum 2018. This will be the first time that Forum is coming North of 60 and we are so thrilled to show off our beautiful northern territory. When I attended my first forum in Montreal, I was hooked; I knew that I had to get Forum to the Yukon. I have attended Forum every year since and am always impressed, not only by the program and training opportunities, but also by the people. I have met so many amazing people at forum and I am so inspired by the passion that people show for our world of procurement. We all know that public procurement is changing in many ways – not just in the Yukon but also across Canada – so this year’s theme is “Transforming Public Procurement”. At Forum 2017 in Ottawa we asked you what type of program you would like to see so I know that the program we will offer will meet your interests and expectations – from trade agreements to procurement change management to emerging technology. I am so excited to host you to our beautiful territory with a backdrop of stunning and inspiring country. I look forward to welcoming you to Whitehorse in September 2018.

Shanna Epp, Chair, CPPC Forum 2018

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

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

CPPC                                                                  Member                        Non-member

Full Forum + Pre-Forum Seminar                $1150                                  $1550

Full Forum only                                                  $800                                  $1100

One-Day only                                                      $400                                    $700

Pre-Forum only                                                  $350                                    $450

Hotel Registration Policy

Staying at the host hotel or any of the two proposed alternatives helps the CPPC meet its contractual obligations, therefore keep registration fees down. Take advantage of the convenience, camaraderie and savings by staying at the Coast High Country Inn where the event will be held. Attendees choosing alternate accommodations from the three offered 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. See below to know how to proceed.

Local attendees: If you plan to commute daily and live within a 100 kilometer radius of any of the three proposed hotels, please include as part of your registration the commute mileage (one way) when registering and you will not be assessed of a 150$ surcharge.

Room Sharing: Attendees sharing a room at any of the three hotels must provide a confirmation number and list all names on reservation for verification and you will not be assessed of a 150$ surcharge

Staying in Whitehorse during Forum

Although the event will be held at the Coast High Country Inn, we are happy to offer alternatives that are within walking distance from the Coast. Indeed, rooms at the host hotel are limited and we strongly suggest that you book quickly. Alternate venues with whom CPPC has a special agreement for the event are the Best Western Gold Rush Inn where the same rate will be offered and also the Edgewater Hotel where a preferred rate will be offered to CPPC Forum participants. Please note that online booking is not possible at any of these hotels and you must therefore contact the hotel of your choice (email or phone) and provide the groupe booking number to proceed with your hotel room reservation. The contact information for each hotel is provided below:

  • Coast High Country Inn (Group rate: 169$ + TX):

o   Group Booking # to Quote: 1435

o   Phone Number: 867-667-4471

o   Email:

  • Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Group rate: 169$ + TX):

o   Group Booking # to Quote: 2323

o   Phone Number: 867-668-4500

o   Toll Free: 800-661-0539

o   Email:

  • Edgewater Hotel (Group rate: 199$ + TX):

o   Group Booking # to Quote: 166

o   Phone Number: 867-667-2572

o   Toll Free: 877-484-3334

o   Email:

Traveling in the Yukon for Forum

Air Canada has been designated as the Official Canadian Airline for the CPPC Forum 2018. Air Canada is pleased to offer a discount on eligible fares to attendees travelling to the convention on flights to the Whitehorse Airport (YXY). The discount is applied to the fare at the time that the travel ticket with Air Canada is purchased. The discount and the fare are subject to all applicable taxes and surcharges. No discount will apply to Tango fares. The discount travel period begins on Sunday, September 9, 2018, and concludes on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. To take advantage of the discounted fares, book your flight at and enter our promotion code in the search panel: ZW9M3RQ1

Moreover, Air North, Yukon’s Airline is very pleased to offer delegates a special rate that allows for affordable and flexible travel to Whitehorse. All delegates booking with the promotion code will receive a 10% discount off of the best GoYukon, Saver or Optimum fare available at the time of booking (taxes, fees and surcharges are extra). All fares are subject to change. Seat sale fares to not apply. Change/cancellation fees subject to the fare purchased. This offer is valid from September 1st to October 3, 2018. For reservations by phone or flight inquiries please call 1-800-661-0407 ext. 107 (within North America) or 1-867-668-2228 ext. 107 (local). Online reservations are also possible by clicking here, the promotion code (CPPCFO18) will be entered automatically in the promo box, you simply have to select your routing, travel dates and number of passengers.

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 brochure.


Our program for “Transforming Public Procurement” is under development. Details will follow.

Call for Presentations

The CPPC is inviting proposals for Education Sessions at our 2018 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 participants.

Who attends?

Forum 2018 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

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 innovation and the outcome of your initiatives;
  • Use and implementation of new technologies and electronic tools to aid  in the procurement process;
  • Introduction of performance measurement;
  • Collaborative innovation;
  • Lean management initiatives;
  • Strategic Procurement.

How to apply

Please email your proposal to by March 9, 2018. All proposals should include:

  • A creative, concise but descriptive session title;
  • A session overview (50-75 words 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 Program Development Committee based on a number of criteria, including topics and benefits to delegates.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Whitehorse next September !