Cando and PSPC

Procurement Mentorship for EDOs - 2023!

Mentorship Class runs April 25 to June 15th

Exciting news: Procurement Assistance Canada (PAC), in partnership with Cando, is renewing their mentoring / coaching program that will provide EDOs, Entrepreneurs, and Indigenous business owners/managers with a road map and tools while they support companies that want to bid on government opportunities. All participants are encouraged to be or become Cando members.

The Mentorship Program will start April 25th. There will be two sessions per week on a bi-weekly basis with the final session on June 15th.

There will be one combined cohort:

Pacific Region (British Columbia and Yukon) +
Western Region (NWT, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba)
Mornings on Tuesdays and Thursdays
at 10:00am PT / 11:00am MT

Cohorts for other Regions:
Ontario, Québec, National Capital Region, and Atlantic
will be scheduled this fall and winter
The goal of the Mentorship Program is to empower Indigenous EDOs, communities and businesses, with the knowledge and the tools necessary to bid on federal government opportunities.
The framework of the mentorship/coaching program is designed to maximize the benefits for EDO's and Indigenous communities through ongoing support from PAC and Cando.
Registration deadline for the Mentorship Program will be announced soon.
The Mentorship Program consists of a mix of live distance learning experiences (via zoom or teams) and individual one-on-one coaching conversations (via zoom or teams).
Tim Low, Cando

Daniel Sandoz, PAC-PSPC

Paul Macedo, Cando

Stephanie Gardener, Cando

Proposed Schedule


Tuesday April 25 –
10:00 PT; 2:00 MT

Introductions, expectations and Overview

Tim, Stephanie


Thursday April 27 -
10:00 PT; 2:00 MT

What is Procurement



Tuesday May 9 -
10:00 PT; 2:00 MT

Doing Business with GoC  including PSIB

Tim, Timothy (?)


Thursday May 11 -
10:00 PT; 2:00 MT

Finding Opportunities



Tuesday May 23 -
10:00 PT; 2:00 MT


Tim, Barry


Thursday May 25 -
10:00 PT; 2:00 MT

Preparing a Bid



Tuesday June 6 -
10:00 PT; 2:00 MT

Submitting a Bid

Tim, Michal


Thursday June 8 -
10:00 PT; 2:00 MT

Bid Evaluation and Award



Tuesday June 13 -
10:00 PT; 2:00 MT

Bid Masterclass

Tim, PAC (?)


Thursday June 15 -
10:00 PT; 2:00 MT

Role of an EDO

Tim, Paul

To register in the Mentorship Program, please contact:
Stephanie Gardener, Cando
For information on PAC-PSPC, please contact:

Daniel Sandoz,
Procurement Assistance Canada, Pacific Region
Public Services and Procurement Canada / Government of Canada

For information on Cando membership, please contact:

Stephanie Gardener, Cando
Cando and PSPC



Presenter bios:

Tim Low, Cando

Tim LowTim is of Métis ancestry and is a semi-retired federal public service executive.  He has served on the boards of two very successful Aboriginal Capital Corporations at the Chairperson and Executive Committee levels. Tim is also a former Associate faculty member of the Canadian School of Public Service where he facilitated courses in the Indigenous Learning series.

Tim joined Procurement Assistance Canada (PAC) as a part-time Policy Advisor in January 2021.  His role is to assist with the Indigenous Engagement Strategy which is designed to facilitate Indigenous businesses gain greater access and success with Government of Canada procurement opportunities. 

Tim holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Regina and a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer designation from the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO).

He and his wife, Donna, live in Ladysmith, BC where they enjoy golf, hiking, being out on their boat and being with their grandchildren.  


Daniel Sandoz
Senior Advisor - Indigenous Engagement, Procurement Assistance Canada

Daniel SandozDaniel joined Procurement Assistance Canada in the Pacific Region in September 2014. In addition to his work as Senior Advisor - Indigenous Engagement, within Procurement Assistance Canadas, Daniel brings a wealth of experience, including over 15 years of global purchasing and marketing experience. Daniel has been involved in procurement performance improvement projects, e-commerce and SAP implementations for a global player in the chemical industry in Switzerland. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) from Royal Roads University and an Executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business/Western University. Daniel is a Certified Agile Leader with the Scrum Alliance.







Barry Payne
Procurement Assistance Canada - PWGSC 

Barry PayneBarry Payne is a socio-economic entrepreneur. From humble beginnings, he grew his first start-up venture Adirondack Technologies Furniture Inc from his basement of his home on the Hiawatha First Nation to the  3rd largest supplier to the Canadian federal Government, this venture had allowed him to expand into a variety of other entrepreneurial activities, which included, Adirondack Information Management, which provides Information Technology, Engineering, Professional and Administrative Personnel to the private and public sectors across Canada, and OnNation, a leading national provider of technology solutions, cyber security solutions and digital transformation platforms, for business,

Barry has personally been involved in over $200M in various types of contracts with the Canadian Federal Government.

Not a person to sit around during retirement after exiting his business ventures Barry has recently accepted a role with PAC (Procurement Assistance Canada) PWGSC to assist them in reaching out to and encouraging equity deserving groups (LGBTQ2S), Indigenous and persons with disabilities, racialized communities and women businesses to increase their bidding efforts on federal government contracts, but also to assist these businesses in utilizing his over 20 years experience sharing.


Michal Szczesniak
Procurement Ambassador, Procurement Assistance Canada

Mike SzczesniakWith 15 years of contracting experience as a buyer at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Michal recently joined Procurement Assistance Canada to help bridge the industry-buyer-policy divide by empowering Canadian entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to succeed in federal government procurement while also advocating for procurement reform based on the simple premise that it shouldn't be difficult to do business with the Government of Canada.

Whether it's through seminars, workshops, or one-on-one conversations, Michal looks forward to helping your business reach its full potential with the Government of Canada.




Timothy Dymond
Policy Advisor, Indigenous Services Canada

Tim DymondTimothy Dymond is a Policy Advisor with Indigenous Services Canada. He has experience in the development of standard procurement templates and tools that contracting officers apply to their solicitations in efforts to increase the representation of Indigenous businesses in federal procurements.








To register in the Mentorship Program, please contact:
Stephanie Gardener, Cando