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Invitation to Procurement Workshop - October 21, 2016

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OCSI is pleased to release the Outcome Statement from the 3rd annual InfraForum held earlier this year in Toronto.

"The InfraForum allowed an exchange of viewpoints from a wide range of stakeholders on how infrastructure investments can best be utilized to promote economic growth and benefit the citizens of Ontario," said Carl Bodimeade, Chair OCSI. "Other benefits which could be realized include greater resiliency to climate change, better accommodation of future population patterns and demographics, and increased innovation. For these to occur, inclusive, multi-stakeholder forums such as this are essential."

Link to the slides from the event.

Special Invite to Procurement Workshop - October 21st

Following up on one of the themes discussed in the InfraForum,you are invited to participate in the Courageous Conversation: Procurement Workshop on Friday, October 21st, 2016.

This session is co-hosted by OCSI, WaterTAP and Consulting Engineers of Ontario. There is limited seating for this event and we encourage you to register early for the FREE event. REGISTER.

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: University of Toronto, 35 St. George Street (Galbraith Building), Room 202

How can procurement lead to sustainable municipal infrastructure in Ontario?

Join us for an interactive workshop that will harness your experience and insight to develop a set of criteria for procuring sustainable municipal infrastructure and an action plan for moving forward.

The municipal procurement process for infrastructure projects has been criticized for its inability to provide value for money for municipalities.This leads to negative outcomes for municipalities, engineers, contractors, and suppliers and strains the relationship between these parties. Despite government, engineers, contractors, suppliers, and municipalities discussing the downfalls of common procurement practice in Ontario, no major change has occurred. Why is this the case and what can we do to address this issue meaningfully? This Courageous Conversation will take place as part of WaterTAP’s Ontario Water Innovation Week and invites stakeholders to discuss these issues in a highly interactive setting. We will emerge with a set of shared criteria for procuring sustainable municipal infrastructure and a plan for moving forward toward solutions.

REGISTER for the Procurement Workshop.


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