Tips from the CAIDC Contracts Committee and the CIDA Contracting and Policy Departments

Session Summary:

In the course of their professional lives, most Canadian international development consultants find themselves bidding on or being approached to carry out an assignment with CIDA.  Those who work frequently with CIDA find that over time the contracting regulations and processes tend to undergo changes, both minor and major.   Up-to-date knowledge on how the CIDA contracting processes work is therefore a key tool in any international development consultant’s toolbox.

To give conference participants an opportunity to acquire the most up-to-date insights into CIDA’s contracting processes, we are pleased to provide an ‘armchair’ meeting with Mark Lusignan, Director-General of Grants, Contributions and Contracting Management Division, Grants, Contribution and Contracting Management Division (CF-GCCMD), CIDA, and several of his directors of contracting. The session, as we are planning it, will be an informal exchange of questions and answers with Mark and his team on general contracting issues followed by one-on-one meetings on specific ones.  CAIDC members who attended our conference in 2009 will remember that the session in which Mark participated was one of the high points in terms of acquiring a better understanding of the rules of the consulting game.  This year’s session, to be held in the afternoon of May 12, promises to be yet another high point.

 

Speakers:

Mark Lusignan - Director-General of Grants, Contributions and Contracting Management Division, Grants, Contribution and Contracting Management Division (CF-GCCMD), CIDA

Active internationally for more than 29 years, Mr. Lusignan has considerable experience in the design, implementation and management of development assistance and commercial projects abroad. 

As Director General, Grants Contributions and Contracting Management, Mark brings significant first-hand knowledge of CIDA operations and programs at the executive, operational and field levels.  He previously held the positions of Director, Business Operations and Director, Contracting Policy within the Agency

Mark began his career in the Public Service with Consulting and Audit Canada where he was Director of International Services, providing support to CIDA in the mobilization of short term consulting resources, as well as the implementation development programs, primarily in the area of public sector modernization and reform.   

Prior to joining the Government, Mark was a private sector procurement consultant to CIDA, the World Bank, as well as other multilateral development finance institutions and other donor agencies.  He has worked and travelled extensively in developing countries in North, West and East Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

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