Just a month after leaving the civil service, the premier's former deputy minister will again be working for the province's taxpayers, Public Eye has learned. According to a notice of intent quietly posted yesterday on the government's procurement Website, PavCo will be directly awarding HB Global Advisors Corp. - Jessica McDonald's new employer - a three month contract worth up to $45,000 to advise the Crown corporation "of properties and lands that may be consolidated into its portfolio for current and future use of its operations." In an email, the corporation's chief financial officer John Harding confirmed Ms. McDonald is part of the HB Global Advisors team that will be working on that contract.
However, he noted PavCo has been using Heenan Blaikie LLP as a corporate services advisor "for many years." HB Global Advisors is Heenan Blaikie's consulting arm.
The corporation's notice of intent states PavCo didn't publicly tender that contract because: "the contractor has extensive technical and business experience in negotiations for land usage, valuations, leases, transfers, and purchases, and also of environmental and planning regulations."
Earlier, we reported Ms. McDonald received an undisclosed transition agreement which saw the government pay for her be trained in Ontario as a corporate director - spending more than $10,000 for around seven days of courses.
The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned notice.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO DIRECT AWARD A CONTRACT
Notice is hereby given by PavCo of its intent to direct award a Services contract for the following service:
To provide a development plan, and advise PavCo of properties and lands that may be consolidated into its portfolio for current and future use for its operations
to be carried out by HB Global Advisors Corp.
The anticipated term of the contract is from February 2010 to May 2010, not to exceed $45,000 in total potential value.
PavCo has chosen not to tender the contemplated contract for the following reason:
The contractor has extensive technical and business experience in negotiations for land usage, valuations, leases, transfers, and purchases, and also of environmental and planning regulations.
Service providers wishing to object to this decision should send a letter of objection by E-Mail or Fax to:
BC Pavilion Corporation,
Attention John Harding
FAX number: (604) 681-9017
outlining specific reasons for their objection.
Publishing date: February 11, 2010
Close Date: February 19, 2010
Chief Financial Officer - PavCo
850-999 West Hastings Street
Phone - (604) 482-2200
Fax - (604) 681-9017