June 21, 2011
by Cheryl Paradowski
PURCHASINGB2B MAGAZINE: JUNE 2011
PMAC has worked hard to build relationships with many of the leading supply chain organizations around the world.
This has been primarily achieved through our involvement in the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM), a body of 43 national supply chain associations worldwide.
PMAC’s Strategic Supply Chain Management Leadership Program is accredited by IFPSM.
The establishment in 2010 of Designation Reciprocity Agreements with the two largest SCM associations in the world, the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), speaks not just to the high quality of our new SCMP accreditation program, but also to our reputation on the world stage and the respect that we have been able to build for PMAC abroad.
While these international success stories are very important to PMAC, we’ve often felt that more collaboration with the other associations right here in Canada, who share our vision for the field of practice of strategic supply chain management, was necessary and could result in mutually beneficial opportunities for the domestic associations and the supply chain field in this country as a whole.
That is why I am proud and excited to report our first step towards achieving this goal of working more closely with like-minded organizations in Canada. PMAC has just finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Supply Chain and Logistics Association Canada (SCL) to collaborate on areas such as: research, public policy and raising awareness of the importance of strategic SCM to the Canadian economy.
Recognizing that the mandates of our two organizations are more complementary than they are competitive, and that mutual benefits can be achieved for our respective members and the SCM field as a whole, it was a logical step to establish this partnership at this time.
Bob Armstrong, president, SCL Canada, also shares my enthusiasm and support for our new relationship.
“SCL is pleased to be working with PMAC and the signing of this MOU confirms that each party has a strong desire to move forward to the betterment of Canada’s supply chain community.”
This partnership will provide a stronger, united voice in shaping public policy and building awareness in the marketplace of the need for strategic supply chain managers and the benefits of such expertise in building a company’s competitive advantage.
SCM research will also receive positive gains as the two associations will now be able to combine their resources and jointly develop research opportunities relevant to the field of practice.
Members of both organizations also gain access to content and educational programs in aspects of SCM that have not been traditionally the focus of their respective associations.
For example, under this arrangement SCL members will have access to more procurement expertise and PMAC members will have access to more logistics expertise.
While this is only a first step towards closer domestic collaboration in our field, we are very motivated by the opportunities it represents.
We look forward to the benefits that will be available to our members as PMAC continues to work more closely in our new partnership with SCL Canada. b2b
With individual members representing every facet of supply chain and logistics management, Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada (SCL) is the leading national association, representing the supply chain and logistics community in Canada for over 40 years. SCL is the only Canadian association that covers the complete supply chain management spectrum through its member base and program offerings. SCL is at the forefront of industry developments with access to information on national and global trends in logistics. It actively promotes supply chain and logistics management as a significant factor in business profitability, provide leadership
to implement integrated logistics solutions and conduct research.