Forging the energy supply chain

Event brings together supply chain management professionals with suppliers to learn, network and share ideas

November 5, 2013
by PurchasingB2B Staff

In the November/December issue, PurchasingB2B is pleased to provide this special pre-conference section highlighting the National Supply Chain Forum (NSCF) in Calgary. The Supply Chain Management Association’s (SCMA) Alberta Institute and June Warren-Nickel’s Energy Group (JWN) have put together the event, with the two organizations combining SCMA Alberta’s annual Supply Chain Management Conference with the National Buyer/Seller Forum. The new event—expected to draw over 800 delegates—takes place at Calgary’s BMO  Centre, November 12-14.

This section brings you coverage from fellow Glacier publication, Oilsands Review, including an article profiling KBR Industrial Canada, a company honoured as OilSands Review’s Supplier of the Year. KBR Industrial Canada’s history stretches back to the very first oilsands project, and the organization has been involved with Suncor Energy Inc. and its predecessor Great Canadian Oil Sands for decades as the oilsands business has grown.

We’re also pleased to provide you with another story from Oilsands Review highlighting the newly founded Alberta Supply Chain Working Group, which is making moves to improve relationships between owners and vendors in the oilsands. The article highlights what’s happening to better engage oilsands owner companies and their vendors in a dialogue to cut productivity hassles and supply interruptions. The group is readying for talks on those problems and potential solutions.

A third story from PurchasingB2B staff outlines a new database from The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) designed to facilitate finding Aboriginal businesses using an online database. The platform boasts several heavy hitting sponsors such as Suncor Energy, CN and Enbridge.

If you’re going to be at the forum, please consider attending our panel on supplier diversity. You can find more information  about the event—including our panel—by visiting clicking here. Please also feel free to drop by PurchasingB2B’s booth at the forum to say hello. See you in Calgary!

The Business Case for Supplier Diversity
Thursday November 14 • 9:30am-10:30am
National Supply Chain Forum, BMO Center, Calgary

Panel session description:

In partnership with the Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), PurchasingB2B is proud to moderate a panel session at the event highlighting the business case for supplier diversity. Supplier diversity represents a proactive business process that helps provide Aboriginal, minority and women-owned suppliers equal access to bid opportunities. Large organizations in sectors such as automotive, banking and finance as well as technology have long realized the ROI of sourcing from diverse suppliers. Canada’s energy sector can also reap those benefits including increased flexibility, innovation leading to cost savings, improved access to an important and growing labour force, enhanced social license, amongst others.

This panel discussion will focus on the business case for utilizing diverse suppliers within the energy sector and the benefits of engaging prime suppliers to identify opportunities across the entire supply chain. Tips for getting buy-in from the C-suite to pursue a supplier diversity program, how to build supplier diversity into an RFP and metrics for measuring success will also be discussed.

A featured editorial report on this session will appear in the January/February 2014 edition of PurchasingB2B.

Moderator: Michael Power, editor, PurchasingB2B

Cassandra Dorrington, President of the Canadian Aboriginal Minority & Supplier Council (CAMSC)
Reginald Humphrey, Supplier Diversity Manager, General Motors
Jenny Larocque, Corporate Development Officer, Spirit Staffing & Consulting Inc.
Charles Varvarikos, Head Facilities Sourcing, RBC