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Course Description

Effective supply chain management for public procurement is critical for today's public sector agencies.

Examine legislation, regulations, and marketplace characteristics that influence and impact the management of public procurement. Explore functions, tools, and processes that influence the supply chain and public procurement, investigating how they can be effectively managed through professional and ethical practices to deliver value to both clients and stakeholders.

While the course focuses on public procurement in Canada and utilizes examples primarily from an Ontario school board perspective, the content is more widely applicable to all publicly funded agencies. Regardless of your background, you are encouraged to bring your knowledge and experience into the class and learning community. You will leave with an enhanced set of skills, as well as an expanded network of professions in your field.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze and effectively implement the role and functions of supply chain management for public procurement professionals, including planning, soliciting, awarding, managing, and evaluating
  • Recognize the impact of, and comply with, provincial, national, and international guidelines and legislation that impact public sector procurement
  • Identify common procurement risks and challenges and know how to effectively mitigate the risks for goods, services, and construction
  • Build comprehensive bid documents, including components of request for proposals (RFPs), linking customer needs to proposal requirements to achieve awarded results in the best interest of your organization
  • Effectively evaluate and manage vendors and contracts
  • Gain knowledge about the importance of implementing process improvements to the procurement of construction to ensure a fair, transparent, and defensible competitive bid process for one of the highest risk commodities
  • Incorporate the requirements of the BPS Supply Chain Code of Ethics into your organization’s policies, procedures, bid documents and communication, so all staff involved in supply chain activities understand their responsibility to adhere to the requirements
  • Use effective procurement management to quickly pivot when changes to the supply chain landscape occur

Course Topics

  • Supply Chain Management in Public Procurement
  • Public versus Private Sector Procurement
  • Public Procurement and the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Procurement Directive
  • Public Procurement and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) Chapter 5
  • Public Procurement and the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) Chapter 19
  • Procurement Professional Roles and Responsibilities
  • Procurement Tools: RFI, EOI, RSFSQ, RFQ, RFP, RFT
  • E-Procurement
  • Request for Proposal (RFP): Design and Development
  • Binding Procurements: Contract A and Contract B
  • Non-Binding Procurements (e.g., Negotiable RFP’s)
  • Public Procurement and Risk Mitigation
  • Supply Chain Centralization and Procurement Reporting
  • Force Majeure: COVID-19 Pandemic Effects on the Supply Chain and Public Procurement
  • Defensible Procurement Evaluation Tools: Establishing Evaluation Matrices and Criteria
  • Procurement Customer Service: Team Building in Public Procurement
  • Vendor Management in the Public Sector
  • The Future of Supply Chain Management and Public Procurement

Job Market Overview



Assessment Item Weight
Class Participation 10%
Quizzes (3) 30%
Group Assignments (2) 35%
Final Examination 25%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

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Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Principles of Supply Chain Management
Remote Instruction
9:00AM to 4:00PM
October 18, 2023 to November 08, 2023
Final Examination
9:00AM to 11:00AM
November 15, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual
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Section Notes

Early bird registration ends 60 days ($855.00) and 30 days ($895.00) prior to the start of the course. Regular registration is less than 30 days prior to the start of the course ($955.00).

CourseLink access begins: October 13, 2023 at 12:00 a.m. ET.

Course registration ends: October 13, 2023 at 4:00pm ET.

If due to extenuating circumstances there is a need to reschedule, the rescheduled class will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (or portion thereof), and the Final Exam will be rescheduled for Wednesday, November 22, 2023, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. ET.

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