Annual Industry Conference - Highways and Public Works- Government of Yukon

Highways and Public Works

Procurement Support Centre

Industry Conference

Annual Industry Conference

4th Annual Industry Conference

Looking to do business with Yukon government?

  • Hear from procurement experts and industry professionals from across Canada.
  • Find out what's new in government procurement.

When: February 20-21, 2018

Where: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, Whitehorse

Highlights include:

  • Keynote speaker: Pete Luckett, entrepreneur, TV host, founder, Pete's Fine Foods
  • A look at Yukon government projects, what is going well and where we can improve
  • "Indigeneering” the future of sustainability together


Register now for the 4th Annual Industry Conference. Registration is $125.

Please submit your completed registration and payment to the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce:

101-302 Steele Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C5

Phone: 867-667-7545


Payment can be made by cheque (payable to the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce) or credit card. 

Navigating change, together

2018 conference agenda

Day 1 - February 20

Location: Longhouse

8:25 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Introduction - Lyn Hartley, Facilitator

8:30 a.m. to 8:35 a.m. - Opening prayer - Hazel Bunbury, Ta'an Kwäch'än elder

8:35 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. - Conference overview - Facilitator

8:45 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. - Opening remarks - Minister Richard Mostyn, Department of Highways and Public Works

9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. - Update on federal perspectives on procurement - John Johnstone, Public Services and Procurement, Government of Canada

9:40 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. -  A look at Yukon government projects, what is going well and where we can improve - Catherine Harwood, Project Lead, Procurement Improvements, Department of Highways and Public Works

10:20 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. - Refreshment break

10:45 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. - Lean construction - Kathleen Lausman, building industry professional with expertise in project management, capital planning and life cycle asset management

12:00 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. - Lunch speaker - Premier Sandy Silver

1:10 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Keynote speaker: real revolution and keeping up with change from an entrepreneur's perspective - Pete Luckett, entrepreneur, TV host, founder, Pete's Fine Foods

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Refreshment break

2:50 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Navigating new procurement strategies - Maureen Sullivan, National Education Consulting, Inc.

4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Re-cap - Facilitator


Breakout Sessions

Location: Room A

10:40 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. - Leading and managing organizational change - Eric Tung, Independent Contractors and Businesses Association

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch

2:50 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Yukon Women in Trades and Technology, Engineers Yukon 30 by 30, and WWEST at Yukon College, Panel discussion: Gender diversity in Yukon trades and engineering - Brenda Barnes, Executive Director, Yukon Women in Trades and Technology, Kirsten Hogan, P.Eng., Chair, Engineers Yukon 30 by 30, and Alison Anderson, P.Eng., WWEST Associate Chair


Business after hours

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by the Yukon Contractors Association, Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association

Location: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Multi-purpose Room


Day 2 - February 21

Location: Longhouse

8:45 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. - Re-cap - Facilitator

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - “Indigeneering” the future of sustainability together - Deanna Burgart, P. Eng.

Deanna Burgart is a self-proclaimed “Indigeneer” and president of Indigenous Engineering Inclusion Inc.. She spent nearly two decades working in the energy sector in sustainability, compliance and risk management. 

More recently, she has redirected her work towards professional speaking, post-secondary curriculum development, and resourcing organizations who want to improve their business strategies with Indigenous communities.

Her passion and volunteer efforts are focused around Indigenous youth STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) outreach, and it is her dream to see more diverse perspectives in STEAM professions.

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - Health break

10:45 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. - Ripped from the headlines: recent bureau enforcement activity, compliance, and why it matters to you - Terence Stechysin, Acting Director, Compliance, Competition Bureau

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch speaker - to be confirmed

1:10 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - Underground infrastructure - Mike Sullivan, Executive Director, Canadian Common Ground Alliance

2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Health break

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Land development in Yukon - Rick Gorczyca and Laura Prentice, Yukon government and Pat Ross, City of Whitehorse

Land development is a hot topic in the Yukon. Join Pat Ross, Rick Gorczyca and Laura Prentice to hear about the challenges and opportunities of developing, from a city and government perspective. This panel discussion aims to educate and inform about the land development process and also discuss thoughts of the future of land development, either by private industry or government.

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Closing remarks - Minister Richard Mostyn, Highways and Public Works

4:30 p.m. - Closing prayer - Hazel Bunbury, Ta'an Kwäch'än elder


Breakout sessions

Location: Room A

10:40 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. - Economic analysis - Yiaoyu Yu and Gary Brown, Yukon Bureau of Statistics

If you are a researcher, an NGO, a First Nation government, a business or a member of the public, YBS can help you find, understand and use statistical information.

During this breakout session, Xiaoyu Yu and Gary Brown will be presenting information about cost analysis of large construction, economic data for large scale Yukon government projects, and the overall spend analysis of Yukon government contracts.

You will also learn about YBS and what services they provide to government and the public.

11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Wayfinder: helping Yukon First Nations get the skills and jobs they want, who we are and what we can do for you - Susan Glynn-Morris, Project Manager, Training Policy Committee

It is our mission at the Training Policy Committee to assist Yukon First Nation People in obtaining training that will help them implement their land claims and self-governing agreements and fully participate in the economic opportunities arising from their implementation.

Learn how the Training Policy Committee is accomplishing this at this interactive breakout session about WayFinder!

Finally, one source for Yukon First Nations' training and employment! Over the coming months Wayfinder will be populated with career information, training opportunities, funding, resources and jobs - all relevant to Yukon First Nations.

Learn more at

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - Rethinking project delivery…What’s new in Capital Development building projects - Shelby Workman, Director, Capital Development, Property Management, Highways and Public Works, Jody Fobe, Senior Program Manager, Capital Development and team.

Project delivery and performance management go hand in hand for success, and in this breakout session Capital Development will be discussing just that. Join the Capital Development team to hear about upcoming projects, vendor performance, and the collaborative approach to project delivery.


Keynote Speaker: Pete Luckett, Founder, Pete's Fine Foods

Pete Luckett is a born entrepreneur. At age 14, he saw opportunity in the sights, sounds and flavours of England’s busy outdoor food markets. Part theatrical sideshow, part business-savvy–Pete saw a perfect niche for his gregarious personality and produce know how.

He learned how to stand out in a crowd by offering excellent quality, unique products and a fun, exciting shopping experience.

He crossed the Atlantic in 1979, spending several years exploring culinary experiences. With a new global perspective he was ready to settle down and take Atlantic Canada by storm.

He grew from a single retail outlet in New Brunswick in 1982, to one of Atlantic Canada’s best known and loved brands: Pete’s Frootique, and later Pete’s Fine Foods.

In 2011, Pete launched Luckett Vineyards in Nova Scotia’s enchanting Gaspereau Valley and produces wines true to the maritime climate and showcase the local grape varietals that truly are worth phoning home about.

Pete announced the sale of his grocery retail and wholesale business to Sobeys in 2014. The move from a perishable business to a product that only grows better with age, Luckett Vineyards is Pete’s new calling.  But he’ll always have a Tooodleeedooo!! for anyone that passes by!

2017 Industry Conference Presentations

Presentations >>>

Conference Partners

Logo Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce

Logo yukon_contractors

independent contractors and businesses association

Logo Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce




Contact the Procurement Support Centre

Office hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m..

Physical and mailing address:
Suite 101 - 104 Elliott Street (W-3C)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 0M2

Phone: (867) 667-5385
Fax: (867) 393-6245
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5385