Canadian Construction Procurement

Feb 22, 2023



10:00 AM


February 22 - 10:00AM - 2:00PM EST
February 23 - 10:00AM - 2:00PM EST


Zoom Virtual Platform


This one-day course will provide an overview of the project and procurement models used in construction, the procurement processes, an evaluation of the contracting options and trends emerging for the future for construction in Canada.

The course is designed for those both new to Construction Procurement and for those wanting to learn best practices in order stay ahead of the curve in this complex area of procurement.

What you will learn in this course:

Why is there is a shortage of Construction Procurement professionals in Canada?  First and foremost there is very little knowledge in this area of procurement.  This course is designed to provide you with an excellent overview of Construction procurement and how you can learn the best practices of managing your construction projects.

  • Who are all the stakeholders in a construction project and where does procurement add the most value?
  • What are the major risks for procurement on a construction project and strategies that can be deployed to both allocate and mitigate project risk?
  • The different types of construction bonds – why they are used and how they work.
  • The major differences and similarities between private and public construction in Canada.
  • How to build a great procurement strategy for your construction project.
  • An understanding of the construction models and which are best suited for your project.
  • How do Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) work?
  • An overview of the pros and cons of the most common construction procurement models and how to determine which may be the best model for you to use for your projects.
  • How contractor and supplier qualification work and strategies to best to deploy this bidding model within your organization.
  • Digital bidding – an overview of the digital construction platforms on the market today.
  • Understanding the procurement process and best practices for deploying digital bidding for your construction projects.
  • Types of fraud in construction today and how to deploy strategies to detect fraudulent claims on your projects.
  • Deploying best practices procurement strategies to prevent fraud on your construction projects.
  • Reviewing the different types of construction contracts – what should be included/not included and how to prevent disputes
  • Lessons learned and how to build a better procurement strategy for your next construction procurement project.

Who Should Attend?

  • Procurement/Sourcing Managers with or without procurement construction experience
  • Owners, Project Managers/Property Managers and who want to learn about how improve procurement for your construction projects


Description of the Course:

Construction procurement is very different than the procurement of goods and services.  Not only are the processes for procurement different for construction, but the risks can be much higher.  Therefore, it is important that procurement professionals have a methodology that allows you to formulate a structured procurement strategy for your construction projects. 

Whether it is public or private construction that you are involved in, procurement professionals should be aware of the new technologies and best practices in construction procurement, construction project models, construction procurement models, procurement processes for construction, fraud issues in Canadian construction and contracting models for construction.

In managing the procurement of a construction project in Canada, it is important to understand how much influence procurement can have as an integral member of the project team.  Although executive management, engineering, finance, project management are all involved in a construction project, procurement is a critical functional area in determining the project’s outcome.

Most construction procurement professionals practice at least some of the concepts that are covered in “Canadian Construction Procurement”. This course will allow students to be able to identify and use best practices and to benefit from the experiences of procurement professionals in all aspects of Procurement of Construction Projects in Canada. 

Without a well-designed procurement strategy, construction projects will go ahead carrying excessive risks in engineering, construction, procurement, maintenance and contractually.  Project outcomes from the lack of appropriate procurement strategies are far more susceptible to deliver outcomes with financial losses and/or projects delivered late or to a lower quality than expected. 

 It is the ultimate goal of this course to provide procurement professionals with the guidance and best practices to design a well-balanced procurement plan and strategy reducing risks and managing your construction projects.


Course Outline: 

Module 1: Construction Procurement Fundamentals

  • Private vs. Public Construction Procurement
  • Project Delivery Options
  • Procurement Strategies

Module 2: Construction Project Models

  • Design-Bid-Build Model
  • Design –Build Model
  • Integrated Project Delivery Model
  • P3 Partnerships

Module 3: Construction Procurement Models

  • Lowest Bid Model
  • Qualifying Contractors
  • Best Value Source Selection

Module 4: The Procurement Process

  • Traditionnel Processes vs. Digital Construction Procurement
  • Digital Procurement Options
  • Understanding the Process

Module 5: Fraud in the Construction Industry

  • Level of fraud in construction
  • Fraud schemes in construction
  • What can we do to detect and prevent it from occurring

Module 6: Contracting Models

  • Understanding the Contract Options
  • The types and forms of Contracts
  • Management of the Contract(s)

How long will the course take to Complete?

The course is designed as a one-day workshop that is taught online over two days. The 2 half days of instruction include both construction procurement scenarios and self test true/false questionnaires after each module. 


February 22-23, 2023

10:00am to 2:00pm EST each day


Paul Saunders

Paul Saunders, MBA, BA is a leader in public and private procurement with deep roots and experience in Canadian Construction Procurement.  As a consultant, Mr. Saunders works to find opportunities that promote the use of technology to make procurement more efficient, transparent and effective for organizations.

For 8 years he was President of MERX Networks where he built and managed online service offerings for both Public and Private Construction in both Canada and the United States. Prior to MERX, he acted as the President and CEO of COAST Software and Vice President of Cognos.  Most recently, Paul was the President of Pixelink, a Canadian manufacturer responsible for deploying and managing an ERP to manage inventory and procurement.

During his career, he has worked with organizations such as; City of Calgary, Manitoba Hydro, Brookfield Group of Companies, Infrastructure Ontario and the Federal Government to deploy new technology in order to modernize Construction Procurement.



Early Bird Registration until January 22, 2023

  • Members: $535.50 + Tax
  • Insider: $670.50 + Tax
  • Non-Members: $805.50 + Tax

Regular Registration

  • Member: $595.00 + Tax
  • Insider: $745.00 + Tax
  • Non-Member: $895.00 + Tax

Corporate Price: 20% off for a team of 4 and customized pricing for a team of 5 or above. Please contact Alisha Seguin at


5 CPD Points