The faces behind the masks

Read the first-hand stories of the Public Services and Procurement Canada employees who came forward in an emergency effort to procure personal protective equipment for Canada’s healthcare workers.

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Jeff Smallwood took remote working to another level

Faced with the decision of taking a cottage vacation with his family or joining the Pandemic Response Sector, Jeff Smallwood decided to do both. Over the next year, he procured more than a dozen contracts for surgical gowns.

Natalie Gamauf spent long hours crunching numbers

Behind the scenes, Natalie Gamauf was working long hours, pulling data and crunching numbers with her team. Those numbers were used to inform the Prime Minister about daily deliveries of personal protective equipment.

Ron Dearing received an unexpected call to serve

Ron Dearing’s experience did little to prepare him for the stress, long days and fast pace of procuring personal protective equipment. Part of a small team, he helped source medical gowns for Canada’s healthcare community.

Giselle Valdez Soc helped procure millions of rapid test kits

After working for the department for 20 years, Giselle Valdez Soc stepped up to support the pandemic procurement efforts. With her colleagues, she helped draft a deal to buy millions of rapid COVID-19 test kits and devices.

Patricia Carpentier earned the title “Queen of Gloves”

Patricia Carpentier had no prior knowledge of personal protective equipment standards, but was very familiar with the procurement process. Learn how her efforts won her the title “Queen of Gloves.”

Julie Buller has never worked at this pace

Julie Buller was one of the first specialists to join the COVID-19 procurement effort. She helped secure personal protective equipment and cleaning contracts for the cruise ship quarantine centres in Canada.

Sharon Joy virtually travelled the world

During the pandemic, Sharon Joy’s job has been to search the world for sterile swabs. Working mostly from her bedroom, Sharon virtually dealt with companies around the world to procure the best supplies.

Martin Montreuil goes viral in China

During his search for personal protective equipment, Martin Montreuil learned his name was going viral in China. Read about how he turned an urgent situation into an excellent outcome.

Anne Laurin makes a difference through recruitment

Anne Laurin was among the first group of employees to join the Pandemic Response Sector. Find out how she quickly staffed her personal protective equipment procurement team.

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