Independent review of GNWT procurement launched

Minister Caroline Wawzonek addressing the Legislative Assembly. (Supplied by Assembly NWT Twitter.)
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The GNWT has initiated an independent review of how it contracts and purchases goods and services, known as procurement.

An independent advisory panel appointed by Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Caroline Wawzonek will be evaluating what they learn from engagements into recommendations for the GNWT to consider and implement.

The engagements will take place with Indigenous governments and organizations, elected leaders, the business community, stakeholders and residents.

Wawzonek says that the recommendations that come out of this process will shape GNWT procurement policies in the interest of the NWT economy for decades to come.

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“There is much at stake. We want everybody with an interest in this discussion to be heard.”

The review, which will be taking place over the next four months, is being done by an independent review panel comprised of:

  • Leslie Anderson – an expert in public procurement with over 25 years of public sector employment and consulting experience;
  • Peter Vician – a former public service leader who will serve as the panel’s NWT-based facilitator and;
  • Darrell Beaulieu – President and CEO, of Denendeh Investments Incorporated and spokesperson for the NWT Indigenous Leaders Economic Coalition.

Over 20 engagements have been planned across the territory. There will also be opportunities for NWT residents to engage with the panel as public engagement sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Thursday, February 4th (7pm)
  • Sunday, February 28th (2pm)
  • Tuesday, March 30th (7pm)
  • Monday April 26th (7pm)

The recommendations on the GNWT procurement policies and practices are expected to be delivered to the government sometime this summer.

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