Purchasing Consultants International Inc.

Connecting Government with Business

Stephen W. Bauld – President & CEO   
Stephen W. Bauld is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Purchasing Consultants International. Stephen has more than 40 years of international experience in purchasing in both the public and private sectors. He served as the vice president of the Ontario General Contractors Association for four years, and until recently, was on the board of directors of the Ontario Institute of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada.

He has extensive experience in negotiating multi-million dollar contracts and in dispute resolution. With more than 300 publications in the field (including three books: Municipal Procurement, the Handbook of Municipal Procurement, and Leadership or the Lack Thereof), he is widely recognized as the leading authority in Canada on public procurement. He is a frequent presenter at international conferences and seminars on public procurement issues.
Purchasing Consultants International Inc. is a privately owned and operated consulting business based in Southern Ontario. We have deep and solid roots in the procurement field and a rapidly expanding list of satisfied clients.

Thank you for taking the time to visit the PCI Website. Whether you are a first time visitor or an established client, this Website offers a wide range of useful resources to everyone who is interested in procurement. Please take a few minutes to find your way around our “value added” pages. Over the next few months, we intend to expand this Website to make it the most comprehensive source for purchasing related information on the Internet.
  When you are finished looking around, why not take a few more minutes, to learn about PCI itself. PCI offers a wide range of services, of use to both government purchasers and their suppliers.

Our years of diverse experience allow us to understand both government and the private sector. We can help government suppliers, and public sector customers understand each other better.

Our years of experience in both the public and private sector, make PCI a different type of business consultant. We find practical solutions to the problems that are referred to us, and communicate them in clear language. We have an unparalleled commitment to the highest levels of client service and attention to detail. Whether you are public sector purchasing director seeking to add value to your purchasing operation, or a company seeking to supply goods or services to the public sector, we have the tools and experience to develop and organize a successful strategic solution that addresses your needs. 

Stephen W. Bauld. 
President & CEO   


PCI promotes collaboration and professionalism in all types of public procurement from standard goods and services procurement, to P3s, to the outsourcing of government service delivery and program resources to private sector enterprise. PCI’s two specific objectives when providing its services are:

   • To assist public sector purchasing professionals to secure top value for money in public procurement.

   • To assist suppliers, manufacturers, and contractors to the public sectors to compete effectively for government contracts.

    Although we are a private sector enterprise, PCI isn’t just about business. We value dedication to public service and prudent stewardship of public funds.


PCI provides highly practical, professionally competent, specifically targeted advice, programs and services, developed in consultation with the client. Our goal is to become the most trusted consulting firm in Canada specializing in public procurement. Our advice is built on knowing our clients, understanding their businesses or public mandate, their market challenges and their culture. We draw upon the client’s unique strengths, to tailor our programs and services to meet its needs, so as to overcome the challenges you face.

Based upon our years of experience working in both the public and private sector, PCI advocates a “Collaborative View of Public Procurement”. By working to bring together innovative government and high-performance suppliers, we build relationships that promote successful delivery of government programs and services, and efficient usage of public money.

The best examples of successful procurement all occur when the buyer and seller work as a team to accomplish shared goals. Public procurement should be approached as a partnering process. The competitive aspect of public procurement should focus on supplier selection and pricing. Governments get both the best price and the best overall value by attracting several competitive bids for supply contracts. This will occur when the terms offered to suppliers are fair and balanced, and are based upon a proper understanding of the realities of the market, including the respective needs and concerns and of the supplier and customer.