Peter A Allard School of Law

Anti-Corruption Law Program: Protecting Procurement Systems from Abuse – Government and Private Sector Approaches

This ACLP Seminar will provide an opportunity for participants in an interactive session with our experienced panel to explore measures that can be used to protect purchasing organizations and procurement suppliers from unethical or illegal conduct in the operation of procurement processes. Substantial financial losses can arise from the many abuses that can be associated with procurement, and non-compliance with relevant regulations can result in significant penalties. These potential abuses include money laundering, fraud, bid rigging, kickbacks, corruption, cronyism and other kinds of favoritism in violation of anti-competition legislation. Our expert panel will consider the areas of potential wrong doing that may arise within the procurement systems, and will provide practical advice to mitigate the risks of those issues from the perspectives of both the government and private sectors.

 Our panelists bring diverse views to the discussion, and will address such questions as:

  • How can organizations adopt management controls that are cost–effective and proportional to their organization’s unique risk profile?
  • Which common law, statutory and commonly recognized best practice standards about procurement are most effective in governing  the flexibility of procurement methods and protecting procurement systems from abuse? 
  • How can purchasing organizations assure potential bidders that their procurement processes are fair and free of abuse?
  • Since Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build implementation models differ at the procurement stage, how should abuse prevention measures that apply to these different situations also reflect the integrity needs of these different procurement contexts?
  • What procurement system abuses are the most insidious and tend to catch purchasing enterprises by surprise?
  • How can international anti-corruption initiatives inform our discussions?

This event qualifies for 2.0 CPD credits.
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Co-hosted by Centre for Business Law, Transparency International Canada, and the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform & Criminal Justice Policy

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Panel Moderator:
Dr. Daniela Chimisso dos Santos - Principal Consultant, Invenient Solutions Consulting Inc.

Panelist:
John Singleton, QC - Partner Singleton Reynolds LLP
David Hubner - Vice President, Infrastructure BC
Joe Ringwald - VP Mining at Selwyn Resources
Neill Stansbury - Co-founder and Director of the Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre, UK
Paul Townsend - Townsend Risk Advisory


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