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Leadership Series 2.0: Public Sector

Date:   Jun 17, 2021
Time:   8:30 AM (EDT)
Location:   Zoom Virtual Platform

Untitled Document


8:30 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
Procurement's Influence on Organizational Effectiveness
  • How does procurement currently help play a role in developing and executing top-line strategies for delivering exceptional service?
  • How has the procurement structure evolved during COVID?
  • How might procurement help break the cultural focus on price and consider contribution to existing top-line strategies?
  • How is procurement taking feedback from both internal and external stakeholders and making sure you get a seat at the table?
  • How breaking the barrier of legacy systems and moving to ERP systems help uncover better opportunities, save time, gain efficiency, and positively change internal processes?
Mike Pacholok

Mike Pacholok
Chief Procurement Officer
City of Toronto

Rosslyn Young

Rosslyn Young
Vice President, Procurement Services

Angela Ma

Angela Ma
Partner, Consulting & Deals

Alexander Ralph

Alexander Ralph
Chief Procurement Officer & Director of Supply Chain Management
City of Vancouver

Debby Shapero Propp

Debby Shapero Propp

Rick Grimm

Moderator: Rick Grimm
National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP)

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Keynote Address – Supply Ontario
Frank Rochon

Frank Rochon
Supply Ontario



10:30 AM – 10:40 AM
Hear how Amazon Business is Simplifying Procurement & Purchasing Processes for the Public Sector in Canada
Matt Busbridge

Matt Busbridge
Head of Public Sector
Amazon Business Canada



10:40 AM – 10:50 AM
10:50 AM – 11:50 AM
How have Government Agencies Dealt and Learnt from COVID: Improving Citizen Experience
  • What significant changes have taken place or will take place when you think of re-designing public spaces while delivering citizen centred services?
  • Emergency preparedness – where do we go from here?
  • What changes are/will be needed in how citizens access government programs?
  • What are some of the policy changes that will be needed?
Hugh Amiel

Hugh Amiel
Director, Procurement
University Health Network

Bart Menage

Bart Menage, CSCMP, CRM, C.P.M
Director, Procurement & Strategic Acquisitions, Corporate Services
Niagara Region

Steve Camacho

Steve Camacho
Chief Information Officer
Toronto Catholic District School Board

Juliet Mardner

Juliet Mardner
Purchasing Supervisor
York Regional Police

Karen Owen

Moderator: Karen Owen
VP, Supply Management and Customer Relations



11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
Lunch Break
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Sustainable Procurement
  • Why and how will sustainability issues change public procurement practice?
  • How do you build a successful sourcing strategy based on traditional value for money and both social and environmental sustainability?
  • How do you connect existing industry and government sustainability strategies to public procurement?
  • How do you develop meaningful key performance indicators for sustainable procurement?
  • How do you build efficient and effective purchasing systems for accountability and compliance?
Frances Edmonds

Frances Edmonds
Head of Sustainable Impact
HP Canada

Jennifer McCabe

Jennifer McCabe
Procurement Advisor
City of Ottawa

Nick Xenos

Nick Xenos
Executive Director, Centre for Greening Government
Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada

Susie Mahendran

Susie Mahendran
Procurement Manager
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission

David Johnston

Moderator: David Johnston
Centre Director
George Weston Ltd Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains



1:30 PM – 1:45 PM
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Sustainable Goods Movement
  • How does sustainable goods movement help in smart growth development?
  • What are the impacts of these developments on urban goods movement?
  • What are the benefits of implementing growth strategies?
  • What are the lessons learned on improving efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability?
  • How is it impacting businesses and residents?
  • How do you use technology to implement?
Matthew Roorda

Matthew Roorda
Canada Research Chair
Freight Transportation and Logistics

Michael Mendel

Michael Mendel
Manager, Government Affairs & Stakeholder Relations
Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)

Michael M. Casey

Michael M. Casey
Manager, System Policy Office
Ministry of Transportation, Ontario

Iain Tyrrell

Iain Tyrrell
Manager & Senior Policy Advisor, Transportation Economic Analysis
Transport Canada

Sabbir Saiyed

Moderator: Sabbir Saiyed
Manager, Transportation Systems Planning, Transportation Division, Public Works
Region of Peel



2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Impact of Trade Agreements/Trade Agreements in a COVID world

COVID has already had and will continue to have far reaching impacts on trade.

  • With a move to "Buy Local", how can public buyers engage and award contracts to local businesses?
  • What are they doing within their regions to boost local economy?
  • How far can trade agreements be a bulwark against protectionism?
  • With the interruptions in global supply chain, what happens with required documentation for customs compliance?
  • Are there any known tribunal challenges brought forward on trade compliance issues?
Paul Emanuelli

Paul Emanuelli
General Counsel and Managing Director
Procurement Office

Judy Wilson

Judy Wilson
Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Graeme Foster

Moderator: Graeme Foster
Country Manager & Transformational Procurement Practice Lead
GEF Consulting



4:00 PM
Closing Comments



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Non Member:
  • $199 + HST
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  • $99 per additional attendee

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