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Supplier Forum – Best Practices on Doing Business with the Federal Government

November 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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The Government of Canada purchases between $15-$20 billion of goods and services each year.

If you are interested in learning how to navigate the government procurement process, this session is for you.

Join Zach Stewart, President of Willcox Door Services and Barry Payne, Indigenous Procurement Specialist of Procurement Assistance Canada on November 16th  at  12.00 p.m. as they share their experience  in doing business with the Federal Government.

Barry also consults with the Federal Government on Procurement for the Indigenous community and will provide insight from the government perspective.

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12pm – 1pm Forum

  • Whether the Government of Canada buys your goods or services
  • Understand the contracting process
  • Take advantage of the procurement information on CanadaBuys
  • Understand the security clearance process
  • Bid on opportunities
  • And so much more

1pm – 1:30pm Q&A

1:30pm – 2pm Breakout room networking session

The breakout room networking session is with the aim to give suppliers an opportunity to network and suppliers will be grouped  by industry.


Meet with our speakers

Barry Payne is a socio-economic entrepreneur. From humble beginnings, he grew his first start-up venture Adirondack Technologies Furniture Inc from his basement of his home on the Hiawatha First Nation to the  3rd largest supplier to the Canadian federal Government, this venture had allowed him to expand into a variety of other entrepreneurial activities, which included, Adirondack Information Management, which provides Information Technology, Engineering, Professional and Administrative Personnel to the private and public sectors across Canada, and OnNation, a leading national provider of technology solutions, cyber security solutions and digital transformation platforms, for business,

Barry has personally been involved in over $200M in various types of contracts with the Canadian Federal Government.

Not a person to sit around during retirement after exiting his business ventures Barry has recently accepted a role with PAC (Procurement Assistance Canada) PWGSC to assist them in reaching out to and encouraging equity deserving groups (LGBTQ2S), Indigenous and persons with disabilities, racialized communities and women businesses to increase their bidding efforts on federal government contracts, but also to assist these businesses in utilizing his over 20 years experience sharing.


Zach is the President for both Nivee Cyber Security and Wilcox Door Service Inc. He is a graduate of University of Toronto in Digital Enterprise Management and Sheridan College in Digital Communications. Zach’s background is Native Canadian and Trinidadian, and a proud member of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow, Yukon, Canada. He is based in the Toronto area and provides his security services across North America.










November 16, 2022
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm




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