Program Director

Marilyn Brown

Partner, LXM Law

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Designed by procurement professionals for procurement professionals

Focused on the practical, this Osgoode Certificate is delivered in a live, online format, giving you the opportunity to learn from and network with the leading experts.

The numerous rules governing public procurement in Canada flow from a variety of sources – international trade agreements, directives, legislation, the common law, policies and various socioeconomic factors. The challenges posed by greater supplier competition and demands for ever-increasing transparency, coupled with vigorous legal oversight can, for the uninitiated, result in significant legal liability. This five-day interactive certificate cuts through the legal maze and gives you the skills and knowledge to overcome the most pressing procurement challenges.

Registration includes 120-day unlimited, online access to the recorded program.

What You’ll learn

Public procurement rules and risks overview – the legal framework explained

Principles in strategic sourcing and the procurement process

Key practical strategies to build winning conditions in your purchasing operations

Tips and strategies when preparing the RFx

How to administer the competitive process, including supplier relations, evaluation and selection

How to incorporate active evaluation phases

Techniques to establish and use multi-supplier lists

Principles and tactics in standardization and multi-phase projects

Protectionist policies and trade tensions

Critical trends in public procurement law and practice

Who Should Attend

Procurement specialists and professionals

Government procurement, legal and finance professionals

Contract/Project managers

Lawyers advising public sector purchasers

Lawyers advising vendors to public purchasers

Board members, CEOs and finance, legal and procurement managers of public bodies, including municipal corporations, special purpose enterprises, hospitals, school boards and academic institutions


Program Director

Marilyn Brown

Marilyn Brown has over 20 years of legal experience, with a practice dedicated to government contracting and public procurement law. Marilyn spent the first 10 years of her career as in-house counsel at the City of Toronto, providing legal services to the City’s Procurement Division, followed by 10 years as senior legal counsel at the Procurement Law Office. In 2021, Marilyn joined LXM Law where she practices in partnership with two other experienced commercial, contracting, and public procurement lawyers, Marilyn Clarke and Lise Patry. Marilyn provides legal services to many public sector entities across Canada, working closely with her client’s procurement professionals, senior management teams, and in-house legal counsel. During her many years of practice, she has reviewed and drafted countless procurement by-laws, policies, procedures, and RFx documents, and has provided legal advice and support on hundreds of major procurement projects.

Advisory Board

Marilyn Clarke

Partner LXM Law

Mike Pacholok

Deputy City Clerk, Member Services and Program Support City of Toronto

Heather Tizzard

Chief Procurement Officer, Public Procurement Agency, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Rosslyn Young

Chief Legal Officer, LCBO


Marilyn Brown

Partner, LXM Law

Marilyn Clarke

Partner LXM Law

Umesh Kalia

Manager, Procurement Strategy and Operations, Procurement Office, Regional Municipality of York

Sandra Lisi

National Director of Business Development, Kinetic GPO

Tharshini Markandaier

Public Sector Procurement Executive

Mike Pacholok

Deputy City Clerk, Member Services and Program Support City of Toronto

Rosslyn Young

Chief Legal Officer, LCBO



Oct 21, 22, 28, 29 & 30, 2024

SCMAO members price: $3,895 + TAX (save $400)
SCMAO insiders price: $4,095 + TAX (save $200)

$4,295 + TAX


October 21, 2024

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

October 22, 2024

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

October 28, 2024

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

October 29, 2024

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

October 30, 2024

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

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Professionalism1h 15m
Total31h 15m
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