Peter J. Elias
Mr. Peter J. Elias, the Director of SETASIDE SOLUTIONS – RFPSOLUTIONS INC.‘s Aboriginal Joint-Venture, is a Member of the Woodland Métis Tribe. Mr. Elias is an experienced Procurement Professional, a former President of the Canadian Institute for Procurement and Materiel Management (CIPMM) (formerly MMI) and has in the past worked for the Treasury Board Secretariat and for Public Works and Government Services Canada. Mr. Elias holds an Executive P.Log. Designation from the Logistics Institute. One of Peter’s key responsibilities with the Unemployment Insurance Commission (UIC) from 1972 to 1975 was as the senior instructor and coordinator for the expansion of UIC offices throughout the Maritimes as well as providing training to agents and administrative staff on their key responsibilities, including federal government contracting and materiel management policies for all staff in the 12 new offices across the Maritimes. As an Organizational Development Officer for the Alberta Government Peter was required to support training and development initiatives offered by the University of Alberta, and from1975 to 1977 was an evening instructor for the contracting and materiel management procedures of the Alberta Government. From 1977 – 1982 Peter held the title of Executive Director of the Alberta Transportation Minister’s Office in Edmonton. Peter’s roles during his work for the department included: Coordinator of Aboriginal joint projects and of the Road Safety Program. Peter represented the department at all Federal and Provincial Inter-Model meetings and planning sessions and carried out the transportation studies related to the Crows Nest Rate; Port of Prince Rupert Development; Air Transportation Regulations and Air Traffic Development for Western Canada. From 1982 to 1996 Peter held numerous positions within PWGSC’s Acquisition Branch in both the policy and operations domain, and assisted in numerous presentations and training sessions dealing with PWGSC contracting policies relating to printing, goods and services, software and consulting services. Peter also assisted in the department’s program to bolster the training and development curriculum for the PG community and he continued this initiative when he joined TBS in 1996 where the initiative became a government program supported by the major departments such as DND, CRA, and many others. During that time Peter was able to develop and present training sessions on a number of contracting areas such as goods and services, software, systems contracting, Stock Item Supply and services contracting. In 1996 Peter joined Real Property and Contracting Branch of TBS as a Senior Policy Advisor in Materiel Management and Contracting Policy, during which, he carried out numerous training and information sessions to many departments on a wide number of contracting and Materiel topics. Throughout his years in the federal public service Peter participated in the Materiel Management Institute as both a member as well as an elected board member, and finally as President. Continuing education was always at the forefront of Peter’s initiatives to improve the educational qualifications of all Contracting and Materiel officers throughout the federal government, as towards that end, he attended several executive training seminars both in Canada as well as Michigan State University in the Supply Chain Management Executive Program. After 20 years in various procurement policy positions in Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), Peter has broad experience across the broad scope of federal procurement. As a member of the SETASIDE SOLUTIONS – RFPSOLUTIONS INC.‘s Aboriginal Joint-Venture team, Peter advises federal departments and agencies on the proper application of government procurement policy and the appropriate delegation and exercise of authorities. He also provides advice on all other aspects of federal government procurement, as well as training for all levels of personnel.
Director of RFP Operations
Cathryn Kallwitz is SETASIDE SOLUTIONS’ Director of RFP Operations, managing all aspects of the RFP Operations Department as well as supporting the development of procurement process methodologies and standards. As a member of the SETASIDE SOLUTIONS team, Cathryn provides procurement related strategic advice and assistance to Clients in the planning, development and execution of complex RFP requirements, in addition to design and development of qualitative and quantitative research strategies, information management methodologies and document standards. Prior to joining SETASIDE SOLUTIONS, Cathryn was employed as a Research Assistant at Carleton University, involved in a wide variety of projects. Cathryn has been a primary researcher in a number of both quantitative and qualitative studies. In 2003, Cathryn received the Pollara Advanced Prize for her research paper on “The Formation of Political Preferences.” Cathryn holds a Bachelor of Arts (Combined Hons.) degree in Political Science and Sociology from Carleton University, and is presently completing a Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology at Carleton.