Training & Events

Social procurement training & events

BCSPI offers core social procurement training sessions and subject-specific webinars designed to help governments and institutional purchasers implement social procurement practices across their purchasing. Members get free unlimited access to core training and all other webinars and events. Non-members can access webinars and other events at cost.

SP101 - Introduction to Social Procurement

BCSPI Social Procurement Training - SP101

This session provides a complete introduction to social procurement concepts. Understand the what, why and how of social procurement and how it can play a role in COVID-19 recovery. Explore social procurement principles, best practices and examples, and learn to identify opportunities and next steps.

Next Scheduled Sessions

September 8, 2022 | November 7, 2022

SP201 - Social Procurement Implementation

BCSPI Social Procurement Training - SP201

This session digs deeper into implementation and connects social procurement outcome measurement with achieving local social and community development objectives. During this session attendees will work through a variety of procurement scenarios in groups from setting objectives, to including them in bid language to measuring outcomes.

Next Scheduled Sessions

October 4, 2022 | November 24, 2022

SP301 - Social Procurement In Construction Projects

BCSPI Social Procurement Training - SP301

This session focuses on the implementation of social procurement in construction and infrastructure projects under $250K. Topics covered include project planning and monitoring, identifying objectives and outcomes and options for unbundling of larger contracts.

Next Scheduled Sessions

November 1 and 4, 2022 | November 29 and December 5, 2022

Social procurement training webinars

BCSPI hosts social procurement training in a variety of subject-specific webinars featuring procurement and industry experts. These sessions help provide purchasing professionals with knowledge and learning to support implementation.

This webinar will highlight the first BSCPI Annual Impact Measurement Report for 2021/2022, which shares the combined impacts of BCSPI members implementing social procurement across the province. Join this webinar to learn about key findings, stories and trends revealed in the report.

Following the 30-minute webinar, there will be an additional 30-minute tool spotlight showcasing two new BCSPI member tools: a post-award contract survey and a KPI survey for prime and sub-contractors.

Impact Measurement Matters: Webinar and Member Tool Spotlight

Wednesday 28 September, 2022 - 09:30 - 10:30am

Social procurement events

BCSPI’s events showcase the power and possibility of social procurement. The Purchasing Power series in 2021 and 2022 will convene special guests who are experts in their fields to discuss how social procurement can help address the most pressing issues facing our communities.

social procurement events

BCSPI presents: Purchasing Power

Are you interested in learning more about social procurement and how it can benefit the wellbeing of local communities?Join us for six lively conversations about what social procurement can do to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities in B.C.

This six part speaker series, hosted by the British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI), features leaders who are putting the principles of a social value marketplace into action, and explores how local governments and institutions can use purchasing power to address the issues that matter to your community.

social procurement events

With speakers:
Judy Kitts, First Nations Engagement Manager
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
Ron Arcos, Business Development Officer
Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation

social procurement events

With speakers:
Amy Robinson, Founder & Executive Director
LOCO BC
Alisha Masongsong, Community Economic Development Planner

City of Vancouver

social procurement events

With speakers:
Heather O’Hara
Executive Director
BC Farmers Markets
Jennifer Reynolds,
Co-Executive Director

Nourish

social procurement events

With speakers:
Nerissa Allen, Co-Founder and President
Black Business Association of BC (BBABC)
Dugan Selkirk
Business Advisor for the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Community Futures BC

social procurement events

With speakers:
Mayor Karen Elliott
District of Squamish
Yamila Franco, Co-Founder
Nyoka

What Participants Are Saying About BCSPI Training

“Great session! I found sharing with staff from other local governments really helpful”

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“Helped identify opportunities for social procurement”

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“Thanks! Worthwhile session”

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“I found sharing with staff from other local governments most helpful”

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“Thanks! It was a great afternoon – very informative”

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“Before this session I didn’t understand the potential for impact”

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“Thank You! Very well laid out with excellent materials”

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“I enjoyed the great brainstorming about how social procurement could be used in our organization.””

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“Very knowledgeable presenters”

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“I look forward to implementing social procurement in my projects”

"I look forward to learning more about social procurement and implementing the practice more going forward in my projects"
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"I look forward to learning more about social procurement and implementing the practice more going forward in my projects"

“Thank you for an informative session”

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“Great session, I’ll recommend it to others”

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