Our Leadership




Executive Officers

Officers are designated by the Board of Directors.

Kimberley Murphy, President

Kimberley Murphy has been with the Nova Scotia Government in the Procurement division for the past 13 years. In her current role as Manager of Procurement Engagement, she is responsible for developing and delivering information on the policies and processes of public procurement for internal and external groups. Included in that group is the supplier community where Kimberley has focused much of her efforts to engage suppliers in the public procurement process through events, on-line resources and by participating in the Atlantic Supplier Development team where she served two terms as Chair. Kimberley joined the Board of Directors in October 2016 after chairing the CPPC Forum held in Halifax.

Jelena Maric, Past President

Jelena Maric has led the City of Airdrie Procurement since August 2015. She accepted the position in Airdrie leaving The City of Red Deer Purchasing and Risk Management  Section after ten great years. Prior to getting involved in procurement and risk management field, she held a claims adjuster position with Wawanesa Insurance for nine years. Jelena moved to Canada nineteen years bringing eight years’ experience as  a civil litigation lawyer. Jelena has her law degree and bar exam from her home country. She is also a Certified Insurance Professional (CIP), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), has Advanced Certificate in Public Procurement and is working towards the completion of the Enterprise in Risk Management designation. Jelena’s education and work experience provide broad range of expertise covering the different aspects of procurement. Jelena continues to progress her passion for public procurement using every opportunity to share her experiences and learn from others. “It is an honour to serve on the CPPC Board of Directors.”

Vincent Vu, Vice-president

Vincent is the Director of Purchasing Services for the City of Levis, the 7th largest city in the province of Quebec. With over 25 years of experience in leadership and management in the municipal sector, he developed his expertise in process optimization, strategic planning, change management, project management as well as strategic sourcing. He has also been an active member of the board of the  Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Quebec (AGFMQ) for over 10 years and he contributed, in collaboration with the CERIU (Expertise and Research Centre on Urban Infrastructures), to the development of the model of “performance bids” (DOP). He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Laval University with a Chartered Professional Accountant professional designation. He was elected on the CPPC’s board of directors in 2014 and is proud to help promote this national network of procurement professionals.

Shanna Epp, Vice-president

Shanna was born, raised and educated in Ontario. Shanna moved to the Yukon in 1994 where she worked for Holland America. She fell in love with the Yukon the first day she arrived. After working for Holland America she went on to work at a bank, first as a teller and then as a personal banker. Shanna began working for the Yukon government at Environment in 2000. Shanna has worked for various departments including Economic Development, Tourism and Culture. In 2014 Shanna joined the team at Procurement Support Centre. Since 2014 Shanna has been working as a Procurement Advisor with the Procurement Support Centre. Shanna organized the first ever Industry Conference in 2015 and continues to work with industry partners on this great event. Shanna has been bringing vendors and YG together as never before, engaging with stakeholders such as three chambers of commerce and spearheading the Reverse Trade Show- another new event for the Yukon. Shanna also facilitates a variety of training for YG staff at various levels and has started some vendor outreach session on ‘Doing Business with Government of Yukon’. Shanna recently organized one of the events during the Royal Visit in Fall of 2016. It was publicly recognized as a great success. Shanna also enjoys volunteering, especially as Chair of the Child Development Centre director for school council and VP of Whitehorse Woman’s Hockey League.

Mark McCulloch, Treasurer

Mark has been in the procurement and logistics profession for over 22 years. He brings a mixture of government and private industry experience. Mark has an MBA, a CPP designation from the Purchasing Management Association of Canada and a P. Log. from the Canadian Logistics Institute. He currently is the senior manager of procurement, logistics and contract support services for the Government of Nunavut. Mark works out of the home office in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Mark joined the board of Directors in 2009.

Monique Whitehill, Director and Secretary

With over 25 years of public sector experience, Monique Whitehill joined the University of Manitoba four years ago to manage a new IT Procurement Centre. Previously, she worked for 5 years as Director of ICT Procurement at Manitoba Innovation, Energy & Mines (Business Transformation & Technology, Province of Manitoba). She also served for 15 years at Manitoba Lotteries Corporation – primarily as the Director of Purchasing. Other public procurement and contract management expertise was acquired at Western Canada Lottery Corporation and Manitoba Health Organizations. Monique has earned her Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation from the Supply Chain Management Association, as well as a Certificate in Management (CIM) designation from the Canadian Institute of Management. She was elected to the CPPC Board of Directors in 2013.

Board of Directors

Kimberley Murphy, President
Jelena Maric, Past President
Vincent Vu, Vice-president
Shanna Epp, Vice-president
Mark McCulloch, Treasurer
Monique Whitehill, Director and Secretary

Hugh Amiel, Director

Hugh has worked in both Public and Private Sector Procurement for the past 15 years and has spent the last four at University Health Network, one of Canada’s Largest Research Hospitals. In his current role as Director for UHN Procurement, Hugh worked to develop new Procurement Policies and Standardized Procurement processes across the organization. He has overseen the development new systems for tracking Procurement activity as well as the implementation of an Online Procurement Evaluation tool and an Electronic Document Signing tool. Prior to joining UHN, Hugh was a Manager of Procurement at Shared Services West where he provided procurement and contract management services to both clinical and non-clinical hospital clients. Hugh has a Degree from York University, a Leadership Certification from University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, and holds a Certification in Public Procurement Law and Practice from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Asad Chughtai, Director

Asad Chughtai, Director of Purchasing Services, City of Vaughan, has diverse and extensive public sector experience in supply management, logistics, procurement and contract management for three levels in government here in Canada and abroad. Prior to his work in the Municipality of Vaughan and Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) in Canada, he held different procurement, logistics, supply and materials management positions for federal government procurement abroad dealing with international manufacturers as well as agencies of the United States government participating in complex multi-million dollar procurement projects. He is member of many North American Purchasing Professional Associations and holds a CSCMP designation from the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, and the CPPB and CPPO from National Institute of Governmental Purchasing USA. Asad joined the Board of Directors of the CPPC in 2011.

Shelly Flahr, Director

Shelly Flahr has led the City of Red Deer Procurement Section since August 2015. She began her career with the City of Red Deer when she moved back to Canada from Alaska in 1997. Prior to getting involved with procurement for the City of Red Deer, she owned an electrical company and heavy equipment rental company along with her husband in Alaska. Shelly has earned her Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation from the Supply Chain Management Association, as well as her Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) designations from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC). Shelly was elected to the CPPC Board of Directors in 2016 and Shelly is honored to serve the CPPC Board.

Melinda Nycholat, Director

Since joining Defence Construction Canada in 1988 as a junior engineer, Mélinda has served the Corporation in various capacities and locations across the country. Some significant undertakings include managing the construction contract for a $20 million Design/Build Hangar and Taxiway facility for 14 Wing Greenwood, as well as serving as the national client liaison for 1 Canadian Air Division. Mélinda was appointed Director, Contract Services in August 2008 and Vice-President Operations, Procurement in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Université Laval. Mélinda is an Owner representative on the Canadian Construction Documents Committee and sits on the Steering Committee of the Institute for BIM in Canada. Mélinda is also honoured to serve the CPPC Board and looks forward to contributing her expertise as a procurement specialist. Melinda joined the Board of Directors of the CPPC in 2008.

Caroline Bogner, Director

Caroline Bogner is the Senior Director, Procurement Services at Concordia University in Montreal. Caroline has over 18 years of public procurement experience spanning various sectors across Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. Prior to Concordia University, Caroline’s positions  included Senior Manager, Category Management and Procurement Operations at Metrolinx in Toronto, Director of Strategic Sourcing and Logistics at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Associate Director, Procurement at the University of Toronto, Director, Procurement at Alberta Infrastructure in Edmonton and Procurement Manager at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal. Caroline enjoys contributing to the various excellent strategic initiatives of the CPPC Board.

Maureen Mayne, Director

Maureen is a Senior Manager of Strategic Procurement for the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa, leading the Business Partner / Senior Category Specialists.  Prior to working for the Mint, Maureen worked mainly in Supply Chain in the manufacturing (private) sector.  Maureen has over 20 years of experience in Procurement and Supply Chain, and holds a CSCMP, CPSM designation through the Supply Chain Management Association and the Institute For Supply Management respectively.   She has been with the Mint for nearly 14 years working in various portfolios including a secondment for 2-1/2 years as a Senior Project Manager for the Mint’s largest construction project, while they expanded their Winnipeg facility in 2011 – 2013.  Maureen is looking forward to sharing her public procurement and supply chain knowledge and connecting with a large network of procurement professionals across the country.

Patrick Turbide, Director

Patrick is currently Director of the acquisitions division of Quebec City’s Procurement Service, where his team is responsible for the centralised process of tenders and bid proposals, as well as offering counsel to the Service’s clients with regards to the procurement strategies of technical goods and services, as well as professional services. Prior to coming back to work in his home town in 2013, Patrick held various leadership positions in the motorized recreational products industry, managing multidisciplinary teams in R&D projects, where he developed an extensive expertise in contract management, strategic sourcing and continuous improvement. Patrick holds an MBA from Laval University and, as a lawyer, was called to the Quebec Bar in 1999.

Nadine Clément, Director

Nadine Clément has been working in the procurement and contracting field for over 10 years within various department within the Public Service and with the House of Commons since September 2012. Nadine has an executive MBA and is a Certified Federal Specialist in Procurement.  Nadine has been at the House of Commons since September 2012 as the Manager, Contracting Services and now as Deputy Director, Corporate Procurement and Contracting. Nadine led the procurement reorientation of the negotiated RFP and also played a major role implementing the requisition and purchasing module of the new financial system.


Stephen Terry, Director

Stephen Terry began his procurement career in the early 1980’s at Canada Revenue Agency and the City and Regional Municipality of Sudbury. After moving to the private sector as the regional Purchasing Agent for Cascades Resources (currently Spicers Canada), he joined the Board of the Rainbow District of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, and fulfilled the positions of Event Chair and of District President. In the late 90’s  Stephen was transferred to Cascades Resources head office in Mississauga, and enrolled in part-time studies at Ryerson University, joining the Board of the Ryerson Continuing Education Students Association. Moving to Halifax in 2003, Stephen was the Atlantic Operations Manager for Cascades Resources, responsible for operations in NS and NL prior to leaving the company in 2003 for a return to the Public Sector. Stephen has been a Senior Consultant at HRM for 12  years. A lifelong learner, Stephen has continued his professional development in Halifax with a focus on Procurement Law.

Lisa Timmers, Advisory Member

With over 20 years of procurement experience, Lisa Timmers offers strategic perspective and enthusiasm in contributing as an advisor to the CPPC Board of Directors. Lisa is currently the Procurement Manager at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where she is developing procurement tools that guide best practice through strategic tendering, contract management and development of SRM framework. Previously, Lisa was the Manager, Procurement at Manitoba Housing and Community Development where she successfully led the procurement department through organizational change as the annual budget increased by over 600 percent. This was delivered through strategic tendering initiatives, (standing offers and SLAs), team output benchmarking, collaboration and development of best practices, staff reorganization and lean initiatives, all while improving the internal customer experience and procurement process governance. Prior to public service, Lisa worked in private sector supply chain roles for 10 years. Lisa currently holds a Certificate in Management (CIM) from the University of Manitoba, is working towards her SCMP designation through Supply Chain Canada and has specific training in Project Management and LEAN facilitation. Lisa is most passionate about social, sustainable and environmental procurement initiatives.


Francois Emond, Executive Director

François was nominated as Executive Director of the Canadian Public Procurement Council in March 2013. He will continue the development of our organization in making it the Canadian reference in public procurement while continuously providing greater value for our members. François has been actively involved with the council as a member of the board of director for the past two years. He is a graduate from the University of Sherbrooke where he earned an MBA degree. His knowledge but also his leadership contributed to build a solid experience in the field of procurement in both the private and public sector first as a professional but also as a manager over the last 17 years. He first worked for Bombardier Aerospace for a little over six years where he took different roles in procurement and continuous improvement initiatives. More recently, he was employed by the City of Quebec, in the procurement service, as manager of acquisitions, a position he held over the past four years.

Standing Committees

Training and Professional Development Committee

  • Shanna Epp: Committee Co-Chair & CPPC Vice-President
  • Kimberley Murphy: Committee Co-Chair & CPPC President
  • Kathleen Muretti: Committee member & CPPC Strategic Relations Representative
  • Vincent Vu: Committee member & CPPC Vice-President
  • Shelly Flahr: Committee member & CPPC Director
  • Jelena Maric: Committee member & CPPC Past President
  • Hugh Amiel: Committee member & CPPC Director
  • Stephen Terry: Committee member & CPPC Director

Canadian Forum on Public Procurement 2020 Committee

  • Jelena Maric: Forum Co-Chair & CPPC Past President
  • Cheryl Comeau: Forum Co-Chair
  • Jane Burns: Committee member
  • Jeanne Pankiw: Committee member
  • David Tirebuck: Committee member
  • Ahmed Saffar: Committee member
  • Ian Babey: Committee member
  • Teresa Rusk: Committee member
  • Shelly Willitts: Committee member

Communications Committee
Membership Committee
Outreach Services Committee