Supporting the three largest procurements in Canada

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It fills us with a great deal of pride and honour to work for a company that is successfully supporting the three largest procurements that the Government of Canada (GoC) has ever contracted.

Globally, Commerce Decisions has experience on some of the largest and most strategic procurements ever carried out over the last 20 years. Our AWARD® evaluation solution, together with our supporting expert services, provides project teams with the confidence that they are dealing with procurement challenges efficiently, meeting the demands of procurement regulations and delivering robust decisions that are open to external scrutiny.  It is because of this global procurement lineage and expertise that Commerce Decisions was engaged to assist in the Bid Evaluation efforts for these large Canadian defence procurements.

You might be wondering at this point what exactly these procurements are? Firstly, the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), followed by the Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP) and then the Future Air Crew Training (FAcT) program.  As a small high level summary of each:

  • CSC: The largest procurement ever undertaken by Canada, value range: $56-60 billion, replacement of the existing Iroquois-class destroyers and the Halifax-class multi-role patrol frigates
  • FFCP: Second largest procurement in Canada, value range: $15-19 billion, acquisition of a new fleet of 88 advanced fighter jets
  • FAcT: Possibly the third largest overall procurement in Canada and the largest ever services contract, for the development and implementation of a relevant, cost-effective, flexible and efficient aircrew training program.

In each project, several GoC departments played a role, including: the Department of National Defence (DND), Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED).  Each procurement project is clearly different, and has its particular focus;

  • for CSC it was buildability, ability to reconcile requirements under contract, cost and value proposition
  • for FFCP it was capability, supportability/long-term relevance of a solution, lifecycle cost/affordability and value proposition
  • for FAcT it is flexibility and adaptability of training service, collaboration, life cycle cost/affordability and value proposition.

All challenging directives to deliver upon, and that is where Commerce Decisions comes in.

Commerce Decisions supports the design, definition and implementation of a robust assessment process to final selection of the product/service required by the procurement team. Each of these large, complex and strategic procurements leverage our unrivalled experience, in-depth subject matter expertise, proven methodologies – including Structured Criteria Development (SCD) and Real Value for Money (RVfM) – and market leading technology, the AWARD® software solution.

We are privileged to support such prestigious Canadian procurements, and I am personally proud of our involvement. If you’d like to understand more about how we are supporting important procurements in Canada, we’d be delighted to hear from you, you can get in touch below. 

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