Contract Tendering and Legal Requirements for Municipalities

2017-04-21 9:43:17 AM

This workshop is hosted by Zone 9 and is being held in conjunction with the Spring zone meeting! (Zone meeting April 25-26, 2017). 

The Workshop will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Registration begins at 8:30 am.

This workshop will help you learn about procurement legislation and case law in Ontario, which affects practice. You will understand why procurement is a risky business and how to protect against challenges; review trade treaties including new CETA; cover tender process basics and terminology; and in comparison, we will review sample purchasing by-laws.
What You Will Learn:
  • What is a typical Tender and what are the alternatives?
  • What is the Contract A/Contract B legal construct all about?
  • What does the Duty of Fairness mean for daily practice?
  • How do the trade treaties impact how municipalities procure?
  • Best practices to stay out of procurement process trouble

Why Attend:
Understanding the legal framework of Canada’s law on procuring goods and services will help you organize your purchasing processes to be more effective and efficient, and less likely to be challenged by an unhappy vendor. Seeing the make-up of purchasing by-laws, knowing the range of purchasing tools and hearing about best practices provides concrete answers to the ‘how should we buy this?’ question.

Who Should Attend:
Municipal purchasing professionals and all municipal employees who are in charge of procuring goods or services to see their departments meet their mandates.

About the Trainer:
Elizabeth (Liz) Isajiw, LL.B., M.S.W., LL.M., is Legal Counsel at The Regional Municipality of Peel, practicing predominantly in the area of contracts and procurement. She has also worked at Niagara Region and the City of Hamilton, providing general municipal law advice to Councils and all municipal departments, covering health law, real estate and planning in addition to purchasing/contracts. Liz was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989 and to the Washington State Bar in 1996. She has collaborated in mediation work for government and individuals, worked with social services organizations and given training in the USA, England and Canada. She obtained her LL.M. (Municipal Law) from Osgoode Hall Law School in June 2008. She is a member of the Ontario Bar Association.