Michael Pacholok 
Chief Purchasing Officer, Purchasing and Materials Management Division

Michael Pacholok assumed the role of Chief Purchasing Officer for the City of Toronto in 2012, with oversight of close to $2 billion spent on goods and services per year. In the role of Chief Purchasing Officer, Michael leads a professional staff of 143 and has been instrumental in the development of the Social Procurement Program and introducing other large scale transformations into the City of Toronto procurement process such as Category Management and the use of SAP Ariba. In 2018, Michael became the co-champion for the City’s Circular Economy in Procurement Framework with Solid Waste Management Services.

Prior to his current position, Michael was a municipal lawyer with the City of Toronto’s Legal Services department providing legal advice on the public procurement process to the Purchasing and Materials Management Division and legal advice on environmental matters, contracts and other municipal matters to the City’s Solid Waste Management Services. In his legal role, Michael provided advice and wrote the by-law for the City of Toronto’s 5 cent plastic bag initiative.

Michael graduated from University of Toronto with a Juris Doctor in 2005 and from Queen’s University with a B.A.H. in Computer Science and Economics.

Outside of his duties, Michael is a self-published author of a fantasy novel that has nothing to do with procurement or law.