PMAC announces supply chain leadership award winners

Winners to be honoured at PMAC's national conference

May 3, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff

TORONTO: The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) has announced the winners of its 2011 Awards of Distinction, recognizing individuals and organizations that advance the supply chain management profession through their leadership and innovation.

“All of our awards really speak to what PMAC is about, namely leadership in supply chain management. It’s very important to highlight and promote the significant contributions our members make,” said Cheryl Paradowski, president and CEO of PMAC. “This year’s winners exemplify the growing strength of the profession.”

Outstanding Achievement Award: Nicola Raycraft, CSCMP

Nicola Raycraft has distinguished herself as an asset to the organizations she works for and to Canada’s supply chain management field, said PMAC. Raycraft is director of supply chain management at Jones Packaging and has led the formation of a supply chain organizational structure focused on strategy. Her first job was on a factory floor and since then she has held progressively senior supply chain roles in automotive, OEM manufacturing and the food industry.

Raycraft pursued ongoing professional development completed her SCMP (Supply Chain Management Professional) designation at an accelerated pace and earned her MBA from Athabasca University. She has also served as an instructor in PMAC’s accreditation program at London’s Fanshawe College.

Supply Chain Excellence Award: Cameco Corporation

Saskatoon-based Cameco Corporation is being recognized for its success in integrating Aboriginal-owned and northern-based contractors into its supply chain, said PMAC. Several of these contractors started with Cameco as small businesses and today are construction contractors with annual revenues surpassing $50 million.

Cameco operates four large mines in northern Saskatchewan on provincial mining leases, which contain obligations for how Aboriginal communities will share the benefits of company activity. Cameco wanted to create a model of engagement that would contribute to its competitive advantage by building supportive communities and providing access to a pool of local labour.

Cameco’s supply chain team has awarded a percentage of annual spend to the Aboriginal-owned and northern-based contractors, redesigned award criteria to give extra points to these contractors and encouraged the formation of joint ventures with established industry partners.

Fellow Designation Award: Al Garlinski, SCMP

Al Garlinski is receiving the association’s highest honour for his achievements in career, community and with PMAC, the organization said. Garlinski has worked for Public Works and Government Services Canada for 25 years and is now acting manager in the Winnipeg acquisitions office. He has led complex procurement projects, including MRI magnet research, snow and ice runway control, and military firearms training.

Garlinski is a former president of the Manitoba Institute of PMAC and member of the PMAC board. He has taught PMAC courses for 13 years at the University of Manitoba.

Award winners will be honoured on June 10 at PMAC’s national conference in Whistler, BC.