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Procurement Pathways

Audience: Public Format: Virtual

March 19 at 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Join us on March 19th at 12 PM for an insightful webinar that aims to strengthen the relationship between the engineering industry and municipalities.

For generations, municipal officials and engineering professionals have played a pivotal role in the shaping and delivery of community projects. This panel session will offer attendees the ability to gain unique insights from both these groups as they prepare for the next wave of projects.

From the municipal standpoint, the discussion will reveal the key steps in a project’s life cycle, outlining the political and public challenges encountered along the way.

On the industry front, we will explore how firms respond to RFPs, including the cost and effort that goes into preparing a bid submission.

At the end of webinar, attendees will have a greater understanding of how they can help each other better deliver projects to the benefit of the communities that we all live, work, and play in.

Presented by OACETT and ACEC-Ontario. This presentation will be recorded. Seats are limited to 1000.

Featured Panelists

Ralph Lembcke, P. GSC

Ralph Lembcke, P. GSC, brings over 40 years of diverse experience in construction, blending roles as a contractor and college-level construction professor. With credentials including a certificate in Construction Engineering Technology and Management from Fanshawe College, a teaching certificate from St. Clair College, and a Professional Gold Seal certification from the Canadian Construction Association, Ralph offers invaluable insights. As a former estimator, project manager, and self-employed contractor, he now imparts his wisdom as a part-time professor at Fanshawe College. Ralph’s expertise spans construction contracts, quantity surveying, estimating, construction materials, and building economics. He actively contributes to the industry as a charter member of the Construction and Design Educators Council of Canada and sits on advisory boards for educational and construction organizations. A published author and speaker on mid-century architecture, Ralph also indulges in mid-century themed artistic architectural sculpture in retirement.

Victoria Mirlocca, Q.Arb, CPPB, C.Mgr., C.I.M., NIGP-CPP, CPSD
Chair, Ontario Public Buyer’s Association

Victoria Mirlocca brings over 15 years of supply chain management experience, focusing on procurement, construction, dispute resolution, and contract management. She currently chairs the Ontario Public Buyer’s Association (OPBA), promoting the ethical and effective expenditure of public funds and encouraging excellence in public procurement. Victoria is a Principles Instructor for the OPBA’s certificate program, teaching procurement, contracts, and law courses. Certified as a CPPB, C.I.M., C.Mgr, NIGP-CPP, and Q.Arb, she is highly credentialed in her field. Victoria’s writing prowess is evident through her award-winning articles in industry publications. With a Business Administration Diploma from Georgian College, Victoria blends practical expertise with academic foundation.

Michael Mooney, C.E.T
President, OACETT

Michael Mooney, C.E.T., is a highly respected leader in engineering technology, advocating for accreditation and certification in his field. With technical diploma’s from RCC College of Technology and Conestoga Institute of Technology, he has served as President of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) for 12 years, promoting excellence and professional development. Michael has extensive experience in certification and accreditation, having been Vice-President of the Institute of Engineering Technology of Ontario and currently serving as a Director for Technology Professionals Canada. Beyond his association roles, he is an engineering technology executive and senior consultant with over 20 years of experience. He focuses on advancing the profession, leading renewable energy and public infrastructure projects, and championing ethical and social standards in technological advancements, including Artificial Intelligence. Michael ensures that the next generation of technicians and technologists are equipped to handle both technical and ethical challenges.

Don Holland, BSc. Eng., MBA, P. Eng
Chair, ACEC-Ontario

Don Holland, BSc. Eng., MBA, P. Eng., boasts a distinguished career in industrial and municipal water markets, specializing in project delivery across various approaches including design-bid-build, Public-Private Partnerships (P3), and Design Build Operate Maintain and Finance (DBFOM). With roles ranging from Project Engineer to Project Director, Don’s expertise extends to wastewater process engineering, digital infrastructure, construction management, and project leadership across Canada, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia. Currently serving as GHD’s Canadian Market Leader – Water, he is committed to fostering resilient communities through sustainable water management. Don’s involvement with GHD’s Future of Water initiative underscores his dedication to addressing global water challenges and creating enduring solutions for future generations. Additionally, as Chair of the Association Canadian of Consulting Engineers Ontario (ACEC-Ontario), he actively contributes to advancing the consulting engineering industry.

No cost. Open for all to attend.