NIGP- CWC – What’s Happening


Hello People of the NIGP Canada West Chapter!!

It’s a new year and we are starting our dinner meeting programing again!

Please come to our first meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, March 29th at the Ramada Hotel – 11834 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, A6 75G 3J5.

Doors open at 5 pm for cocktails and networking; dinner will be served at 5:30 pm.

COSTS: $35.00 per person for NIGP-CWC.

You can pay at the door or prepay by PayPal. If prepaying by PayPal, please email and our NIGP-CWC Treasurer, Stephanie Galba,  will provide you with an invoice to pay through PayPal.

RSVP* to on or before March 23, 2017 indicating if you will be bringing a guest and if you have any food constraints.

*Monies will be collected for cancellations after March 23, 2017 or for no shows.


During 2017 the Canada West Chapter is offering the following promotion.  Bring a friend/co-worker as your “guest” to a dinner meeting and you will receive a $5 gift card from Tim Horton’s and your guest will pay the member rate for the meal.   If your guest becomes a member within 30 days of the dinner meeting both you and your guest will receive a complimentary meal at the next dinner meeting.

Our speaker for the evening will be the illustrious Chelle Busch, Manager of Vendor & Trade Development Transformation.

She will be speaking to our members about new and upcoming trade agreements and what they will mean for YOU and your public procuring organization.

Topics will include the Canadian/European Union Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and the updated AIT, which will soon be called the Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). She will also include a quick catch-up on all of the current trade agreements our organizations are a Party to.

What she WON’T be discussing is NAFTA. Nope…and you can’t make her.

PLEASE NOTE: The use of caffeine is highly recommended.

Our dinner will be a Greek feast, worthy of all the gods and goddesses on Olympus. It will include:

Greek Salad:

Cucumber, tomatoes, Spanish onion, sweet peppers, romaine hearts, feta cheese & a lemon herb vinaigrette

Greek Plate:

Lemon potatoes, chicken souvlaki, beans & carrots. It is served with warm pitas and a tabletop tzatziki & olive platter.



Two selections of torts, lemon meringue pie, a selection of squares, brownies & tarts, freshly baked cookies, & bowl of seasonal mixed berries

**If you have any dietary restrictions please indicate this when you RSVP and the Ramada will accommodate with a special meal.**

PLEASE RSVP TO THIS EMAIL ( NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, MARCH 23rd to reserve your spot to our first, and very informative, dinner meeting of the year.

Thank you very much.

Your NIGP CWC Executive.


NIGP – Canada West Chapter is currently offering the following courses in Edmonton:

Ethics a Survival Kit for Public Procurement, April 27, 2017

Being ethical isn’t always easy.  Procurement professionals have to make many decisions under economic, professional, social and political pressure.  From the basic day-to-day to the complex decisions, this course is a comprehensive study that will equip the public procurement professional to deal with those decisions ethically.

8 Contact Hours – Qualifies for Non-Accredited Recertification

Instructor: Donna Zeeh Chorley

Cost:      $285.00 (Institute Member)

$385.00 (Non-Member)

Preparing for the Age of Licensing – May 18, 2017

With the influence of ever-changing trends, many businesses are moving from selling goods to instead licensing the use of these goods in order to create streams of revenue. This trend will increase, particularly with the advent of new technologies such as 3-D printing and cloud storage. This course will discuss how these trends affect both the economy and public procurement, and participants will learn how to develop the necessary strategies and techniques for dealing with these changes.

8 Contact Hours – Qualifies for Non-Accredited Recertification

Instructor: Michael Kolodisner

Cost:      $285.00 (Institute Member)

$385.00 (Non-Member)

Developing and Managing Request for Proposals – October 25, 26 and 27, 2017

This course is uniquely designed to prepare procurement professionals to use the Request for Proposals (RFP) process to its maximum potential. The class agenda will identify the process, offer a key understanding of the elements of the proposal, and ascertain ways in which the document can be used to its full capability.

24 Contact Hours – Qualifies for Accredited Recertification

(this course will be posted early in the new calendar year 2017 and another email will be sent once posted on the NIGP National Site)

To get more information regarding these courses and to register, please visit the NIGP National Site at