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An intensive, unique, hands-on program that will demystify common procurement standards – at the local and global level – giving you essential tools to ensure overall compliance and efficiency of procurement practices.

Public institutions are – more than ever before – under the microscope.  It seems almost every decision is scrutinized and governance standards are questioned.  At the same time, international developments are having a significant impact to local procurement practices and governance strategies.   As a procurement professional, advisor, Counsel, or if your work touches on procurement issues with public institutions, the Osgoode Certificate in Public Procurement Governance, will give you expert guidance on how to implement effective governance strategies that address today’s most pressing public procurement challenges and ensure overall compliance in your institution.

In five consecutive, one-day modules, the program – designed and led by internationally renowned Paul Emanuelli and an outstanding faculty of legal and procurement professionals – gives you a thorough grounding in leading procurement practices and standards that you are expected to meet in the governance of your public institution.  Starting with common global procurement standards, you will then explore the foundational concepts of open competition, and delve into core due diligence practices, proactive post-award protocols, and approaches to effective process improvement for procurement governance.

In addition to instructional sessions, the program will focus on practical, real-world situations and provide ample opportunity for hands-on learning, questions, and discussion.


Program Director

  • Paul Emanuelli, General Counsel and Managing Director, Procurement Law Office 


  • Sarah Aspinall, Director, Supply Management, City of Calgary
  • Heather Baker, Senior Procurement Advisor, Procurement Law Office
  • Carl Bonitto, Manager, Purchasing and Risk Management Services, Northumberland County
  • Michael Bowsher, Visiting Professor, Kings College, London
  • Marilyn Brown, Senior Legal Counsel, Procurement Law Office
  • Phil Downie, Manager, Supply Chain, City of Medicine Hat
  • Denise Durie, Manager, Purchasing and Risk Management, Town of Oakville
  • Paul Emanuelli, General Counsel and Managing Director, Procurement Law Office
  • Corry Flatt, CEO, Bonfire Interactive
  • Robin Gallo, Supervisor of Purchasing, Town of Innisfil
  • Claire Hicks, Legal Counsel, IBM
  • Blayne Iskiw, Executive Director, Strategic Contracting, Procurement & Supply Management, Alberta Health Services
  • Umesh Kalia, Procurement Manager, Client Relations & Category Management, City of Vaughan
  • Cameron McCaw, McCaw Financial Consulting Inc.
  • Kelly McGarry, Associate Director, Strategic Procurement Services, Queen’s University
  • Victoria Mirlocca, Procurement Manager, Client Relations & Category Management, City of Vaughan
  • Mavis Nathoo, Director, Legislative and Legal Services, Strathcona County
  • Sarah Neville, Director of Policy Development, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance
  • Omar Salaymeh, Executive Director of Client Success, Bonfire Interactive
  • Rick Squires, Supply Chain Manager, City of St. John’s
  • Christopher R. Yukins, Professor, The George Washington University Law School


Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Visit here for details about financial assistance. The 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.

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.

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 Thomas at dthomas@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

November 16-20, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. EDT 
In Person Only


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

Fee per Delegate

$4,295 + HST

Newly Licensed (2017-Present): $2,147.50 + HST

Supply Chain Canada, Ontario Institute Member Rate: $3,995 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Procurement specialists and professionals
  • Government procurement, legal and finance professionals
  • Lawyers advising public sector purchasers
  • Lawyers advising vendors to public purchasers
  • Contract /Project managers
  • Board members, CEOs and finance, legal and procurement managers of public bodies, including municipal corporations, special purpose enterprises, hospitals, school boards and academic institutions

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Here’s what participants had to say:

“A no nonsense, practical approach to Public Procurement Governance as only Paul can deliver! I learned a lot and cannot wait to re-take it again in 2 years’ time as a refresher.”

“Excellent course …. I gained a tremendous amount of new information”

“Intense and loaded with examples of all things procurement; delivered in perfect mode by Mr. Emanuelli and partners”

“Paul assembled a knowledgeable team of industry players and delivered a week of learning that was on-point and relevant to both me and my company”

“Paul’s passion for the topic was very evident in his delivery. He is a very engaging speaker”

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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