Simplifying procurement process in action: meet our judges
The past weeks have been positively exhilarating (and a little exhausting) in many ways. We're currently in the midst of a very exciting project: in July, we launched our new Open by Default Portal Pilot. This was just the beginning of an incredible journey to simplify the government procurement process.
The process so far
In partnership with Public Service and Procurement Canada, we published a call for proposals on July 26th that sought innovative concepts to improve our Open by Default Portal Pilot. Our goal was to reach as many Canadian suppliers as possible in the digital sector.
To support this new process, we held French and English webinar sessions on August 9th. We presented the challenge to prospective bidders and answered their questions in real-time. The questions and answers were then published under the tender notice for Canadian businesses who were unable to attend the webinar.
Following the close of the bidding process on August 16th, we've been evaluating proposals in preparation for the final step: up to ten Canadian suppliers will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of five judges on September 13th. Jaimie Boyd, Alannah Hilt, Gareth Keane, Mélanie Robert and Nicole Verkindt will hear the finalists present their ideas and choose a winner, an approach inspired by the famous Dragons' Den television program.
Meet our judges
You can follow Jaimie Boyd on Twitter @jaimieboyd
You can follow Gareth Keane on Twitter @garethekeane
You can follow Mélanie on Twitter @MelRobrt
You can follow Nicole Verkindt on Twitter @NicoleVerkindt1
Following the selection of a winning proposal, the work to improve our Open by Default Pilot Portal will advance in earnest. Stay tuned to hear about the winner of this process!
Sarah Bérubé recently started the Advanced Policy Analyst Program with her first placement at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, on the Open Government team.