Annick Champoux, MEnv, Senior Policy Analyst, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Laure Gérard, geo., MSc, Environmental Specialist, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Public Services and Procurement Canada Team: Annick Champoux & Laure Gérard

Taking initiative and working both within and beyond their individual mandates, Annick and Laure have led multiple initiatives to improve the social and environmental impacts of Federal Government procurement practices. Starting by initially identifying the types of procurement that produced the highest GHGs, they began by understanding and eventually implementing sustainability measurements where they could have the greatest impact, while seeking to eventually impose such criteria across the board.  These upgraded policies require both thought around implementation – and lots of training and collaboration, but are now underway, with the development of sustainable criteria for 10 goods and services categories including some innovative and important projects such as the G7 Summit and a new hostelling based working spaces. Meeting sustainability objectives typically counts for 5-10 % of the assessment criteria.

Soledad Reeve

Director, Procurement Transformation Branch, Province of British Columbia

Both green and naturally thrifty, Sol is the perfect person to lead BC’s sustainable procurement practice. She has found unique ways to deliver strategic purchases not just for BC, but also for its municipalities. Example: street lighting is usually one of the top 2 energy expenses for municipalities, and while the business case for switching to LED technology is extraordinary, many don’t have the expertise to buy it. Sol collaborated with peers, BC Hydro and city engineers to pre-qualify vendors that local communities can buy from with confidence. She has also created copy-and-paste verbiage ready to fit into BC RFP documents, which embeds sustainable procurement into the purchasing process.

Debbie Scharf

Director, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada

In 2017, Canadian Energy Ministers released a market transformation strategy for energy equipment in support of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change which represented a significant innovation in Canada’s approach to developing energy efficiency standards for equipment to reduce GHGs and promote adoption of clean technology in buildings. As architect of that strategy, Debbie led an intergovernmental working group over 2 years to reach consensus performance goals for key technologies, and worked with labs to develop targets to drive early investments in promising technologies. Then she engaged 75+ stakeholders to create a road map to overcome market barriers. Continued adoption of the strategy is expected to lead to a 35% reduction in energy use in Canadian buildings.