Executive Briefing with Pablo Sobrino

Tuesday, March 4 - 2014
7:30 am - 10:30 am
Ottawa, Ontario

For more information – visit the PWGSC Defence Procurement Website at http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/stamgp-lamsmp/sskt-eng.html


ITAC’s March 4 Executive Briefing
“Smart Procurement”, with
Pablo Sobrino, Associate ADM
Acquisitions Branch at PWGSC

New initiatives on Smart Procurement have recently been introduced by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), including the new Defence Procurement Strategy.   Pablo Sobrino, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Acquisitions at PWGSC will provide an update on the latest developments in Smart Procurement, including an overview of the Defence Procurement Strategy.

Join us on March 4 to find out how these changes could impact ICT suppliers, and whether the new Defence strategy for procurement foreshadows things to come.

For more information on the PWGSC Defence Procurement Strategy, click here.

March 4, 2014

7:30 to 8:30 am – Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 10:00 am – Presentation and Q&A

Ottawa Marriott Hotel, Victoria Ballroom North, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa

ITAC Members:  $70.00 + HST
Government Rate:  $70.00 + HST
Non-Members:  $140.00 + HST

Have questions for Pablo Sobrino?  We’ll ask them for you, during the Q&A session.  Send your questions in advance to Cindy Baker.

Registration: Click here to register!


 pablo_sobrino Pablo Sobrino, Associate ADM, Acquisitions Branch  Pablo Sobrino joined Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) in August 2011 as the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Acquisitions Branch. He works with the Assistant Deputy Minister managing a team of over 2,000 employees and delivering an average of more than $14B in acquisitions for 140 government departments and agencies.Most recently, Pablo, along with the Assistant Deputy Minister, and the Acquisitions Branch team, has been leading projects and initiatives to support PWGSC’s mission to deliver high-quality services and programs that meet the needs of federal organizations while ensuring sound stewardship on behalf of Canadians. His tenure has been focused on the improvement and transformation of the procurement function to better support PWGSC’s mission. Some of those projects and initiatives include:
  1. The Smart Procurement initiative, which focuses on conducting early engagement, establishing strong governance, and making use of third-party expertise while ensuring benefits for Canadians. Pablo is focused on making this approach part of the Acquisitions Branch culture.
  2. The National Goods and Services Procurement Strategy, which is part of the Smart Procurement  initiative and through which AB is undertaking a far-reaching three-phase review of 29 spend categories, engaging both suppliers and client departments in reviewing how PWGSC buys goods and services.  This is an illustration of how AB is being a strategic partner to both government departments and suppliers.
  3. Establishment of the new Build in Canada Innovation Program, which replaces the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP) pilot project.  The new and expanded program includes a military component and is aimed at bolstering innovation in Canada.
  4. The replacement of the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR), as part of the Canada First Defence Strategy, which encompasses the principles of the Smart Procurement.
  5. The restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) project and the reprocurement of the Integrated Relocation Program are two other high profile projects he is overseeing closely.

With over 35 years of experience as a public servant, Pablo’s background includes a career with Government Departments and agencies such as: the Canadian Coast Guard, Fisheries and Oceans, and the Department of Canadian Heritage. He began his federal public service career in 1977 with the Canadian Coast Guard, where he served for 23 years. In 2000, Pablo became Area Director for the Lower Fraser area at Fisheries and Oceans Canada and later, Regional Executive Director for Canadian Heritage Western Region.

Prior to joining PWGSC, Pablo worked as Director General, Strategic Policy, Planning, and Research including Cabinet Affairs and the Official Languages Secretariat at Canadian Heritage, and in September 2009 was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy, Planning and Corporate Affairs (CFO).

Pablo holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree from the University of British Columbia.

For program information, please contact Micheline Lepage  or by phone at 613-238-4822 x 2245 or Cindy Baker or by phone at 613-606-1860.

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We look forward to seeing you on March 4!

For more information contact Cindy Baker or Micheline Lepage.


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