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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 the organization and function of public procurement in the context of supply chain management in the publicly funded school board business
  • Identify and interpret relevant organizational policies, as well as legislative and international trade aspects of supply chain management in the public sector
  • Perform required tasks in the purchasing cycle from need identification to disposition
  • Outline common risks and ways to mitigate them
  • Recognize the impact of national and international legislation on public sector procurement, specifically as it relates to the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Procurement Directive, Canadian Free Trade Agreement, Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, and other domestic regulations
  • Examine and be prepared to respond to ethical and professional concerns related to public procurement

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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