NOTE – Cet événement est en anglais seulement. Paul Dorion et Chantal Clouthier de TPSGC sera disponible pour des rencontres individuelles, en français et en anglais, avec des membres de la COPA. Pour plus d’information, contactez Nicole Gamble à firstname.lastname@example.org.
|DATE:||Tuesday, May 5, 2015|
|TIME:||7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.|
|VENUE:|| Toronto Airport West Hotel, 5444 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON L4W 2L2
|COST:||1 attendee: $129.00 + HST
2 – 4 attendees: $114.00 + HST
5+ attendees: $99.00 + HST
Join COPA for a half day breakfast conference designed to answer key concerns that business leaders themselves have identified. Experts will address a variety of subjects and provide practical information that leaders can apply to current decision-making.
The sessions are being run concurrently so you can choose which ones are of specific interest to your organization and register key staff members based on the topics most relevant to their department.
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The Government of Canada purchases approximately $20 billion of goods and services each year. This overview from the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) will provide key information about how to sell to the Government of Canada. This presentation will help you:
- Understand the procurement process
- Register in supplier databases
- Build relationships
- Search for opportunities
- Obtain security clearances
- Bid on opportunities
This information will be presented by P. Sivaraj, Regional Director, Ontario Region, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).
This overview will provide an understanding of all the furniture procurement instruments that currently exist in the Furniture and Office Supplies Division at the Government of Canada. This will include:
- The differences between a Standing Offer (SO) and a Supply Arrangement (SA)
- Overview of each procurement instrument that currently exists as SOs (Interconnecting Panel Systems, Remanufactured and Installed Based)
- A summary of the process by which identified users will follow to procure the goods and services and what is expected by the SO holder to bid on these requirements for each instrument.
- Provide an overview of each procurement instrument that currently exists as SAs (Office Seating, Freestanding and RFSA for Work Spaces)
- A summary of the process by which identified users will follow to procure the goods and services and what is expected by the SA holder to bid on these requirements for each instrument.
- New instrument that division is currently working on creating
This presentation will be made by Chantal Clouthier, supply team leader for Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). She is a member of the Furniture and Office Products division where she has been a leader for the past 5 years totaling 17 years of experience in various areas of expertise with PWGSC. She has a good knowledge of the furniture commodity and is responsible for processing procurements from the initiation through to the award phase.
Learn more about the solicitation strategy for the next round of Office Supplies Standing Offers (OSFB-2016) including a refresher on OSFB-2012, the team’s guiding principles and some of the changes being considered for OSFB-2016. This discussion will also include a demo for COPA members to participate in PWGSC’s early engagement via Fluid and a presentation of the new product data provider of record for the next round of Office Supplies Standing Offers.
This discussion will be led by Paul Dorion, team leader, Strategic Support Services Division, Commercial and Consumer Products Directorate at Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).
Like many industries, the office supplies sector is no stranger to mergers and acquisitions. Companies are increasingly joining forces to compete in a global marketplace and expand their operations and product offerings. For some though, the growing competition results in an uneven playing field.
Join this discussion to learn about Canada’s Competition Act, a federal law governing most business conduct in Canada, and what it means for your business. Discussion topics include:
- the types of merger transactions that are subject to review by the Competition Bureau
- the duration of reviews
- factors the Competition Bureau considers
- public disclosure of the Bureau’s findings, and
- question and answer session to address your specific concerns.
This discussion will be led by Sorina Sam, a senior competition law officer with the Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch at the Competition Bureau, an independent federal law enforcement agency tasked with ensuring mergers and acquisitions do not substantially lessen or prevent competition in Canada. Since joining the Bureau in 2008, Sorina has led and assisted teams in a number of high profile merger reviews in a variety of industries including retail, pharmaceuticals, advertising, and agriculture. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Laws and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Prior to law school, Sorina worked in banking for 8 years, primarily in commercial lending. Sorina relies on her extensive legal and finance background and expertise in order to analyze markets by assessing the potential competitive effects of mergers and acquisitions.
Get an update on the status of the Target Canada insolvency class action.
This presentation will be delivered by Lou Brzezinski, a partner at Blaney McMurtry and chair of the firm’s Fraud Investigation Recovery and Enforcement (FIRE) Group. Lou has been actively involved in all aspects of Commercial Litigation and Insolvency. He regularly participates in the investigation of fraud on behalf of major financial institutions. He represents some of Canada’s largest security and investigation firms. Read full bio
Join this discussion to learn about recent legislative changes to Employment Standards, Occupational Health and Safety, Privacy and Human Rights and the case law responding to those changes.
This discussion will be led by Bill Anderson at Blaney McMurtry LLP where he chairs the firm’s Labour and Employment Department. Bill’s 25 years of experience has led to an expertise in complex labour, human rights and employment matters. Besides the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Canada Industrial Relations Board, Bill also appears regularly before our Courts, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and private arbitrators. Read full bio
Learn more about the impact of current and emerging Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations and programs on Canadian businesses.
Extended Producer Responsibility describes the obligation that Canadian businesses have to reduce the environmental impact of their products and packaging. This obligation encompasses waste reduction, recovery, recycling and reuse, and, in many cases, businesses are solely and fully responsible for designing, operating and financing the associated diversion program. It shifts responsibility upstream, away from municipalities and regional waste authorities to the companies that put the products (along with their packaging and marketing material) into the marketplace.
Specifically, this discussion will cover:
- Regulations across the country: Obligations, history, size and metrics from various programs
- The principles of EPR programs: Over 80 programs across the country for a range of materials
- What types of businesses are obligated: Resident businesses and voluntary stewards?
- What’s on the horizon for EPR and Paper Print and Packaging (PPP) programs in Canada?
This presentation will be delivered by Catherine Abel, head of Stakeholder Relations at Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA).
Canadian importing businesses have experienced some real setbacks over the last few months. This is due in part to currency moves against the Canadian dollar—last year, importers were able to buy $1 million dollars’ worth of goods from the US for $1,160,000 CAD; today, importers pay $1,280,000 for the same quantity of goods, a 12% cost increase in just one year! This, in addition to major companies like Target leaving Canada, has made a marked impact on expected profits.
In spite of the dim outlook, there are opportunities for Canadian businesses with a low CAD. With new global trade programs established in very lucrative markets and a low Canadian dollar, it brings together a perfect storm to profit. This discussion with AFEX will help you:
- Protect your profits: Aggressive FX market movements can totally erase profits
- Compete in the market: Businesses will often add excessive margin in their pricing model to cover potential FX rate movements, this often makes their pricing less competitive
- Better estimate FX exposure: Companies often do not recognize their true/complete exposure to the FX Markets, either on certain components or in managing receivables
- Seek the solution not the problem: Learn key advantages associated with a lower loonie
This presentation will be led by Christopher P. Nicholson, Vice President FX, Relationship Management at AFEX. Christopher has 20 years of experience in the Foreign Exchange market and provides guidance to FX Account Executives nationwide. He consults with private corporations and publicly traded companies to effectively manage their foreign exchange exposures and stabilize profit margins, while also providing protection from the negative impacts of the fluctuating currency market.
This conference has beneficial information for purchasing managers, human resources personnel, sales and marketing leaders/personnel, business leaders, and executives. It is recommended for all staff levels in relevant departments.