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Professional Services Procurement

Date:   Oct 25, 2022 - Oct 26, 2022
Time:   9:30 AM (EDT)

Zoom Virtual Platform


Workshop Dates:

October 25: 9:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT
October 26: 9:30 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT

Workshop Overview

This one day workshop will provide an overview for building the framework, methodologies, strategies and tools required to procure professional services for your organization.

During the workshop, you will be provided an overview of how to procure professional services, a detailed review of contracting best practices for services, an assessment of the supplier transition process, and how to optimize the SRM engagement with service providers.

The workshop is divided into four distinct units, which are as follows:

  1. Sourcing Professional Services
  2. Contracting Professional Services
  3. Supplier Transition Management
  4. Supplier Relationship Management

The workshop is designed for those just starting their procurement career and for those more experienced professionals that want to learn about new methods and best practices for procuring service providers. Understanding the theory and practical application through real life examples will assist to reduce the risk and improve results in the onboarding of your service suppliers.


What you will learn in this course

This workshop will teach you how you can implement industry best practices of managing and adopting new methodologies to make your procurement organization more efficient.  A review of key technologies that can help to improve the way that you source, contract and manage your service providers will be provided.  The potential of Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) technology lies in enabling the strategy, the processes and the procurement organization.

The workshop will predominantly focus on the following service categories

  • Facilities Services
  • Construction/Engineering Services
  • Professional Consulting Services
  • General and Administrative Services

The practical understanding of the procurement process and how to onboard new service providers, manage them and transition them out of your organization will allow your organization to optimize its value proposition.


Who Should Attend?

  • Procurement Executives
  • Procurement/Sourcing Managers 
  • Procurement Specialists, Buyers and Contracting Managers


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.


Early Bird Registration until September 23, 2022

  • Member: $535.50 + Registrant Tax
  • Non-Member: $805.50 + Registrant Tax

Regular Registration

  • Member: $595 + Registrant Tax
  • Non-Member: $895 + Registrant Tax

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


CPD: This seminar is worth 5 Continuous Professional Development (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.  

Attendees will  receive a confirmation email with the specific workshop details.