News Release: Review of Government Procurement Launched

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The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has launched an independent review of its procurement policies and practices.

Through interviews, written submissions, targeted engagement opportunities and online surveys, Indigenous Governments and Organizations, elected leaders, the business community, stakeholders and residents will all have an opportunity to share their perspectives and ideas in support of the GNWT’s mandated priority to: Ensure government procurement and contracting maximizes benefits to residents and businesses. 

A discussion paper to guide the GNWT’s engagements was also released today.

The review, to take place over the next four months, is being facilitated by an independent review panel comprised of:  Leslie Anderson - an expert in public procurement with over 25 years of public sector employment and consulting experience; Peter Vician – a former public service leader who will serve as the panel’s NWT-based facilitator and Darrell Beaulieu – President and CEO, of Denendeh Investments Incorporated and spokesperson for the NWT Indigenous Leaders Economic Coalition.

Recommendations to strengthen GNWT procurement policies and practices are expected to be delivered to the government this summer.


“We have set the stage today for an important territory-wide conversation that will consider our procurement policies and practices. There is much at stake. The recommendations that come out of this process will shape GNWT procurement policies in the interest of our economy for decades to come. We want everybody with an interest in this discussion to be heard.”

-Caroline Wawzonek, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment. 

Quick facts

  • Procurement policies of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) have not been substantially updated since 2010.
  • Government procurements totaled $ 681Million in 2019-20
  • Since 2017, the GNWT has delivered 128 workshops to business owners and operators on how to successfully do business with the government; and have scheduled over 30 sessions for the upcoming year.  

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For More Information, please contact: 

Drew Williams

Asst. Director Strategic Communications

Industry, Tourism and Investment

1-867-767-9202 (ext: 63037)