Our team of legal experts and professionals come from a wide range of backgrounds, and have an abundance of experience they’re eager to share with you.
As an NECI student, you can feel confident you’re learning the most cutting edge skills because each of our instructors were carefully selected based on their experiences, skills, and knowledge in critical areas of emerging best procurement practices.
Click on each profile below to learn more about a member of our team…
Maureen Sullivan, BA, LLB, CTP | President, Legal Editor and Publisher
Maureen has been an instructor and curriculum designer with NECI since 1995. In 2010, Maureen managed the curriculum development process for the Public Sector Procurement Program (PSPP), that has since been accredited by the Supply Chain Sector Council and won the Summit Award of Excellence for Leadership in Public Procurement.
In 2009, Maureen assumed ownership of NECI. Under her visionary leadership, she catapulted NECI to become Canada’s leader in developing an engaging, interactive, online learning platform for procurement professionals.
An experienced litigator, mediator and dispute resolution practitioner, Maureen has an in-depth knowledge of both procurement law and contracting issues with particular expertise in negotiations. In her spare time, she volunteers in Restorative Justice.
Renowned for her engaging teaching style, one of Maureen’s many strengths is her ability to integrate legal concepts with business practices, making often-difficult concepts accessible and understandable for learners at all levels.
Lise Patry B.A.Sc., LLB, ICD.D | Patry Law | Instructor
Lise Patry is a commercial lawyer, certified corporate director and former business executive with a passion for government procurement.
The majority of Lise’s 25-year career has been spent working on procurement contracts in government and private sector organizations as a commercial lawyer.
She has also worked as senior executive responsible for procurement in a large federal Crown corporation.
Through Patry Law, Lise provides general counsel services and offers expertise in structuring business contracts and advising on government procurement and corporate governance matters.
Lindsay Parcells LLM, LLB, MBA | Instructor
Joining NECI’s Instructor Team in 2016, Lindsay Parcells practices local government law with Lidstone & Company, Barristers & Solicitors, a firm specializing in local government law with offices in Calgary and Vancouver.
Lindsay has been practicing law since 1991 in Alberta and British Columbia and he was called to the Alberta bar in 1992 and the British Columbia bar in 1995. He completed a Masters’ degree in Municipal Law from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2009 and a combined Bachelors of Laws and Masters of Business Administration degree from Dalhousie University in 1991.
In addition to his practice in procurement law, Lindsay also advises clients in municipal law, land use, real property and corporate and commercial matters.
Lindsay is a past Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and currently serves as vice-chair of the National Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.
Debby Shappero Propp, BA, LLB | Instructor
Debby Shapero Propp is a commercial lawyer with a focus on supply chain, technology and health law, providing legal services in the private, public and broader public sectors.
Her experience of over 25 years includes private practice and in-house counsel positions at both the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and shared service organizations.
Debby provides advice on challenging procurement initiatives, major group procurements and all aspects of increasingly complex supply chain issues and related commercial processes. She acts for her clients in major technology acquisitions and negotiations for both traditional and emerging technologies.
Debby also provides virtual general counsel services for organizations and extra-provincial legal services.
Debby has authored numerous articles — click here to view a sample of articles published in The Legal Edge — , regularly speaks and teaches across Canada and has instructed for NECI and other entities. Debby is a founding member of the Health Lawyer Network (HLN)
For more information about Debby, you can visit her website or contact her at 416-576-1154 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Berglund | SCMP | MBA | FSCMA | Instructor
Larry has been in the supply chain management field as an author, manager, business trainer, academic, and consultant for many years.
Larry has worked in both the private and public sectors. Recently he has been co-facilitating NECI eSeminars, classroom sessions, and online modules.
His new book, Good Planets are Hard to Buy, was released in the fall of 2015.
Neil Rich | SCMP | CRM | Instructor
Neil has been in the supply management field for over 27 years and has held various technical and management positions in governance and day to day operations.
During his career with the Province of BC, Neil became recognized as a government procurement and contract management subject matter expert and a go to resource for all things procurement.
While working for the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Neil created and delivered procurement and contract management training workshops for both ministry staff and their suppliers. Also, Neil was a corporate instructor for the BC Public Service Agency, Procurement and Contract Management Program.
Rashpal Uppal-Assi | Curriculum Designer & Instructor
Rashpal Uppal-Assi has been in the supply chain management and international business field as a management consultant, co-author, academic, facilitator and learning and development consultant for many years.
During her career, she has worked as a practitioner and consultant with public, private and NGO sector organizations, driving efficiencies in strategic business solutions and process improvement.
Rashpal also works on various projects to design programs and courses, as an instructional designer and curriculum developer.
Kendra Marks | Legal Researcher and Assistant Editor
Kendra is currently a JD student at the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law.
She is a freelance editor and researcher, and has worked on numerous legal projects. She plans to practice in wills and estates, family law, and civil litigation.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree (2008, First Class Honours) and a Master of Arts degree (2011), specializing in narrative literature and literary theory.
Lisa Leighton | Managing Editor of The Legal Edge
Lisa has been managing editor of The Legal Edge since 1998 and worked with NECI on a range of curriculum projects.
A professional writer and editor since 1980, she has edited and written for business, trade and government in medicine, law, pharmacy, natural resources, professional sports and the performing arts.
Lisa is also a costume designer and manages the Costume Loft at Langham Court Theatre in Victoria.
Kim Holl | Program Manager | Digital Media Producer
Kim joined NECI after 15 years in the USA as a program designer and facilitator for organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest, leading social change initiatives.
She was a speaker and conference presenter and captured client and program success stories using the art of digital storytelling.
Happy to be home on the island, Kim now leads NECI’s multimedia marketing strategies and webinar production.
Grant De Gagne BBA | Marketing & Communications Manager
Grant is a marketing and sales powerhouse, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing. Years working in advertising, internet marketing and technology have provided Grant with a solid foundation to build innovative strategies and marketing campaigns, and to ensure effective communication with our clients, suppliers and other valued partners.
In his free time, you’ll find Grant playing tennis, rollerblading, fixing cars, tackling off-road terrain in his 1986 Ford Bronco II (this is where the “fixing cars” comes in), snowboarding, skiing, hiking, surfing, camping, and pretty much anything else under the sky!
Chantel Jeffery | Administrative Coordinator
Chantel joined the NECI team as our administrative coordinator in November 2015, offering over 8 years of experience in customer service.
Employing her organizational and multi-tasking skills she is eager to take on any challenge at hand. Chantel will bring great support to all of our staff and clients and she looks forward to getting to know you all.
Outside of work, Chantel likes to hang out with her four nieces, family and friends and loves to go for walks or hikes.
Elle Mackenzie| Administrative Coordinator
Elle brings her entrepreneurial spirit and over 10 years experience in Executive Support, as the new addition to the NECI team as Administrative Coordinator.
Her love of people, coupled with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, has given her the opportunity to excel in the corporate world and also in her own entrepreneurial ventures. These experiences have given her strong skills in communication aiding in maintaining and building quality relationships with clients, co-workers and other valued partners.
When Elle isn’t labeling everything or implementing new and existing policies and procedures, you’ll find her nose buried in a book, behind a lens, or an arms reach from her family, smiling.
Faye Wardrop | Financial Management and Accounting
Faye is a principal of Seawest Consulting, a firm providing accounting and business management services to NECI since 2003.
Faye brings a strong background in diverse, growth-oriented companies to NECI’s current trajectory toward national leadership in the procurement training field.
Find out What Our Grads Have to Say About the PSPP…
If you want to join the many students across Canada and benefit from the valuable lessons learned in our Public Sector Procurement Program (PSPP), you should first find out what they have to say about it.
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