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Identifying and Managing Procurement Risks

Date:   Nov 16, 2021 - Nov 24, 2021
Time:   1:00 PM (EST)

Zoom Virtual Platform

Identifying and Managing Procurement Risks - Public and Private Sector

Workshop Dates:

November 16: 1:00PM EST - 4:30PM EST

November 17: 1:00PM EST - 4:30PM EST

November 23: 1:00PM EST - 4:30PM EST

November 24: 1:00PM EST - 4:30PM EST

Workshop Overview: 

Procurement risks are ever increasing considering the high value, increased size, scope and volume of procurements, complexity, stringent policies, rules, regulations and trade agreements. This workshop is developed to identify potential risks and provide practical tools and strategies to mitigate those risks. 

This workshop is critical now more than ever as it is designed to address all facets of procurement risk and provides advice to identify, access, avoid, transfer and mitigate  the supply chain challenges/risks in crisis times (e.g. Global Pandemic). How an outbreak of deadly disease happening at other part of the world would impact your supply chain and how you can protect your supply chain and address supply shortages and access to critical products and services. 

Professionals involved in Supply Chain Activities make decisions and inherit a variety of risks while executing procurement projects involving a large amount of dollars. Are you aware of those risks and should you be taking those risks? And how to provide value added services to your organization by effectively mitigating procurement risks.  Procurement professionals that understand risks, consequences and mitigation strategies are the leaders for supply chain.  Procurement professionals are tasked to achieve cost-savings and conduct an open, fair and transparent procurement process. Do you realize that systematic identification and risk mitigation strategies significantly increases your chances of achieving those cost savings targets and meeting the fairness obligations?

This workshop will show you how to achieve those targets and provide you with comprehensive understanding of different types of risks at each stage of the procurement process. It will provide you with risk mitigation strategies, case studies, checklists and best practices.

Target Audience:

This workshop is designed for wide-range of professionals involved in Supply Chain Activities (procuring goods, services, construction, consulting) within the private sector and public sector organizations (Municipal, Provincial and Federal government, Universities, Hospitals, School boards, Colleges and other government agencies) where they are directly or indirectly involved in procurement activities and influencing the procurement outcome.

The professionals including Project Managers, Evaluation Team members, Logistics professionals, Category Specialist, Procurement Analyst, Procurement Managers, Business Analysts, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Contract Managers, HR, IT, and Finance Professionals would greatly benefit  and gain confidence from this workshop where they would understand the procurement risks and gain knowledge around the best practices for managing those risks to improve the overall bottom line of their organization.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Overview of procurement stages: planning, developing specification, selecting appropriate procurement method, managing tendering process, evaluating bids, negotiations, contract management and close-out.
  • Understanding key procurement methods (Request for Proposal, Request for Tenders, Request for Information, Request for Prequalification).
  • Awareness of different type of potential risks (what could go wrong) in the procurement cycle (Policy, Process, Technical, Project Management, People, Legal, Finance, Fairness and Technology).
  • Supply chain risks management in the crisis times (e.g. Pandemic)
  • Standard payment terms, risks of lower credit limits and its impacts on workload, stockout, backorder, ordering cost and profit margin.
  • Process of identifying the unknown and known risks.
  • Accessing the impacts of potential risks.
  • Applying proven strategies/options to mitigate potential risks (Action Plan – when and how to avoid risks, assume risks or take a hybrid approach).
  • Strategies to improve the bottom-line (cost savings, cost overruns) and value-added services to your clients.
  • Case studies to apply the knowledge obtained in this workshop.

Instructor: Umesh Kalia, CSCMP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M.

Umesh Kalia has over 20 years of procurement and supply chain management experience both within the private sector (Suzuki Japan & Linamar Corporation - automotive industry) and 12 years as a Public Servant. Umesh led several complex and high value procurement projects and provided real-world procurement solution for real world problems, including navigating and protecting the supply chain in Crisis times (e.g. Pandemic)

Currently, he is a Procurement Manager, Client Relations and Category Management with the City of Vaughan, Ontario and his previous procurement and management roles were within the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, City of Brampton and University of Toronto.

Umesh is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and a Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), and Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) designations holder.  Umesh is a program Faculty at the Osgoode Hall School for the Public Procurement Governance program. Umesh has trained wide variety of professionals on areas of Procurement Policy, Procurement 101, Effective Contract Management, Effective Negotiation, Writing Scope of Work and Statement of Work, Developing and Managing the RFP process, Writing Effective Briefing material, developing Business Case, Managing Mandatories and avoiding non-compliances. 


Regular Registration

  • Member: $945 + HST (13%)
  • Non-Member: $1,245 + HST (13%)

Corporate Price: 20% off for a team of 4 and customized pricing for a team of 5 or above. Contact Melissa Ciani at

  • Non-member registration includes membership until April 30, 2022
  • Available to Ontario residents only
  • Membership will be activated after this course is completed

Early Bird Registration until June 18, 2021

  • Member: $850.50 + HST (13%)
  • Non-Member: $1,120.50 + HST (13%)

Corporate Price: 20% off for a team of 4 and customized pricing for a team of 5 or above. Contact Melissa Ciani at

  • Non-member registration includes membership until April 30, 2022
  • Available to Ontario residents only
  • Membership will be activated after this course is completed
CPD: 10 CPD Maintenance 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. 

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