Training and Events

Social procurement training and 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.

BCSPI Social Procurement Training, SP-101, Introduction to Social Procurement

Social Procurement 101 – Introduction to Social Procurement

This two-hour session provides a complete introduction to social procurement concepts. Understand the what, why and how of social procurement. Explore social procurement principles, best practices and examples, and learn to identify opportunities and next steps.

Upcoming session:

September 12, 2024

10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

BCSPI Social Procurement Training, SP-201, Social Procurement Implementation

Social Procurement 201 – Implementation of Social Procurement

This three-hour 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.

Upcoming sessions:

October 17, 2024

9:00am – 12:00 pm

BCSPI Social Procurement Training, SP-301, Social Procurement in Construction Projects

Social Procurement 301 – Social Procurement in Construction Projects

This session deepens member understanding of how to effectively implement social procurement by focusing on opportunities within construction and infrastructure projects under $250K. Topics covered include project planning and monitoring, identifying objectives and outcomes and options for unbundling of larger contracts.

Upcoming sessions:

November 27, 2024

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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.

Member Webinar Library

Members can access past BCSPI webinars by signing in to the Member Home. 

Lessons Learned in Supporting Local Governments to Adopt Social Procurement

April 11, 2024

At a time of uncertainty and change, local governments need every tool in their toolkit to address today’s challenges. Procurement is one such tool.

Join us to reflect on the BCSPI to date, and how a collaborative, local government-led initiative supported 45+ local governments to explore and shift their procurement practices, generating significant outcomes. BCSPI co-chairs Mayor Vickey Brown and Councillor Jenna Stoner, along with representatives from the project delivery team and other key players will share lessons learned from the growth and impact of BCSPI.

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 a lively conversation series about what social procurement can do to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities in B.C.

This 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 training

Purchasing Power

During 2022-2023, BCSPI hosted the second season of the Purchasing Power series. We asked how social procurement could:

  • Advance reconciliation 
  • Address poverty
  • Support zero waste
  • Increase housing affordability 
  • Reduce hazardous chemicals

While none of these systemic issues can be addressed through purchasing alone, this series highlights how purchasing, with social and environmental goals and tactics built in, can be a tool for organizations to move towards solutions.

This series wrap-up reviews the overarching themes shared in the 2022-2023 Purchasing Power events, along with specific learnings and actionable steps from each of the topics discussed.

Purchasing Power 2022-2023: Recaps and recordings

How can procurement Advance Reconciliation?

With speakers:

Janine Kruse, Manager, Indigenous and Rural Relations Department

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Matthew Foss, Research & Public Policy 

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)

Tim Laronde, National Director Indigenous Strategy

Chandos Construction


With speakers:

Sue Maxwell, Board Chair

Zero Waste BC

Jane Rushton, Purchasing Manager

City of Nanaimo



With speakers:

Jill Zacharias, BC Manager of Growth and Impact

Tamarack Institute, Communities Ending Poverty

Susannah Cameron, Director of Inclusive Economy


Karen Bruno, Director of Indigenization



How can procurement support housing affordability?

With speakers:

Marla Zucht, General Manager

Whistler Housing Authority

Elizabeth Ballantyne, PhD Candidate,

School of Community & Regional Planning in the University of British Columbia.

How can procurement help reduce hazardous chemicals?

With speakers:

Mathew Coady, Environmental Scientist

SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.

Brendan Woodruff, Director of Sustainability

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Darrin B Derosia, Deputy Counsel

New York State Office of General Services

Purchasing Power

The first season of the Purchasing Power conversations series took place from October 2021 to February 2022. Read the wrap-up to this season of the Purchasing Power series, or visit the links below for detailed session-specific recaps and video recordings. 

We asked, how can social procurement: 

  • Engage Indigenous businesses
  • Support local economies 
  • Increase food security
  • Support diversity and inclusion, and
  • Address climate change

This summary reviews the overarching themes shared in the 2021-2022 Purchasing Power events, along with specific learnings and actionable steps from each of the topics discussed.

How can social procurement engage Indigenous businesses?

With speakers:

Judy Kitts, First Nations Engagement Manager

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

Ron Arcos, Business Development Officer

Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation

How can social procurement Support my local Economy?

With speakers:

Amy Robinson, Founder & Executive Director


Alisha Masongsong, Community Economic Development Planner

City of Vancouver

How can social procurement increase food security?

With speakers:

Heather O’Hara, Executive Director

BC Farmers Markets

Jennifer Reynolds, Co-Executive Director


How can social procurement support diversity and inclusion?

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

How can social procurement address climate change? 

With speakers:

Mayor Karen Elliott

District of Squamish

Yamila Franco, Impact-Driven Entrepreneur