Moncton prepares for Canada’s largest gathering of SCM professionals

The PMAC National Conference returns to Atlantic Canada—June 6 to 8, 2012 (from the Jan/Feb 2012 print edition)

March 12, 2012
by Purchasing b2b staff

My first PMAC National Conference experience last year in Whistler was beyond expectation and I’m confident this year will be no different. If you haven’t already made arrangements to join us June 6 to 8, 2012, in Moncton, New Brunswick, for the 87th PMAC National Conference, I recommend that you do so soon.

Our recent member survey had a focus on reviewing the things that bring value to our members, and PMAC’s national conference is certainly one of the highlights—
the member discount for this event alone pretty much covers the annual cost of membership, not to mention access to information and expertise related to the leading trends in supply chain management.

This year’s theme, “Rising Tides”, draws its inspiration from the famous Bay of Fundy and reflects the ever-changing conditions faced by supply chain professionals
in the current uncertain economic landscape.

Keynote speakers

On the morning of June 7, our first keynote speaker is Pete Luckett. One of Canada’s most talked about independent grocers, Pete has grown Pete’s Frootique from a single retail outlet in 1989 to one of Atlantic Canada’s best known and most-loved brands. Pete is a natural-born entrepreneur who has been able to wow his customers with an experience that compels them to return again and again. Having visited England’s busy outdoor food markets as a young boy, he remembered and combined the theatrical sideshow qualities of these markets with his business savvy to create an unforgettable retail experience. I know Pete personally from my years with the Grocery HR Council and I look forward to PMAC members having the opportunity to experience his gregarious personality, learn some fun facts about produce and, most important, find out his secrets for creating loyal, passionate customers.

Thursday’s lunchtime keynote, Merge Gupta-Sunderji, is the author of a book with a simple yet provocative title, Why Does The Lobster Cast Off Its Shell? Simple, because there is only one right answer: to grow; provocative, because it can lead to so many more questions about the risks and benefits involved with growth, not just for lobsters, but for individuals and organizations. Many of you may recognize Merge’s well-known voice from the national CBC radio show The Softer Side of Business; in addition to being an awardwinning author and radio columnist, she also spent 14 years working in leadership positions for one of the country’s largest oil and gas companies. Merge will present six practical strategies that will help push you out of your comfort zone and onto the road to effective leadership.

Day two kicks off with a motivational keynote from Guy Cabana, a world-class speaker who will address the latest best practices in negotiation, non-verbal communication
and motivation. Guy is the author of four best-selling books and has delivered over 1,000 speeches to more than a quarter-of-a-million people. On top of his demanding schedule of international appearances, Guy also teaches negotiation at the University of Sherbrooke, HEC Montreal, and The Graduate Institute, Geneva (Switzerland).

Even if you’re not a curling fan, it’s likely you’ll recognize the gravelly voice of our final keynote, Russ Howard, even if he’s not yelling “Hurry! Hurry hard!” Fourteen appearances at the Brier, a two-time world champion, an Olympic gold medalist—and the second oldest person ever to win a gold medal—it is hard to find a more driven and accomplished athlete anywhere in the world than Russ Howard, who joins us to share his secrets on balancing a demanding and successful career in real estate with the rigors of life as an elite world-class athlete. It’s not every day that one meets a living Canadian legend; I can’t wait to learn about overcoming challenges from someone who
has managed to rise to the top.

These keynotes are just some of the highlights in a fully packed schedule that includes 20 education sessions, five facilitated discussion forums, and three dedicated PMAC information sessions—as well as two pre-conference seminars for those who want to get an early start—designed to help you get the most out of your membership and your SCMP, as well as two pre-conference seminars.

Education sessions

Sessions also include panel discussions on the changing procurement and business landscape, the business case for blending social values into your supply chains; and case studies including one from High Liner Foods on how they successfully leverage IT and procurement strategies to create an efficient and agile supply chain that spans 20 countries.

Networking events
And, as always, there are formal networking events, where you can catch up with old friends and add new ones to your professional network. The conference kicks off Wednesday evening with a great event in Shediac, just outside of Moncton, where attendees will be treated to a breathtaking view of the Shediac Harbour and have a chance to cruise the bay. Thursday’s social calendar includes a wine and cheese reception followed by free time to see the sights and get together with friends. Our Board Chair Gala on the final night will be an evening of sumptuous multi-course dining and entertaining music. The 2012 winners of PMAC’s Awards of Distinction will also be recognized
at this gala event.
For more information, please visit our conference website: