In-Person and On-Demand

Supplier Essentials - NIGP Forum 2022 Workshop

The supplier community plays a pivotal role in ensuring successful outcomes for our members. NIGP strives to foster stronger relationships between suppliers and our members—relationships built on mutual understanding, trust and respect for the unique challenges each side must contend with. To help achieve this, NIGP, in partnership with the NIGP Business Council, is offering a Supplier Essentials Workshop as part of NIGP Forum 2022.  

How it works....

The Suppliers Essentials Certificate at NIGP Forum 2022 is designed to provide maximum flexibility and is divided into two steps:



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Learn the core concepts independently with on-demand self-study modules.

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Sunday, August 21

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Boston Convention Center

Come together in-person with your cohort to reinforce concepts and answer questions.

The Supplier Essentials Core Certificate provides suppliers the essential knowledge needed to build a strong and effective relationship with your public procurement counterparts. It enables you to better understand the guidelines, best practices, and potential risks associated with procurement activities to develop productive relationships, seamless processes and more engaging communications. 

Ideal Audiences

Members of the supplier community who wish to become more effective by understanding the unique needs of their public procurement counterparts.  

Key Benefits

This course enables suppliers to have richer, more engaging communications with public procurement professionals, to best position their products and services relative to requirements articulated by the client. 

  • Hit the ground running by accessing relevant and actionable learning
  • Learn with the flexibility of hybrid delivery
  • 24/7 on-demand access from anywhere for a portion of the course
  • In-person segment facilitated by two Master level procurement instructors with the opportunity for a practical Q&A experience.
  • Demonstrate your competency by receiving a digital badge you can share across your professional digital landscape

** Attendance at the live session along with completing all self-paced learning modules and assessments is required to achieve a Certificate.  

Pre-Forum Self-Paced Learning Modules

  • Mission & Public Benefit  (45 min)
  • Ethics, Integrity & Transparency (30 min)
  • Enabling Regulations & Compliance (45 min)
  • Legislation & Legal Environment (60 min)
  • Sourcing & Contracting Methods (60 min)
  • Specification Development (45 min)
  • Evaluation Methods (60 min)
  • Negotiations (45 min)
  • Protest & Appeals (30 min)

In-Person Instructors

Lynda Allair, NIGP-CPP, CPPO

Lynda Allair has nearly forty years’ experience as a public procurement leader within the provincial, municipal and health care sectors.  She has served on several NIGP committees, is a Chapter Past-President and a frequent Forum speaker and moderator.  Lynda instructs public procurement classes for NIGP, the University of Guelph and others upon request, as well as providing consulting services through NIGP's Consulting program. 

Barbara Johnson, NIGP-CPP, FNIGP

Barbara R. Johnson served as a State, City, and Airport Authority Procurement Leader over the course of her career in public service. She serves the Institute members on many committees, task forces, and as a frequent Forum speaker and moderator. Barb instructs public procurement courses for the Institute (NIGP), the Ohio State University, and others upon request.