Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA)

Proposal Development Workshop
Gold Seal: 1 Credit * HPO: 7.5 Group B CPD Points
Friday, May 5th, 2017
BW Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites
2402 Highway 97N
Kelowna, BC
V1X 4J1
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Registration Deadline
Friday, May 5th, 2017
Early Bird Deadline
Register on or before Friday, April 21st, 2017 to receive special pricing.
Event Description

This 1-day course provides an overview of the key factors that separate proposals that win from those that do not. This course addresses proposals in response to a formal Request for Proposals (RFP), Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Request for Information (RFI) from vendors, proposals prepared to address a potential business opportunity as well as less formal estimates and quotes.


This course is suitable for anyone involved in the proposal development process, including individuals that make decisions on whether or not to respond to a proposal opportunity.


During the course participants will learn the factors that lead to a successful proposal, some of which include:

  • Ensuring the proposal is aligned with your organization’s strategy
  • Understanding the competitiveness of your organization before spending the time and effort on a proposal
  • Establishing a clear process for managing the creation of a proposal including who to involve and when
  • Tailoring proposals to address client needs in a logical way that demonstrates your organization’s credibility
  • Presenting and organizing the proposal material in a clear, persuasive manner
  • Understanding the potential risk to your organization given the nature of the work and the potential customer

Participants will be exposed to a number of proposal types and examples, as well as tools and templates for managing the proposal creation process.


Instructor: Janet Bonaguro, Principal of ThinkSpace Performance, has worked with over 100 organizations locally, nationally and internationally. For 20 years she has provided business advice, managed organizations and created new organizations. Janet has provided business advice and trained hundreds of individuals on the topic of business growth (including sales and marketing), proposal writing and client relationship management.

Janet has written hundreds of successful proposals from single page, back-of-the-napkin proposals to multi-million dollar submissions. She has coordinated proposal processes on behalf of clients and has led proposal evaluations teams.

She brings this experience into the classroom to give you the most valuable advice for making your proposal stand out. She also brings her real-life project delivery experience into the proposal development process to help students understand and manage project risks early in the bidding process. Janet brings a fun and energetic style to the classroom, sharing multiple stories and offering frequent opportunities for interaction with other students.

Janet has worked in the construction, trades, manufacturing, utilities and service industries as a project manager, process and systems designer and business advisor.  She holds designations as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Financial Management Advisor (FMA), and holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).


What previous participants said:

“Overall probably the most useful seminar I have attended in the past two years.”

“Very, very helpful. Both big picture education and detailed take-back points.”

"Janet was wonderful and easy to understand."

Contact & Support

For more information contact 604-298-7795



All prices in Canadian dollars
* Early Bird Price Special
On or before Apr 21, 2017
Regular Price
After Apr 21, 2017
Attendee Registration For Workshop
ICBA Member $420.00 $450.00
Non-Member $570.00 $600.00
8:00am - 8:30am
8:30am - 4:30pm
Cancellation &
Refund Policy



Cancellations received at least 10 business days prior to the course date will result in a full refund.


Cancellations received less than 10 business days but more than 5 full business days prior to the course date are subject to an administration fee of $100 for full and half-day seminars, or $25 for breakfast sessions.


Registrants who do not show up for a course, and/or who do not notify ICBA at least 5 full business days prior to the course date will be assessed the full cost of the course. There will be no refunds or credits in this case.


Substitution of attendees is permitted up to and including the day of the course.




ICBA may have to postpone or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment, in which case ICBA’s liability will be limited to a refund of the registration fee.

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