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Training: Purchasing Best Practices

September 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am MDT

$25.00 – $50.00

Purchasing Best Practices: How to Decrease Transactional Spend

Discover the Top 4 Ways to Decrease your Team’s Transactional Spend in this interactive webinar. 

You’ll learn from seasoned experts about what strategies can be implemented to optimize your purchasing process and get the most value from your supplier relations. 

By using the tools and strategies covered in this webinar, your team can save hours of project time, decrease overhead, and increase profits. 


Course Outline:

  1. The High Cost of Transactional Purchases
  • What a Transactional Purchase is
  • Factors that Increase Transactional Purchase Costs
  • How To Reduce the Costs of Transactional Purchases

2. Getting the Best Value from your Suppliers

  • Picking the best suppliers
  • How you want suppliers to see you
  • Maintaining Supplier Loyalty

3. Ensuring Efficient 3-Way Matching

  • What is 3-Way Matching
  • The difficulties with 3-Way matching
  • Why transparency is important

4. The Future of Purchasing

  • Digitization
  • Achieving Transparency

You’ll Learn How To?:

  • Lower your Processing Costs
  • Improve your Supplier Relations
  • Strengthen your Accounting Process and Controls
  • Implement Automation Tools


Barrie Bridgeman, Director of Procurement (PCL – Retired):

Barrie served as the Director of Procurement and Strategic Initiatives for PCL Construction, retiring from this position in the spring of 2019 after 30 years of service. Barrie’s passion for procurement and supply chain in construction began early in his career as a tradesman and piping superintendent for a small industrial contractor in northern Alberta. Barrie recognized early how strong procurement could have a profound effect on project productivity and success.

Andrew Langstone, President & COO:

As the President and Chief Operating Officer at QuoteToMe, Andrew oversees all aspects of product development and service delivery for customers. Prior to his experience at QuoteToMe, Andrew established a diverse construction background with 10+ years of experience in commercial construction as a general contractor in Edmonton, AB.

Natasha Mager, Customer Success Specialist:

Natasha Mager joined QuoteToMe in 2020 on the Customer Success team as a recent graduate from the University of Alberta’s School of Business with a focus on Marketing and Communications. In her role at QuoteToMe, Natasha has a significant impact on the success of the people and projects counting on QuoteToMe across Canada. Mentored by Barrie Bridgeman, Natasha is constantly seeking to learn more about best purchasing
practices and is excited to spearhead this course on offering contractors insight on the tools at their disposal.



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September 23, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am MDT
$25.00 – $50.00




Mechanical Contractor’s Association

 Employers can get up to 2/3 of the registration fee (up to 10,000/employee/fiscal year) for training.