Lunch and Learns are facilitated group discussions that focus on important procurement and contract management topics for your organization. It is a chance to create meaningful learning sessions that encourage participants to reflect, share their experience, and apply critical thinking to challenges. A perfect opportunity to transform an article into an engaging, interactive Lunch & Learn! Here is our Lunch & Learn Facilitator Guide to ensure you have a successful and fun event!



You Be the Judge

Try our You Be The Judge articles to initiate lively and insightful team discussions.  Then click on the Judge’s Ruling to learn the outcomes.

Municipality Unfair in Sale of Property?

Test your understanding of fairness in this recent case from Nova Scotia. In 2012, the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) issued an RFP for the purchase and redevelopment of a surplus elementary school property. Jono Developments Ltd. and several community groups submitted proposals. There is evidence that the HRM closely followed the terms of the evaluation process laid out in the RFP, which allocated 20 percent of the weighting to the financial offer. Following evaluations, the HRM approved sale of the property to Jono.

Test yourself on the limits of contract extensions – and of competitive procurements under the trade agreements – with this Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) case.

On August 4, 2006, Health Canada published on MERX a Request for Standing Offer (RFSO) for French-language training services for Health Canada employees at vendor office locations in the National Capital Region. The closing date was October 10, 2006. The Statement of Work in the RFSO provided that all 10 Standing Offer Agreements (SOAs) would be for three years, with the option that each could be given two, one-year extensions, for a maximum of five years.

All contract managers have seen the “Supplied in Confidence” (or similar) tag on bids and proposals. It’s a standard way for suppliers to protect what they believe is confidential, sensitive and/or proprietary information from public disclosure. Especially from disclosure to their competitors.

But what exactly does that mean? In the landscape of our current access to information and protection of privacy legislation, does it in fact obligate a public organization to refuse to disclose the information if it receives a formal request for it?

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