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Canadian Construction Procurement – Best Practices

Date:   Aug 19, 2020 - Aug 20, 2020
Time:   9:00 AM (EDT)
Location:   Zoom Virtual Platform

Workshop Dates:

August 19-20: 9AM - 12:30PM EST (ONT. TIME)

August 19-20: 7AM - 10:30AM MST (AB TIME)

Canadian Construction Procurement – Best Practices

This 2-Half Day course will provide an overview of the project and procurement models used, the procurement processes, an evaluation of the contracting options and trends emerging for the future.

The course is designed for those both new to Construction Procurement and for those wanting to learn best practices in order stay ahead of the curve in this complex area of procurement.


  • Construction Procurement Fundamentals
  • Private vs. Public Construction Procurement
  • Understanding the Procurement Process
  • Procurement Strategies


  • Design-Bid-Build Model
  • Design–Build Model
  • Integrated Project Delivery Model


  • Lowest Bid Model
  • Pre-Qualifying Contractors
  • Best Value Source Selection
  • Negotiated and Managed Sole Source Model


  • Traditional Processes vs. Digital Construction Procurement
  • Digital Procurement Options
  • Reviewing the commercial web platforms
  • Understanding the Process
  • Management of Contractors and Subcontractors
  • Stakeholder Engagement/Management


  • Understanding the Contracting Options
  • The types and forms of Contract Agreements
  • Evaluating deliverables and outcomes against contract requirements
  • Management of the Contract(s)
  • Negotiating and drafting change orders, amendments and contract modifications
  • Timing of payments, release of financial guarantees, holdbacks, penalties
  • Management of Contract Performance
  • Issue/performance resolution strategies

Instructor: Paul Saunders

Paul Saunders, MBA, BA is a leader in public and private procurement with deep roots and experience in Canadian Construction Procurement.  As a consultant, Mr. Saunders works to find opportunities that promote the use of technology to make procurement more efficient, transparent and effective for organizations.

For 8 years he was President of MERX Networks where he built and managed online service offerings for both Public and Private Construction in both Canada and the United States. Prior to MERX, he acted as the President and CEO of COAST Software and Vice President of Cognos.  Most recently, Paul was the President of Pixelink, a Canadian manufacturer responsible for deploying and managing an ERP to manage inventory and procurement.

During his career, he has worked with organizations such as; City of Calgary, Manitoba Hydro, Brookfield Group of Companies, Infrastructure Ontario and the Federal Government to deploy new technology in order to modernize Construction Procurement.

Paul Saunders

Regular Registration Cost:

  • Members: $595.00 + HST
  • Non-Members - $895.00 + HST
    • Non member registration includes membership until April 30, 2021 
      • Membership Bundling Available to Ontario Members Only

This seminar is eligible for 5 CPD credits.

Interactive Workshop Cancellation/Refund Policy:

A full refund will be issued on cancellations received in writing at least 10 business days prior to the workshop start date. An administration fee of $150.00 is applicable if notification is received between three and nine days prior to start date. Thereafter no refund will be available. Substitutions and transfer of registrations is permissible when received in writing three business days before the workshop start date.  Credits to be used for future offerings are valid for 12 months from the date of initial payment and will expire if not used in that time frame.  

Interactive Workshop Cancellation/Rescheduling:

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