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In the News Archive
December 2000



compiled by Summit staff

Nominations please…

Summit magazine is accepting nominations for the Award of Recognition for Excellence in Service as a Materiel Manager. The award, sponsored by Summit and the Materiel Management Institute, recognizes the public sector employee in materiel management and contracting whose significant and ongoing dedication to a project team or organization may often be overlooked. Recognize the contribution that you and your colleagues make to the organization. Look for that unsung hero in your office. Tell us about it!

Winners will be announced at the Materiel Management National Workshop, May 2001, and profiled in the September 2001 issue of Summit magazine.

Eligibility: the award is offered to materiel managers and contracting staff in all levels of government and in public institutions across Canada. For entry details and nomination forms, contact the publisher, McE Galbreath: 
by telephone (613) 688-0763; 
by fax (613) 688-0767; or 
by e-mail mcegalbreath@summitconnects.com 

FTAA looks at government procurement

For those interested in following the negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas, some publications that focus on the implications for government procurement can be found online. Included is a comparative study of the Chapters on Government Procurement included in other free trade agreements in the Americas and the Agreement on Government Procurement of the World Trade Organization. The study was prepared by the Inter-American Development Bank, as was a document on National Legislation, Regulations and Procedures Regarding Government Procurement in the Americas. Both can be found at www.alca-ftaa.org/pubs_e.asp 

Read re-elected CPPC President

John Read, Director of Special Projects at Public Works and Government Services Canada, has been re-elected president of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Public Procurement Council.

Read was reconfirmed at a meeting of the Council's 2000-2001 executive on October 27, following Forum 2000, the second annual meeting of the fledgling organization of public procurement professionals.

Vice President is Ron De Vries, Director of Contract Services at Defence Construction Canada.

Lynda Allair, Purchasing Manager for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, is Secretary and Marie-Josée Linteau, Director General of Procurement with the Quebec Treasury Board Secretariat, is Treasurer.

Also on the new executive are:

  • Janice Vervaeke of Toronto, Manager of Enterprise Strategies with the Ontario Shared Services Bureau;
  • Syl Parry of Winnipeg, Projects Officer with the Manitoba Department of Highways and Government Services;
  • Terry Galan of Hamilton, Director of Purchasing Resources at McMaster University; and
  • Jacques Arvisais, Director of Regional Purchasing Services with the Hamilton Health Sciences Corp.

E-Government Leadership Initiative

Oracle Corporation, a provider of software for e-business, has announced an E-Government Leadership Initiative, with the goal of enabling public-sector organizations worldwide to recreate themselves as high-performing e-governments, connecting citizens with public sector agencies online.

The initiative focuses on improving efficiency levels and streamlining internal operations in the face of privatization considerations; reducing costs and increasing the value received from suppliers through more strategic procurement practices and self-service efficiencies; and offering better service and greater access to constituents. The initiative also highlights an important convergence between the worlds of technology and politics. "Technology can be the key that opens the door to more discussion with and between citizens," says James Stonehouse, manager, e-government programs, at Oracle Corporation Canada Inc. in Ottawa.

Visit their website at www.oracle.com/industries/publicservices/index.html?solutions.html  to learn more about specific programs such as internet procurement, law enforcement systems and shared service centres for public administration.

New technology should pave way for better government management

In a recent speech to the Canadian Newspapers Association, former senior federal public servant Arthur Kroeger tackled the issue of governing and managing government in an electronic society. "The problem of reconciling on-site decision making with central direction is one that officials have lived with for some time," he said. "What is now bringing the problem to the forefront, however, is the rapid spread of the Internet and e-mail…"

The federal government's initial development of a website "through which it could disseminate information to the public… became an instrument of two-way communication, and was used by the public to express views on a wide range of issues."

Kroeger chaired a round table of officials in front line positions who are dealing with the impact of the Internet on government, trying to come to grips with the future.

Kroeger found that the issues they face include:

  • Although factual information can be provided in response to e-mail inquiries, how should a public servant handle communications having a policy content?
  • If an acceptable response time for e-mail communications is four hours, according to recent polling of the Canadian public, how do you reconcile that with the need for three or four levels of clearances for the proposed response?
  • Should surveys be conducted online, and can the new technology be used to more effectively conduct multi-stakeholder consultations on controversial issues?

For more of the speech, visit http://www.cprn.org/Release/Other/spcna_e.htm 

Ontario public buyers meet in Ottawa for professional development

The Ontario Public Buyers Association (OPBA) held their annual symposium in Ottawa in late September. Focusing primarily on professional development, full-day sessions on Public Purchasing were offered both at the basic and advanced levels and members had the opportunity to write exams for OPBA certification and National Institute of Governmental Purchasing designations, Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO). As well, seminars covered a range of topics from electronic communications, to legal issues, to financing municipal assets. Given current fiscal challenges, the financing seminar, in particular, drew an attentive audience that kept the presenters hopping to answer questions. The annual symposium also gave OPBA members a chance to meet and to renew acquaintances with colleagues from across the province.

Purchasers tour INAC procurement process

Summit and Canadian Business magazines took an audience of purchasing professionals at Technology in Government Week (GTEC) on a tour of a federal procurement process that worked.

The tour guides - Wally Draper and Steve Johnston of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and Jerome Thauvette of Public Works and Government Services Canada - sketched the history of INAC's acquisition of its OASIS system, designed to ensure compliance with the department's Financial Information Strategy.

Although each focused on a different part of the process, all three insisted that careful and lengthy advance planning was the key to successful procurement. Additionally, said Johnston, the emphasis was on "the end result to be achieved - not the means by which it was achieved."

The presentation was the second by Summit and Canadian Business for a GTEC audience. Last year's panel addressed risk management in IT procurement.

New academic research centre focuses on public procurement

A new joint effort by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and the College of Architecture, Urban, & Public Affairs at Florida Atlantic University will offer research and technical assistance, education and training and publications. The Public Procurement Research Center hopes to offer its services to government procurement professionals in the U.S. and around the world. According to Director Khi V. Thai, the Center is "looking forward to receiving your suggestions about how to build a professional community of practitioners and scholars interested in improving efficiency, environment protection, equity and transparency in public procurement." Visit http://ns1.fau.edu/pprc for more information.

2000 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships

The awards are presented annually by the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships to showcase Canadian excellence and innovation in project financing and/or generation of economic benefit, which result in enhanced quality of public services and facilities. More information can be found at http://home.inforamp.net/~partners/  or by calling (416) 777-4891.

Gold Award for Project Financing:

  • Project Name: Belledune Port Authority Refinancing
  • Project Proponents: (Public Sector Partner) Belledune Port Authority
    (Private Sector Partner) First Canada Securities Corporation

Silver Award for Project Financing:

  • Project Name: Halton Urban Structure Plan, Integration of Parallel Public-Private Partnerships Design-Build and Front-End Infrastructure Financing - "The Big Pipe"
  • Project Proponents: (Public Sector Partner) The Regional Municipality of Halton (Ontario)
    (Private Sector Partner) D'Orazio Infrastructure Group

Gold Award for Infrastructure:

  • Project Name: Skyreach Place - Kelowna, BC
  • Project Proponents: (Public Sector Partner) The City of Kelowna, BC
    (Private Sector Partner) RG Properties Ltd. (Vancouver, BC)

Silver Award for Infrastructure:

  • Project Name: Sudbury District Energy Corporation (SDEC)
  • Project Proponents: (Public Sector Partners) City of Sudbury (Ontario), National Resources Canada, Community Energy Systems
    (Private Sector Partner): Toromont Industries Ltd.

Award of Merit for Service Delivery (three winners):

Project Name: Port Hardy Water System (Port Hardy, BC)
Project Proponents: (Public Sector Partner) District of Port Hardy, BC
(Private Sector Partner) EPCOR Water Services Inc.

Project Name: Ontario Government/Bell Mobility Alliance - Emergency Services Mobile Communications Project
Project Proponents: (Public Sector Partner) Management Board Secretariat, Ontario Government
(Private Sector Partner) Bell Mobility Radio Inc.

Project Name: Shaik Khalifa Medical Centre (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
Project Proponents: (Public Sector Partner) Ontario Exports Inc.
(Private Sector Partner) Interhealth Canada Ltd.

Learning your RFPs

Only two opportunities remain to take part in a series of seminars on "How to Avoid Indecent Proposals." Two seminars were held this fall and two will be held this winter, focusing on key Canadian case studies in procurement law. 

The events, produced by National Education Consulting Inc. and Summit Group, will feature CITTing In columnist and lawyer Paul M. Lalonde, Summit editor Robert Parkins and Gerald Smeltzer, NECI president and legal editor for The Legal Edge newsletter. As well, participants will take away with them a valuable handbook on RFP laws, strategies and case studies. 

For more information on the seminars which will be held in Richmond, BC, on February 19 and in Halifax on March 2, visit www.neci-legaledge.com or 
call (250) 370-0041.

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