Global Supply Chain Specialist

The Global Supply Chain Specialist program will introduce you to opportunities and strategies for doing business with all levels of government and other sectors (federal government, provincial governments, municipalities, crown corporations, federally regulated industries and the private sector). It provides you with the knowledge and expertise to sell to and buy from governments. The program will also introduce students to the procurement landscape in other country contexts including Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. This program is ideal for business owners interested in doing business with governments worldwide, aspiring professionals who want to make a career in the global procurement and supply chain sector, as well as any government employees who procure and buy products and services for their department.

July 4th, 2022
*In special circumstances, there might be an additional cohort with an earlier start date. Contact us for more details.

What you'll learn

How to prepare your business to bid for and acquire lucrative government contracts
Navigate the RFQ, RFP, and RFI processes
Properly negotiate and manage contracts to improve business outcomes
How to transfer skills and knowledge between public and private procurement systems
Get familiar with policies and regulations that govern public sector procurement


The purpose of this introductory module is to learn the concept of public procurement as well as the principles and guidelines on how governments and governmental agencies purchase goods, services and works using public funds. The module will walk through the public procurement process and the sequence of activities starting with the assessment of needs through awards to contract management and final payment.


The Role of the Buyer

This Module is conceived as an introductory overview of concepts that every student who wishes to become a practitioner in the discipline of Supply Management may experience. Some of the concepts, appropriate to the discipline and some standard terminology are introduced. These include the roles, basic duties, some differences between basic buying and Procurement Specialists, a brief introduction to the formation of Contracts, and some things students might expect to encounter. Several of these concepts will be more fully explored in Course Modules to be delivered later in the program. This Module is designed to increase student awareness of the career path they may choose, and stimulate further questions, thoughts, and research on the part of the students. Student follow-up directly with the Module Instructor is encouraged, as is an independent exploration of the concepts introduced.


Public Sector Procurement

This module will provide students with an introduction and overview of procuring goods, works and services within the public sector. The module will introduce students to the conception of public sector procurement and the overriding principles that govern how, globally – public sector organizations procure their goods, works and services within these remits. The module will introduce the basics of the different mechanisms used in public sector procurement and the best routes to attain value for money within a regulatory framework. The purpose of this module is to equip students with an understanding of the importance of exercising public procurement within a regulatory framework.


Private Sector Procurement

This module will provide students with an overview of procurement in a private, for-profit context. Although the desired outcomes almost always align in both public and private procurement, there are radical differences in approach, process, and efficiency. This module will compare public and private procurement so that students would be able to work in and transfer between either context with confidence.


Basic RFX Processes for Goods, Services, and Construction Procurement

In this module, students will learn about the types of procurement and how to differentiate between them. ​Students will also learn about the trigger for procurement, the meaning of RFx, how to differentiate between RFI, RFQ and RFP. Students will explore the basic process flow for RFI, RFQ and RFP.


Details of RFXs, Proposals, and Response

This module will help students successfully navigate the RFP process. An RFP is most often used to acquire government goods and services. A successful RFP process will support the principles of fair, open, and transparent procurement; it will satisfy the government’s business requirements; and it will meet the expectations of government policy, applicable trade agreements, and common law.

Contract Negotiations and Management

This course provides learners with an emphasis on understanding contract negotiations and contract management. The course includes study of topics related to negotiations, contract approaches, management, and implementation of contract procedures, and performance. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with foundational information on Contract Negotiations and Contract Management principles and practice in all areas of business at all levels. The utilization of the practices should ultimately be used to improve business outcomes by providing tools to use as best practices to improve the business outcomes.

Muna Sayid

Muna Sayid is a project management and procurement/contracts professional with over 10 years of experience in facilitating and managing the end-to-end procurement lifecycle. She has worked in all domains of the public sector and has proficient knowledge of procurement strategies as it relates to both Federal and Provincial purchasing principles. Her expertise consists of the administration of activities related to the sourcing of a wide variety of spend categories; including, goods, professional services/consulting and construction/services, and then managing the subsequent contracts and associated vendors. She specializes in collaborating and building relationships with various internal stakeholders to ensure that the efficiency and transparency of the procurement process are maintained. She helps organizations employ policy and trade agreement guidelines with the expectation of delivering the best value. In addition, she is well experienced in implementing open and effective competition to tender organizational requirements to the market and award contracts with negotiated cost optimization arrangements. Teaching is one of her passions and she is thrilled at the opportunity to teach students about the methods of implementing best practices in public procurement to reach optimal results. After some time, Debra worked strictly as an Immigration Officer, dealing with work permits, study permits, visitor visas, those seeking asylum in Canada, and inadmissible and fraudulent individuals. On the lighter side, she also processed temporary visitor records for entertainers like 50 Cent, Marilyn Manson, Blake Shelton, and Tommy Lee, to name a few. Debra now works from home as a TEFL teacher, teaching English to foreign nationals who wish to learn English and/or expand their English vocabulary whether for business or social reasons.

Chinedu Ojuyenum

Chinedu Ojuyenum has over 15 years of experience in procurement across Oil and Gas, Food Manufacturing, Transportation, Defence and Nuclear Industries. In the various positions he has held, Chinedu has provided hands-on support in negotiating, awarding and managing multi-million dollar contracts. Chinedu has a first degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MSC in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Scotland). Carl now runs his own consulting firm which specialized in Immigration issues and French/English interpretation and translation. Carl was born in Montreal and now resides in the Calgary area.

Trevor Dickinson

Trevor is a legal counsel with an extensive background in Canadian public procurement, contract management, drafting and negotiations including RFPs, RFQs, RFIs, and Government Tenders. He has vast procurement experience in senior management roles in the public sector including, Alberta Health Services, Ontario Health, Service Alberta, and Justice and Solicitor General. Trevor also had previous teaching experience at the Public Procurement Law Certificate Course at York University.

Dr. Toscha Dickerson

Dr. Toscha Dickerson is a Certified Professional Life Coach, Author, Professor, and C.E.O. of Dickerson Management & Associates, LLC. She is the Vice-Chair of Rève Preparatory Charter School and an expert panellist for Houston Business Journal Leadership Trust. She received her undergraduate degree at Grambling State University. She later pursued her Master’s in Public Administration at Southern University A&M College and obtained her Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Global Operations and Supply Chain Management at Capella University.

With numerous honours and acknowledgements, Dr. Dickerson’s most recent award was received from Global Forum for Education & Learning, “Top 100 Leaders in Education” 2020. Dr. Dickerson has committed 20 plus years to assisting others in their personal and professional development within various industries. Her dedication to seeing others succeed and achieve their goals is the reason she expanded her reach globally.

Dr. Dickerson’s experience originates from working in various industries from municipalities, state government, aerospace/defence companies and universities. With multiple positions held throughout her career, she can assist small business owners in various areas. Dr. Dickerson decided to depart from the corporate sector and work as a consultant to assist companies by improving the efficiency and growth of their supply chain operations. By doing so, she has been able to train on strategic planning, supplier registration initiatives, curriculum development, procurement/contracts and much more.

Geoffrey Matte

A Canadian Supply Chain Management Professional with a career spanning four decades in multiple industries and sectors, both Public and Private.

Having achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg through evening studies in 1988, with a double major in Political Science and Administrative Studies, Geoff moved on to management studies at the University of Manitoba and the Purchasing Management Association of Canada’s professional program. PMAC is currently known as Supply Chain Canada. Geoff was active with the Manitoba Institute Board of Directors until relocating to Calgary with Nortel, and he remains a member in good standing with the Institute.

He worked in Electronics manufacturing while attending night school, working as a buyer and through several positions in the disk drive industry until it, like so many others, was offshored to Asian manufacturers. He also worked in Transportation, Mining, Telecommunications, Aviation, Health Care, and Education. In all these various industries, Supply Management plays a significant role in achieving both tactical and strategic objectives, and Geoff has developed an excellent understanding of the multiple forms which the profession of Purchasing displays across diverse industries.

Geoff was a team leader on some of the first Quality Teams in any industry in North America. He has led Quality Seminars, delivered in-person seminars and continues to pursue professional development in his semi-retirement.

At his last position with Lakehead University, Geoff was at the centre of the transition to move the acquisition process to an electronic tendering platform and to move the institution to a position of all major acquisitions formatted as Negotiated Requests for Proposals. He continues with lifelong learning.

Anthea Simons

Anthea’s procurement experience spans over 8 years with her first procurement role as a Contracts Assistant for Tramlink (part of Transport for London). Though her procurement specialism has been largely within the public sector, having worked for large public sector organizations such as Tramlink, Transport for London (in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA), The National Health Service (NHS) and government agencies such as The Royal Parks, Ofgem, The National Physical Laboratories, she also has private sector experience having worked in the telecommunications industry and with multiple private stakeholders.

Anthea has a passion for teaching and has delivered several Procurement courses including a Contract Management Course for Senior Stakeholders within a public sector organization; and a Bidding within the Public sector course for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. Her procurement experience has not only spanned various sectors but also various capacities most recently Procurement Consultancy and Bid Management.

Who is IGS?

The Institute of Global Specialists (IGS) is a not-for-profit college located in St. John, New Brunswick (CAN). However, IGS students may complete their courses from anywhere in the world, provided they have access to a reliable internet connection.

How are the classes delivered?


Our programs are 100% online and are accessible by all mobile devices. Students will simply need access to a reliable internet connection to access their student account. Study materials are pre-recorded or readings, slides, so you get to schedule your own study time. As long as you are meeting the deadlines for your assignments, quizzes and discussions, you’re good to go. Final course exams are typically scheduled on the last weekend of the course.

Instructors are available via email for additional guidance regarding course materials, and IGS staff will assist with any technical questions. While some courses don’t have live classes, they are designed to accommodate live interactions in the form of virtual office hours, as needed.

When do the IGS programs start?


We have monthly start dates. In special circumstances, there might be an additional cohort with an earlier start date. Contact us for more details!

What are the entrance requirements? How do I apply?


A demonstrated ability in English and prior studies at a post-secondary level or relevant professional experience: submission of a resume. We may request further documentation.


To apply, click here.

  • Select your program of choice
  • Fill out the required information
  • Submit a copy of your resume
  • Pay the $175.00 (plus tax) Application Feenon-refundable


Once you have done this, a member of our admissions team will contact you within 24-48 hours to confirm your application has been received and discuss the next steps.

What is the Cost of the IGS programs? Is financial assistance available?


Each module for every program costs CAD$586+tax where applicable. Students can pay as they go (course-by-course).

A non-refundable CAD$175 (plus tax) application fee is also required.

Financing options for 18, 24 or 30 months are also available. CAD$586+tax initial payment is required before the start of the first module.

How long are the IGS programs?


The IGS programs have 6, 7, 8 or 9 modules; and each module is 4-5 weeks long.


  • Foreign Service and International Development Specialist program (FSIDS): 6 modules (24 weeks)
  • Global Immigration Specialist program (GIS): 6 modules (26 weeks)
  • Global Supply Chain Specialist program (GPS): 7 modules (26 weeks)
  • Canada Border Service Specialist program (CBSS): 7 modules (29 weeks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist Program (AIML): 7 modules (28 weeks)
  • Global Education Specialist program (GES): 8 modules (39 weeks)
  • Canadian Immigration Law Specialist program (CIL): 9 modules (42 weeks)

Is career support available?


IGS students can join our free career placement module. This module is designed to support IGS students to transition seamlessly to a job, and understand the numerous pathways to various career opportunities. From writing their resume, cover letters, to tips on how to best navigate the job application process and handling a job interview, students will gain practical skills to help them succeed in their post-program endeavours. The module also focuses on helping IGS students develop engagement strategies, and identify networks and job opportunities with the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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