All research purchasing at Queen’s University falls under the Ontario Broad Public Sector. As such, the Policies and Acts mandated by Federal and Provincial Ministries of Finances apply. The staff at Strategic Procurement Services (SPS) check every research sourced Purchase Order for compliance with Queen’s University Procurement Policy, funding eligibility and complete documentation (in case of future audit). Purchase orders that are in full compliance are approved and dispatched to the appropriate vendor. If there are any discrepancies, SPS will contact the requestor and/or vendor and resolve the issue.
SPS oversees the acquisition of products and services on behalf of the University. For research purchasing the role of SPS is one of a consultative nature assisting the Principal Investigator (PI) with the procurement of required products and services while ensuring that applicable University policies and procedures, sponsor terms and conditions as well as all applicable federal and provincial legislation and regulations governing the acquisition of products and services are adhered to.
SPS has two staff members dedicated to Research acquisitions that are familiar with the guidelines of the major research funding bodies including the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and with public tendering of research equipment/services valued at over $100,000 (including in kind contributions but before taxes). Please do not hesitate to contact either staff member if you have a question regarding a research purchase.
Kelly McGarry - Procurement Specialist, Research (Tel. 613-533-3380)
Kelly is a qualified Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) with experience in both the private and public sector. She joined Queen's from Trillium Healthcare Products in 2008 as a Procurement Specialist focusing on Research funded activities. Kelly oversees CFI acquisitions, public tendering for research equipment/services and campus-wide cost saving initiatives.
Andy Scotter - Procurement Specialist , Research (Tel. 613-533-2209)
Andy has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and 7 years of post-doctoral experience at Queen’s University and the Ontario Cancer Institute so he is very familiar with the academic research environment. In 2009 he transitioned into Project Management, handling a portfolio of large CFI-funded projects at the University Health Network in Toronto, ON. Andy relocated back to Kingston and joined the SPS team in August of 2010. He has since been overseeing CFI acquisitions, public tendering for research equipment/services and campus-wide cost saving initiatives.