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The Office of the Procurement Ombudsman's organizational structure

The Office of the Procurement Ombudsman's Organizational Structure – Description below

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Procurement Ombudsman

Deputy Procurement Ombudsman

Procurement inquiries and reviews
  • Respond to inquiries and complaints
  • Investigate complaints
  • Provide alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services
  • Conduct studies and reviews on federal government contracting practices
Quality assurance and risk management
  • Monitor and share issues,trends and develoments in procurement
  • Ensure quality is built into all OPO processes and controls are in place to identify and responds risks
Communications and corporate management
  • Implement outreach activities to raise awareness of OPO's services
  • Produce communications products
  • Provide strategic and operational services which allow the office to run in a smooth and organized manner

The Executive team

Lorenzo Ieraci, Interim Procurement Ombudsman

Lorenzo Ieraci was appointed as Interim Procurement Ombudsman effective May 9, 2016. His appointment is for one year or until a new Procurement Ombudsman is named.

Having joined the Federal Public Service in 1999, Lorenzo has held a number of positions in various organizations. He began his career at Public Safety Canada, and then worked extensively at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat as both a Senior Program Analyst and as the Manager of the Learning and Knowledge Management unit. Prior to joining the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman, Lorenzo was a Senior Director at Public Services and Procurement Canada where he was responsible for managing a national team of criminal forensic accountants.

Lorenzo holds a Master's degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University, and obtained an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from the University of Windsor's Faculty of Law.

Margherita Finn, Director, Procurement Inquiries and Reviews

Margherita joined the Public Service in 1990 and has spent all of her career at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), with the exception of nine month period when she joined the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman (OPO) to help set-up its operations in 2007.

Over the past 25 years Margherita has held various positions at PSPC. She spent 15 years as a procurement officer buying goods and services and selling ammunition and aircrafts to foreign governments. Margherita was a senior Risk Analyst to PSPC's first Chief Risk Officer, and a principle auditor in the Office of Audit and Evaluation. Prior to returning to OPO in April 2014, Margherita was the Director of the Special Investigations Directorate, responsible for conducting administrative investigations into allegations of wrongdoing, impropriety and mismanagement in PSPC.

Anik Trépanier, Director, Communications and Corporate Management

Anik joined Public Services and Procurement Canada in late 2000, starting in what was then called Government Telecommunications and Informatics Services (GTIS), a predecessor to the Chief Information Officer Branch. She held progressively more challenging positions, and, in 2006, joined the Deputy Minister's (DM) Office as a Strategic Advisor. After 18 months there, she went on to manage the Ministers' Regional Offices Program until she got another call from the Deputy Minister's Office, this time, to become the DM's Chief of Staff. This unique opportunity lasted three-and-a-half years, after which time she joined the newly created National Fighter Procurement Secretariat, looking at the acquisition process that will be used to replace the CF-18 fleet. In late 2013, Anik returned to a corporate function, leading the Business Planning and Management Services of the Policy, Planning and Communications Branch until June 2016, where she joined the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman as the Director, Communications and Corporate Management.

Eimer Sim, Director, Quality Assurance and Risk Management

Eimer has over 15 years of public sector experience mostly in the areas of internal and external auditing. In her role as the Director of Quality Assurance and Risk Management, Eimer is responsible for monitoring procurement issues, trends and developments, and ensuring quality in all Office processes and risk management controls are in place.

Prior to joining the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman in April 2012, Eimer was the Director of Quality Assessment and Strategic Issues at Public Services and Procurement Canada's Office of Audit and Evaluation. Previously, she held various positions at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada over the course of ten years.

Throughout her career, Eimer has been involved in the development of publicly available reports focused on areas for improvement in government operations and performance. Key components of these reports were action-oriented and practical recommendations aimed at correcting systemic issues.

Eimer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from Concordia University in Montreal.