Canadian Construction Procurement

This one-day course will provide an overview of the project and procurement models used in construction, the procurement processes, an evaluation of the contracting options and trends emerging for the future for construction in Canada.

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.

Date & Time: May 31 & June 1, 2022 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
  • Procurement/Sourcing Managers with or without procurement construction experience
  • Owners, Project Managers/Property Managers and who want to learn about how improve procurement for your construction projects

Individual Member Price: Early Bird (until April 25, 2022) – $536 + HST | Regular: $595 + HST

Individual Non-member Price: Early Bird (until April 25, 2022) – $806 + HST | Regular: $895 + HST

Group Price (for a team of 4 or more): 20% off regular price for members and non-members. (Cannot be bundled with other offers)

CPD: 5 CPD Points

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If you are thinking of a corporate training session (for a team of 10 or more) with the above topic or any other topic that is relevant for your organization, please review this Supply Chain Canada Training Brochure – Public Sector.

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Accessing Municipal Compensation Information Just Got Easier

INTRODUCING THE MUNICIPAL COMPENSATION DATABASE

Every municipality needs to undertake periodic compensation reviews to keep their compensation current and attract talent.

Municipalities generate vast amounts of compensation data that other municipalities need, but there is no easy way to access or share it.

Engaging third-parties to conduct a review is expensive and the day the report is presented, the data is already outdated.

Conducting your own compensation reviews is not efficient and results in a duplication of work.  How many times last year, were you asked your salary and benefits information, by comparator municipalities conducting their own compensation reviews?

The Ontario Municipal Administrators Association (OMAA) and muniSERV have once again partnered to bring a new tool to Ontario municipalities to address these issues.  Along with support from the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (OMHRA), the Municipal Compensation Database (MCD) was developed under the guidance of a joint CAO/HR Advisory Committee.

The MCD is a cloud-based platform to collect and aggregate current municipal compensation and human resources information.  It revolutionizes the ease at which municipalities share and access compensation and human resources data, when and how they need it.

Benefits for Municipalities:

  • Single source access to improved municipal salaries & benefits data and HR information
  • Comprehensive, Convenient, Collaborative and Confidential
  • Easy access 24/7 right from your desktop or device, from any location
  • Access to real-time, statistically valid information
  • Includes Council Compensation, Job Descriptions and Organizational Charts
  • Enhances efficiency – eliminates duplication
  • Guarantees measurable cost savings
  • Real-time reports created in a matter of minutes

The Province of Ontario encourages municipalities to work together and share services and the MCD fits the bill.

Learn more and participate in the Municipal Compensation Database, or to request a demo, email [email protected] or call 705 538 0176 or 905 459 9200.

By: Susan Shannon, CEO, muniSERV.ca

 

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How To Manage Your RFP Process

Join our panel discussion to learn about how to assess your situation and determine the best process to use to achieve your goals. We will explore different perspectives from practitioners, vendors, consultants and others.

Date and Time: May 17, 2022 | 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm EDT

Price: Members: $10 + HST | Non-members: $15 + HST

Panelists:

Victoria Mirlocca: CPPB, C.Mgr., C.I.M., NIGP-CPP, CMM II, Procurement Manager, Client Relations & Category Management
Lori Jackson, BSc., CPPO: Buyer, York Regional Police
Hugh Lawson: Director, Business Development, Canada
Chris McLeod: CEO, NVision Insight Group Inc.
Sandra Lisi, Director Purchasing, Client Services, City of Toronto
Greg Dadd, Principal, Procurement and Fairness Advisory Services, Industry & Public Sector Group

REGISTER HERE

If you are thinking of a corporate training session (for a team of 10 or more) with the above topic or any other topic that is relevant for your organization, please review this Supply Chain Canada Training Brochure – Public Sector.

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UCaaS is critical for any authority service improvement

what is UCaaS?

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS)  is a network of cloud-based telephone system that controls the flow of calls coming in and out of your organization. We replace your on-premises PBXs, as well as your SIP, PRIs, and POTS lines. UCaaS enables you to use a variety of hosted programs and services (including instant messaging, video conferencing, file sharing, and email) over the Internet from any location and at any time.  In addition, UCaaS provides security, allows flexibility, and integrates well with your other software applications including MS Teams. UCaaS systems are updated frequently by the provider ensuring that your communication methods will always be up-to-date in our ever-evolving world.

Why UCaaS is critical for all customer-guided corporations?

 
GUARANTEES YOUR BUSINESS CONINUITY & SECURITY

Experteers can easily answer this for all municipalities and companies who care about their customers.

First of all we have to emphasize about the importance of continuity in all circumstances, UCaaS provides the best option to avoid your business any hiccups along the road because of any reasons. UCaaS is available on any communication device, laptop, or PC anywhere at anytime to be able to efficiently communicate with your customers.

Security is another crucial requirement for all connected networks, voice calls, video conferencing, and instant messaging are parts of all departments communications to enable them to work properly and deliver services. Experteers, as part of security provider, enable first layer of security by having all our servers in Canada, maintaining 100% availability by having four communication centers in main four cities in Canada in Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto, and to maintain the second layer of security by having all SOC certified centers.

INCORPORATES THE LATEST FEATURES

When you have UCaaS, you’ll be able to use all the latest functions and features without any additional cost. You’ll also have the assurance that your information is kept safe and secure in a reliable data center. Having the ability to keep your communications up-to-date allows you to remain competitive and helps to increase your overall performance.

 

OFFERS FLEXIBILITY AND SCALABILITY

UCaaS allows organizations to add and remove users (for example, temporary employees) without any significant infrastructure changes or capital investments. UCaaS also provides seamless work experiences for your employees since they are cloud-based and accessible from any location – great for those working remotely.

 

PROMOTES PRODUCTIVITY

By using a UCaaS system, your productivity increases. All of your employees have unified communications support that is sharable amongst all departments, and UCaaS integrates well with your other software applications (like CRM). UCaaS keeps communication lines open and provides ways for your employees to log into various devices to access their information (such as voicemails).

 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

SAVES YOU MONEY

When switching to UCaaS, there are minimal upfront hardware costs – you only need phones. You will also have the ability to choose the services you need (and not waste money on the ones you do not). UCaaS allows you to concentrate on growing your business by decreasing your dependence on capital investments.

 

UCaaS

 

We at EXPERTEERS are helping municipalities, utility companies, and medical centers increase employee productivity by adding a state of the art Unified Communications Solution, enhancing collaboration and increasing employee efficiency.

  • Enable your team to work remotely (hybrid)
  • Train employees more efficiently with sentiment analysis
  • Monitor key performance metrics with automated reports
  • Boost company performance through detailed analytics & collaboration
  • .. and more

Let us help you improve your client experience, call us at EXPERTEERS to learn how we can help enable your business for success in 2022.

 

Experteers is a system integrator SI and managed service provider MSP for the following services:

– SASE / SD-WAN: to secure all ur networking between all branches.

– NGFW: Next Generation Fire Wall centralized to keep all networks secured in almost real-time updated system.

– NMS: Network Managed System to keep your visibility on all network elements and servers to improve your systems availability.

– Cyber-Security on all endpoints and servers

EXPERTEERS CORPORATION

WWW.EXPERTEERS.COM

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Leadership Series 3.0: Sustainable Supply Chain

We are delighted with the roaring success of the first installment of our flagship offering, Leadership Series 3.0: Digital Transformation in Supply Chain, held on Jan 28, 2022. 500+ participants came together, to network and learn.

The Leadership Series 3.0: Sustainable Supply Chain session, which is to be held on February 24, 2022 via Zoom already has a stellar line-up of speakers from leading organizations such as The Kraft Heinz Company, OPG, Universal Health Network, LUSH, Mattel, BC Hydro, Telus and more. With a compelling agenda and powerhouse speakers, we are already at 400+ registrations with only 3 more weeks to go. We encourage you to attend with your teams, save up to 37% and maximize your learning. Learn more.

Group registration (4 or more): 125 pp. Save 37%

Individual registration: Member – $149 + HST | Non-member – $199 + HST (Get a 14-month membership valid until April 30, 2023, included with the registration. This is valid for Ont. Residents who have not been members in the past 18 months.)

REGISTER HERE 

Our powerhouse line-up of speakers include:

We look forward to seeing you on Feb 24, 2022. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding registrations please reach out to Katie Cheshire at [email protected]

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Complimentary Webinar – Indigenous Procurement – Getting to know Indigenous Business Leaders

Meet Indigenous Business leaders and learn about resources available to you to help find and qualify Indigenous Businesses that you can engage with today, in your current state.  Also, learn how to build on your Indigenous Procurement strategy and engagement plan to support growth in Indigenous Businesses and return value to your organization.

AGENDA

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Panel Discussion
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM – Question and Answer

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Anyone who would like to learn how to start including Indigenous Businesses or build on their existing Indigenous Procurement strategies should attend to expand their knowledge and connections.

WHAT OTHERS SAY

Interesting and great approach using the resources we now have to keep the networking and learning initiatives on a continuous path.

CLAUDIA LEVIEN, CANADIAN BEARINGS

PRICE
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CHANGE OF DATE – Free Training Webinar – Living Through a Ransomware Breach

                 

NOTICE OF CHANGE OF DATE

Due to circumstances outside our control we have had to re-schedule this free training webinar to December 17th.  Our apologies for the change in date.

muniSERV is proud to partner with industry expert Valencia Risk, to invite you to a complimentary 90-minute emergency cybersecurity awareness session on December 17th at 2:00pm EST, Living through a Ransomware Breach.

Presented by Aron Feuer 25 year veteran of the cybersecurity industry, and developed in collaboration with our senior colleague Richard McDonald (former CIO of CSIS and CSE). This session is intended to inform City managers, CAOs CFOs, IT and IT and cybersecurity staff responsible for respond to a breach.

Session Audience

This session is for City, Town and Municipal employees that would be involved in a breach response or information protection. We invite CAO, CFO, CIO, Legal, and Emergency response executives, Council, and Privacy professionals to attend.

Session Description:

When an attack hits, executives must act quickly. In a ransomware breach, City managers are coming in cold, navigating uncharted waters with untested tools and playbooks. This session will describe the importance of being prepared for an attack through sharing the experience of a ransomware outbreak – from initial breach to recovery.  Attendees will learn:

  • What to expect from their cyber-insurance provider, MSSP, and tech partners
  • Where to act fast, and how to make informed decisions during a breach
  • What to measure for Cybersecurity health
  • Why a cybersecurity audit or assessment isn’t the best tool
  • Protecting yourself when you work from home
  • Recovering from a breach post-incident

To register for this event send your RSVP to [email protected]

About Aron Feuer, Managing Director of Valencia IIP

Aron is the managing director of cybersecurity at Valencia. Before Valencia Aron founded Cygnos IT Security as head hacker, and sold the firm to Grant Thornton in 2015. Valencia IIP specializes in cybersecurity, privacy, and cloud. Aron’s work is with the federal government, cities, provinces, fortune firms, national retailers. He’s responded to hacks by Anonymous, lead classified security projects for the government, and run hundreds of penetration tests, risk assessments, simulations and security incident responses. His certifications include CISSP, CISA, CRISC, CRMA, CDPSE and CIPP/C, MCSE

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Customer Service Excellence – Maximizing Efficiency and Improving Customer Service

AccessE11 Citizen Issue ManagementMunicipal 311 Software Designed for Local Government

Produce better relationships with citizens through automated status updates with a highly-integrated platform your staff will love.

  • Is your municipality looking for ways to improve your complaint and service request management?
  • Do you want to better understand the issues citizens are bringing to your municipality?
  • Would you like for your citizens to be able to view and update the issues they bring to your municipality?
  • Would you like valuable reports for your department heads and council?
  • How about collaborating with staff on the issues they are managing?
  • Want to streamline services requests and effectively manage them?

AccessE11 is a cloud-based, easy-to-use software solution to assist municipalities in better managing, tracking and reporting citizen inquiries, issues and complaints impacting your community.

Register for our Webinar to learn about all of this and more!

Presented in Partnership with The Ontario Municipal Leadership Institute

     

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Customer Service Excellence – Maximizing Efficiency and Improving Customer Service

AccessE11 Citizen Issue ManagementMunicipal 311 Software Designed for Local Government

Produce better relationships with citizens through automated status updates with a highly-integrated platform your staff will love.

  • Is your municipality looking for ways to improve your complaint and service request management?
  • Do you want to better understand the issues citizens are bringing to your municipality?
  • Would you like for your citizens to be able to view and update the issues they bring to your municipality?
  • Would you like valuable reports for your department heads and council?
  • How about collaborating with staff on the issues they are managing?
  • Want to streamline services requests and effectively manage them?

AccessE11 is a cloud-based, easy-to-use software solution to assist municipalities in better managing, tracking and reporting citizen inquiries, issues and complaints impacting your community.

Register for our Webinar to learn about all of this and more!

Presented in Partnership with The Ontario Municipal Leadership Institute

     

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How COVID-19 Permanently Digitized Site Selection

Have you ever had a meal, gone on a date, or enjoyed a vacation so good it made you never want to repeat the lower quality experiences you’ve had in the past? Why would you want to eat bad food, date a loser, or suffer scratchy hotel sheets when you knew there was a better way for you to live and you could keep living that way? That ah-ha moment is the same realization that happened with corporate site selection during COVID, and why professionals will not go back to the old way of doing business.

The global pandemic was a disaster for business expansions and relocations, including foreign direct investment (FDI). The data is clear that these projects declined significantly as a result of the COVID pandemic, just like the overall economy. It was natural that businesses were unsettled by the economic upheaval, so they were uncomfortable making multi-million-dollar corporate location decisions without physically and personally “kicking the dirt” as part of their due diligence.

Economic developers couldn’t physically travel to meet with businesses considering a prospective location expansion into their community, especially internationally, due to legal restrictions. Likewise, corporations weren’t travelling to meet with real estate developers or EDOs. The risk was too great; death from a virus or becoming quarantined outside of a home country made even aggressive businesspeople reconsider traditional operating procedures.

When traditional business practices fail, new strategies get implemented to overcome the obstacles; no companies want to be stuck being unable to take action to move their company forward, even in an unprecedented pandemic. And that’s exactly what happened with corporate expansions and site selection projects.

The only way to do site selection analysis leading to corporate location expansions in a non-physical world was to go digital. As a result, business, corporate real estate, and economic development engaged in a test of purely digital site selection out of necessity. But the result of the experiment was that it worked. The outcome of this positive result is that many businesses are discovering there is an alternative and better way to do site selection.

Of course, the transition toward online site selection has been a gradual trend that has been growing for decades. The difference is that COVID was a stress test to see if corporate site selection could be accomplished 100% digitally. Like other industries, this trial-by-fire accelerated trends and is normalizing new practices into standard operating procedures.

Digitization was not an experiment and trial run that was unique to economic development:

 Like these other digital experiments, digital site selection has revealed new advantages and proven theories. Digital site selection:

  • Enables companies to consider more communities faster
  • Communities can be more easily compared with objective and consistent benchmark data
  • Assumptions about the need for in-person were proven incorrect and that they were replaced with web meetings
  • Taking multiple web meetings gets more accomplished and is faster than flying and driving to numerous in-person meetings
  • Economic development GIS site selection software met the challenge to deliver relevant location information and site selection analysis in real-time

Two key reasons that companies will not go back to the old way of doing site selection are 1) they have discovered digital is an acceptable/preferable alternative and 2) their success story is being amplified in awareness to CRE peers and CEOs in other companies through mainstream media.

What does this new digital reality look like for the process of site selection? How are site selectors themselves doing things differently? Join us tomorrow for Part II of How COVID-19 Permanently Digitized Site Selection.

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