Change: Evolution or Revolution? 
May 7 - 9, 2013 
Ottawa Convention Centre 
Ottawa, ON

Amy Morris, Senior Client Relations Officer, Outreach Division, Industrial Security Sector, PWGSC

Amy Morris has been working in Public Works and Government Services Canada’s Industrial Security Sector since 2007. She has fulfilled various roles related to security in contracting, organization screening, and management of industrial security projects related to the Industrial Security Program. 

In her current role in the Outreach Division, she has been able to combine her education in linguistics and translation with her security knowledge and experience.

Brad ClineDirector, Aboriginal Procurement and Business Promotion Directorate, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Brad Cline is the Director, Aboriginal Procurement and Business Partnerships with the Lands and Economic Development Sector of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Brad assumes these responsibilities with 17 years experience at management and executive levels with various federal government departments including Industry Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. In the course of his public sector career, he has led programming and initiatives in diverse areas that include: economic, business and labour market development; strategic policy and research; audit and program evaluation; program development and design; corporate planning and reporting.  Brad has also managed key files on behalf of the government of Canada including the First Ministers Meeting on Aboriginal Issues (Economic Opportunities Roundtable); Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (Prosperity Secretariat).  

Brad possesses a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from (University of New Brunswick) and a Masters Degree in Public Administration (Carleton University). He has been a part time faculty member of Carleton University's Sprott School of Business, lecturing on Entrepreneurship and Business Management.

Caroline LandryRegional Director, National Capital Region, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement, PWGSC

Caroline Landry hails from Atlantic Canada and knows first hand the importance of small business to the Canadian economy.

She joined the federal public service in 2000 after a lengthy career in the regional economic development field. In 2008, she moved to Ottawa to join Public Works and Government Services Canada, Acquisitions Branch. She is currently the Regional Director for the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement (OSME-SE) National Capital Region.

Caroline and her staff advocate on behalf of SMEs and are committed to ensuring that SMEs have a fair and open access to government procurement opportunities.
The OSME-SE improves SMEs access to federal procurement by reducing procurement barriers, contributing to the government’s e-strategy initiatives, simplifying the contracting process, providing training and education to SMEs wishing to do business with the government, collaborating to improve procurement policies and best practices and working with SMEs to ensure their concerns are brought forward and heard.

Caroline holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Caroline Macintosh, BSc, MBA, PMP, Director of Policy Development, Office of Greening Government Operations , PWGSC

Caroline Macintosh is the Director of Policy Development in the Office of Greening Government Operations at Public Works and Government Services Canada. She has been with the Office since 2005 working on a range of initiatives aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of the federal government's operations including green procurement, e-waste management, sustainable buildings and the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. Prior to joining Public Works, Caroline worked as an operations manager conducting contaminated site remediation for five years and then spent six years in financial management and business process design work in the telecommunications sector, both in Canada and in Europe. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business

Chris Clark, Director, Professional Development & Change Management Directorate, PWGSC

Chris is responsible for employee development programs within Acquisitions Branch, including the Intern Officer (IO) Program, as well as a number of training courses provided by PWGSC to the government-wide procurement community. He also plays a lead role in talent management, employee performance management, resource management, knowledge transfer, training and succession planning within the PWGSC Acquisitions Program, taking into consideration both the present and future of public procurement in the federal context.

Prior to joining Acquisitions Branch, Chris held a number of management and analyst positions within the Translation Bureau of PWGSC and the Treasury Board Secretariat. Notably, he was the project director for the Government of Canada Language Portal ( and, while working for the Treasury Board Secretariat, developed a number of tools and guidelines in support of the oversight and governance of IT-enabled projects.

Chris holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Language (Translation) degree from Laurentian University, is married and has two children.

Étienne Sévigny,Trainer, Professional Training and Development Division, PWGSC

Etienne Sévigny started his career in the public service in 2001 as an Intern Officer for Public Works and Government Service Canada (PWGSC). During his first two years he purchased IT goods and professional services.  He climbed up the ladder of the procurement world by working for the department of Justice and DND.  Upon his return to PWGSC, he also procured construction contracts in the Real Property Contracting Directorate (RPCD).

Etienne has also developed from scratch a 40-hour procurement course at La Cité Collégiale which he then delivered to the students.

As a team leader, he worked on the development of the Task and Solution Professional Service (TSPS) also called teaspoon. After one year on this project, he joined the Professional Training and Development Division (PTDD) in 2008.  At this time his primary role is reviewing the training material and delivering the training in both English and French.

Presently, Etienne is in charge of the design and development of courses in PTDD.  He also reviews the French translations and provides design advice and creates exercises for procurement courses.  One of his next challenges will be to create training nuggets or just in time training on specific subjects that will be available on the internet.

Francine Berry, Senior Green Procurement Officer, Green Procurement Team, Acquisitions Branch, Public Works and Government Service Canada

Francine is the Senior Green Procurement Advisor at PWGSC with over 12 years experience in greening government operations and a passion for the environment.  Francine has a strong holistic knowledge of environmental & sustainable development issues/management, performance measure development and target setting as well as strategic/targeted communications.  She currently works on PWGSC’s Green Procurement Team and advises procurement officers to develop procurement instruments that include environmental considerations that enable government departments and agencies to buy smarter by reducing their environmental impact while containing costs. 

Frank BrunettaProcurement Ombudsman

Mr. Frank Brunetta was appointed as Procurement Ombudsman on January 4, 2011. In his role as Procurement Ombudsman, Mr. Brunetta leads a team of professionals whose overall goal is to promote fairness, openness and transparency in federal procurement. Before joining the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman, Mr. Brunetta was Assistant Deputy Minister of the Departmental Oversight Branch at PWGSC. His responsibilities included providing independent assurance and oversight on the prudence, probity and transparency of Departmental operations. Mr. Brunetta is also the former Chief Risk Officer for PWGSC.

Prior to joining PWGSC, Mr. Brunetta’s responsibilities included the preparation of the Canada School of Public Service's legislated five-year review and report to Parliament. Since joining the public service in 1978, he has worked in various capacities at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada where he occupied the positions of Director General, Special Initiatives and Director General, Audit and Evaluation Branch.

Mr. Brunetta holds a master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Queen's University Program for Public Executives.

Gabriel CormierDirector, Support Vehicles Program Management, National Defence

Mr. Cormier is currently the Director Support Vehicles Program Management (DSVPM) for the Canadian Armed Forces since 2009 and CIPMM’s VP Advocacy and Outreach.  Before coming over as the Director of DSVPM, he has worked in many GoC departments mostly in Procurement.

Mr. Cormier arrived at National Defence with extensive experience in leadership, management, procurement policy and strategic planning gained through various positions held with the Department of National Defence, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Passport Canada, Environment Canada, and Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Recruited from university, Mr. Cormier started his procurement officer career at the Department of National Defence (DND), in late 1985, where for 6 years, he was a contracting officer for the then ADM(Mat)/CS/DGProcS/DPSCU.  Mr. Cormier then moved to DProcRO, whereby he was responsible for the repair contracts of the CF-5 Depot Level Inspection & Repair (DLIR) program.

In 1992, Mr. Cormier moved to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as a senior contracting officer for the Food Aid Program.  He worked with others in making sure that proper labelling by vendors was performed in compliance to the Federal Identity Program (FIP).  Mr. Cormier then moved to Corporate Management as a contracting policy officer where he developed CIDA’s first electronic Contracting Policy and Procedure manual while providing contracting policy advice to CIDA’s officials and procurement colleagues. 

In 1998, Mr. Cormier crossed over to Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) as a Supply Specialist in the informatics world.   It gave him an opportunity to better understand PWGSC’s procurement processes and practices. 

In 2000, Mr. Cormier left PWGSC to become the contracting manager at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) for a period of almost 6 years.  At NRCan, Mr. Cormier rebuilt the contracting unit after it had been downsized a few years back.  In 2005, Mr. Cormier was seconded to Passport Canada (PPTC) as A/Director of Project Management Framework to set up a Project Management Framework Office.  Following this secondment, Mr. Cormier was called upon in 2007/08, via another secondment, to become A/Director of Workplace Services and Contracting at Environment Canada.  In 2008, he did an 8 month assignment with the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada to then join again DND in February 2009. 

Mr. Cormier has been a guest speaker at the Canadian Institute for Procurement and Materiel Management (CIPMM). He has also been a member of many intergovernmental committees such as the Treasury Board Advisory Committee on Contracting (TBACC), Client Advisory Board (CAB), Green Procurement, to name a few.

Mr. Cormier’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Administration and a Bachelor’s degree with specialization in Public Administration both from the University of Ottawa and a Diploma in Public Administration from l’École nationale de l’administration publique (ÉNAP) in Gatineau, Québec.


Gérard Degrève holds an MBA from the University of Montreal and a CMA designation.  He has over 25 years of experience in the federal government with the majority of his service completed with principal departments such as DND and PWGSC and has worked in various fields concentrating in the procurement and finance environment.

Helen BraiterDirector, Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program, PWGSC

Helen Braiter has been with PWGSC for 14 years and is the Director of the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP) in the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement (OSMESE).  The CICP is a new $40 million program that was announced in Budget 2010 and made permanent in Budget 2012 which aims to promote innovation and support Canadian business development.  An environmental engineer by training, Helen has worked in many areas within the Acquisitions Branch of PWGSC including policy, risk management and supplier engagement.  She was recently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for fostering a culture of innovation in the government and for supporting innovative Canadian businesses.

James A. RalstonComptroller General of Canada

James Ralston was appointed Comptroller General of Canada on October 3, 2009. The Comptroller General is responsible for government-wide direction and leadership for financial management, internal audit, federal assets and acquired services. The Comptroller General also supports capacity building and professional development in each of these areas.

Prior to becoming the Comptroller General, Mr. Ralston was Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Commissioner of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), a position he accepted in 2004. Mr. Ralston joined the organization in 1999, first as Director General, Corporate Review Directorate, and then in 2002, as Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Agency Comptroller, leading the organization’s Modern Comptrollership Office.

Before his work at the CRA, Mr. Ralston spent 15 years with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) and throughout most of the period was a Principal responsible for financial and value-for-money audits of Revenue Canada. Prior to joining the OAG, Mr. Ralston worked for eight years in a national public accounting/consulting firm in Edmonton and Ottawa. He began his career with the Provincial Auditor of Alberta.

Mr. Ralston holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, a Master of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of Ottawa, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science) degree from Carleton University. Mr. Ralston is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and Ontario.

Jason R. IbellPolicy Analyst, Policy Development Directorate, Office of Greening Government Operations, PWGSC

Jason Ibell led the development of Public Works and Government Services Canada’s National Master Standing Offer for E-waste Recycling Services and the recent update of the federal E-waste Disposal Strategy. He has worked at PWGSC’s Office of Greening Government Operations for four years, primarily on the e-waste file. Prior to joining PWGSC, he worked for Industry Canada’s Computers for Schools. Before joining the Public Service, Jason travelled to East Africa where he had the opportunity to experience the negative effects of improper e-waste disposal first-hand. Jason has spent the last ten years working on e-waste related issues, eight of those as an employee of the federal government.

Jean-Philippe LapointeDirector Procurement Modernization Initiative, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Jean-Philippe Lapointe started off his career in the Federal Public Service as an economist at Finance Canada working on financial sector policy and trade issues. He has since then occupied a number of executive positions through which he has developed a core competency for leading transformation initiatives. Mr. Lapointe also has international consultancy experience, mostly in Mali (West Africa) where he assisted the government with its public finance reform. Mr. Lapointe is currently the Director, Procurement Modernization Initiative at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

Jean-Pierre Rousseau, Assistant Director, Functional Community, Learning Programs Branch, Canada School of Public Service

Jean-Pierre Rousseau is currently Assistant Director at the Canada School of Public Service. Since 2009, he has led the design and delivery of a continuum of learning products to meet the needs of public servants in the following functional communities: Procurement, Materiel Management, Real Property, Finance, Internal Audit, Regulations and Evaluation.

From 2000 to 2009, Jean-Pierre held various positions with increasing responsibilities in program management, training and human resources planning with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. He was also a teacher at the Collège de Sherbrookefrom 1997 to 2000.

Jean-Pierre holds a Master in Public Administration from the École nationale d’administration publique du Québec, a post-graduate certificate in Education from the Université Laval, as well as a Bachelor and a Master in French studies from the Université de Sherbrooke.

Joanne GrahamSenior Officer, Purchasing & Policy, City of Ottawa

Joanne has been in the public purchasing field for seven years and now leads the City of Ottawa’s Purchasing Goods team.  She has been the contracting authority for all textile related goods at the City since 2009.  Joanne is the contract authority and project authority responsible for the procurement process, transition and contract management of the new business model for the City of Ottawa’s uniform clothing requirements.

John Jordan, Senior Management Digital Engagement, PWGSC

John Jordan is currently leading the Digital Engagement team for the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises within the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada. This team is responsible for delivering key elements of the Government of Canada’s procurement renewal agenda including a new web site (, supplier registration renewal and tender publication renewal. Mr. Jordan comes to the public sector having spent 15 years in the private sector in a variety of roles and firms. 

His experience includes supporting the introduction of new products into telecom carrier networks, researching leading edge networking technologies, and managing university/industrial research partnerships providing him with a broad view of the technology innovation process. Mr. Jordan’s academic research focusing on understanding the forces causing certain product designs to rise to dominance in the market strongly complements his work experience.

As a technologist, Mr. Jordan’s is interested in developing a better understanding of how technology-enabled services can help the Government of Canada better engage its citizens.

Mr. Jordan holds a BA in Economics from Queen’s University at Kingston and a MASc in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo. He holds two patents in the area of large-scale router design and content distribution.

John PenhaleDirector, Procurement Strategy and Performance Management Directorate, OSME-SE, PWGSC

Mr. Penhale was appointed Director of Procurement Strategy Performance Management Directorate (PSPMD) in 2009, as part of the Office of Small and Medium Entreprises and Strategic Engagement Sector (OSME-SE).

As Director of PSPMD, John led the renewal of the Acquisitions Branch Category Management function in PWGSC.  The renewed function is central to PWGSC’s Smart Procurement Initiative. 

Following the development of the Commodity Management Framework in 2010, PWGSC set out a plan for reviewing 31 major categories of government spend that will touch most civil servants and a broad range of industry.  

During this timeframe, John’s team developed and implemented an engagement framework that ensures that client needs are addressed clearly and aligned with the marketplace.  

John was also responsible for launching the Acquisition Branch’s “ADM Green Procurement Award”.

John has Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Joyce SilverPolicy Analyst, Office of Greening Government Operation, PWGSC

Joyce Silver is a policy analyst for the Office of Greening Government Operations in Public Works and Government Services Canada. She currently works on issues related to e-waste and Theme IV of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. Joyce has been working with OGGO for 4 years and during this time has contributed to a wide number of files including green procurement, e-waste, green meetings, and green travel. Joyce holds Masters’ degrees in Public Administration and Political Science.

Julie JocelynSenior Interior Designer, Professional and Technical Service Directorate, Real Property Branch, PWGSC

Julie Jocelyn has been with A&ID since February 2010 as a Supervisor/Senior Interior Designer.  Julie came to PWGSC from the private sector, working for an Interior Design Firm in Ottawa.  Julie has also worked as a part-time teacher at the Interior Design program of La Cité collegiale, her alma mater.

Lori KibbeeA/Director, Supplier Engagement and Regional Coordination Directorate, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Lori Kibbee has over 15 years of experience as a public policy professional in the Government of Canada. In 2009, Lori joined the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) in Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) - the federal government's purchasing department - as the Senior Advisor responsible for Supplier Engagement. In this position, she is designing national supplier engagement strategies and events, as well as developing an online procurement-training center for industry.

OSME is mandated to assist small and medium enterprises in doing business with the Government of Canada. OSME provides industry with procurement training, assistance and counselling services, it identifies and breaks down procurement barriers, it manages the web site - one stop for procurement information, and it runs the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP), which assists innovators to sell their pre-commercialized projects and services to the federal government.

Lori holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Carleton University. She is married to a member of the Canadian Forces and has two young daughters.

Marcel ChiassonExecutive Director, Learning Lab and Advisory Services, Institute On Governance

Marcel Chiasson is public sector executive with thirty years of experience in operational and strategic management in the public service. He has in-depth experience in business transformation, change and governance, process improvement, performance management, horizontal reviews and acquisitions. Marcel has extensive experience working on projects related to business transformation strategy design, development of business models, initiation of process changes and re-alignment of the strategies to support initiatives. In addition, Marcel conducts mentoring and goal-oriented coaching sessions for public sector employees and new executives.

Mary Larkin, Manager of Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Management, City of Ottawa

Mary Larkin has more than 30 years of public procurement experience. She joined the Supply Branch, City of Ottawa in 2011 as the Manager, Strategic Sourcing & Supply Chain Management. She was previously the Assistant Director, IT Contracting at the Canada Revenue Agency.  Her previous experience also includes managerial and supervisory experience with Public Works and Government Services Canada.

Matthew Henry, Supply Team Leader, Professional Services Procurement Directorate, PWGSC

Mr. Henry is a Supply Team Leader within the Professional Services Procurement (PSPD) at Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). He is the Project Manager responsible for the implementation of the Professional Services National Procurement Strategy.  As well, he is responsible for the Learning Services Standing Offer and Supply Arrangement.  Previously, he developed and managed the Technical Engineering and Maintenance Services Supply Arrangement. 

Prior to joining PWGSC, he worked at the Department of National Defence from 2003 – 2006 as a Contracting Officer on the Defence Learning Network and Airforce Integrated Information and Learning Environment projects.

Mike Fabbro, Manager, Marketing and Communications Division, PWGSC

Mike Fabbro is the Senior Business Development Manager for GCSurplus and is responsible for all aspects of business development, including customer and client support and marketing and communications. He has been his current role since 2008 and prior to that was a member of PWGSC's Marketing Section. Prior to coming to Public Works Mike served as a military officer in the Canadian Air Force for 26 years, employed as a Supply Officer and a Public Affairs officer. His adventures took him around the world many times and included stops in Afghanistan, the Congo, Haiti and Bosnia.

Mike MandelExpert in Communication, Motivation and Influence

Self-described as “a reasonably normal guy with a really weird job,” Mike Mandel is a uniquely qualified expert in the art and science of influential communication. Simultaneously fascinating and hilarious, he provides audiences with powerful tools to increase intelligence, reduce stress, communicate persuasively.

Mandel’s career has covered many different fields, including trainer, psychotherapist, writer, performer, and musician. In addition to training in neurolinguistic programming, he instructs others in advanced Ericksonian hypnosis for NLP Canada. Widely regarded as one of the world’s premier hypnotists, he holds a doctorate in clinical hypnosis, and is certified in a number of psychotherapeutic disciplines.

Mandel holds 18 nominations and six awards for excellence in entertainment, including the “COCA Hall of Fame Award” (joining the company of entertainers such as Sarah McLachlan, The Tragically Hip, and Jim Carrey).

Mandel appears regularly in the media, such as The Globe and Mail, CBC, YTV, Vision, W5, Discovery, and Bravo, among others.

Mike Pitre, Senior Advisor Capacity Building, Procurement, Materiel Management and Real Property Community Management Office, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Mike is part of a team which provides strategic direction and central leadership for the collaborative development and implementation of strategies, programs and initiatives to support capacity building, community development and the professional recognition of the federal government Procurement, Materiel Management and Real Property communities.

Prior to joining the Treasury Board Secretariat in 2012, Mike worked in a number of departments and agencies (Revenue Canada – Customs and Excise, National Defence, Parks Canada, Public Service Commission and Transport Canada) both in British Columbia and in Ottawa over a 30 year career.  He has been in the learning field for the last ten years.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Victoria.


Mohit Sharma is currently Senior Analyst, within Spend, Reporting and Market Analysis Directorate, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement, Acquisitions Branch, Public Works and Government Services Canada.

Mohit Sharma has guided the successful evolution and implementation of the Spend Management Program, from its very inception as a program-specific initiative (January 2006), to its current-state as a value-added application and service that is available to PWGSC and provide services to all Government of Canada departments and agencies.

Pablo Sobrino, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Acquisitions Branch, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Pablo began his federal public service career in 1977 with the Canadian Coast Guard. He served on a number of ships as a navigation officer on the West Coast and as a hovercraft pilot in Search and Rescue in the Vancouver area. During this period, he completed his B. Sc. in Mathematics at the University of British Columbia. He then moved to Ottawa working in a variety of training and policy positions and as the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of the Coast Guard.

In 1997, he returned to Vancouver as Director of Marine Programs for the Coast Guard. In 2000, Pablo changed career paths as Area Director for the Lower Fraser at Fisheries and Oceans Canada and then in April 2002, moved again to become Regional Executive Director for Canadian Heritage Western Region.

In early 2006 he transferred to the National Capital Area, Director General, Strategic Policy, Planning, and Research including Cabinet Affairs and the Official Languages Secretariat at Canadian Heritage and in September 2009, he was appointed ADM Strategic Policy, Planning and Corporate Affairs (CFO).

In August 2011 he started in his current position as Associate ADM Acquisitions Branch at PWGSC.

Patrick Kelly, Deputy Director, International Platform Branch Contracting and Materiel Management, DFAIT

Patrick Kelly has ten years of experience in the procurement field within the federal government, half of which has been dedicated to improving efficiency and client service at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT). Patrick holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Quebec in Outaouais and is a two time recipient of the CIPMM national award for excellence in procurement service delivery.

Paul EmanuelliGeneral Counsel and Managing Director, The Procurement Office

Paul Emanuelli is recommended by Global Law Experts as one of Canada’s leading public procurement lawyers and by Who’s Who Legal as one of the ten top public procurement lawyers in the world. His firm received the 2012 Corporate INTL Magazine Global Award as Canada’s Public Procurement Law Firm of the Year. Paul’s portfolio focuses on major procurement projects, developing innovative procurement formats, negotiating commercial transactions and advising institutions on the strategic legal aspects of their purchasing operations. Paul also has an extensive track record of public speaking, publishing and training. He is the author of Government Procurement (Lexis Nexis, 3rd ed. 2012), Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide (2012), The Laws of Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs (2009)and the National Tendering Law Update and the host of the Procurement Law Update webinar series. He has trained and presented to thousands of procurement professionals from hundreds of institutions across Canada and internationally. 

Paul Tormey, Procurement Manager, Public Works and Government Services Canada – Major Crown Projects at the Canadian Space Agency location

Paul Tormey retired last fiscal year but has been working in recent months on a part time basis for a couple of federal departments to support their operations. Recruited in 1977, Paul has managed all the different materiel management functions during his career for several federal departments and one Crown corporation. These organizations were: Agriculture Canada, Public Works Canada-Real Property, Transport Canada (Mirabel and Dorval Airports), Via Rail Canada, Transport Canada – Montreal Airports,  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada School of Public Service (special mandate for CSPS) and Public Works and Government Services Canada-Major Crown Projects located at the Canadian Space Agency. During the mandate at the CSPS in 2007-2008, he trained a total of 460 participants by providing different materiel management courses deemed mandatory by TBS.

Richard Denault, Trainer, Professional Training and Development Division, PWGSC

Richard started his career in the public service in 2004 after completing his degrees in Engineering and Government at Cornell University.  After working a short period for Service Canada, Richard began as an Intern Officer for Public Works and Government Service Canada (PWGSC) in 2004, purchasing communication services, software licenses, and research & development services.

Richard has been the lead on several complex files, such as Service Canada’s 1 800 O-Canada contact centers and PWGSC’s electronic media monitoring program.

Richard has been working in the Professional Training and Development Division of PWGSC as a team leader and trainer for the last 5 years, teaching thousands of public servants on various topics related to evaluating bids, selecting the appropriate contracting methodologies and on the unique challenges of contracting for services.  

Richard has been recognized by course participants as having a great deal of passion and enthusiasm for helping others with their procurement challenges.  He looks forward to providing training at CIPMM 2013 National Workshop.

Roberto StracciniManager, Traffic Management Directorate, PWGSC

Roberto Straccini is currently leading the transformation of the Central Freight Program for Services and Specialized Acquisition Management within the Department of Public Works and Government Services.  He is responsible for a key procurement renewal initiative with the implementation of an externally Hosted Transportation Management System launched at  New services for GC employees to rate shop the National Master Standing Offer Courier and Freight rates and execute shipments from a single interface.

Mr. Straccini has a diverse background in finance, operations and procurement, received from working in both the public and private sector, with 19 years experience in procurement.  His experience includes the coordination and leading of large complex procurement projects in both the public and private sector. Specifically providing leadership and innovation with strategic initiatives whereby ‘in source vs. outsource’ and ‘make vs. buy’ scenarios were analyzed, developed and implemented.  This provided the opportunity to engage and leverage industry expertise in the delivery of many transformation type projects, in the pursuit to always strive for continuous improvement.


Scott Wilston is currently a Senior Analyst, within the Spend, Reporting and Market Analysis Directorate, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement, Acquisitions Branch, Public Works and Government Services Canada.

Scott Wilston holds an Honours Bachelors in Finance and specializes in Spend and Contractual reporting. In this role, Scott has led the development of the BI application, including the creation of reports, dashboards and cubes. As BI has evolved into a central data authority, Scott has also engaged departments and agencies to improve data collection and reporting procedures to ensure greater data integrity within reporting.

Shawn Casemore, Founder and President, Casemore & Co. Inc.

For nearly 20 years, Shawn Casemore has been helping companies improve operational performance. His experience includes leadership roles with such dynamic companies as Magna International, Arvin Meritor, Pilkington Glass, Bellwyck Packaging Solutions, and Bruce Power.

A recognized speaker and writer, his articles have been published in print and online in several industry publications including “CFO magazine,” “Globe and Mail,” “Enterprise Apps Today” and “purchasingB2B” to name a few. His speaking engagements include keynotes and concurrent sessions for associations and organizations internationally on the topics relating to improving operational performance.

Shereen Benzvy MillerDirector General, Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement, PWGSC

Shereen Benzvy Miller, M.A., LL.B, is the Director General responsible for the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Client Engagement (OSME-SE). This means she plays a pivotal role in bringing the perspectives of suppliers and government buyers together to help federal procurement meet the needs of all parties, suppliers, the government, and Canadians.

Since joining Public Works and Government Services Canada in 2008, Shereen has been instrumental in the introduction of e-strategy initiatives including the launch of, a new approach to procurement embodied in the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program, and the streamlining of procurement through the National Procurement Strategies for Goods and Services. Her office also works within government to reduce barriers to effective, efficient procurement, and provides assistance to government and suppliers, especially small and medium enterprises wishing to do business with the government.

Ms. Miller joined the federal public service in the 1990s when she was recruited by the Correctional Service of Canada for her experience as a human rights lawyer.  

Shereen is a mother of two and actively involved in championing the rights of persons with disabilities.

Tchad Joiner, Manager of Architectural and Interior Design, Professional and Technical Service Directorate, Real Property Branch

Tchad Joiner has been with PWGSC for a combined six years since joining Real Property Branch in 2000.  While with PWGSC, Tchad has been Project Manager, Project Director and is now A/Manager of Architectural and Interior Design with Real Property’s Centre of Expertise.  Tchad has also worked with DFAIT and DND delivering real property projects and prior to joining the federal government, Tchad worked as an Architect in the private sector in both Ontario and British Columbia.

Tony VarrianoDirector, DG Corporate Procurement, Asset Management and National Accommodation, DFAIT

Tony is currently Director General, Corporate Procurement, Asset Management and National Accommodation at DFAIT.   

He leads a diverse team of professionals in procurement, contracting, property, facilities, asset and materiel management, and multi-media services; and is accountable to the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Planning, Human Resources, and Finance Branch for two key undertakings: the Procurement Modernization Initiative (PMI), and the domestic Long Term Accommodation Strategy (LTAS).

Launched six months ago, PMI is an 18-month project to review and enhance the department’s supply chain management.  The project will result in enhanced CFO accountability, application of LEAN process mapping to business practices, and efficiencies.

The LTAS, approved by DFAIT Executive Council in 2011, will result in consolidation of the department into fewer locations in the NCR and regional offices, the mid-life refit of the Lester B. Pearson Building, and implementation of the workplace 2.0 fit-up standard across the department.

Tony’s career spans many years, and departments, where he has acquired both program delivery and policy development experience.

Vincent Robitaille PMP CFA MBA, Senior Director - Professional Services Procurement Directorate, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Mr. Robitaille is Senior Director - Professional Services Procurement at Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).  He provides professional leadership and manages a Centre of Expertise for the acquisition of a wide area of commercial and custom professional services, including training, business management, consulting, commercial security, engineering, relocation, linguistic and temporary help services, on behalf of the Government of Canada, with total value exceeding $1B annually.  Since 2010, he has lead the development and implementation of the Professional Services National Procurement Strategy, to cut red tape, improve access and reduce the administrative burden in the procurement of professional services.

In 2010, Mr. Robitaille held the position of Acting Director General - Branch Corporate Services at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT).  From 2007 to 2010, he held the position of Director, Assets and Materiel Management at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and led the emergency corporate services group during the response to the H1N1 pandemic influenza.  Previously, he held positions in the fields of contracting and finance at DFAIT and PWGSC.

Since 2010, Mr. Robitaille has volunteered at the Centre de la Petite Enfance - La Gatinerie, most recently serving as Chairman of the board of directors. 

Mr. Robitaille holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Ottawa.



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