September 16-19, 2018
Whitehorse, Yukon

16-19 septembre 2018
Whitehorse, Yukon

Message from the Chair

I am so excited to be taking on the role of Chair for the Canadian Public Procurement Council Forum 2018. This will be the first time that Forum is coming North of 60 and we are so thrilled to show off our beautiful northern territory. When I attended my first forum in Montreal, I was hooked; I knew that I had to get Forum to the Yukon. I have attended Forum every year since and am always impressed, not only by the program and training opportunities, but also by the people. I have met so many amazing people at forum and I am so inspired by the passion that people show for our world of procurement. We all know that public procurement is changing in many ways – not just in the Yukon but also across Canada – so this year’s theme is “Transforming Public Procurement”. At Forum 2017 in Ottawa we asked you what type of program you would like to see so I know that the program we will offer will meet your interests and expectations – from trade agreements to procurement change management to emerging technology. I am so excited to host you to our beautiful territory with a backdrop of stunning and inspiring country. I look forward to welcoming you to Whitehorse in September 2018.

Shanna Epp, Chair, CPPC Forum 2018

Want to have a sneak peek of The Yukon ? Click here!

Why Attend CPPC Forum?

You would like to attend our Forum this year in Whitehorse to live an amazing experience but you don’t know how to convince your supervisor that this event is worth it ? Download our Why Attend CPPC Forum document and show it to your supervisor so he can see what you can get and why you have to participate at the 20th edition of our Forum.


Registration is now open. Click here to access our online form. You will find below the detailed early bird rates.

*Only visa and mastercard are accepted as a credit card payment method.

CPPC                                                                  Member                        Non-member

Full Forum + Pre-Forum Seminar                 $1350                                 $1750

Full Forum only                                                 $1000                                 $1300

One-Day only                                                       $550                                   $850

Pre-Forum only                                                   $350                                   $450

Hotel Registration Policy

Staying at the host hotel or any of the two proposed alternatives helps the CPPC meet its contractual obligations, therefore keep registration fees down. Take advantage of the convenience, camaraderie and savings by staying at the Coast High Country Inn where the event will be held. Attendees choosing alternate accommodations from the three offered will be assessed a $150 surcharge on their registration fee. In your registration process you will be asked to provide your hotel reservation confirmation number so please make sure you complete your hotel reservation first. See below to know how to proceed.

Local attendees: If you plan to commute daily and live within a 100 kilometer radius of any of the three proposed hotels, please include as part of your registration the commute mileage (one way) when registering and you will not be assessed of a 150$ surcharge.

Room Sharing: Attendees sharing a room at any of the three hotels must provide a confirmation number and list all names on reservation for verification and you will not be assessed of a 150$ surcharge.

Staying in Whitehorse during Forum

Although the event will be held at the Coast High Country Inn, we are happy to offer alternatives that are within walking distance from the Coast. Indeed, rooms at the host hotel are limited and we strongly suggest that you book quickly. Alternate venues with whom CPPC has a special agreement for the event are the Best Western Gold Rush Inn where the same rate will be offered and also the Edgewater Hotel where a preferred rate will be offered to CPPC Forum participants. Please note that online booking is not possible at any of these hotels and you must therefore contact the hotel of your choice (email or phone) and provide the groupe booking number to proceed with your hotel room reservation. The contact information for each hotel is provided below:

Coast High Country Inn (Group rate: 169$ + TX):

Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Group rate: 169$ + TX):

Edgewater Hotel (Group rate: 199$ + TX):

Traveling in the Yukon for Forum

Air Canada has been designated as the Official Canadian Airline for the CPPC Forum 2018. Air Canada is pleased to offer a discount on eligible fares to attendees travelling to the convention on flights to the Whitehorse Airport (YXY). The discount is applied to the fare at the time that the travel ticket with Air Canada is purchased. The discount and the fare are subject to all applicable taxes and surcharges. No discount will apply to Tango fares. The discount travel period begins on Sunday, September 9, 2018, and concludes on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. To take advantage of the discounted fares, book your flight at and enter our promotion code in the search panel: ZW9M3RQ1

Moreover, Air North, Yukon’s Airline is very pleased to offer delegates a special rate that allows for affordable and flexible travel to Whitehorse. All delegates booking with the promotion code will receive a 10% discount off of the best GoYukon, Saver or Optimum fare available at the time of booking (taxes, fees and surcharges are extra). All fares are subject to change. Seat sale fares to not apply. Change/cancellation fees subject to the fare purchased. This offer is valid from September 1st to October 3, 2018. For reservations by phone or flight inquiries please call 1-800-661-0407 ext. 107 (within North America) or 1-867-668-2228 ext. 107 (local). Online reservations are also possible by clicking here, the promotion code (CPPCFO18) will be entered automatically in the promo box, you simply have to select your routing, travel dates and number of passengers.

For registrants who are looking to come earlier, stay later or for partners/families during the conference, different tours are offered. For more information, please contact :

Teena Dickson
Whitehorse- Who What Where Tours – Local ‘Day Tour’ extraordinaires
867.333.0475 voice or text

Discount code PRO18 to receive 5% off (book directly with Teena Dickson).

Click here for tour options and information.

Tour examples:
Whitehorse Area
Carcross / Southern Lakes
Kluane / Haines Junction
Hot Springs / Wildlife Preserve / Mt Sima
*New* Skagway / Haines AK

Marketing Opportunities

The CPPC encourages companies who do business with governments at all levels to take this opportunity to meet public procurement officials outside of the confines of a contract negotiation.

Marketing opportunities in the form of exhibit booth space and sponsorships are available for the three-day conference. For more information, click here to download our sponsorship brochure.


Our program for Transforming Public Procurement is now available. Click here to view it and see the preliminary schedule of what will be a great event again this year.  Most of our sessions have been confirmed and we are working on finalizing the last few details in order to offer our participants a program rich in content with workshops and learning activities that will leave you with practical tools to use in your working environment.

Call for Presentations

The Call for presentations period is now closed. However, if you have a proposal to submit that would be in line with the theme of the Forum you can still do so. The program committee may still take it into consideration.

Please email your proposals to  All proposals should include:

  • A creative, concise but descriptive session title;
  • A session overview (50-75 word maximum) which will briefly describe the content and most importantly how it links to our Forum theme and session objectives;
  • Intended format of the session and how you intend to make it interactive;
  • Learning outcomes and takeaways for the participants (please list 2-3 items in bullet form).

As a not-for-profit association, the CPPC does not provide honoraria for session presenters at our Forum. Presenters are responsible for their own travel, hotel and other expenses. A complimentary one-day registration for the day on which the presentation is scheduled is provided.

Selections will be made by the Forum 2018 Program development Committee based on a number of criteria, including topics and benefits to delegates.

Mobile Application

To improve the overall attendee experience and to follow emerging technology trends in event management, the CPPC decided to invest in a mobile application for Forum. Over the past two years we have tackled the learning curve and validated real benefits of this investment. Now, with a growing number of users and the improved ability to communicate with Forum participants, we will offer the experience again this year at Forum 2018.

The app will accommodate all the resources and information needed for attendees to take full advantage of their experience at Forum 2018 in Whitehorse. The app offers an up-to-the-minute communication platform for all users and can supplement and enhance the content of Forum 2018 sessions by including easy access to presentation materials. This means you won’t need to bring paper copies, you can follow along using this app.

During Forum 2018, the app will have all the information on sessions, attendees, speakers, sponsors, social events, etc. It will also allow users to have access to different maps from all of Yukon points of interest to the Forum event location – the Coast High Country Inn.

Users will receive alerts in the app during the event so no one will miss any of the action throughout Forum. In addition, evaluation surveys will be available through the app allowing users to provide immediate feedback on our sessions and on Forum in general, which is great for us to use in our efforts to continuously improve year after year.  Finally, a gamification feature will allow people to live a more interactive experience and the chance to maybe win something!

Stay tuned to download our Forum mobile application before the event !!

We are looking forward to seeing you in Whitehorse in September !