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Here are just a few examples of some of the thousands of NECI clients confirming that our training continues to help them make a difference for their organization every day.

Yukon Government — A Procurement Training Ripple Effect

The Challenge:  The smallest and westernmost of Canada’s three federal territories, the Yukon has a diverse population of just under 400,000, with 76% of the population living in Whitehorse.  The government sector is by far the largest employer in the territory, directly employing approximately 5,000 out of a labor force of 12,500.

In late 2014 NECI was approached by the Yukon government with a view to adopting training designed to ensure consistency and enhanced public procurement effectiveness for staff at all levels – from clerks through to senior executives, many of whom arrive with a private sector background. …. Read More

City of Abbotsford - Accelerates Value-Driven Procurement

The Challenge:  The City of Abbotsford, located in the Fraser Valley region of BC, serves a rapidly growing population of over 141,000. With many staff changes and significant projects on the horizon, the timing was perfect to offer Procurement information sessions geared to bringing everyone up to speed on the important topics of the supply chain world… Read More

Nova Scotia Government - Setting the Stage for Success

The Challenge: The Nova Scotia government has undergone a major transformation since the Shared Services Act (Bill No 60) took effect in December, 2015.  With a move to standardizing and centralizing government procurement functions, the Procurement Branch of the Department of Internal Services (ISD Procurement), who was traditionally responsible for working only with government departments, recently took over procurement services for the health authorities in the province, having been consolidated from ten to two entities…. Read More

Deisleen Development Corporation – Building Capacity to Meet Opportunity

The Challenge:

The Deisleen Development Corp (DDC) is a federally incorporated not for profit community economic development agency with a mandate to create a positive environment for economic growth for the community of Teslin, Yukon,  and surrounding area, and all people living in the Teslin Tlingit traditional territory. Specifically, the DDC’s role includes unearthing new economic development prospects, assisting in business development opportunities, setting up, administering and managing community economic development projects and initiatives, and generating new jobs…..Read More

City of Edmonton: City-wide Training While Promoting Cross-functional Team Building

The Challenge: In the spring of 2016 the City of Edmonton conducted a staff needs assessment which identified a requirement to implement contract management training for over 200 procurement staff by the end of the year. While initially considering development of internal training, the City of Edmonton recognized the benefits of contracting out the training to ensure immediate delivery of market-tested, high-quality education from nationally recognized subject matter experts at NECI…..Read More

Metro Vancouver: Risk Awareness for Elected Officials

The Challenge: Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing. The regional district is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of elected officials from each local authority. Metro Vancouver approached NECI in 2012 to prepare and deliver a condensed and focused procurement workshop for elected official….Read More

CF Industries: Progressive Private Sector Company Knows the Value of a Solid Procurement Team

The Challenge: As a chemical manufacturer most of CF Industries’ competitive contracts are for industrial equipment and infrastructure projects. Construction contracts, supply and install contracts, and equipment fabrication are common as well as property infrastructure such as roads, roofs, and steel structures….Read More

Toronto Transit Commission: On Track for Consistency and Capacity

The Challenge: Toronto Transit Commission has been providing public transit services to the citizens of Toronto since 1921.   Operating one of the most heavily used urban mass transit systems in North America, the TTC buys everything from replacement parts for subway trains to security services and major capital construction projects.  With over 12,000 employees, the procurement function within the TTC is spread across several departments…..Read More

The City of Calgary: Municipality Marches Forward with new Guidelines and Training for Project Procurement

The Challenge: In November 2012, The City of Calgary launched its Corporate Project Management Framework (CPMF) program in response to recommendations prepared by the City Auditor’s Office as a result of audits of several major capital projects. In the first two years of the CPMF Program, ten minimum project management standards for capital projects were developed and implemented. In addition to those standards, the CPMF program produced a number of documents to support the integral relationship of project management and contract management. These documents include comprehensive guidelines for alternative contract strategies and The City’s procurement policies and processes. Along with these guidelines, a CPMF project delivered contracting and procurement training recommendations for City project managers…Read More

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo: Gearing Up for Major Projects

The Challenge:

In 2013 the Regional Municipality was in the process of implementing new procurement policies, procedures and procurement systems.  At the same time, it was in the early planning stages for some major capital and operational projects estimated at approximately $500M per year for the coming 4-5 years.  In order to enhance the capacity of the Supply Chain Management department in preparation for these initiatives, the Regional Municipality began to search for suitable, affordable and timely procurement training….Read More

Government of Ontario: The Value of Customization

The Challenge: For both the 2009 and 2010 annual training, the RFS issued by the Supply Chain Management Division called for procurement and contract management training for approximately 100 staff with varying levels of experience in the procurement and contract management job stream. These groups were made up of executive staff overseeing procurement processes, procurement and contract managers, and other staff involved in coordinating procurement and contracting activities… Read More

Government of Alberta: Developing Accountability

The Challenge: In January 2009, the GoA set out to implement a new initiative which would increase the contracting authority delegated to the ministry level. An important component of this initiative would be a new Accountability Framework, which would define procurement and contract management guidelines for the ministries.

In-depth training would be required to familiarize the GoA’s procurement and contract management staff with the new Accountability Framework… Read More

PSPP: The Start of Something Big

The Challenge: In 2009, the Government of Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Municipality identified the need for a customizable, public sector specific procurement training program. Because government organizations were, and continue to be, under increased budgetary pressures since the economic downturn; they are finding that they are pressed to do more with less. As such, the RFP they issued for the development of the program called for maximum efficiency in both the program design process, and also for public sector training budgets moving forward… Read More

CLBC: Bridging the Gap

The Challenge: In 2011, Community Living BC (CLBC) identified the need to develop a new procurement policy and corresponding procurement and contracting guide. There were many factors to take into account when selecting a vendor to develop the training module. They had an implementation target of just six months, and multiple stakeholder groups to consider, including the Central Purchasing Agency and the Learning Agency. In addition, CLBC wanted the training program to have longevity with the view that they could eventually take over the module delivery themselves to keep costs down… Read More

BC Hydro: A Powerful Solution

The Challenge: In the fall of 2011, the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer identified the need for procurement training, to promote fairness, consistency, and transparency in their public procurement process. Their challenges were threefold: 1) increased cost pressures called for maximum efficiency in training, 2) the content had to be in a condensed format due to limited staff availability, and 3) the skill level of the participant group would vary greatly… Read More

ARES: Going the Distance

The Challenge: In January 2010, the Development Services Branch of Accommodation and Real Estate Services (ARES) for the Province of British Columbia contacted NECI to inquire about its popular course: How to Avoid Indecent Proposals. They had heard great things about the course, and wanted to deliver it to staff in Victoria and Kelowna. Unfortunately, there was a recent mandate imposed on all training budgets which restricted travel. As a result, it appeared that they could only afford to train one of the groups that year… Read More

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