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About the Program

This program is part of the Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership and may be taken as part of the certificate program or on a stand-alone basis. Please visit the main page for the Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership for more information.

The purpose of this three-day program is to provide project and program managers with an improved understanding of the context in which companies operate during the time when large procurement projects progress through the various stages including definition of requirements, options analysis, solicitation and implementation.  The program attempts to take Government of Canada employees out of their day-to-day context and transpose them into the roles of business executives who grapple with decisions related to projects to improve their chances of a successful outcome.  The program includes instructor-led presentations, invited speakers from industry as well as exercises and simulations that are designed to allow participants to develop the business acumen needed to form effective relationships with industry and to achieve successful project outcomes.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for government officials with procurement responsibilities such as procurement project managers, bid evaluators, and requirements analysts and will also be of great interest to private sector companies who are suppliers to the federal government.

What You Will Learn

The program will provide participants with an understanding of business acumen as it applies to industries  that supply equipment and services to the federal government, and to the Department of National Defence.

Participants will gain:

  • a thorough understanding of the macro and micro environment in which suppliers and defence companies operate
  • a thorough understanding of what drives profitability
  • an awareness of various financial ratios and metrics that are common in annual reports and financial analyses
  • a market focused approach to the business of  procurement
  • an understanding of business practices and behaviours in trade agreements,  and industrial and technological benefits (ITB) requirements

Program Takeaways

The program will provide participants with:

  • an overall big-picture understanding of the organization of private sector and defence companies and their inter-relationships, enabling better business decision-making


Jim Miller


Registration Deadline

Registration for individual modules will open in Fall of 2024. If you are looking to register, please contact us at to be notified when registration is open.


In person.


Cohort 19: February 10-12, 2025
Cohort 20: February 24-26, 2025


$2,750 + HST
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