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This unique Osgoode Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice, now in its eighth year, brings clarity to this demanding area. Led by Paul Emanuelli, 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 and issues. You will come away from this program better prepared, and with knowledge, strategies and tactics that you can put to immediate use.

This program is only offered once a year in Toronto – don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to take your procurement skills to the next level.

Across Canada there are thousands of public institutions spending billions of dollars on public projects. The challenges posed by greater supplier competition, the ever-increasing need for transparency and the demand for faster turnaround times, all underpinned by robust legal oversight have made public procurement a complex, high stakes field.

What you will learn:

  • The governing principles and common themes for pro-active procurement
  • Key practical strategies to build winning conditions in your purchasing operations
  • Empowering the project management team: dos and don’ts
  • Best practices for managing risk, enhancing flexibility and accelerating time frames in the procurement process
  • Precision drafting: what you should be doing (and what you should not be doing)
  • Avoiding drafting pitfalls, and creating documents that withstand the turbulence of the tendering process
  • Critical benchmarks that should be assessed when reviewing procurement documentation
  • When (and how) you should be using fairness advisors: bolstering the procurement process
  • Remedies and dispute resolution
  • Managing the inherent legal risks in contract management
  • Avoiding public purchasing paralysis: tips for surviving the red-tape revolution


Program Director

  • Paul Emanuelli, General Counsel and Managing Director, Procurement Law Office
  • Heather Baker, Senior Procurement Advisor, Procurement Office
  • Hartley Borst, Corporate Counsel, Connexall
  • Marilyn Brown, Senior Legal Counsel, Procurement Law Office
  • Claire Hicks, Legal Counsel, City of Brampton
  • Cameron A. McCaw, McCaw Financial Consulting Inc.
  • Shahid Minto, Advisor, Public Sector Oversight
  • Sarah Neville, Legal Director, Ontario Financing Authority


SCMA Accredited

Students who earn a grade of B or higher in the Osgoode Certificate will be exempt from taking the Competitive Bidding and Contract Management workshop towards the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) Designation Program. For more information about the SCMP designation, please visit www.scmao.ca.


Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive a certificate upon completion of The Osgoode Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice. Participants must attend all program modules and successfully complete the take-home assignment to receive a certificate.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
David Mahony at dmahony@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

April 9 - 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT/EST


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$4295 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Procurement specialists and professionals
  • VPs and managers of finance from municipalities, hospitals, school boards and academic institutions
  • Procurement/purchasing managers
  • Contract/Project managers
  • Government procurement officers and procurement managers
  • Municipal lawyers
  • Government counsel
  • Lawyers advising purchasers
  • Lawyers advising vendors to public institutions
  • In-house counsel for vendors
  • Procurement policy advisors

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SCMA Accredited

“Exceptional value for anyone with a serious interest in public procurement. I’m going back to work aware, engaged and inspired to do things better. Thanks!”

Ashley Martin, Ministry of Natural Resources

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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