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RMWB E-Procurement program rolls out

(Fort McMurray, AB – May 1, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) launched an E-Procurement program designed to make it easier to do business with the Municipality. Businesses are encouraged to register in the program to stay up to date on opportunities to sell their goods and services to the RMWB.  

“We think vendors will find it easier to do business with the RMWB,” said Elsie Hutton, Director of Corporate and Community Services. “The program will help simplify the procurement process, which will allow for more businesses to get involved and successfully compete for Municipal contracts.” 

Residents and businesses that would like to learn more about providing goods and services to the RMWB are invited to a drop-in information session. 

Date: May 29, 2019 
Time: 6 - 8 p.m. 
Where: McMurray Experience, 9909 Franklin Ave., Fort McMurray

Members of the RMWB’s Procurement branch will be in attendance to answer questions and discuss the basic procurement process. Stakeholders already familiar with the procurement process but would like to learn more about developing technical RFP and tender bid packages are encouraged to contact the Procurement branch directly to be notified of future workshops.  

The RMWB will be offering information sessions in the rural communities, as part of the regular Municipal open houses. To keep up to date on information sessions in your community, follow the RMWB on social media, read your local newsletter or visit the procurement webpage for all upcoming sessions.   

The E-Procurement program is replacing the RMWB Vendor Registry. Businesses that have already registered as a vendor are required to re-register in the E-Procurement program. Once registered, businesses will be notified when a new RMWB contract opportunity that matches the commodity code(s) in their profile is posted. 

The E-Procurement program centralizes all documentation, which will help ensure bids contain all the information required to successfully compete for RMWB contracts. The program also allows easy access to required documents and information once a contract is awarded.  

The existing process for all billing and financial transactions will remain the same. All RMWB bid and tender opportunities will continue to be advertised on Alberta Purchasing Connection. 

In 2017, MNP was contracted to conduct an internal audit of the RMWB’s competitive procurement process. The Competitive Procurement Audit recommendations and an action plan were presented to Council on June 12, 2018. Implementing a new E-Procurement program was part of the action plan and has been developed to address recommendations to strengthen and refine the procurement process. 

To register in the E-Procurement program and to learn more about doing business with the RMWB, visit rmwb.ca/procurement.


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