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…
Rocky Sharma | CEO
Coming from senior leadership roles with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, Rocky eagerly leads the charge in advancing NECI as a leader in providing easy, relevant, and helpful supply chain training.
Rocky led digital channels at companies such as Home Depot Supply (HD Supply) and BuildDirect. His deep empathy towards customer problems and vast experience with supply chain, digital, and education sector has provided Rocky with a solid foundation to help NECI provide leading-edge solutions for aspiring and current supply chain professionals around the globe. Rocky also teaches at APICS The Association for Supply Chain Management in Chicago, at Product School in San Francisco, and helps students achieve product market fit at Stanford University.
Rocky has a full-time management degree from Stanford University. He is an avid marathon runner, amateur boxer, and a voracious reader.
Maureen Sullivan, BA, LLB, CTP, SCMP | 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), won the Summit Award of Excellence for Leadership in Public Procurement, and is recognized as one of the top 100 Women in Supply Chain in Canada by Supply Chain Canada.
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 | LXM 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 LXM Law, Lise provides general counsel services and offers expertise in structuring business contracts and advising on government procurement and corporate governance matters.
Larry Berglund | SCMP | MBA | FSCMA | Instructor
Larry Berglund has been a lecturer for United Nations staff and advocates on the role of social enterprises as being an integral part of the supplier community. He presented to the World Bank on social procurement strategies. Larry drafts public sector procurement policies which address social and economic development opportunities, as well as works with social enterprises. He was involved in drafting the first social and ethical procurement policy for a municipality in Canada. He also created and now facilitates the Supply Chan Canada Business Ethics & Social Responsibility Workshop. Larry facilitates social procurement strategies within government entities, increasing the understanding by elected officials and suppliers, and develops social procurement skills with procurement professionals. Larry’s recent book is Plan It for Our Planet.
Debby Shapero 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
Fran Crowhurst , B.A.; LL.B.; B.C.L. | Instructor
Fran has been a legal writer for NECI since 2019, combining her in depth knowledge and experience of law with a practical and straightforward communication style, developed over more than 30 years as a practising lawyer.
She has worked in both the public and private sectors in Ontario and BC as a barrister, solicitor, and legislative drafter. Before retiring, Fran practised for the BC Ministry of Attorney General, where she was responsible for all facets of transportation and infrastructure law, including major infrastructure projects, road disputes, contracts, and tenders.
She has appeared before administrative tribunals, the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and contributed as a speaker at professional seminars and in house courses.
Fran also contributes her legal skills at local pro bono clinics, and has volunteered internationally for NGOs who work to protect land rights.
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.
Kara Thompson , BA LLB | Instructor
An experienced procurement legal expert, Kara Thompson has an in-depth knowledge of both procurement law and contracting law issues, from her over 20 years of legal practice.
Kara Thompson practices commercial law with a focus on public procurement and contracting, risk management and information-sharing law, in the public and private sectors. She specializes in social and health services procurement, as well as value-based procurements.
Kara provides legal and consulting advice on complex procurement transactions and related commercial processes, as well as acting as fairness monitor on public procurements.
Her in-house legal counsel positions have included being a procurement-focused solicitor for Alberta Human Services, and Alberta Children and Youth Services. Her current clients include municipalities, provincial/territorial governments, broader public sector, and private companies.
Kara is also an entrepreneur having owned restaurants and a training business. She teaches procurement and business law courses for NECI and other public institutions.
Owner of Busch Procurement Advisory Service, Liz is a subject matter expert with 19+ years experience as a public-sector procurement professional, managing government projects, programs and staff. She has an in-depth understanding of public sector procurement policy, trade agreements and case law.
Liz is an experienced procurement course developer and facilitator/instructor for public sector buyers and vendors and is the principle author of the BC Bid Resources website.
Lisa Leighton | Ad Hoc Editor
Lisa was managing editor of The Legal Edge from 1998 through 2016, and now works on special projects for NECI.
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!
Amanda Bellefontaine | Administrative Coordinator
Over the course of ten years she has worked in various administrative customer support roles, including time spent in a marketing company and as a volunteer executive member serving a non -profit music association.
Now joining us at NECI, Amanda is familiar with educational processes at each level; her original area of training being in education; gaining her post graduate teaching certificate in the United Kingdom, working as a sessional support lecturer in higher education, and then in behavioral intervention with pre-schoolers in BC.
Amanda enjoys implementing her strong customer service and organizational instincts to help ensure the smooth running of every work situation she has been in. She looks forward to working alongside Chantel and hopes to serve NECI’s staff and client base with the continued enthusiasm she has for her work.
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.
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.