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ITAC Health Procurement Workshop

March 21, 2013

Public sector procurement has topped the list of issues impacting the vendor community for the past three years.  Allocation of risk, terms and conditions, the inconsistent application of standards and other factors have converged to stifle innovation and increase the cost and risk of submitting proposals.  This is a national challenge that covers procurements by governments and the broader public sector.

ITAC Health has made public sector procurement our top priority and is seeking your input into how to tackle this challenging issue.  On March 21, 2013 ITAC Health is hosting a one-day workshop at the Hotel Intercontinental in Toronto.  Join Auditor General for Ontario, Jim McCarter, a panel of government and health customers and a panel of vendors to explore the issues and challenges.  Then participate in an interactive workshop to help define the industry’s position and ITAC Health’s go-forward action plan.

Jim McCarter's presentation

Location: Intercontinental Hotel, 225 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario   M5V 2X3

Cost: $250.00 + HST  This workshop is open to ITAC members only.


8:30 – 8:45 AM Welcome and Overview of the Workshop Agenda
Brendan Seaton, ITAC Health President, Procurement Workshop Facilitator
8:45 – 9:00 AM “What's the problem?”
Susanne Flett and Gary Folker, Directors, ITAC Health Board
9:00 – 9:30 AM Keynote address
Mr. Jim McCarter, Auditor General for Ontario
9:30 – 10:45 AM

“Panel of customers – What are their challenges?   What can industry do to help?“

  • Marian Macdonald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Shared Services, Ministry of Government Services
  • Mike Barron, CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information
  • Jeff Barnett, Director of Clinical Informatics, BC Cancer Agency and Adjunct Professor of Health Information Science, University of Victoria
  • Rob Lowry, Vice-President, Procurement and Fairness Advisory Services, SEG Management Consultants Inc.
10:45 – 11:00 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM – 12 Noon “Panel of vendors -- What are their challenges?”
  • David Pattenden, National Alliances Lead, Microsoft Canada
  • Michael Martineau, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, B Sharp Technologies
  • Pat Finerty, Vice-President, Alliances and Business Development, SAS Canada
  • Ken Stevens, PhD, Director of Solution Delivery, Healthcare, Intelliware Development Inc.
12:00 - 1:00 PM Networking lunch
1:00 – 2:15 PM Workshop session - all participants in small groups
  • What real-life procurement issues are you dealing with?
  • How does it affect your business?
  • What can ITAC do?
2:15 – 3:00 PM Summary session
  • Summarize principle findings
  • Identify next steps for ITAC
3:00 PM Adjournment

For more information, please contact Elaine Huesing at (905) 602-8345 x2241 - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Micheline Lepage at (613) 238-4822 x2245 - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hope to see you on March 21st!