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Articles appearing in "Policy Arena" are intended to generate a greater awareness of shared issues and different points of view of interest to the members of the public sector procurement community. The Arena strives to give equal time to the opinions of others, whether they agree or disagree with those being published. To submit an article, contact editor@summitconnects.com  or call (613) 688-0762. 

Debating certification and professional development 
by Anna-Carolle Bougie

Continuing on from my first look  at professional development and certification for the materiel and supply community in the federal government, I asked a long-time friend in the community to read it with a critical eye. He responded: the article provided a good balance of truth, current information and controversial questions needing to be asked. While some questions have since been answered, there is still a need for a better communication strategy to departmental employees so that each person can evaluate what it means to them.


Introducing the materiel and supply management professional development program
by Doug Woods

A new professional development program has been developed over the past 18 months by the federal government Materiel and Supply Management Steering Committee, an interdepartmental body comprised of representatives from 20 federal departments, agencies and bargaining agents. The program, regarded as one of the key pillars of the government's procurement reform initiative, is being launched to enhance the skills, professionalism and value-added contribution of procurement, materiel and supply managers across government in delivering programs and services to Canadians. 


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