Beyond Trends: Industry Experts And Practitioners Weigh In On What Will Matter Most To Procurement Pros in 2019 No. #2

Posted on February 5, 2019


As a lead-up to my Beyond Trends: Transformational realities redefining procurement panel on March 12th, I reached out to people in the procurement world asking them a simple, and somewhat straightforward question; in your opinion what do you believe is or will be the single most significant development that will impact procurement in 2019?

Okay, and as I said earlier, simple may be an understatement, as there are unprecedented changes on the near horizon that will forever change what we do and how we do it.

In the second post in the series, Stephen Bauld who over 39 years in public and private sector procurement has distinguished himself as a speaker, noted industry author, will share his view on a controversial Bill in Ontario.

Why should you care about a Bill in Ontario, Canada?

While I will encourage you to read Stephen’s series of articles on Bill 66 through the Daily Commercial News link, it is the broader more universal challenges with an open public sector tendering process beyond a localized Provincial Bill and its unintended consequences in that you should note and consider. In short and as Stephen so adeptly put it:

“The government wants to cut through red tape and at the same time develop a procurement process that would allow a completely open bidding system for everyone to participate in. I don’t believe for one minute that the intent was ever to create larger problems to a government procurement process that is already fraught with skepticism.”

With public sector entities attempting to move to a procurement practice that opens up the tendering process to a more significant number of potential suppliers in areas such as construction, are initiatives like a Bill 66 viable without first fixing old problems and contemplating and addressing new ones?

To take it a step further and expand the question to broader procurement efforts in the public sector, will increased engagement through new and potentially looser tendering guidelines lead to more widespread distribution of contracts over the extended supply base than it does today. i.e., a greater sharing of the wealth that is taxpayer dollars?

The questions are many, the answers are few. For this reason, Stephen’s insights apply to any government procurement practice, no matter where in the world.

In the next installment in this series, CPO, Advisor, Author and Global Board of Trustees Member of CIPS David Loseby FAPM, FCMI, FCIPS Chartered, FRSA will share his insights regarding the peer conversations and interactions he has had with the CEO/CFO community.

In the meantime, be sure to reserve your virtual seat for the Beyond Trends: Transformational realities redefining procurement panel.


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