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Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 9.15.45 PMOur 5-day Osgoode Certificate in Advanced Procurement Law and Practice: Major Projects and Tendering is returning for a third year and will be held in Toronto, Ontario, from November 21-25, 2016.  The 2016 brochure is now available for download. Please visit the Osgoode Professional Development website to find out more.

Please note that this program, in contrast to the Osgoode Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice, is designed for both public sector and private sector procurement professionals.

Why You Should Attend

Major projects are a major risk factor in public and private sector procurement. The Osgoode Certificate in Advanced Procurement Law and Practice: Major Projects and Tendering is an innovative course offering proven practical methods for navigating high-profile, high-risk projects. Designed to help public and private sector procurement professionals manage the time pressures and business and legal risks inherent in complex tendering, this program applies key strategies for successful project governance and deployment. With a focus on team organization, project design planning, defensible evaluations, coordinated and accelerated document drafting and assembly, negotiated and flexible tendering formats and integrated contract design and contract management, this certificate sets a new standard for advancing your tendering practices and increasing the success rate of your major projects.

Led by Paul Emanuelli, and building on the Osgoode Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice, an outstanding faculty of legal and procurement professionals will give you the knowledge and practical skills you need to competently and confidently handle today’s most pressing procurement challenges. You will come away from this program better prepared, and with knowledge, strategies and tactics that you can put to immediate use in your major and complex projects.

Key Benefits: What You Will Learn

  • Roles and responsibilities of senior decision makers in the project cycle
  • The importance of integrating project planning and design principles into your organization’s budget approval process
  • How to properly organize your project team and assign clear roles and responsibilities
  • Critical concepts for developing business plans and procurement strategies, with a particular focus on scoping clear requirements that properly align to pricing structures, creating defensible evaluation plans and award protocols, incorporating properly designed contract terms, and selecting the right tendering format for the specific project
  • Practical group-based workshops that focus on applying the five-step fast-tracking design process to a broad range of projects and industries, including projects drawn from the procurement portfolios of course attendees
  • Who to include in initial planning and design meetings and what each member of the tendering team should contribute to the plan
  • Where design flaws can cause project delays, cost overruns and bid disputes
  • Proven strategies and tactics for using Negotiated RFPs and Best and Final Offer RFPs
  • How to apply fast-tracking principles to launch your new projects or jumpstart your stalled projects

Who Should Attend?

  • Procurement specialists and professionals involved in major and complex projects
  • Government and private sector procurement, legal and finance professionals, including those who attended the original Osgoode Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice and are now seeking more advanced project-focused training
  • Lawyers advising public and private sector purchasers
  • Lawyers advising vendors to public purchasers
  • All members of major project teams
  • Board members, CEOs and finance, legal and procurement managers of public bodies, including municipal corporations, special purpose enterprises, hospitals, school boards and academic institutions
  • Procurement professionals responsible for implementing group purchasing initiatives

How Are the Original and Advanced Courses Different?

The original Osgoode Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice will continue to offer an in-depth immersion for public sector procurement professionals in the areas of institutional governance, trade treaties, ethics and accountability, and the legal foundations of tendering law. It will also continue to provide an introductory overview into project governance, the selection of appropriate tendering formats, and related tender call drafting issues. With the release of the fourth edition of my Government Procurement textbook slated for 2016, the original course will also be significantly updated with new cases studies and legal developments in time for its seventh annual Toronto edition on April 4-8, 2016. Those in the public sector who are involved in the public procurement process and are looking for a broad overview and immersion into the core legal and practice issues of public procurement should continue to go to the original course as the point of entry into the Osgoode programs.

The new Advanced Certificate in Procurement Law and Practice: Major Projects and Tendering focuses on fast-tracking your major projects and using advanced tendering formats. It focuses on core project techniques that are equally relevant to public and private sector project teams. By fine-tuning its focus and honing in on proven practical strategies, the advanced course delivers the key ingredients for project success including building team coordination through design planning, creating defensible evaluations through the art of selection, leveraging effective contract management through contract design and contract assembly, and negotiating the complexities of the tendering process with advanced flexible formats. Drawing on case studies from actual projects, course attendees will participate in a series of hands-on workshops that will take them through the stages of the project cycle. Attendees will also be encouraged to use their own project examples throughout those workshops as part of their learning experience.

Program Director:

, General Counsel and Managing Director, Procurement Law Office

OPD Program Lawyer

Christine Hunter

This program is accredited for 35.0 Continuing Professional Development hours by the Law Society of Upper Canada (5.5 Professionalism Hours, 29.5 Substantive). For BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, NWT, Nunavut, Yukon, Quebec, New Brunswick and PEI: 32.5 CPD/MCLE credit hours towards professional development requirements; for NSBS CPD: 35.0 credit hours; for NY CLE Board (on-site participants only): 38.5 credit hours in the Area of Professional Practice for transitional and non-transitional lawyers. Also eligible for CLE/Insurance Premium Credits Program off ered by the Law Society of PEI and for Alberta CPD credit with the Law Society of Alberta.