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NEW THIS WEEK!
Thursday, April 7, 2016

New Questionnaire Content

We have added new environmental management questions and reassigned questions that previously referenced ‘health, safety and environment’ into separate questions for ‘health & safety’ and ‘environmental management’.

Please refer to the Environmental Management Systems section to view the new content.

New Contractor Suspension Workflow for Clients! Available April 13, 2016

Effective April 13, clients will have access to automated contractor suspension functionality on the ‘My Contractors’ page. The system can now be configured to perform a daily verification that contractor requirements are maintained, and if they are not, reassign contractors to ‘Not Approved’ or to a new ‘Suspended’ tab. Each template can have its own automatic suspension workflow applied to questionnaire responses, mandatory documents, and completeness targets. Approval change notifications for clients and contractors are also configurable.

This new feature adds another level of due diligence to the CQN Advantage platform and ensures that ‘Approved’ contractors are maintaining the requirements they have been approved for.

New Document Management for Contractors! Available April 13, 2016

The new 'Document Management' page provides contractors with simplified submission and deletion of documents, a cleaner interface, and a better user experience.

Please feel free to contact the help desk for a walk through of the new features.

Contact us for more information! 1-888-449-5545


FEATURE IN CANADIAN DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION REPORT
Thursday, March 10, 2016

CQN Advantage: Contractor management software avoids the negative qualities of third party verification services

We are proud to be a part of the March issue of Canadian Design & Construction Report. Check out the online issue or view our feature!

Click here for more!


NEW THIS WEEK!
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New for Purchasers!

Save time with our NEW Pre-Configured Templates and template design upgrades. Purchasers will benefit from a newly designed Manage Templates page that also has added functionality for building out templates.

  • Start from scratch and build a new template – Build your own custom questionnaires from the 400 + questions on board.
  • Duplicate an existing template and modify the content – Do you want to use questions from a current template for a new one? No problem. Template configurations including question sets, document requirements and CAM configurations can now be copied to a new template.
  • Use a new CQN Pre-configured template – Our new Pre-Configured templates offers clients the ability to use a range of custom questionnaire templates built to align with industry best practices. All you have to do is the choose the template you’d like to use, name it, assign a risk level, then it is added to your list of templates for use!

NEW Reports have been added to the Reports Center:

  • General KPI Report
  • Mitigation Actions Report
  • Discipline Approver Activity Report

New for Contractors!

New ‘Requirements Change Update’ Widget! Contractor accounts are auto-checked on a daily basis to identify changes to questionnaire content and document requirements. Any changes made by your Client will be identified on the contactor Account Status page, in the new widget and in the Message Centre. Contractors make sure to add this new Widget to your Account Status dashboard!

Contact us for a 5 minute walkthrough! 1-888-449-5545


NEW THIS WEEK!
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New!

Questionnaire Content - Minor changes to content for contractor registry information and ISO certifications.

Contractors can now link to their Completeness Summary in the Questionnaire Completeness widget from the Account Status page.

Upgraded!

Minor interface upgrade on the Advanced Search results page.

Contact us for a 5 minute walkthrough! 1-888-449-5545


CQN LAUNCHES NEW APPROVAL FUNCTIONALITY
Monday, August 31, 2015

The Weighted Category Scorecard has been developed to address the needs of purchasers that require a completely customizable contractor assessment tool.

Purchasers interested in more detailed, project-specific approvals start by identifying criteria with weightings for each item. The utility accommodates an unlimited number of line items and any assessment criteria including:

  • Organization
  • Commercial
  • Capacity
  • Quality management
  • Operations
  • Labour relations
  • Health, safety and environment
  • any other purchaser specific element

Approval thresholds may be set for each category.

The Scorecard is fully integrated with the existing mitigation module so that items that do not meet corporate requirements don't fall through the cracks.

Contact us today to have 5 minute walk through of this new approval utility.


COMING SOON: NEW LOOK AND CONTENT FOR THE ACCOUNT STATUS PAGE
Friday, May 29, 2015

Contractors will soon benefit from a newly designed Account Status page. The Account Status page is being transformed into a dashboard consisting of customizable widgets. Each widget can be added, removed or rearranged to the contractor’s preference.

The redesigned page will include the same account information, plus new value-added analytics with charts and graphical components.

NEW analytics added to the dashboard include:

  • Document Verification Rejection Details
  • Document Verification timelines and status
  • Average Contractor Approval time
  • Individual user activity details

Watch for the new Account Status page soon, and Contact us for a 5 minute walk-through.


NEW DOCUMENT VERIFICATION OPTIONS
Friday, May 15, 2015

CQN provides customized content on an ongoing basis. In response to user feedback, we have added the following options to our insurance document verification process:

  • Client organization listed as additionally insured
  • Policy states 30 days’ notice of cancellation

Questions about our Document Verification Service? Contact us today! 1-888-449-5545


NEW!
Thursday, April 2, 2015

CQN is pleased to announce that enhanced journaling and document management functionality for purchasing organizations will be available as of Friday, April 10, 2015.

New! Contractor Journal with Document Storage

The contractor journal allows client representatives to maintain a running log of discussions, meeting notes, decisions, agreements and any other key pieces of information for each contractor.

Our new document management utility creates purpose built, secure and time stamped storage for documents specific to a given contractor. The utility will provide enhanced organization and storage of internal documents of any kind including technical reviews, commercial documents, quality and HSE plans, meeting minutes, project kick-offs, and more.

Contact us for a 5 minute walkthrough! 1-888-449-5545


WHAT'S NEW THIS WEEK
Friday, March 6, 2015

We are constantly upgrading and creating new content for our contractors and purchasers! We are pleased to announce new upgrades as of Friday, March 13, 2015.

NEW! CAM Comparison Report

The Contractor Assessment Matrix (CAM) allows purchasers to identify critical prequalification elements. Purchasers now have the ability to run side-by-side comparison reports on selected contractor CAM reports.

UPGRADED! SuretyAssistTM

We have made exciting new enhancements within SuretyAssistTM that will streamline the communication and data collection process between the contractor and purchaser.


NEW & IMPROVED!
Friday, February 20, 2015

We have deployed new and improved content for purchasers, effective Friday, February 20, 2015.

NEW! Questionnaire Section – Aircraft Operations!

Purchasers will notice a new section to choose from when creating or modifying their questionnaire templates! The Questionnaire section now contains Aircraft Operations which includes 8 pages of new content with over 130 questions relating to flight operations, construction and maintenance.

NEW! Questionnaire Completeness Summary!

This new Contractor Management summary report provides a complete list of questions that have not been completed by the selected contractor.

Upgrades! Customizable Contractor Status page!

We have added new customizability for the purchaser when viewing the Contractor Status page. Elements can now be collapsed, re-arranged and hidden as per the user’s preference.


MORE ENHANCEMENTS & UPGRADES!
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Sherwood Park, AB

January has been a busy month for us with the launch of our new website, data partners and major software upgrades. We are happy to bring our customers more improvements and upgrades as of Friday, January 23, 2015.

Clients will see a new Report Center. With its improved design, the Report Centre offers easy navigation through report categories, simple creation of new reports and offers custom reports. New reports include:

  • Contractor Service Changes report
  • Contractor COR Status report

The Notification Center has new and upgraded content:

  • NEW! The Contractor Service Changes Report notification will now be sent once a week, which includes the list of contractors that have added or removed services.
  • NEW Opt-In Notification! A contractor’s service change can now trigger an approval status change.
  • Updated! Redesigned email for the Expired Submitted Documents notification.
  • Updated! Users can opt-in and opt-out of optional notification types.

The Contractor Status page will now include the pending/rejected document counts in a progress bar within the Completeness section. Additional expired document alerts have been added to the Account Status, Submit Document, and Manage Document pages.


CQN ANNOUNCES NEW HOME PAGE AND SOFTWARE UPGRADES
Friday, December 19, 2014 - Sherwood Park, AB

CQN AdvangtageTM customers and service providers will see a new home page and enhanced contractor management functionality effective December 30, 2014.

Our new home page now displays logos of the hundreds of purchasing and service organizations benefitting from our business-friendly and economical online software.

Users will also see prominent access points to our affiliated software partners including:

  • Safety QuotientTM - Online assessment of personality traits that contribute to at-risk behaviors
  • SuretyAssistTM - Online contractor commercial and capability assessment
  • HSE AssuranceTM - Online contractor compliance measurement technology
  • Training Store - Online safety and technical training

New functionality includes new contractor approval functions, mitigation module enhancements, new reports, and new notification options.

Contact us for a ten-minute walk through of the new bits and pieces or book an online web demo for a more detailed walkthrough of the complete application.


New Functionality Added to the Mitigation Register
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Effective Friday, September 26, we have made a valuable adjustment to the mitigation tool box based on user input. The option to add mitigation actions for blank questionnaire fields that have been configured in the Contractor Assessment Matrix (CAM) can now be included in the Mitigation Register.

Clients will now have the ability to view & track questions unanswered by the contractor that affect the CAM report. Mitigation actions can now be put in place to address these empty questions either internally or with the contractor. This new feature will not only improve the completeness of the contractors’ questionnaire, but also add value to the overall CAM results.


CQN ROLLS OUT PRODUCT UPGRADES
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

CQNetwork is pleased to announce significant new functionality upgrades to the CQN Advantage contractor management platform.

Effective Friday, September 12, users will have several new features that will improve day-to-day administration of contractor information, and major new mitigation functionality.

Key upgrades include:

  • Notification upgrades:
    System-generated emails inform users when actions are completed, or when specific progress has been achieved. All notification options are configurable by account administrators, and can be toggled on or off by the user.
    • Contractor questionnaire completion
    • Document upload progress
    • Contractor approval notification
    • Contractor document expiry notifications
    • Questionnaire content change notification
    • Contractor service change notifications
  • New Reports:
    • Contractor Completion Report displays % progress for questionnaire, mandatory document, and optional document completeness
    • User Training Summary displays system users and the video training modules completed
  • Contractor Assessment Matrix is now linked to the corresponding questionnaire section and displays the subject question and response.
  • Message center upgrade now provides a chronological listing of all messages on a per contractor basis plus other improvements.
  • Mitigation Register functionality allows users to assign actions to either users or contractors. Mitigation actions can be added, tracked, and managed as a part of both approval and general mitigation.


New / Upgraded Functionality – Website Maintenance
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

We have deployed new functionality this week. New sort functions on the My Contractors lists make it easier to organize your lists and navigate more quickly. Power user tutorial videos have been added to the Help > Resources tab. For administrators there is also a report function to keep track of tutorial attendees. There will be more videos added over the next few weeks. For contractors, the new questionnaire completeness summary shows at a glance any questions that have not been completed. The application and the user experience continues to improve with input from both contractors and purchasers.


Contractor Prequalification: Top 5 Purchaser Behaviors to Avoid
Monday, June 23, 2014 @ 1:00 PM

Contractor prequalification can be time consuming and administratively daunting for both purchasers and contractors. By avoiding or reducing the common behaviors below you may improve your business processes and your bottom line.

1Avoid using an information questionnaire that is not fit‐for‐purpose for the contractor or service category. A long and detailed questionnaire may be required when you have a short list of qualified bidders for complex work scopes but simplicity rules the majority of the time at the prequalification stage. Roofing contractors shouldn’t be expected to know how to pour concrete.

2Don’t force your contractors to make things up to meet random prequalification requirements. A system that requires contractors to create (or obtain) safety procedures for services they don’t provide is just bad business. There are no contractors that provide all services ‐ stop treating them like you think they should. Stick to what you know, and what your contractor knows, about the services they provide. Avoid recreating safety legislation in your own, or worse your data manager’s, image. Safety legislation is owned by the state for the benefit of workers and employers.

3Contractors forced to cut and paste legislation into company manuals are not magically imbued with more safety knowledge by using their word processing skills. If you are having contractors sign‐off on your corporate safety standards you would be better off making sure your standards meet legislation not the other way around.

4If your organization uses an electronic database, either home grown or third‐party, use it to reduce duplication by serving as the sole source of contractor data to the degree possible. If your procurement, safety and project management people insist that the contractor send the same prequalification information to them individually that has already posted to a database you are doing it wrong. By not monitoring your people, and their database usage, purchasing organizations add even more administrative work to an already top heavy process.

5Avoid ambiguous and frequently changing approval criteria. Your approval criteria should be easy to explain and be appropriate for contractor category you are assessing. Frequently changing criteria means frequently frayed nerves both for internal clients (i.e. project management) and your contractor base. None of us likes going through an approval process in the first place but professional contractors will respond positively if the requirements are reasonable and transparent. Ask yourself: how many prequalification hills are there actually worth dying on anyway. After all, it’s ‘prequalification’ not RFP assessment.


New / Upgraded Functionality – Website Maintenance
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 @ 1:00 PM

The CQN Advantage website will undergo routine maintenance on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The website will be fully functional during the maintenance period.

We will also be rolling out improved document verification (DVS) functionality for those Purchasing Organizations that have purchased it. DVS will now provide upgraded visual confirmation of document verification including date / time / user stamp of all dated documents. Users will also see a list of specific data points for each document included in the service. Documents that do not meet all of the specified data points will be identified to the contractor with indication where the document is deficient.

Also included in this document management package upgrade is the ability to assign expiry dates and track documents that do not include an expiry date as issued. This feature will allow expanded capability to track and control documents like WCB release letters, premium rate statements and essential safety, operations, or human relations policies.


CQN ADVANTAGE INTRODUCES NEWLY UPGRADED AND EXPANDED CONTRACTOR ASSESSMENT MATRIX
Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 4:00 PM

We are excited to announce new content and functionality for the Contractor Assessment Matrix (CAM). CAM is used by purchasing organizations to assess contractor suitability and compliance to corporate standards.

CAM is an excellent tool for contractor general screening. The utility allows purchasers to identify critical prequalification elements based on the category and risk profile of the contractor.

CAM is a scalable and customizable gap analysis utility that determines compliance to critical prequalification requirements. By comparing contractor document submittals and questionnaire responses, mitigation actions are quickly identified and tracked. Unlike costly and inefficient desk top evaluations, CAM provides a time-effective, fit-for-purpose, contractor assessment.

NEW CONTENT AND FUNCTIONALITY:

  • 5 New Criteria Sections – All criteria have been categorized into easy to navigate sections including: Commercial/Capacity, Contractor Management, Health, Safety and Environmental Management System, Health Safety and Environmental Performance and Quality Management Systems.
  • Increased Criteria Components – CAM provides a user-selectable palette of 41 key prequalification elements.
  • Completely Customizable & Scalable – Configure CAM reports for each customized questionnaire template. Effectively assess contractors using criteria pertinent to your corporate standards.
  • Report Retention & Tracking – CAM reports can now be saved, logged per user and dated for future viewing.

For more information on CAM or to register for a product demonstration, please contact us!


CQN Advantage is proud to support the Dirty Birds Charity Hockey Tournament
Fri, Feb 07, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

DirtyBirds The Dirty Birds Charity Hockey Tournament is a two day event with a silent auction and hockey tournament to raise awareness and funds for the Neurosurgery Kids Fund and the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation.

The silent auction will be held May 23rd at Average Joes in Sherwood Park and the hockey tournament is on May 24th at Argyll Arena.


For more info on this great cause, visit: http://dirtybirds.kintera.org/faf/home or http://www.neurosurgerykids.com/. To donate an item to the silent auction or buy a ticket to attend please contact Chris Branco at tobster@shaw.ca

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

Scheduled Maintenance
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 @ 3:00 PM

On Thursday, January 16, 2014, from 6:55PM to 7:15PM MST, the CQN Advantage website will be unavailable while our hosting facility performs scheduled maintenance.

Thank you for your patience.


CQN Rolls out New Product - CQN Advantage™
Posted by Ronnie Blair on Mon, Nov 4, 2013 @ 11:35 AM

CQN Advantage is web-based contractor management software that is practical, business-friendly and economical. "This product is fundamentally different than every other contractor management application in the market" said CQN President Patrick Robison. "We are pleased to announce the roll out of CQN Advantage at a time when purchasers are looking for economical and fully customizable contractor management options".

"Conditions for a market shift away from the current costly and inefficient processes continue to appear as major organizations, including owners, contractors and industry association's look for technologies that are more economical and are easier to administer" said Mr. Robinson.

Evolving market conditions were key elements driving the creation of the Advantage product. "There are three big prizes for purchasers and their contractors when using CQN Advantage" said Mr. Robinson. "First, there is no fee for contractors to participate on this database, two there is no desk top evaluation embedded in the product and three, the product is fully customizable to purchaser requirements".

"The desk-top evaluation process is an administrative nightmare for clients and more so for contractors. The Advantage product provides purchasers with customizable electronic approval tools that make business sense" remarked Mr. Robinson, "Industry needs to figure out how many hills there are to die on at the prequalification stage of contractor approval. Advantage puts the Purchaser back in control of that business process".

With CQN Advantage, purchasers will benefit from an advanced and fully featured contractor management solution that is modularized and highly customizable. "We are proud to provide business-friendly solutions that provide genuine value to industry.

It's all about simplicity, cost effectiveness and doing things that fit your circumstances" said Mr. Robinson. CQN Advantage is an excellent product for purchasers that want a high degree of customizability and active management of the prequalification and purchasing functions at a reduced cost.

PRIMARY BENEFITS:

  • No Contractor Fees – Contractors pay no fee to participate on the Advantage database. Purchasers issue access codes to contractors of their choosing.
  • Customizable Questionnaires – Create contractor questionnaires from a pool of over 600 questions. Unlimited question sets can be tailored to the contractor, service type, risk level or RFP requirements.
  • Active Document Management – Provides full customization of contractor document submittals including date tracking and automated notifications.
  • Complete Online Procurement Management – Manage the complete procurement cycle from identification of qualified bidders, through document distribution, to clarification management and bid analysis.
  • Business Friendly Approval Utilities – Identify contractor program and performance gaps and build practical mitigation plans. Customize content and criticality levels to build a contractor approval system that makes sense for the circumstances.
  • SuretyAssist™ - Assess the business capability and commercial bench strength of bidders with exclusive SuretyAssist software. This advanced application is available through exclusive license from the University of Alberta

12th Annual Alberta Health & Safety Conference & Trade Fair
Posted by Ronnie Blair on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 @ 12:23 PM

CQN and our data partner RISC Management are proud to sponsor and be a part of the 12th Annual Health & Safety Conference and Trade Show at the BMO Centre in Calgary, AB on October 21 & 22, 2013.

Come visit us at exhibitor booth #512! Meet our team and learn how our software effectively automates the entire Contractor Management Arch - Prequalify - Procure - Monitor. See you there.

Live it! Own it!

This Conference & Trade Fair is fast becoming one of the largest annual Conferences in Western Canada that is exclusively dedicated to the safety, health and environmental (SHE) industries. The Trade Fair is a forum where approximately 130 manufacturers of safety, health and environmental products and services meet with safety, health and environmental professionals to demonstrate and showcase the state-of-the-art in the SHE industry.

For more information on this year's event, visit www.hsconference.com.

BMO Centre
20 Round Up Way SE
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2K8