Thursday, November 19 - 2020
1:00-3:30 pm EST

We are pleased to present Canada’s Digital Marketplace Event Series 2020-21, starting with our flagship event on Nov 19th to address TECH and GOV driving Canada’s prosperity.

Join us as we explore measures the government and industry must take to help strengthen our country’s potential to regain status as a world leader in the digital economy. This virtual event will focus on how government and industry must work together to ensure the rapid adoption of innovative technology solutions to drive Canada’s economy.

Why Attend:

  • Get showcased & learn how Canada’s Digital Marketplace (powered by TECHNATION) is driving real change with government.
  • Canada’s scale-ups & growth companies will benefit from experts speaking to procurement modernization in action
  • Learn about Shared Services Canada’s agile procurement pilot which seeks to harness the expertise of the private sector in the most efficient way possible.
  • Hear from businesses that have participated in the SSC pilot and experienced true change in procurement.
  • Large enterprise leaders will share opportunities to partner with SMEs and scale-ups to drive innovation.
  • JOIN us Nov 19th as we address TECH and GOV driving Canada’s prosperity.

Who Should Attend:

  • Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) & Scale-ups
  • Public sector & business professionals
  • Large enterprises looking to partner with SMEs

Thursday, November 19, 2020| 1:00 – 3:30 pm EST | Virtual Event

Regularly: $60.00 Early Bird Price: $45.00 until October 30, 2020

Regularly: $60.00 Early Bird Price: $45.00 until October 30, 2020

Special bulk ticket pricing available. Please contact Charlotte Macaulay at

Key Panel Discussions – Keynote & Speaker Details to Follow:

Procurement Modernization in Action – Transforming the GOVTech RFP to Agile and Challenge-based Procurement

Procurement is one of the biggest and most underrated economic levers of government – the largest purchaser of good and services in Canada. Yet, Canada’s most promising technology scale-ups and growth companies do not bid for the more than $6.8 billion spent annually on technology projects, because (RFP) processes are too long, costly, complex, and onerous for their business.

Adopting agile and more accessible government procurement as the ‘new normal’, will result in cutting-edge innovation in the public sector and improved service delivery to Canadians, while fueling our nation’s economic growth. A win-win for Canada!

Panelists will discuss how procurement practices have changed dramatically since the onset of the pandemic, demonstrating that government can indeed be nimbler, and how a collaborative approach between government and industry has proven the benefits of agile procurement.

Showcasing Canadian Innovation – How a recent GOV Procurement is driving much needed transformation

Shared Services Canada (SSC) recently collaborated with TECHNATION to pilot agile procurement that leverages TECHNATION’s unique industry digital marketplace (Canada’s Digital Marketplace, powered by TECHNATION). SSC’s Procurement Process 3.0 (PP3.0) is an innovative procurement framework to improve the ability of SSC to move quicker and produce better results. TECHNATION’S Digital Marketplace is a one-stop shop for public and private sector officials to view the incredible technological solutions on offer across the country.

The objective of the collaboration between SSC and TECHNATION is to see if the combination of the digital marketplace and the simplified submission process under SSC’s PP3.0 could improve business’, especially SMEs’, access to SSC IT procurements.

The panel will include representation from SSC’s Centre of Expertise in Agile and Innovative Procurement, along with a sample of companies large and small who participated in the pilot solicitations to date. Panelists will speak to their experience and observations with regards to the solicitation and explore how this approach could be leveraged as a best practice for agile IT procurement across all jurisdictions.

Big Biz Supply Chain – Helping Canadian SMEs Scale to High Growth

Canada is facing ‘mission critical’ times to drive economic recovery for Canadian Tech small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  The tech industry, especially SMEs, has suffered significant demand and cash flow challenges resulting from the COVID-19 economic slowdown.

Effectively delivering a contract for Canada’s federal government provides significant credibility for a SME. More immediately, when government adopts technology solutions developed by Canada’s technology scale-ups and SMEs, it represents valuable growth opportunities with immediate positive dividends for businesses.

The panel will include representation from TECHNATION’S Digital Marketplace Advisory Council, representative of some of Canada’s biggest tech enterprises. Panelists will speak to why the digital marketplace is a critical step towards transforming digital government and building the digital economy across Canada, and how big tech can enable tech SMEs to participate in the business of government.



In March, TECHNATION (formerly ITAC) launched CANADA’S DIGITAL MARKETPLACE, powered by TECHNATION.  It’s a one-stop shop for public and private sector officials to view the innovative tech solutions on offer across Canada. The goal is to have the federal government procure and adopt solutions from Canada’s technology sector through modernized procurement approaches that are agile, streamlined, and more accessible to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across Canada. This is just one step towards transforming digital government and building the digital economy across Canada.

If your product or service is procurement-ready, please click on “I’m looking to showcase my company” and complete a short intake form.  HERE








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