Learning and Events

CAUBO provides a wide variety of professional development offerings for the benefit of its members, including our annual conference, online courses, workshops, and webinars. We also produce a Guide to Communications in a University Context, available online in its entirety. Click here to view a list of past events.

Upcoming Events

Free Webinar: Strategic Procurement Webinar Series - Collaboration / Strategic Sourcing (Session 2) - Thursday, February 13th, 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST

*Please note this webinar is delivered in English only*

Date and Time: Thursday, February 13th, 12:00-1:30 PM EST

Target Audience: This webinar is directed towards procurement directors, managers and operational staff. Senior administration responsible for procurement and finance may also realize benefits in participating.

What Role Does Collaboration Play in Strategic Sourcing?

Strategic Procurement has been a topic of active discussion in many business sectors in recent years. What does this movement mean for higher education and what does it really look like?

This webinar is the second in a four-session series, building on the importance of collaboration discussed in the first Procurement webinar ‘What does a Strategic Approach to Procurement Look Like?’ and focuses on strategic sourcing.

Observations and experiences from two university executives and the Chief Procurement Officer from BCNet, will be shared from both administrative as well as operational perspectives.

Topics that will be explored include:

  • What are the attributes of a tactical vs. strategic approach to sourcing?
  • What value can collaboration and strategic sourcing bring?
  • Making the transition from tactical to strategic sourcing.
  • What does success look like at Western University and Queen’s University?
  • How can success be measured?
  • How can regional/provincial initiatives be leveraged?

Participants will hear real experiences and will gain some practical ideas to use in their respective workplaces. There will be opportunities for interaction in the webinar through live polling and for a tailored discussion in a Q&A segment based on submitted audience questions following the presentation.

Gwen Toole
Community Practice Leader, CAUBO Procurement TLAG

Gwen Toole is the former Director of Purchasing Services at the University of Saskatchewan and former Chair of the CAUBO National Procurement Committee. Her purchasing/supply management career spans over 37 years in the public and corporate sectors including post-secondary education, mining, electronics manufacturing, construction, media advertising and the hospitality industry.

In 2012, Gwen received the Ken Clements Distinguished Administrator Award for her leadership, commitment and contributions to her institution, her profession, CAUBO and the Western Universities Supply Management Association (WUSMA). Upon retirement, she was recognized by Supply Chain Canada (formerly known as the Purchasing Management Association of Canada) with an Honorary Life Member Award.


Dennis Silva
Chief Procurement Officer

As the Chief Procurement Officer of BCNET, Dennis Silva is responsible for developing and guiding collaborative sourcing strategies and category management programs to achieve savings and benefits for the Advanced Education Sector in British Columbia. Dennis and his team serve as lead agency for sector wide contracts and initiatives. Working with twenty-five public Post-Secondary Institutions, The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training, and the vendor community, Dennis has a proven track record in creating partnerships to deliver value to stakeholders.

His career has spanned over two decades in both the corporate sector with Best Buy Canada and public sector with the University of British Columbia. During his time in those organizations, he has led various transformational strategies and employed concepts to build capabilities around vendor and category management, sustainable purchasing strategies, and procurement leadership development.

Kelly McGarry
Associate Director
Queen’s University

Kelly McGarry joined Queen’s University’s Strategic Procurement Services department as a Procurement Specialist in 2008, and currently holds the role of Associate Director. Prior to joining Queen’s, Kelly’s career in the pharmaceutical industry spanned 10 years in supply chain management with roles as Procurement Leader and Logistics Manager.

Kelly has a unique skill set that encompasses experience in both private and public sector procurement. Operating within a research-intensive institution, her deep understanding of policies and procedures related to granting agencies has been invaluable. She has applied strategic oversight while achieving operational objectives. Recently, Kelly was a leading member of the Queen’s team for the successful implementation of a new procure-to-pay system, including an e-Procurement tool and revamped credit card program.

Peter Jeffs
Acting Director, Procurement Services
Western University

Peter Jeffs has been the Acting Director of Procurement Services at Western University since June 2018, after advancing through multiple roles in his 34 years at Western. Peter’s major achievements are focused on many complex technology-based procurement projects and more than 15 Best Value Business Model (BVBM) procurements that he has led. Throughout his career he has consistently applied himself to higher learning and is currently completing a Masters of Science (Procurement stream) at Arizona State University – Ira Fulton School of Engineering. Peter’s research is in the area of Barriers to gathering metrics in Canadian higher education procurement.

CAUBO 2020 Annual Conference, June 14-16, 2020, Toronto, ON

From June 14-16, 2020, the Annual CAUBO Conference takes place in Toronto, hosted by the University of Toronto.

The annual conference is CAUBO’s flagship professional development event. It brings together Canadian university administrators working in a variety of functional areas including finance, human resources, treasury, procurement, facilities, internal audit, risk management and IT.

Conference sessions focus on trends and hot topics in higher education administration in order to send delegates home with best practices and information they can put to use immediately. There are also multiple social and networking opportunities where attendees can connect with friends and colleagues while they enjoy great food and entertainment.

CAUBO has secured a room block at the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto. Hotel rooms are sure to book quickly – Reserve early to make sure you get to stay in the official conference hotel!

When planning this year’s budget for travel and professional development, be sure to put CAUBO 2020 on your list!

Visit the CAUBO 2020 website for the latest updates as they become available.


Other Events of Interest

As events become available, CAUBO will provide updated listing of professional development events hosted by other organizations that CAUBO members may find to be of interest. These listings are submitted by the hosting organization and are not endorsed by CAUBO. If you are hosting an event that you would like to see listed here please contact CAUBO’s Associate Director Tamara Nemchin at tnemchin@caubo.ca.

In an effort to expand professional development opportunities, CAUBO has partnered with NACUBO and its Eastern chapter, EACUBO, to offer reciprocal member pricing on events. Visit www.nacubo.org for a list of upcoming events. If you see an event you’d like to participate in, contact the Communications and Membership Coordinator for the appropriate discount code.