Why Membership Matters

Why should you become a member?

As the IT supply chain is changing significantly with the shift of procurement from Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) to SSC, combined with the initiatives of consolidation and transformation, we need to unite and, as a group, drive attention to the value of our IT community.

When you become a member you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the effects of the change in procurement vehicles, authorities and overall supply chain with the manufacturers

  • Learn about the new Electronic Procurement Process (EPP) that replaces the existing procurement portals and process

  • Have the opportunity to be part of and/or influence the socio-economic procurement inclusion of SMEs, Aboriginal companies, regional companies, and green IT organizations

  • Learn about the new consolidated procurement vehicle update on DCSSI, NSSC, WTD and its general direction

  • Participate as a Board Member and contribute to the Government/Industry Advisory Committees

The importance of being a CITPA member

We provide SMB / SME VARs and Solution Integrators with current insight into the complex Canadian Government IT / IM transformation initiative. Furthermore, we take an active role in assisting technology equipment manufacturers to redefine their federal go-to-market strategies, and provide guidance regarding programs that specifically address the evolution of Government procurement practices—this is critical for the Canadian IT sector.

As a member you will:

  • Have a unified voice to deal with the dramatic changes facing the reseller channel as a result of SSC

  • Protect the interests of SMEs selling technology to the Federal Government

  • Access the information and support you need to analyze your business practices and their challenges and solutions

We hold monthly meetings of the Board of Directors, and quarterly General Meetings for our members. We also hold a Guest Speaker Series with key senior Government officials who have a direct impact on our market such as SSC, Public Works, the Procurement Ombudsman, and the SME office. These presentations cover the most pressing issues SMEs face when dealing with the Federal Government.

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