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2020 RPIC Real Property National Workshop
(Virtual Edition)
One GC: The Art of Integration

Professional Development Day

The RPNW Organizing Committee is pleased to be offering the following training sessions. Each session will run from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm EST / 8:00 am to 1:00 pm PST.

Virtual seats will be limited, so be sure to register early. Multi-session registration discounts are available.

Training options include:


Carbon Management: High Level Strategy and Energy Performance Contracts

The efforts required to reach the GHG emission reduction targets set out by the federal government are still considerable. Although the built environment GHG emissions do not constitute a very large proportion of Canadian emissions, many experts agree that sustainable management of the lifecycle of buildings represents, at least in the short-term, the greatest opportunity to significantly reduce Canadian GHG emission. Indeed, the technology, know-how and financing mechanisms that are required to decarbonize the building stock is readily available.


  1. Learn how to develop a carbon management strategy.
  2. Understand the role of energy efficiency in carbon management.
  3. Master how to leverage energy performance contracts to support the decarbonization of your buildings.

Presented by: Geneviève Gauthier, National Director – Consulting Services, Econoler


Indigenous Procurement

The Government of Canada (GoC) currently has a number of policy instruments to promote Indigenous participation in the federal procurement process:

  • Contract set-asides under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB), created in 1996;
  • Regular contracts: contracts not set-aside under PSAB awarded to Indigenous businesses;
  • Indigenous Benefit Plans / Participation Components;
  • Contracts awarded under Comprehensive Land Claim Agreements;
  • Other Indigenous Procurement activities; and,
  • Indigenous Procurement Modernization Initiative, launched in 2017.

The application of these policy instruments to increase the participation of Indigenous firms to government procurement has not worked as well as anticipated. Further, in 2020, the responsibility for procurement modernization shifted from Indigenous Services Canada to Public Services and Procurement Canada. Focus is much broader, encompassing all of the above, including outreach, training and governance. Doing business Indigenous firms can sometimes differ from their non-set-aside counterparts – establishing relationships and understanding their cultural landscape goes a long way to ensure that we successfully contribute to the economic sustainability and self-determination of Indigenous communities.

Infrastructure, construction, maintenance and energy/greening projects are industry verticals in which Indigenous businesses have capacity to deliver on our needs as GoC clients.  As GoC clients, we can, as a community, support the attainment of the goals being set through the modernisation of Indigenous Procurement policy.


  1. De-mystify the GoC Indigenous Procurement Modernisation Initiative
  2. Facilitate participation of Indigenous businesses in GoC procurement by providing the information, tools and interest to access contract opportunities
  3. Develop the knowledge needed to develop and apply an approach to Indigenous Procurement tailored to each department

Presented by: Indigenous Services Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Department of National Defence, Innovation7


The Art of the Possible: Harnessing Data Analytics for "Real" Results

COVID-19 has changed how we work and live. With everyone under quarantine or self-isolation, we have never been more separate. But unlike previous generations that have endured similar pandemics, we have also never been more integrated globally – thanks to technology. And it will likely also be technology – advanced computing methodologies and data analytics – that will help us as a society, and as real property professionals, recover faster from the impacts of the pandemic.

We also recognize that the federal government Real Property community need now, more than ever, to leverage the advancements in data analytics to make sound decisions for their teams – and for Canadians.

What data do federal real property professionals need to manage their properties? How can they harness the latest technologies – Big SCADA, Internet of Things, Machine Learning – and data analytics to harvest intelligence that will enable them and their organizations to make the best decisions possible? Ones that result in real results: cost savings, reduced greenhouse gases, improved occupational standards – even improved relationships with the Canadians you and your departments serve?

Our four-part webinar series will guide you and your team through the elementals of best practice data analytics for federal real property professionals. We will begin by reviewing the types of data federal real property experts need to collect to make key decisions, where to find-or collect-good data, and the basics of best practice data and data analysis. Then we'll review relevant case studies where data analytics have been applied in four main Real Property domains: procurement, project management, asset management, and operations. In our third module, we'll ask participants to engage in a practice case study applying data analytics to achieve sustainability goals, and we'll end with an interactive panel discussion with data analytics experts moderated by a federal real property expert.

Our proposed workshop will be delivered as a four-part series:

  • Part I: Federal real property data analytics 101
  • Part II: Case Studies in Real Property
  • Part III: How Data Analytics Can Support Your Sustainability Goals
  • Part IV: Panel discussion: Where data analytics is taking real property

Presented by: Stantec Consulting Inc. and PwC.


Asset Management for Reducing Risk and Improving Resilience of Your Organisation

Asset management is an organisation's ability to realise value from its assets, whether they are physical or intangible, by finding an optimized balance between cost, performance and risk. First, an asset management framework will be highlighted including the following topics: strategy and planning, asset management decision making, life cycle delivery, asset information, organisation and people, risk and review. Second, the manner in which managers approach risk and resilience will be discussed in more detail with consideration of the changing workplace. Third, two case studies on the management of assets will be presented for gathering asset information, turning data into dashboards, enabling decision-makers and reducing risk. Specific attention will be provided on how the new workplace will impact the process of managing assets throughout their lifecycle, such as HVAC systems and how property managers can better integrate workplace indicators, such as a suitability index.

Presented by: Institute of Asset Management – Canada, University of Ottawa, VFA


Public Private Partnerships – From Theory to Contract Management

The purpose of the session is to provide participants with:

  • an introduction to the theory of public private partnerships;
  • an overview of the federal program and services context;
  • an understanding about the key components of P3s such as:
    • business case development;
    • delineation of approval processes and timeframes;
    • the conduct of technical and Value-for-Money studies and their role in P3 procurement processes;
    • the development of contracts and the associated myriad of annexes;
    • the evaluation and screening of potential projects;
    • the high standard of transparency in the procurement process; and,
    • contract management.

Presented by: Public Services and Procurement Canada


Government of Canada Accessibility Strategy

The purpose of the session is to provide participants with:

  • an introduction to the Accessible Canada Act, the “Nothing Without Us” principle, and what it means to federal departments;
  • an overview of the extensive consultation taken both in advance of the legislation and in the development of implementation strategies – including some statistical information;
  • a comprehensive presentation relating to all aspects of the Government of Canada’s Accessibility Strategy/ Agenda including:
    • the Treasury Board submission;
    • the responsible departments;
    • the governance model;
    • the five main goals;
    • the action plans relating to each of the five main goals;
    • the timelines;
    • the required regulations – why, who, what, when; and,
    • the priorities identified and action plan prepared for implementation.

Presented by: Office of Public Service Accessibility, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat; Accessibility Office, Public Services and Procurement Canada; Employment and Social Development Canada, Public Safety Canada, Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization


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