Save the Date: Training for Expanded Innovation Procurement Toolkit (IPT) 

Do YOU know how to take innovation procurement at your organization to the next level? Are you missing buy-in from SENIOR LEADERSHIP?

The Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) is running 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

These workshops will bring together a mix of various healthcare procurement specialists, suppliers and senior leadership. On the first day, the morning session will focus on the value of innovation procurement: how it is a strategic and innovative approach to procurement focussed on patient outcomes and increased efficiency to the system while achieving better value for money. We encourage you to invite members of senior leadership to this portion. The afternoon of the first day will take a deep dive into the newly expanded IPT with a mix of small group activities to ensure that you feel confident and know how to use the IPT inside and out. The second day will focus on application and scenario-based activities surrounding the IPT to enable you to make an impact and deliver value immediately.

For more information, visit our Training page.

Friday, April 20, 2018 12:51:00 PM

News From the Innovation Procurement Toolkit Team 

We are well into our environmental scan, and are researching innovation procurement models and early market engagement strategies that have been utilized in Ontario and other jurisdictions (across Canada and the EU/UK). We are keen to observe what worked well in real time (and what didn’t!), and will incorporate lessons learned into our own templates and guides.

We are broadening our stakeholder engagement, meeting with various individuals to gain insights into their experiences with innovation procurement. If you are interested in sharing your stories, contact Sarah directly at

FAQ of the month:  Why is there a need for innovation procurement? Innovation procurement has many benefits. For procuring organizations: innovation procurement allows an organization to potentially identify a new solution that better meets user needs and ultimately leads to increased end-user satisfaction and quality service delivery. For suppliers: innovation procurement can provide early visibility about user needs and help suppliers to better anticipate demand for new products. For society: innovation procurement can lead to economic benefits like the development of more effective services and new markets, and tackle environmental and social challenges through new and innovative practices.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:43:00 PM

First Advisory Committee Meeting 

The Innovation Procurement Toolkit Expansion (IPTE) project is off to a great start! In September we held our first Advisory Committee meeting, with an outstanding group of stakeholders representing a broad range of interests in the healthcare sector. We are currently recruiting to fill the Project Coordinator role, and will shortly begin researching leading practices from Ontario and other jurisdictions. We plan to engage additional stakeholders as part of this process, to ensure we have an informed perspective from people already utilizing these methodologies.

FAQ of the month:  What is innovation procurement? Per the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS), innovation procurement is defined as “the purchase of solutions that do not exist in the market, or need to be adapted or improved to meet specified needs and create value for users and the procuring organization”.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 2:29:00 PM

Sarah Friesen Named Project Manager 

In August 2017, HSCN announced the launch of the Expansion of Innovation Procurement Toolkits and Training project, an initiative to expand the Innovation Procurement Toolkit with tools and templates to support the early market engagement strategies and innovation procurement models identified in the interim BPS Primer on Innovation Procurement recently released by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.  

Zach Pocklington, Co-chair of HSCN, is pleased to announce that after an open competition process, Sarah Friesen has been named Project Manager for this initiative.  Sarah comes very well qualified to manage this important project, having supported the development of numerous other toolkits on behalf of HSCN, and we are thrilled she has agreed to move into the role.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017 2:27:00 PM