NECI’s Spotlight Authors

NECI is proud to showcase our ‘spotlight’ authors who will be sharing their procurement and contract management expertise, wisdom and best practices with you each month.  They embody the best of teaching, research and practice in Canadian public procurement.  We invite you to find out more about each of them.

Larry Berglund SCMP | MBA | FSCMA| NECI Instructor Presentations Plus Training & Consulting Inc.

Larry has been in the supply chain management field as an author, manager, business trainer, academia, 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 is available on Amazon and he can be reached at

Rick Reubart SCMP

50 year old man with grey hair, stubble white beard, smiling wearing blue shirt Following retirement as Assistant Purchasing Manager with Metro Vancouver, Rick now spends more time than ever pursuing his other passions – helping when he can his adult children, and spending more time with his grandchildren and his 7 year old puppy.  Rick also enjoys hiking, paddling and cycling with his wife, and certainly not least, playing bass guitar with his classic rock, R&B, progressive rock and folk band.  Rick reports that life is good indeed and enjoys providing our readers with procurement leadership tips and strategies that he has learned through more than 30 years in public procurement.

Gordon White - The Conflict Journey

Gordon White is the principal of Gordon White Consulting in Victoria, B.C. He is a mediator and organizational development consultant who offers team development programs and negotiation training in one- and three-day formats. He also teaches a course in Conflict Analysis and Management at Royal Roads University. Gordon is currently creating an online conflict management course for large organizations. He blogs regularly at You can follow him on Twitter @valueconflict, and reach him at or (250) 389-6231.

Debby Shapero Propp BA, LLB | NECI Instructor

Debby is a commercial lawyer with a focus on procurement, technology and health law and has provided legal services in the private, public and broader public sectors for over 25 years. Debby provides advice on all aspects of the procurement and related commercial processes.  She acts for her clients in technology transactions and negotiations for both traditional and emerging technologies. Debby has made numerous presentations on procurement and IT. She is a founding member of the Health Lawyer Network  and can be reached at

Lindsay Parcells LLM, LLB, MBA | NECI 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.  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.  He can be reached at

Lise Patry B.A.Sc., LLB, ICD.D | Patry Law | Instructor

NECI Lise Spotlight Author - Woman in with brown short curly hair in black blazer and white shirtLise 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. Lise also regularly speaks and publishes on matters relating to her areas of practice.

Sandra Hamilton: Strategic Procurement Advisor, Speaker & Canada’s First Social MBA

sandra hamilton with long curly brown hair wearing black blazer and plad black and white undershirt smiling

Hamilton works with industry and governments to transform procurement into a more strategic function. For Hamilton “It’s about moving procurement beyond Do No Harm, to proactively Doing Some Good.”

Hamilton has designed both British Columbia’s & Alberta’s first Social Procurement Frameworks and is known for her progressive, trade agreement compliant approach.

Hamilton has over 20 years’ experience as a strategic advisor and business consultant with experience working with clients such as Vancouver 2010 Olympics CEO John Furlong. Hamilton has been invited to deliver her keynote speech – The importance of People, in a People, Planet, Profit approach to Sustainable Government Procurement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Symposium on Sustainable Government Procurement in Geneva; UBCM; the Canadian Construction Assn. Annual Conference; Canadian Capital Cities Conference; B.C. and Alberta Non-Profit Housing Association Conferences. More at