Enhance your skills and knowledge in this comprehensive, highly interactive online program, 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 in procurement law from across Canada

Over the course of five (5) modules, you will apply critical concepts in interactive workshops. In small groups, you will work with real-life case scenarios and have the chance to develop and refine your skills in a zero-consequence, supportive learning environment. Specifically, you will have the chance to develop a procurement strategy, handle a bid dispute, edit and review an RFx document and get feedback from course instructors.

What You’ll learn

Public procurement rules and risks, including overview of procurement law and analysis of trade agreements

Principles in strategic sourcing and the procurement process

Strategies for developing the procurement strategy

How to collaborate and participate in buying groups

Critical trends in public procurement law and practice, including innovation in IT procurement

Tips, knowledge 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

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

Finance, legal and procurement managers of public bodies, including municipal corporations, special purpose enterprises, hospitals, school boards and academic institutions

Procurement policy advisors


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



View the 2023 program brochure and agenda. A new detailed brochure and agenda will be available soon.


Apr 8, 9, 15, 16 & 17, 2024

SCMAO members price: $3,995 + TAX (save $400)
SCMAO insiders price: $4,195 + TAX (save $200)

$4,395 + TAX


April 8, 2024

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

April 9, 2024

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

April 15, 2024

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

April 16, 2024

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

April 17, 2024

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

Printable registration form

If a downloadable form is required, please contact osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca.

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CPD and Accreditation

OsgoodePD is an accredited provider with the LSO, the Law Society of BC and NY CLE Board. Select your location to view the eligible hours you may claim.

CPD Hours
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Substantive29h 10m
Professionalism1h 15m
Total30h 25m
SCMAOThis certificate has been accredited for 15 CPD Credits

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