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Summit magazine contents
2010 - Volume 13

Canada's magazine on public sector purchasing


VOLUME DIRECTORY
January 2010, Issue 1
March 2010, Issue 2
April 2010, Issue 3
June 2010, Issue 4
July/August 2010, Issue 5
September 2010, Issue 6
November 2010, Issue 7
November/December 2010, Issue 8



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November/December 2010
Volume 13, Issue 8

 Letter from the Editor

 Performance-based acquisition
This is not a new idea or process. This article, however, describes the reasons for considering this type of process – the pros and cons – and when it might be the best choice for your organization.
by Kevin McGuinness

 Organizational transformation: what is it, why do it and how?
The move from a reactive organization to a proactive organization can be challenging. Discover why you should consider making the change.
by Ron Higgins

 The Canadian Public Procurement Council Annual Forum Report
Held in Ottawa in early October, the Forum featured speakers such as Minister Stockwell Day, author and professor Gilles Paquet and facilitator Dan George, all of whom spoke on the theme of ethics and leadership. The many sessions covered procurement issues and examples such as the challenges of supply in a war zone and VANOC ’s program for sustainable procurement.
by Anne Phillips

Opinions

Sustainable Procurement
 Leaders or lemmings?
It is the author’s opinion that best practices can provide a sense of false comfort and he offers recent examples where relying on best practices has led organizations astray. Rather he suggests that you look at leading practices as the way to the future.
by Larry Berglund

Special Feature

 Leadership in Green Procurement
Summaries of winner and finalists’ submissions for the Leadership in Green Procurement award competition.
by Summit staff

 Summit Up
 New IP DVRs and cameras implemented by York Region District School Board
 City of Vancouver, Cisco and Pulse Energy partner to manage energy consumption
 Electric vehicles seen as fleet component of the future

 




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November 2010
Volume 13, Issue 7

 Letter from the Editor

 Inclusive defines policy supported by technology
New Brunswick is transforming its social services
infrastructure using state of the art technology.
by Jeff McGuigan

 Online threats
Report outlines what governments need to know to protect data and privacy.
by Marc Fossi

 Bonding for small contracts
MunicipalWorks Bond offers an alternative to the usual bonding process that may keep municipalities working with their small contractors.
by Lori Kieswetter

Opinions

Publisher’s Profile
 Federal Procurement Ombudsman – an office making a difference
Shahid Minto outlines where federal procurement practice and process faces some challenges and successes.
by Kevin McGuinness

Sustainable Procurement
 Soap and soup: a sustainability story
The hospitality industry is adopting many programs to become “green” and public buyers can reward them with contracts.
by Larry Berglund

In my opinion
 Procurement reform for underground water infrastructure
Procurement departments are challenged to take a look at total life-cycle costing and proven alternatives to the usual piping used for water infrastructure.
by Bruce Hollands

 Summit Up
 National ship building procurement strategy
 New RCMP divisional headquarters for Nova Scotia
 Maritime helicopter project update
 Announcing the winner of the 2010 Leadership in Green Procurement award

 




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September 2010
Volume 13, Issue 6

 Letter from the Editor

 Community energy builds community energy system
Quesnel, BC is working to develop a community energy system that will be the first of its kind in North America.
by Anne Phillips

 Operating with style
Newmarket, Ontario just opened the doors to its award winning municipal operations centre – a testament to the effective procurement of goods and services for its design and construction.
by Summit Staff

 BACK to WOOD
BC changes its building code to allow wood frame construction thus stimulating the forestry, construction and design industries.
by Summit Staff

 




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July/August 2010
Volume 13, Issue 5

 Letter from the Editor

 IT governance and being ‘lean’
By working with IT departments, procurement can help them achieve the best tools and systems
by Roch Cousineau

 Face to face
Nicole King, from the maritime region of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, is the first to receive her diploma in materiel management from the federal government’s certification program.
by Summit Staff

 Healthlink 8-1-1
Nova Scotia partners to provide better access to healthcare.
submitted by McKesson Canada

 Optimizing constituent communications
Technology investments help re-invent government.
by Suresh Nair

 Saving Green
Responsible purchasing saves resources and money.
by Jonathan Cohen

 

Opinions

Sustainable Procurement

 Document management: a classic case for sustainable business practices
Author Larry Berglund provides strategies and advice to help increase productivity, reduce waste and improve your bottom line.

 




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June 2010
Volume 13, Issue 4

 Letter from the Editor

 Publisher’s Profile
Kevin McGuinness, formerly a lawyer with the Ontario Attorney General office and now a procurement consultant, speaks with Summit about his ongoing career as an author and the challenges he sees ahead for public procurement.
by Summit staff

 Software as a Service
No longer do you have to own and update the latest software to access it. SaaS is a solution whose time is now.
by Duncan Campbell

 Sourcing technology is simplified
An Alberta town and municipal district happily find that their technology upgrade and customer service go hand-in-hand.
by CDW Canada

 Maximizing capital investments for public private projects
Spend management software is becoming a valuable and popular tool.
by Keith M. O’Leary

 The allocation of risk and cost in construction
The challenges of construction procurement are multiple. What is the cost; what is the trade-off; and what is acceptable?
by Greg Baynton

 

Opinions

Sustainable Procurement

 Comestibles and ethical, professional and corporate responsibility

Municipal Matters

 P3, PFI & AFP
Bauld and McGuinness explain and help make sense of the terminology and types of public-private partnering that is available to you for capital asset purchases.

In The News

 Summit Up

  • New West Partnership Trade Agreement
  • Six supply chain training programs accredited by the CSCSC’s National Accreditation Program
  • CN’s supply chain wins award



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April 2010
Volume 13, Issue 3

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 Letter from the Editor

 Going for green
Public sector entities green their IT, utilizing trends such as virtualization, thin clients and cloud computing.
by Anthony Wright

 Light up your savings
Advances in lighting technology offer you the opportunity to save 30-40 percent.
by Susan Bloom

 Buying wood and paper
A sound procurement policy for buying wood and paper sends a message to the global marketplace for forestry products that helps level the playing field for Canada. Here are some suggestions for building such a policy.
by Avrim Lazar

 Driving sustainable transit
The Toronto Transit Commission has introduced “green” procurement considerations to its purchasing decisions and implemented its new policy. The TTC is actively seeking to share its experience authorities, with the expectation that sharing knowledge will assist the continued development of environmental standards.
by Grant Waddell

Opinions

 Publisher’s Profile - Glenn Ackerley
Public sector entities green their IT, utilizing trends such as virtualization, thin clients and cloud computing.
by Anthony Wright

Sustainable Procurement

 Make it an “agreenment”
Larry Berglund discusses how supply management can be the conduit for many organizations to contribute ideas and influence products and services that are designed with the environment in mind.

Sustainable Procurement

 Basics
Pierre Beaulé takes you back to basics covering the general legal principles that govern tender calls and contract awards.

 


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Summit Volume 13, Issue: 2 Table of Contents

March 2010
Volume 13, Issue 2

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 Electronic surety bonds
This could be the best innovation in the tendering process for this century. The Surety Association of Canada explains why and how moving to electronic surety bonding would benefit procurement.
by Steven Ness

 Government clusters
A closer look at the federal government’s Integrated Financial & Materiel System cluster
by Michel McGee

Opinions
Sustainable procurement

 Supplier codes of conduct
Author Larry Berglund asks if we really need them.

 

 The Bookshelf
Check out The Bookshelf for books and reports that may be of interest.

 


January 2010
Volume 13, Issue 1

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 Advancing green procurement
Two surveys on opposite sides of the Atlantic demonstrate that for procurement professionals, sustainable procurement practices and choices are still top of mind and will continue to be so. It just seems to make sense: financial, practical and moral.
by Anne Phillips

 Leadership and procurement
Should procurement staff exhibit leadership or strive to improve leadership skills? This question sets the stage to discuss leadership in the procurement context.
by Stephen Bauld and Kevin McGuinness

Special Feature

 Leadership in Public Procurement Awards
The 2009 winners and finalists of the awards were announced at the annual CPPC Forum 2009 in November in Victoria. Presented here are summaries of their submissions. If you are looking for examples of good ideas put into practice these will suit you well.
by Summit staff

 

 Procurement leadership in practice
Practicing leadership each day may mean weaving a web of relationships that in turn make you effective.
by Denis Chamberland

 CPPC Forum 2009
Another successful year of interesting sessions, lively plenary speeches and discussions and of course, networking with colleagues from across Canada.
by Summit staff

 Modes of negotiation
Often procurement staff find themselves conducting negotiations. This article offers some pointers and practical tips.
by Mark Trowbridge

 



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