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

January 25 and April 11, 2023

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

February 28 and May 3, 2023

SP301 - Social Procurement In Construction Projects

BCSPI Social Procurement Training - SP301

This two-part 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

March 30 and April 4, 2023, and June 27 and 29, 2023

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.

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Purchasing Power Season Two

Are you interested in learning more about how procurement can benefit local communities? Join us for the second annual Purchasing Power series. 

Hosted by the British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI), this series features leaders who exploring how local governments and institutions can use the power of purchasing to address the issues that matter in our communities.

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How Can Procurement Get Us To Zero Waste?

December 15, 2022 | 12-1pm

Are you interested in learning about zero waste and how your purchasing can support systemic changes to promote sustainability?

In this event, speakers will explore how procurement can get us to zero waste. Kristi Fairholm Mader, moderator and Project Manager for BCSPI, is joined by two leaders in this area: Sue Maxwell from Zero Waste BC, and Jane Rushton from the City of Nanaimo.

How Can Procurement Help Address Poverty?

February 1, 2023 | 11am-12pm

Are you interested in learning about how your purchasing can support systemic changes to promote community wealth and work to reduce poverty?

In this event, speakers will explore how procurement can support communities to help address poverty. Emma Renaerts, moderator and BCSPI project delivery team member, is joined by three leaders in this area: Jill Zacharias from Tamarack Institute, and Susannah Cameron and Karen Bruno from EndPovertyEdmonton.

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Recap: Purchasing Power Season One

Revisit the highlights from Purchasing Power’s first series in 2021/2022 where we explored how social procurement can engage Indigenous businesses, support local economies, increase food security, support diversity and inclusion, and address climate change. 

Event recordings and recaps are linked below, or get the high level takeaways in the 2021/2022 Series Wrap Up.

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

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

City of Vancouver

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

Nourish

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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

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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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“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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