Category: Procurement

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2016 Ontario Budget: C$160-Billion Boost to Infrastructure Paves Way for Job Creation

February 26, 2016

On February 25, 2016, the Ontario government (Province) released its 2016 budget, titled “Jobs for Today and Tomorrow” (Budget). The Budget focuses on economic growth and job creation across Ontario. Investments in infrastructure are intended to play a large role in these goals by stimulating job creation today, and supporting jobs in the future. As the Budget details, the Province…

New Federal Integrity Regime: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

July 15, 2015

On July 3, 2015, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) announced the implementation of a new government-wide Integrity Regime for all federal government procurement, effective immediately. The Integrity Regime replaces the Integrity Framework initially introduced by PWGSC in 2012 and amended in March 2014, which was heavily criticized as being unfairly harsh for its lack of due process and…

Update: New Measures Adopted by Quebec to Promote Integrity in Public Contracts

April 30, 2015

On April 1, 2015, the Act to Ensure Mainly the Recovery of Amounts Improperly Paid as a Result of Fraud or Fraudulent Tactics in Connection with Public Contracts (Act) received assent following its unanimous adoption by Quebec’s national assembly on March 24. The Act, which was inspired by solutions implemented in Holland, seeks to strengthen integrity in public contracts and…

2015 Federal Budget: Infrastructure and P3s on the Move

April 23, 2015

  INTRODUCTION   On April 21, 2015, Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled the 2015 federal budget (Budget). The Budget reaffirmed several of the government’s past commitments to infrastructure renewal and introduced some new measures of interest to those involved in infrastructure projects across Canada, particularly under the alternative financing and procurement and public-private partnership (P3) models.     NEW PUBLIC…

Public Procurement in Quebec: New Authorization Regime under Judicial Scrutiny

June 12, 2014

On December 7, 2012, in the wake of the corruption and collusion scandals, the newly elected Quebec government (Government) adopted its first piece of legislation, the Integrity in Public Contracts Act (Integrity Act), which introduced the requirement for business enterprises wishing to contract with the Government to obtain a prior authorization from the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), Quebec’s financial markets regulator….

Procurement Webinar Series – Advanced Procurement Strategies for the Public Sector

October 2, 2012

It is impossible to underestimate the importance of a good approach to procurement and there is no better way to undermine the credibility of a purchasing organization than to run a poor procurement process. Blakes is pleased to present a three-part webinar series that will explore the latest developments and discuss risk-managing the procurement process in today’s environment where procurement…

Procurement Webinar Series – Advanced Procurement Strategies for the Private Sector

September 25, 2012

It is impossible to underestimate the importance of a good approach to procurement and there is no better way to undermine the credibility of a purchasing organization than to run a poor procurement process. Blakes is pleased to present a three-part webinar series that will explore the latest developments and discuss risk-managing the procurement process in today’s environment where procurement…

Procurement Webinar Series – Procurement 101

September 11, 2012

It is impossible to underestimate the importance of a good approach to procurement and there is no better way to undermine the credibility of a purchasing organization than to run a poor procurement process. Blakes is pleased to present a three-part webinar series that will explore the latest developments and discuss risk-managing the procurement process in today’s environment where procurement…

Procurement Seminar Series: Part III – Advanced Procurement Strategies for the Private Sector

January 26, 2012

This session will explore the issues facing private-sector procurement, as well as help you understand advanced procurement strategies and how they are being used by progressive private-sector organizations. Whether your organization uses competitive procurement as a method of supply-chain management, or regularly responds to RFPs and tenders as a business development strategy, this session is tailor-made for private-sector entities engaged…

Procurement Seminar Series: Part II – Advanced Procurement Issues and Strategies for the Public Sector

January 24, 2012

This session will explore the issues facing public-sector procurement, as well as help you understand advanced procurement strategies and how they are being used by progressive public-sector organizations. We will discuss emerging procurement trends and practices, such as binding versus non-binding procurement processes and mixing negotiations with procurement, as public-sector entities manage procurement risks while running fair, open and transparent…

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