RGD is among 30 professional associations who have joined together to advocate for the use of Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) when hiring professional services firms in Canada.
The three year objectives of the coalition are:
- Raising the awareness of QBS and its benefits in the procurement community in Canada from under 30% to over 70%
- Facilitating the trial of QBS by thousands of procurement professionals in organizations across Canada by providing QBS seminars and presentations across Canada each year at no cost to procurement groups
- Setting the stage for new procurement policies and a "Canadian Brooks Act” covering not just architecture and engineering but all professional services
The Coalition, which includes such organizations as Interior Designers of Canada, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Institute of Communication Agencies, is led by Cal Harrison (BA, MBA, CMC), a consultant, university lecturer, trainer and frequent speaker and writer on the subject of the marketing and procurement of professional services.
On Friday July 22, 2016, an article by Cal on the subject of QBS appeared in the Globe and Mail.
Excerpted from the article:
"Unless Canadian governments stop hiring professional services firms based primarily on price, the TPP will begin a race to the bottom, favouring firms from countries with significantly lower labour costs and continuing the delivery of low value to tax-paying Canadians.
By shifting to QBS, Canadian governments can ensure the most efficient use of taxpayer money in Canada, protect against the hiring of lesser-qualified international firms simply because they are cheaper and help Canadian firms increase exports of their services into new markets around the globe."
Stay tuned for updates over the coming months.