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The Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) is running FREE two-day workshops for its newly-expanded Innovation Procurement Toolkit (IPT) that will provide comprehensive training on:

  • The value of innovation procurement
  • How to use the newly expanded IPT
  • How the IPT can support you in the procurement of unknown solutions

HSCN will be delivering the second round of Innovation Procurement training sessions in September and October. These FREE workshops will enhance understanding of the value of Innovation Procurement and explain how to use the Innovation Procurement Toolkit (IPT). Through skills labs and other group activities we will do a deep dive on various elements such as Early Market Engagement Strategies, Outcome-based Specifications and Value Based Evaluation Criteria. Participants will mix with healthcare procurement specialists, suppliers, innovators and other key stakeholders in a stimulating learning environment geared to arm them with a new set of skills.

These workshops are designed to demonstrate how innovation procurement is a strategic enabler, focused on improved patient outcomes and increased efficiency to the system while delivering value for money. Core information is provided through pre-reading plus information sharing on day one of the training. The emphasis, however, is on skill development, starting day one with activities to build confidence in using the tools and templates. On day two, groups work on scenario-based activities focused on the application of innovation procurement strategies, so they can use the toolkit to deliver value immediately.

The series of workshops will be held across Ontario as follows:



DATE 2018


Toronto GTA

May 28, 29

Delta Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

655 Dixon Road, Mississauga, ON

Erie St Clair/South West

June 5, 6

Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre

591 Wellington Rd. S.

London N6C 4R3

Champlain/South East

June 12, 13

Holiday Inn & Suites - Kanata

101 Kanata Ave., Kanata K2T 1E6


September 17 & 18 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Room 2
100 Pony Drive, Newmarket, ON  
L3Y 7B6


September 20 & 21 

Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre
Pearson Room
3060 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9

Toronto (Downtown)

September 24 & 25 



October 10 & 11

Towneplace Suites by Marriott Sudbury
Murray Room A & B
1710 The Kingsway, Sudbury, ON P3B 0E4



The expanded IPT provides healthcare procurement professionals with a single point of referral and resources to support their activities in developing and conducting procurements for innovative solutions. The IPT contains guidance on innovation procurement, including early market engagement strategies and innovation procurement models intended to encourage the adoption of innovation by Ontario’s broader public sector (BPS), which includes publicly funded healthcare organizations. The IPT is in alignment with the Interim BPS Primer on Innovation Procurement.

With the rapid advancement of new technologies and solutions occurring in the Canadian healthcare environment there is a heightened awareness of the impact innovative technologies have on patient, provider and system outcomes.

“The training sessions will leave participants with a very clear understanding of the many tools, templates and guides contained in the toolkit,” explains Project Manager Sarah Friesen, who will be leading the workshops. “The sessions will explain how the tools can provide support to healthcare organizations in their quest to procure innovative solutions.”

Susan Smith, General Manager, HSCN, adds, “We are excited for health service providers to attend the workshops and learn how to use the toolkit to deliver value to their organizations while also enabling improved patient outcomes.”  


This project is funded by OntarioBuys, an Ontario government program, which makes investments to support innovation, facilitate and accelerate the adoption of integrated supply chain, back-office leading practices and operational excellence. OntarioBuys helps drive collaboration and improve supply chain processes in Ontario’s BPS.