E-procurement champion recognized by industry association

Richard Allie’s efforts to bring electronic procurement to DCC paid off in two ways in 2016.

DCC introduced e-bidding in March. And, in June, the Canadian Institute for Procurement and Material Management honoured Allie with the Project Management Award. This award recognizes an individual’s innovation, achievement and leadership when carrying out a procurement project.

James Paul, President and CEO, and Richard Allie.
James Paul, DCC President and CEO (left) congratulates Procurement Specialist Richard Allie on receiving the Project Management Award from the Canadian Institute for Procurement and Material Management on June 8, 2016, in Ottawa.

In 2013, DCC began exploring electronic procurement. Allie, Procurement Specialist at Head Office, carried out research and built a business case. Later, he sought input from the Canadian Construction Association on solution requirements and then issued an RFP for a firm specializing in electronic tendering to provide the service.

DCC rolled out e-bidding in the Quebec Region in March 2016. Allie delivered the first training session to a packed room, and the first official e-tender closed in March with a total of 10 e-bids. Subsequently, training has taken place across the country, and several contracts have been awarded using e-bids. DCC expects to begin accepting companies’ bid security electronically this summer.

“It’s like a snowball. It’s picking up speed and the snowball is growing,” says Allie with pride. E-procurement is also expected to enhance industry access, manage the tendering process more efficiently, and save DCC’s Client-Partners money by reducing the number of overall lowest bidders who are disqualified due to problems with their bid.

Allie, who joined DCC in 2001 after 21 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, retired in early June 2016. “Winning the award is a great exclamation mark on my career,” he said. “It is one of the greatest projects I’ve worked on. It had a lot of technical challenges, and I enjoyed talking to industry about meeting their needs.”


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