Word from the Co-Chairs

We are truly delighted to be hosting the 22nd annual CPPC Forum in the beautiful city of Calgary this November.  Calgary is accustomed to hosting large events in true Western style such as the Calgary Stampede and Winter Olympics to name just two, I know the Forum will be no different.   Calgary is a city rich with beautiful landscapes, picturesque skylines and urban vibrancy, our Western hospitality provides a dynamic array of experiences that give endless opportunities for adventure!

We are fortunate to have the support from CPPC, and with this support want to create a Forum that encourages the exchange of ideas, information and experiences on procurement-related activities and bring value to the supply chain management function of our member organizations.

The team is creating a program that is reflective of the Vision 20/20 theme, looking back over the past years and what we can do as Procurement Professionals moving into the future. The topics range from drafting competitions through to execution, including areas of technology, sustainability and innovative solutions, etc.

Personally, I love to learn and laugh.  I want to invite everyone to come west and do just that in November!  Let the adventure begin!


Jelena Maric & Cheryl Comeau, CPPC Forum 2020 Co-Chairs

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Why Attend CPPC Forum?

You would like to attend our Forum this year in Calgary 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 22nd 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                $1150                                  $1550

Full Forum only                                                  $800                                  $1100

One-Day only                                                      $400                                    $700

Pre-Forum only                                                  $350                                    $450

Hotel Registration Policy

Staying at the host hotel helps the CPPC meet its contractual obligations, therefore keep registration fees down. Take advantage of the convenience, camaraderie and savings by staying at the Westin Calgary where the event will be held. Attendees choosing alternate accommodations 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. To book you room, please click here to access our hotel registration page with special rates for the event.

Local attendees: If you plan to commute daily and live within a 100 kilometer radius of the Westin Calgary, 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 the Westin Calgary must provide a confirmation number and list all names on reservation for verification and you will not be assessed of a 150$ surcharge


Our program for “Vision 20/20” is under development. Details will follow.

Call for Presentations

The CPPC is inviting proposals for Education Sessions at our 2020 Forum. As a presenter, you will have the opportunity to speak in front of an estimated audience of 150 public procurement professionals. This will be a great opportunity to showcase your successes but also to share best practices related to public procurement. Your contribution to help advance our profession will be greatly appreciated by our participants.

Who attends?

Forum 2020 is unique in serving the broad public procurement sector, which is represented at all levels in all regions of Canada: federal, provincial/territorial, municipal, healthcare, education, NGOs and Crown corporations.

The CPPC attracts delegates and speakers from across the country. This annual conference is an event where decision makers in public procurement come to network, share leading practices and find collaborative partners to support the profession in moving it forward.

Why present?

  • Great exposure opportunity for you and your organization as professional leaders;
  • Contribute to elevate the knowledge base of the public procurement profession;
  • Excellent networking opportunity with other experts and colleagues;
  • Build relationships with the Canadian Public Procurement Council, the leading voice for professionals involved in public procurement in Canada.

Session format

  • Each session is approximately 60 minutes with a 10 minute period for questions and discussion;
  • Sessions should be interactive in the format of workshop, panel discussions or lecture;
  • Sessions should also include hands-on exercises and tools that participants could easily take back to their workplace for immediate use and implementation.

Session objectives

We are looking for creative, out-of-the-box thinkers to come forward and share the knowledge they have gathered in the public or private sector.

How to apply?

Please email your proposal to by March 27, 2020. All proposals should include:

  • A creative, concise but descriptive session title;
  • A session overview (50-75 words 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).

Other information

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 Program Development Committee based on a number of criteria, including topics and benefits to delegates.

Monday Night Social Event at Studio Bell

At once a performance hall, recording facility, broadcast studio, live music venue, and museum, Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre is the first facility of its kind in North America. Rising in nine subtly curved and interlocking towers, and clad in glazed terra cotta, the 160,000 square foot building designed by Allied Works Architecture references acoustic vessels, while providing sweeping views of the Bow River and surrounding cityscape.

Head to the top level of Studio Bell to explore the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Quebec’s ADISQ Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection.

Featuring musical artifacts, one-of-a-kind memorabilia, and tributes to inductees, these collections pay homage to some of Canada’s most renowned music industry icons—from Bryan Adams and Buffy Sainte-Marie to Oscar Peterson and Neil Young.

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 three 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 2020.

The app will accommodate all the resources and information needed for attendees to take full advantage of their experience at Forum 2020 in Calgary. The app offers an up-to-the-minute communication platform for all users and can supplement and enhance the content of Forum 2020 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 2020, 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 Calgary points of interest to the Forum event location – the Westin Calgary.

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 Calgary next November !