Supply Chain Canada Professionals advancing the future

Supply Chain Canada Professionals advancing the future
From left to right: Vince Dixon, President NB: Chris Soroka, President NS; and Alex Kane, President NL meet to discuss strategic plans in November at Toronto, before COVID-19 restrictions were implemented.

With its finger on the pulse of the global economy, Supply Chain Canada builds on its 100 years of stellar service to its 7,500 members and counting across the country with dynamic, innovative and leading-edge initiatives that anticipate and cater to the rapidly evolving supply chain ecosystem.

That starts with delivering the premier Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation—Canada’s most coveted qualification for professionals looking to advance their careers in managing the complex and crucial flow of goods and services from start to finish. But it doesn’t stop there. 

As one unified association catering to professionals across the nation, Supply Chain Canada is the go-to hub for individuals and organizations who want to be recognized for leading innovation, competing globally and driving economic growth. The Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (incorporating Prince Edward Island) offices work together to deliver this exciting suite of professional development products and services.

“The bottom line,” says Alex Kane, president of the association’s Newfoundland and Labrador operation, is that, “we are the voice of the industry, and while our SCMP designation is the most sought-after designation for supply chain professionals in Canada, we’re also constantly innovating and introducing leading-edge initiatives to further create the platform for collaboration and to power the growth of the Canadian economy.”

Supply Chain Canada has recently launched several innovative programs, such as 100 Influential Women in
Canadian Supply Chain™, recognizing some of the country’s most accomplished female supply chain leaders. Adds Kane: “We’ve also launched The Canadian Immigrants Impacting Supply Chain™ initiative, which recognizes the pioneering spirit and visionary leadership Canadian immigrants bring to the profession.” 

“The education, experience, and diversity of our members play a vital role in the success of our regional economies,” says Vincent Dixon, president of the New Brunswick institute. “In New Brunswick our members work to support $13 billion in goods exported annually to over 95 countries. Our Port of Saint John handles an average of 28 million metric tonnes of cargo a year and we are also the home of Canada’s largest refinery. It is our supply chain professionals who are on the front lines providing solutions to many of the regional and global challenges we face; the demand for their expertise is on the rise.”

Supply Chain Canada is proud to introduce Pathways to SCMP designation including recognition of prior learning and executive grandfathering pathways, to help professionals save time and money by enabling them to simply fill in the gaps in their training. 

“This is great news,” says Chris Soroka, president of the association’s Nova Scotia operation, who came to Canada in 2005 following his military career in England. “It recognizes the prior learning that professionals have achieved through academic institutions, professional associations, corporate training programs, work experience and/or military service.”

Supply Chain Canada has also launched the Business Associates of Supply Chain Canada™ membership, supporting service providers, consultants, and vendors looking to connect with the association’s members and increase their profile in the supply chain community. 

In these ways, Kane says, “Supply Chain Canada works to fill any gaps in the industry that could result from a lack of current and pertinent professional development, and helps build platforms for strategic networks and alliances. It broadens professional competency frameworks, benchmarks industry best practices, and provides resources for understanding our continuously shifting eco-political landscape.” 

Supply Chain Canada will be hosting virtually their National Conference from Oct 5th-9th, 2020, where this year’s theme is Visibility, Transparency and Innovation. With a speaker line-up consisting of industry leaders from around the world, in an online format, this promises to be Canada’s premier symposium of supply chain professionals. Supply Chain Canada builds on its history of excellence with innovations that foresee the future of a crucial and continuously evolving industry. •

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