February 22, 2022 In CCSP
The Canadian Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement kicked-off its 13th year of operations at its first Peer Exchange webinar of the year on February 10th. Returning members, new members, and guests from across the country convened to share stories, plan for the year ahead and welcome our new CCSP Program Manager, Amanda Chouinard. Amanda has been a member of the Reeve Consulting team for a few years and is taking her passion for sustainable procurement to new heights in leading the CCSP.
The CCSP was happy to bring together our network of organizations spanning the entire public sector from all levels of government, universities, and crown corporations. Program Director, Tim Reeve, reiterated the CCSP’s vision for sustainable procurement which is firmly rooted within four pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, Indigenous, and ethical. We also heard about the importance of not only building out the 10 elements of a good program, but also not letting procurements go by without actively integrating sustainability criteria.
We were proud to hear from CCSP members sharing both their 2021 successes and goals for 2022. City of Ottawa boasted both financial savings and significant GHG reductions through the purchase and installation of electric boiler systems. City of Calgary has started seeing the positive impact of their Public Value Through Procurement Policy and Benefit Driven Procurement Strategy. While Thompson Rivers University showed us the community and environmental value of purchasing local tables made from salvaged wood. The City of Winnipeg also spoke to their recently approved Sustainable Procurement Framework, and the City’s plans to refine a 3-year Action Plan for improving social and Indigenous procurement. These stories were just a sneak preview of the 2021 Annual State of the Nation Report (coming soon in March 2022).
Looking ahead, members provided input to the CCSP team on what they’d like to see covered during this year’s Peer Exchanges. Members highlighted interest in topics such as:
- Matchmaking Increasing Indigenous procurement
- Addressing circularity and GHG’s through RFx
- Developing KPI’s and other tools like supplier sustainability assessments
- Incorporating sustainability into commodities like construction, food services, and IT
The CCSP team discussed potential areas of growth for the program, based on the results of the ‘Future of CCSP’ survey. We look forward to continuing this conversation with members as the year progresses.
We also welcomed the 2022 Steering Committee members, a team of inspired leaders ready to provide strategic guidance to the CCSP team throughout the year:
Darren Tompkins, Manager of Purchasing, City of Kelowna
Corinne Evason, Contracts Supervisor, Materials Management, City of Winnipeg
Matt Sutherland, Procurement Leader in Supply Management, City of Calgary
Shelly Morrison, Senior Director, Financial Services and Strategic Procurement, UBC
Erin MacDonald, Senior Procurement Consultant, Finance and ICT, Halifax Regional District
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