PMAC 2012: Tides rise at 87th annual PMAC National Conference

More than 400 delegates from across Canada attend gathering in Moncton

June 7, 2012
by Michael Power

Neither a Maritime wind nor choppy waters kept delegates from attending the conference kick off and networking event June 6 at the 87th Annual PMAC National Conference in Moncton, New Brunswick. PMAC members braved chilly temperatures and drizzle for an evening of dining and entertainment that showcased the food and heritage of the region, as well as taking advantage of the opportunity to re-connect with colleagues from across the country.

“The warmth of the maritime welcome has certainly counteracted the weather so far,” said Cheryl Paradowski, president and CEO of PMAC. “I think once again we have a really good combination of discussions of leading trends in supply chain management. But we also ensure that our key notes come from a broader range of practice so we expand breadth as well as depth.”

A total of 450 delegates are attending the conference this year, Paradowski added.

Delegates travelled to Captain Dan’s Seafood Bar & Grill in nearby Shediac on the historic Pointe du Chene wharf, overlooking Shediac Bay to enjoy a lobster dinner and local Acadian Maritime music. [Click here for photo gallery]

On June 7, fiddle music greeted delegates as the conference got underway at the Delta Beausejour in Moncton. This year’s conference theme was “Rising Tides,” noted Keith Carruthers, as he addressed a packed room of delegates. That theme was fitting given Moncton’s recent rise in business the competitiveness.

The chair of this year’s conference, Bill O’Donnell, noted that the conference’s title of Rising Tides was chosen to reflect the Bay of Fundy, which is close to Moncton. “We’ve worked hard over the past two years to make this happen,” he said. “We hope you find it informative, and especially, we hope you find it enjoyable.”