Canadian Construction Procurement – Best Practices

Course Dates (2 half-days):

August 19: 9AM – 12:30PM

August 20: 9AM – 12:30PM


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.

Learn More and Register Here

Non-member Price: $671.25 + HST – Early Bird Price/ $895 + HST – Regular Price

(Includes membership at Supply Chain Canada, Ontario Institute)

muniSERV members receive a Discount of 20%  Use Code: MUNI20

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Free Webinar – Ask an Expert – Legal and HR Advice on Re-Opening & Re-Engaging Employees

Looking for some legal and HR tips for re-opening and re-engaging your people?

Join other business owners and organizational leaders in Simcoe County for the Ask an Expert session with Tim Timpano and myself on Jun 29 at 3pm.

Join Tim Timpano, Partner, Specializing in Labour & Employment Law & Business Law at Downey Tornosky Lassaline & Timpano and Sophie Mathewson, Strategic Advisor & Coach at Prism Group International as they help businesses navigate human resources and employment challenges as they re-open and operate in a COVID-19 world.

Businesses will be provided with information regarding:

  • Best practices for re-engaging employees
  • Managing employee expectations & ensuring a positive employment experience
  • Employer & employee obligations for safe workplaces
  • Constructive dismissals in Ontario
  • Answer questions from businesses and employers, including a Q&A session

Register Today!

 

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A Summer to Save Restaurants

With Toronto’s Phase 2, beginning on June 24th, restaurants are poised for opening dine-in patio service, but business will be nowhere near normal for our favourite city eats.

 

Restaurants are facing a summer of only patio dining and take out, cutting their normal guest capacity by 50 – 80 %.  With restaurants already closed for months, we can’t expect that a few patio tables will save them.

outdoor cafe and social distancing 

A plan that is bolder than CafeTO is needed,” said architect and urban planner Naama Blonder, principal of Smart Density.

 

To support one of Toronto’s favourite sectors, two local companies, Trans-Plan and Smart Density take a disruptive approach to CafeTO with “Summer to Save Restaurants.” Expanding patio seating, and allowing access to lots of business storefronts would be created through pedestrian-only use of city streets, every Thursday to Sunday.

 

“We’re in this together, and together we need to pivot to support each other make it through these difficult times. If that means we need to take some detours to help our restaurants out – I think that’s what we should do,” said Trans-Plan CEO Shadi Hagag. 

 

Toronto city officials, residents and tourists have the power to reconfigure and re-imagine local communities. 

 

“We are urban designers and transportation engineers who have opened up our creative toolbox to re-imagine our streetscape. It’s not the normal configuration, because this is designed to be the Summer to Save Restaurants,” said Smart Density architect, Naama Blonder. 

 

By redirecting pedestrian flow into the centre of the street, and enabling restaurants and storefronts to expand into the road – the plan encourages safe movement, service and experiences for all stakeholders. By limiting flow to only pedestrians, we mitigate the risk of confusion, flow disturbance and promote physical distancing.  And we bring back jobs and consumption to the economy.

 

 The Summer to Save Restaurants plan derives from the success of the King Street Pilot Project. For King Street, the priority was Transit – for the Summer to Save Restaurants Project – the priority is given to the Restanteur, the Customer and the Pedestrian.

 

Some cities have kicked off this idea early, encouraging both business owners and residents that safe experiences and business continuity can go hand in hand. The City of Guelph has pushed forward with making the downtown core pedestrian-only a few days a week, and St. Catherines too, has followed suit.

 

For support in ensuring your designs and plans can push forward, don’t hesitate to reach out to Trans-Plan for temporary design and conceptual plans!

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Webinar – Contract Management during COVID-19 as It Relates to the Public Sector

Contract Management during COVID-19 as It Relates to the Public Sector

Date:  June 24, 2020

Time:  4:30 p.m. EDT

Location:  Zoom Virtual Platform

Supply Chain Canada, Ontario Institute and OPBA Jointly Host Their Second Learning & Networking Event (Virtually)

Supply Chain Canada, Ontario Institute is pleased to announce a partnership with Ontario Public Buyers Association (OPBA) on four jointly hosted learning and networking events in 2020 (to be held quarterly), the first of which was held on March 5, 2020. We’re delighted to announce the upcoming one on June 24, 2020.

This co-hosted learning and virtual networking event includes a panel discussion with purchasing and procurement experts from the Cities of Toronto, London, Vaughan and Owen Sound as well as Region of Peel, who will share their perspectives as it relates to Contract Administration during Covid-19, exploring topics such as Contractors seeking relief, performance monitoring, ensuring health and safety requirements are met. 

The panel will be moderated by Michelle Palmer, from the Board of Directors at OPBA will reveal some of the forced innovation and strategies developed in the face of the pandemic. Participants will be invited to actively engage through the question and answer period, and contribute to the overall learning and dialogue.

Welcome Note: 

Laura Cocuzzi – Manager, Planning and Procurement, Region of Peel

Opening Session and Introduction:

Chris Penny – CEO, Kinetic GPO

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:

Michelle Palmer CPPB, CSCMP – Manager of Purchasing, Risk and Asset Management, City of Owen Sound

Panelists

Michael Pacholok: Chief Purchasing Officer, City of Toronto

Chris Ginty – Procurement Officer,City of London

Umesh Kalia – Procurement Manager, City of Vaughan

Daniel Maia – Logistics Manager, Health Services – Paramedic Services, Region of Peel

Pricing

  • Member – $10
  • Non-Member – $20

Earn 2 CPD Points

Register Here!

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Capital Equipment Procurement and Contracting

Capital Equipment Procurement and Contracting

June 23 & 24 (9 am – 12.30 pm)

As a response to the COVID -19, we are conducting this professional development session online . We are fully cognizant of the difficult decisions you are making everyday, as supply chain professionals driving the Canadian economy during this extraordinary time. We applaud your commitment to continued education. 

This workshop will take place on the Zoom webinar platform. Please download Zoom here https://zoom.us/download

Capital Equipment Procurement and Contracting

Capital equipment procurement is often expensive, has a high level of complexity, may have limited suppliers and often has a technology component.  Whether you are buying industrial equipment or any heavy machinery, this session will provide you with strategies to deal with the current challenges of capital equipment procurement and contracting.  Recognizing that most entities have procurement processes in place, this session aims to enhance and facilitate your procurement process, not replace it.  

Attend the session and learn about topics such as multiple stakeholder interests, total cost of ownership, unique equipment requirements, post warranty support, and dealing effectively with global equipment vendors.

The session will address issues from the time the procurement need arises to contract completion, aiming to enhance and facilitate your current procurement process whether in the public or private sector.

This interactive session will include a review of practical take-away strategies, sample documentation, and exercises that will assist you in dealing with your day to day capital equipment procurement and contracting issues.

In light of emerging issues to the changing environment due to Covid-19, this course has been further updated to provide guidance in this regard. 

Learn More and Register Here.

Non-member Price: $1,295 + HST

(Includes membership at Supply Chain Canada, Ont. Institute) Receive 10 CPD points

muniSERV Members receive Discount of 20% – Use CODE: MUNI20

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Local Loops & Linkages: Bringing the Circular Economy to Canadian Cities

In March 2020, the EU released its new Circular Economy Action Plan to accelerate the transformational change required by the European Green Deal. The plan aims to streamline the regulatory framework for a sustainable future, maximizing new opportunities from the transition and “[making] circularity work for people, regions and cities.” 

Moving away from the linear “take-make-waste” industrial model, a circular economy involves “gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system.” By keeping products and materials in use, a circular economy not only has immediate environmental benefits for cities, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste, but also provides social and economic benefits. 

 

Many cities across the EU have started to make circularity work. Amsterdam was among the first to carry out a scan to identify areas in which circular business models could be applied and has since launched over 70 initiatives to meet its goal of becoming fully circular by 2050. Amsterdam’s circular economy initiatives are now expected to create up to 1,900 new jobs. By embedding circular economy principles into urban planning practices, London is expected to double the use of 20% of its buildings by 2036 thus saving millions annually. city view from top down

 

Cities as Key Actors in the Circular Economy 

Cities make up two-thirds of global energy demand, consume 75% of the world’s natural resources, produce more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 50% of global waste. The current cycle of growth associated with urbanization and globalization puts considerable and unsustainable pressure on the natural environment. A circular economy would create opportunities for the most optimal and climate-friendly use of city resources and land.

 

Cities are well-equipped to make the shift to a circular economy. Cities generate over 80% of the global GDP and remain hubs of innovation and connection between government, businesses and private actors. Municipal governments are closest to their residents, and much more “agile and flexible” than higher orders of government when it comes to implementing new initiatives. Cities also have significant purchasing power that they can leverage to positively impact a shift towards circular models for their suppliers.

 

Circular Economy in Canadian Cities 

Canadian cities have already been recognized as leaders in the fight against climate change. Some Canadian cities, including Toronto and Montreal, have committed to zero waste futures and transitioning to a circular economy. Toronto recently introduced its circular economy procurement implementation plan to use the city’s purchasing power to reduce waste and enable social and economic prosperity. 

Though Canadian cities face constitutional and financial restrictions in exercising their powers, courts are generally reluctant to interfere with the decisions of democratically elected councils to increase the wellbeing of their municipalities. Ontario municipalities, in particular, have broad powers in a number of areas including waste management, business licensing, the protection of persons or property, including consumer protection, and the economic, social and environmental well-being of the municipality, including respecting climate change.

 

In their circular economy initiatives, Canadian cities can follow the example of Brussels, which created a fund that provides grants to circular economy businesses and research projects. They can additionally use other forms of public-private partnerships or bonusing mechanisms to support circular business models. Canadian municipalities can include circular economy principles in their official plans to influence land use planning decisions that lead to circular designs for neighbourhoods, an increase in sharing infrastructure and in the modularity of building materials. They can look to urban planning guidelines that include criteria for circular building implemented by cities like Amsterdam to promote the use of secondary and residual materials. They can ban or impose fees on materials that they receive at their waste management facilities or landfills

 

These examples highlight the powerful role that Canadian cities can play to be sustainable, resilient and thriving even in the face of threats as great as the degradation of the natural environment and climate change. As cities work toward realizing sustainable futures, transitioning to a circular economy can bolster their efforts, and at the same time increase the quality of urban life. 

 

By Denisa Mertiri and Alexandra Potamianos

For more information on how to make the circular economy work in cities, contact Denisa Mertiri at [email protected]

 

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Capital Equipment and Procurement

Capital Equipment Procurement and Contracting

June 16 & 17 (9 am – 12.30 pm)

June 23 & 24 (9 am – 12.30 pm)

Receive 10 CPD points

As a response to the COVID -19, we are conducting this professional development session online . We are fully cognizant of the difficult decisions you are making everyday, as supply chain professionals driving the Canadian economy during this extraordinary time. We applaud your commitment to continued education. 

This workshop will take place on the Zoom webinar platform. Please download Zoom here https://zoom.us/download

Capital Equipment Procurement and Contracting

Capital equipment procurement is often expensive, has a high level of complexity, may have limited suppliers and often has a technology component.  Whether you are buying industrial equipment or any heavy machinery, this session will provide you with strategies to deal with the current challenges of capital equipment procurement and contracting.  Recognizing that most entities have procurement processes in place, this session aims to enhance and facilitate your procurement process, not replace it.  

Attend the session and learn about topics such as multiple stakeholder interests, total cost of ownership, unique equipment requirements, post warranty support, and dealing effectively with global equipment vendors.

The session will address issues from the time the procurement need arises to contract completion, aiming to enhance and facilitate your current procurement process whether in the public or private sector.

This interactive session will include a review of practical take-away strategies, sample documentation, and exercises that will assist you in dealing with your day to day capital equipment procurement and contracting issues.

In light of emerging issues to the changing environment due to Covid-19, this course has been further updated to provide guidance in this regard. 

Learn More and Register Here.

Non-member Price: $1,295 + HST

(Includes membership at Supply Chain Canada, Ont. Institute) Receive 10 CPD points

muniSERV Members receive Discount of 20% – Use CODE: MUNI20

 

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An Exclusive Leadership Development Opportunity – Virtual Meeting of the Minds Workshop

Many leaders, for the first time in their careers, are leading from behind the the screen. The great challenge becomes how do we keep staff motivated, engaged, inspired and connected.

At Emergenetics it is our Vision “To Be the Universal Answer to Human Connection”. Understanding your teams attributes can be leveraged to craft holistic messaging and communicate change effectively while being aware of how the attributes behave under stress.

And in this time of isolated, distributed teams we are delighted to bring the power of Emergenetics in:

An Exclusive Leadership Development Opportunity:

Emergenetics VIRTUAL Meeting of the Minds Workshop 

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Location: Your Desk!
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Emergenetics Certified Facilitator: Gail Green

The Virtual Meeting of the Minds offers a blended learning experience that reveals individual and collective strengths, provides practical ways for leaders to inspire and engage employees to work together and create strong workplace cultures – with or without a traditional office space.

Through the workshop, you will:
• Increase self-awareness
• Discover others’ perceptions of you
• Communicate change more holistically and effectively
• Build better Peer and Stakeholder relationships
• Increase your EQ to forge new relationships in the current reality

Who should attend:
• Leaders seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and others
• Managers who aspire to build cohesive teams
• Consultants/Trainers/Coaches looking for neuro-scientific tools that resonate with individuals and organizations in a blended on learning experience that will serve in the new normal
Enroll soon as participant numbers will be limited to 30.

Cost of Workshop and Profile: $299         CLICK HERE to enroll!

Exclusive discount for muniSERV Members – use promo code 100OFF for a $100 discount. As an added value, during this challenging time, any municipality that registers 3 or more people will receive a one hour complimentary online tailored session for the team (Value $599).

Following the June 10th session, we will e-mail the municipal team leaders to get their burning questions and issues and then build a session that meets their identified needs and applies the learnings of the June 10th session.

We look forward to meeting you at this insightful and exciting event on Wednesday, June 10th and to sharing a simpler, easier way to understand yourself and others with the neuro-science of Emergenetics!

If you’d like more information, simply respond to this email or call 905.636.0797.

Take Care,
Gail

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We are all facing Austerity…and here’s how procurement can help

A friend of mine recently asked me to explain austerity measures to him

 

So I said it’s like this…you know how you told your wife you needed a new set of clubs because that’s what was missing from your golf game

 

And she said fine, but then you should also let me know which of your three daily meals you’re going to give up 

 

Because we can afford to have you running around on a golf course pretending to know what you’re doing AND eat like a king at home

 

Well, that’s austerity. Now the term’s typically used in reference to governments that are finding it hard to borrow money or pay back loans

 

So they introduce austerity measures like increased taxes and spending cuts which then impacts a households disposable income…breakfast or golf?

 

But austerity doesn’t just impact the public sector or limits itself to the Federal government 

 

Like when corporations find they have to pay more taxes, they try to counter-balance that with either more revenue or less spending

 

But it’s always easier (and faster) to cut costs then it is to increase sales

 

And this is where our jobs as procurement and supply chain professionals becomes so critical

 

Never has it been more important to make that shift from tactical purchasing to real strategic sourcing and vendor management

 

Before the pandemic, that shift would have occurred in one of two ways

 

Either the organization would mandate a greater focus on strategic, cost savings activities while maintaining business as usual on the tactical purchasing side

 

Or they’d bring in outside help for the strategic stuff while their existing team focused on tactical purchasing

 

But we’re in a post-pandemic world and most organizations I’ve spoken with don’t have the appetite to spend money in order to save money

 

They need cost savings now, not 6 months from now or a year from now…so they need the people who are already there to find a way to do more with less

 

And that could be a tough ask for procurement departments that were already understaffed and struggling to just keep up with the day to day stuff

 

Unfortunately, I don’t have a magic bullet to fix that problem. But I do have a suggestion, based on my experience and what’s worked for me over the years

 

I suggest taking a look at your procurement process to see where you can create some efficiencies

 

Because those efficiencies will give your team the extra time they need to focus more on cost savings activities

 

And you don’t need some big shot consultant, or even a little shot like myself, to review your process for you or point out the inefficiencies

 

You can do it yourself, and you could probably do it in one day. The harder part will be in convincing your people to give up some of the administrative tasks they spend time on every day

 

The reality is that, as much as procurement people complain about not having enough time to get everything done, they love their SharePoint folders and Excel spreadsheets

 

It’s mindless busywork but it gives the appearance of a really complicated, IQ-intensive task

 

Have you ever walked by someone in procurement who’s staring intensely at a massive spreadsheet and thought “man, I don’t wanna be that guy”

 

When I see that I think “man, there goes a couple of thousand dollars in salary down the drain”

 

If you’re a procurement person managing your work on a spreadsheet…you’re doing it wrong

 

And you’re wasting time that could be used to focus on more strategic, cost saving activities

 

If you don’t believe me, check out some of the testimonials on our website …or feel free to reach out to me directly for a chat

 

Mohammed

[email protected]

 

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Free Webinar – Accelerating e-commerce Adoption

COVID-19 Live Chat Series for Supply Chain – Accelerating E-Commerce Adoption

Date: June 2nd, 2020

Time:  5:00 p.m. EDT

Accelerating E-Commerce Adoption

Get action-oriented tips from experts at Walmart to react to the accelerated adoption and growth of ecommerce during the pandemic

Speakers:

Robin Lahey Director, Replenishment Ecommerce Solutions, Walmart Canada Corp.

Complimentary for members and non-members – Register Here

Earn 2 CPD Points

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