Isomer Synthesis

Solicitation number KW405-170928/A

Publication date

Closing date and time 2017/02/07 14:00 EST

    Trade Agreement: NAFTA/AIT/Canada FTAs with Peru/Colombia/Panama
    Tendering Procedures: Generally only one firm has been invited to bid
    Non-Competitive Procurement Strategy: Exclusive Rights
    Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
    Vendor Name and Address: 
    207 Stuart Street
    Rideau Building, Third Floor
    Kingston Ontario
    Nature of Requirements: 
    Isometer Synthesis
    Schmidt, Jeff
    Telephone No. - (905) 615-2058 
    Fax No. - (905) 615-2060 
    E-mail - 
    1. Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN)
    An ACAN is a public notice indicating to the suppliercommunity that a department or agency intends to award a contract for goods, services or construction to a pre-identified supplier, thereby allowing other suppliers to signal their interest in bidding, by submitting a statement of capabilities. If no supplier submits a statement of capabilities that meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, on or before the closing date stated in the ACAN, the contracting officer may then proceed with the award to the pre-identified supplier.
    2. Definition of the requirement
    The Department of the Environment (Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)) has a requirement to develop a naphthenic acid primary standard prevalent in natural bitumen-influenced waters and industrial process waters in the Athabasca oil sands region. The standard is required for analytical method development of naphthenic acids measurements in monitoring programs for the oil sands region of Alberta. 
    The work will involve the following: 
    Conduct multi-step custom organic synthesis for Family A isomer. Synthesize isotopically labelled analogue, as required. Conduct spectral characterizations for structural confirmations of final products.
    3. Criteria for assessment of the Statement of Capabilities (Minimum Essential Requirements)
    Any interested supplier must demonstrate by way of a statement of capabilities that it meets the following requirements: 
    3.1 Experience:  
    Suppliers must have a minimum of 10 years of experience from the ACAN closing date in the following: 
    3.1.1 Experience in custom organic syntheses; 
    3.1.2 Experience in naphthenic acid custom synthesis; 
    3.1.3 Experience in isotopic labelling in custom syntheses; 
    3.1.4 Experience in other synthetic fields potentially applicable to naphthenic acids such as          agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals custom synthesis; 
    3.1.5 Experience in preparative custom syntheses; 
    3.1.6 Experience and qualifications in handling potential steroid precursors.
    3.2 Knowledge and understanding of: 
    Suppliers must have a knowledge and understanding of the following areas, which must be demonstrable by scientific publications in each area in the primary peer-reviewed scientific literature or in previous synthetic contracts performed for other clients:
    3.2.1 Naphthenic acid structures, custom synthesis; 
    3.2.2 Multiple, alternate synthetic routes used in naphthenic acid syntheses;
    3.2.3 State of the art spectroscopy techniques to confirm structural assignments; 
    3.2.4 Purification techniques to achieve desired product quality specifications;
    3.2.5 Isotopic labelling in synthetic routes as applicable to naphthenic acids; and 
    3.2.6 Pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals;
    3.3 Academic qualifications: 
    3.3.1 The proposed resources must be syntheticdesigners and must possess doctoral degree from a recognized university in the field of organic synthesis;
    3.4 Professional designation, accreditation, and/or certification: 
    3.4.1 The supplier must possess laboratory accreditations to conduct syntheses and assign structural properties and purity specifications, authorizations to handle steroids potentially used as precursors proposed resources must;
    3.4.2 The suppliers proposed resources must be PhD organic chemists designing and conducting syntheses.
    4. Applicability of the trade agreement(s) to the procurement
    This procurement is subject to the following trade agreements: 
    o Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
    o North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
    5. Justification for the Pre-Identified Supplier
    The field of custom organic synthesis is restricted, and within this sector, there are specializations for classes of compounds and synthetic routes.  Snieckus Innovations, an academic unit within Queens University is the only known supplier that can perform the work as they have a long history of research in this area of synthesis and is considered a world authority on synthetic strategies in synthesis of poly-substituted aromatics. Sneickus Innovations has been a recognized authority on these types of organic syntheses for a number of years, as evidenced by their publications and patents in this field of organic syntheses. As such, it is uniquely qualified to conduct the synthesis that is required to meet ECCC’s requirement.
    6. Government Contracts Regulations Exception(s)
    The following exception(s) to the Government Contracts Regulations is (are) invoked for this procurement under subsection 6 (d) - "only one person is capable of performing the work."
    7. Exclusions and/or Limited Tendering Reasons
    The following limited tendering reasons are invoked under the:
    - Agreement on Internal trade (AIT) - Articles 506.12 (b), "Where there is an absence of competition for technical reasons and the goods or services can be supplied only by  a particular supplier and no alternative or substitute exists."
    - North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - Article 1016 (b), "where, for works of art, or for reasons connected with the protection of patents, copyrights orother exclusive rights, or proprietary information or where there is an absence of competition for technical reasons, the goods or services can be supplied only by a particular supplier and no reasonable alternative or substitute exists."
    8. Period of the proposed contract or delivery date
    The proposed contract is for a period of 1 year, from February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018.  
    9. Cost estimate of the proposed contract
    The estimated value of the contract is a range of $100,000.00 - $120,000.00 (GST/HST extra).
    10. Name and address of the pre-identified supplier
    Queen’s University at Kingston, Snieckus Innovations
    207 Stuart Street
    Rideau Building, Third Floor
    Kingston, ON K7L 2V9
    11. Suppliers' right to submit a statement of capabilities
    Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the goods, services or construction services described in the ACAN may submit a statement of capabilities in writing to the contact person identified in this notice on or before the closing date of this notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.
    12. Closing date for a submission of a statement of capabilities
    The closing date and time for accepting statements of capabilities is February 8, 2017.
    13. Inquiries and submission of statements of capabilities
    Inquiries and statements of capabilities are to be directed to:
    Jeff Schmidt
    Supply Specialist
    Public Works and GovernmentServices Canada
    33 City Centre Dr, Suite 480C
    Mississauga, ON L5B 2N5
    Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
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    Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

    Contract duration

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    Trade agreements

    • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
    • Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
    • Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA)
    • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

    Reason for limited tendering

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    • Exclusive Rights

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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du Portage
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5
    Contracting authority
    Schmidt, Jeff
    (905) 615-2058 ( )
    (905) 615-2060
    Ontario Region
    33 City Centre Drive
    Suite 480
    Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 2N5

    Buying organization(s)

    Environment Canada
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    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    Ontario (except NCR)
    Procurement method
    Commodity - GSIN
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