On Nov. 20th, NECI’s President “Maureen Sullivan” made the long — and very cold — journey across Canada to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.

Over the course of 1 day, we delivered our in-house session of “PSPP 101 Procurement Essentials” to a group of procurement professionals who work in communities across Nunavut.


The Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM)

nunvut on a map and cambridge bay with a map marker on the locationNunavut is the largest yet least populated of all the provinces and territories in Canada. With a total area of 2,093,190 square kilometres and a population of approximately 33,330 people, it means there’s only one person per 65 square kilometres

You can only access Nunavut by sea or air, and communities are not linked together by highway.

Travelling between Nunavut communities is usually accomplished by plane or boat. In some cases, it is possible to reach another community by snowmobile, or dogsled expedition.

The Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM) represents community officials across Nunavut. The association was formed to make important contributions to decisions about Nunavut communities and capital projects.

The group provides a single voice for mayors and municipal administrators of the territory’s 25 communities.

Why PSPP 101 Procurement Essentials?

To better understand procurement practices

Some real comments from attendees about why they chose to attend the PSPP 101 Procurement Essentials in-house delivery include:

  • This was directly related to my job.”
  • “I require contract management in my role. SAO. I live in isolated place with limited legal capacity, so it was helpful”
  • “It was part of the NAM/NAMA conferences and I felt it would benefit my municipality.”

What Was Learned?

The fundamental principles that govern public-sector procurement in Canada

Over the course of the day, the participants learned about

  • The fundamental sources of public sector procurement principles and objectives, including trade agreements, legislation and organizational policies
  • The difference between regular contract law and competitive contract law
  • Procurement methods and tools, including market assessment and prequalification options
  • The risks of negligence claims, and the importance of controlling who provides information to respondents
  • Copyright, moral rights and other key legal principles that influence public-sector procurement
  • The steps necessary to obtain approvals to proceed with a procurement
  • The key steps of the solicitation and award phase of procurement, including proper handling, safekeeping and opening of bids and proposals
  • The key steps in the managing and evaluation phase of procurement

What Were the Best Parts?

The instructor, group discussions, content, and interactivity of the course

Many found the best parts to be:

  • “The knowledge of the instructor.”
  • “Course information to take home for future reference.”
  • “Interactive quizzes.”
  • “The presentation, demonstration and participation.”
  • “Examples. Having a professional to teach it. Good supportive data.”
  • “Procurement do’s and don’ts. Examples and exercises.”
  • “Exercises and case studies.”
  • “Group discussions.”
  • “The content and the instructor.”

All-in-all we had a great time with the Nunavut Association of Municipalities, and are confident true procurement value was delivered.

Claims about this course were sourced from actual comments made by participants.