Digital Marketplace

Disrupting Government Procurement – Canada’s Digital Marketplace

Canada’s governments have long had the reputation of being difficult to do business with.  Procurement has been non-inclusive, resulting in our innovative leading-edge scale-ups resorting to doing business around the world, but not in Canada. Large corporations and multi-nationals have described government procurement processes as obsolete, and not in touch with the rapidly changing technologies available in market.

Through Canada’s Digital Marketplace (DM), the support of our DM Advisory Council, and a true collaboration with Shared Services Canada (SSC), together we have shifted the paradigm.  Other departments and levels of government are now pursuing this model as a best practice. Government Agile Procurement pilots are proving effective, and this program is expanding enterprise-wide opportunities in the Tech sector for all companies from Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to multinationals.

Supported by a growing alliance of 10 National Partners, 20 Community Outreach Partners, and over 500 registered technology companies from across the country, Canada’s Digital Marketplace has been instrumental in the disruption of government procurement.

Canada’s Digital Marketplace

The Digital Marketplace is an open-source business intelligence platform that is accessible to all tech-based companies across Canada, to register and showcase their areas of technology specialization and experience.

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TECHNATION launched a new Digital Marketplace events series in 2020.

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Agile Procurement

In May 2020, Shared Services Canada (SSC) and TECHNATION agreed to collaborate on an Agile procurement pilot involving SSC’s Agile Procurement Process 3.0 (APP3.0) and Canada’s Digital Marketplace.

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TECHNATION is working with Shared Services Canada (SSC) on a new initiative called ScaleUp, a collaborative approach to increase the diversity of bidders on government contracts.

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National Partners

National Partners help us enable the much-needed transformation of procurement in Canada, and the evolution of Canada’s Digital Marketplace to support this transformation.

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Community Outreach Partners

TECHNATION currently has over 20 Community Partners from across the country (including many provincial associations) thereby creating a truly Canadian eco-system.

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