Browsing All posts tagged under »Stockwell Day«

My Most Memorable Radio Segments

September 7, 2017


Isn’t it funny that you do not realize how quickly and imperceptibly time slips away? You blink, and your newborn baby girl is suddenly twelve and talking about boys. By the way, to all prospective suitors, I carry in my trunk at all times a shovel and a bag of lye – just saying. Anyway, […]

Buy American 2017: Is It Just The Current Version Of The Same Old Song?

May 16, 2017


Back in 2010, I had the opportunity to talk with then Canadian Trade Minister Stockwell Day regarding what was at the time a contentious issue between Canada and our neighbor to the south. I am of course talking about the swirling controversy regarding the Buy American legislation that according to the Minister had more to […]

Do single-source contracts really increase the risk of impropriety in procurement?

March 3, 2016


“Untendered contracts increase the risk of impropriety in procurement,” Ricard said, describing single-source contracts as a type of  “higher risk” transaction. – from March 1st, 2015 CBC New article $85M contract with Manitoba Hydro was not tendered While Provincial auditor general Norm Ricard acknowledged that he had not evaluated the $85 million contract between Manitoba Hydro and Tetra […]

In the Year 2020 . . . Workforce

July 12, 2011


As posted this past past Friday, each day this week I will be providing my take on the top 5 predictions for the year 2020 from Bob Lohfeld’s July 7th Washington Technology article aptly named 5 predictions for the 2020 market. Today we tackle prediction number 2, the workforce. Lohfeld’s prognostication: The workforce will be […]

Given the focus of this week’s posts, the Contracting To Win Keynote is worth a replay

June 29, 2011


In April 2010 I delivered a keynote on transparency in public sector procurement to senior government executives in Washington, D.C. at the 3rd Annual Business of Government Summit. Given this week’s focus on procurement in the public sector, I thought that a replay of our audio synchronized PowerPoint would be very interesting given the nature of the […]

Are Discriminatory and Preferential Government Procurement Practices Damaging to International Trade? One Might Think So . . .

April 2, 2011


Discriminatory or preferential procurement practices can take several explicit forms, including “outright exclusion” in which foreign bidders are excluded from the tendering process (for example, defense contracts are often, but not always, reserved for domestic suppliers).  Under “preferential price margin,” purchasing entities accept the bids of domestic suppliers over foreign suppliers as long as the […]

Washington Dispatch No. 6: PWGSC Probe Underlines the Facade of Transparency

May 31, 2010


OTTAWA – Public Works and Government Services Canada ordered an investigation into the contracts awarded to an Ottawa real estate consulting firm following allegations of its close relationship with the senior bureaucrat who manages the government’s real estate holdings. from “Probe ordered into contracts with consultant by Kathryn May, Ottawa Citizen (February 2nd, 2010) As […]

New SlideCast Feature: Contracting To Win (Washington Keynote Summit 2010)

May 6, 2010


Check out our new SlideCast Feature which synchronizes the audio from my Washington Keynote address at the 2010 Government Summit, with the corresponding PowerPoint Slides. Note: also be sure to continue listening after the presentation for a bonus excerpt of my interview with the then Canadian Trade Minister Stockwell Day regarding the Canada-U.S. Buy American […]

Does the Present Buy American Accord By-Pass Popular Opinion Relative to Protectionism

February 5, 2010


In the October 1st, 2009 Procurement Insights post titled “Buy American Policy: Economic Imperative or Popular Opinion,” I provided an excerpt from my interview with Canada’s Trade Minister Stockwell Day regarding the basis for the Buy American policy. It was of course the Minister’s expressed belief that popular American opinion surrounding protectionism was the basis […]

Buy American Announcement Expected to Open US Markets to Canadian Suppliers

February 5, 2010


Last evening Judy Bradt contacted me suggesting that we bump our scheduled 3rd segment in the 7-Part “Seven Steps To Success” Series on winning government contracts. According to Judy, a Washington-based expert author on government contracting practices, the Canadian Government will announce today: A BAA waiver on the remaining stimulus money and, a Canadian “sign-on” […]