Lynda Allair, CPPO has forty years of experience as a Public Sector Procurement Leader, involving policy development, post-merger amalgamation of functional groups, complex acquisitions, project implementation and change management, as well as business transformation within the provincial, municipal and health care sectors.
Lynda retired from the BPS Supply Chain Secretariat, now a division of Supply Chain Ontario, for which she was a Project Lead providing project management advice and support to the broader public sector to modernize supply chain processes.
Lynda is a Content Developer and Instructor for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. She also instructs courses in public procurement at the University of Guelph and others upon request, as well as providing consulting services through NIGP's Consulting program. She is a frequent speaker at NIGP Forum and other public sector events. She is a Past President of the Ontario Public Buyers Association chapter of NIGP and served nearly ten years as a Canadian Public Procurement Council (CPPC) Board member from its inception.
She is a Lions Club member, a Library Board member, Chair of her local Church Board and volunteers within the community.
On the Faculty of:
Alternative Dispute Resolution;
Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing; and
Risk Management in Public Contracting.
Barb is the former Agency Procurement Officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She also served as the Procurement Manager for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and the City of Columbus. Barb is currently serving on the NIGP Certification Commission. Barb has served on the NIGP Board of Directors and many Public Procurement Institute committees and task forces. In 2014, NIGP honored Barb with a Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the Institute, the Procurement Profession and the entity she served. In 2008, NIGP recognized Barb as the Manager of the Year Awardee. In 2019, Barb co-developed the Pathways Module entitled "Mission and Public Benefit." In 2010, she co-authored the update to the text entitled “Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector.” She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Procurement (JOPP.) Barb has instructed courses and workshops for The Ohio State University, NIGP-The Institute for Public Procurement, ISM – Institute for Supply Management, and many others upon request. Barb instructs many of NIGP's Pathways Courses as well as Risk Management, Legal Aspects and more.
Format: Virtual Instructor-Led
Contact Hours: 45
The NIGP Public Procurement Associate Designation Bootcamp is a 3-week blended course consisting of on-demand courses and live instructor sessions. The offering is a great way for someone new to public procurement needing to get an in depth onboarding to the public procurement industry. Topics covered in the designation include everything from: the strategic function of public procurement within the entity, public procurement legislation and regulations, ethical considerations, and potential issues, developing procurement plans, cost and price analysis, requirements planning, source selection, managing end user relationships, negotiations, and the contract award process.
Lynda Allair & Barbara Johnson
Online Live Learning Event (OLLE)
OLLE attendance is mandatory and is required for successfully course completion. OLLE meeting link and login information will be distributed via email at the start of the course.
OLLE schedule is as follows:
Monday, November 01 12-1PM EST
Monday, November 08 12-1PM EST
Monday, November 15 12-1PM EST
Followed by 3 days of live instructions: November 17 - November 19, 10 AM - 7 PM EST
Public Procurement Designation Intensive (Member)
Public Procurement Designation Intensive (Non-Member)
Public Procurement Designation Intensive (Member) $1,250.00 Public Procurement Designation Intensive (Non-Member) $1,350.00
Registration provides the learner access to three of NIGP's Pathways core certificates presented over 3 weeks:
Week 1: 1 hour of live instruction, remaining time self-study: Foundations of Strategy and Policy.
Week 2: 1 hour of live instruction, remaining time self study: Foundations of Planning and Analysis.
Week 3: 1 hour of live instruction, followed by 3 full days of instructor-led training on Foundations ofSourcing and Contracting.
This offering is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:
Mid-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as senior buyers, managers, directors, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.
Non-procurement managers and supervisors who either provide procurement functions that support entity programs under delegated authority, or who already have a good understanding of basic procurement principles but wish to get more in-depth, hands-on training.
Professionals who are employed by local governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly funded or created entities) who either serve within or manage the procurement function.
Supplier managers and supervisors seeking to understand the public procurement function from a more in-depth holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.
A capstone activity and assessment complete the course.
Once assessments are completed with a passing score, learners are awarded the Designation digital badge and certificate. This recognition is a great way for practitioners to show their skills and knowledge across competencies that are at the heart of the public procurement function.
Three-week, digitally-based learning experience housed in Aspire that includes live learning events.
Windows Vista SP2 or newer
Mac OS 10.5 or higher
Linux/Unix (any recent version)
Sound card and headphones or speakers (some assignments have audio components)
Registration and payment must be received 24 hours prior to the course start date. After this time, registrations will be based on space availability. A full refund, less a $75 administrative fee will be given for cancellations made in writing 31+ days prior to the seminar date by emailing RegistrationInfo@nigp.org. No refunds are given for cancellations received within 24 hours of the seminar start date. There are no refunds for no-shows. If the seminar is cancelled for any reason, NIGP's liability is limited to the registration fee only.
Attendee substitutions within the same agency may be done at any time with email notification to NIGP. If attending via scholarship, please provide documentation verifying the scholarship issuer's name and contact information in lieu of payment information.