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"Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) laws were created to provide public owners the best available design professional services for the taxpayer’s money. It is an objective and fair process, and when well documented the process lends itself to the public’s scrutiny.”

Kurt Cooknick, American Institute of Architects, California Council


QBS Canada is a coalition of associations, companies, and professionals advocating for the use of Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) when hiring professional services firms in Canada.

It was established in 2015 with the assistance of the following associations:

  • Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (Canada)
  • The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
  • Interior Designers of Canada
  • The Association of Registered Graphic Designers

Also providing support:

  • Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
  • Society of Graphic Designers of Canada
  • Advertising Association of Winnipeg

About Cal Harrison

Cal Harrison (BA, MBA, CMC) is the founder and President of QBS Canada and a consultant, university lecturer, trainer, and frequent speaker and writer on the subject of the marketing and procurement of professional services such as architecture, engineering, law, IT and management consulting.

His audiences include universities and conferences across North America, the Caribbean, and Europe including the Harvard Business School Alumni, American Public Works Association, Purchasing Management Association of Canada/Supply Chain Management Association, Deusto University in Spain and the Institute of Management Consultants (Canada, Caribbean and USA).

He is the author of two business books - The Consultant with Pink Hair and Buying Professional Services: Replacing the Price-Based Request for Proposal with Qualifications Based Selection.

Contact QBS Canada

Cal Harrison, President
Phone: 1 (204) 293-2411

Ben Shelton, Research Assistant

Twitter: @QBSisBest