As the public sector procurement landscape continues to experience exponential growth in the broader public sector, OECM focuses on building strong ties with several industry partners – furthering existing partnerships and exploring new ones with other organizations and customers. This approach has been reinforced by endeavours led by the provincial government including Supply Chain Centralization and the establishment of Supply Ontario. OECM is currently engaged in partnership discussions with Supply Chain Canada to help formalize a Professional Development Program at OECM. Supply Chain Canada is Canada’s largest association for supply chain management professionals as they represent 7,500 members in the largest sectors of the economy.
Leveraging OECM’s Sector Success Sharing (SSS) program, OECM is also exploring opportunities for working with the Council of Senior Administrative Officers (CSAO) and Ontario University Procurement Professionals Management Association (OUPPMA). We have also encouraged greater interest in our business and product offerings through the creation of Advisory Committees, allowing for the exchange of valuable ideas and innovative practices. On the Municipal front, OECM has recently established a Municipal Sector Advisory Committee to assist with better understanding the unique needs of the municipal sector, providing strategic advice to further support our municipal customers, and advancing our relationships with municipal leaders in the procurement community.