PMAC national conference heading to Whistler

Hundreds of supply chain management professionals will be in BC, June 8-10, 2011

May 17, 2011
by Purchasingb2b Staff

TORONTO: The National Conference of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) will bring hundreds of supply chain management professionals from across the country to Whistler, British Columbia, June 8-10, 2011. This is Canada’s largest annual gathering of leaders in procurement, operations and logistics. The conference features four keynote speakers, 29 education sessions and a trade show of top suppliers.

“The conference theme of Reaching New Peaks is very appropriate considering what our Olympians accomplished in Whistler last year,” said PMAC president and CEO Cheryl Paradowski. “Canada’s athletes decided that it wasn’t enough to do well, they wanted to ‘own the podium’. Similarly, supply chain management professionals who attend the conference realize it’s not enough to simply do their jobs well, they must find ways to be innovative to give their companies a competitive edge.”

Addressing the latest issues in supply chain management, this year’s conference will feature a program of education sessions that includes:

  • Cloud computing: The future of software-as-a-service
  • Nearshoring: Is it time to rethink offshore sourcing?
  • Fearless forecasts: Canada’s top economists give their predictions
  • Fraud: How to protect your organization
  • Sustainability: Carbon counting, green certifications and more
  • Negotiation: Using psychometric profiling to improve outcomes
  • Sole sourcing: How to create competition
  • Trade terms: Changing transport practices and concerns over cargo security
  • Succession planning: Addressing labour shortages in the supply chain sector

VANOC, Ford Motor Company, Grand & Toy and Tim Hortons will present real-world examples of supply chain innovation. Facilitated roundtable discussions will promote learning through interaction. As well, pre-conference seminars on Supplier Evaluation or Procurement Law provide delegates with a head start on learning.

Four keynote speakers are confirmed for 2011:

Ultra-marathoner Ray Zahab will reveal how his life went from ordinary to extraordinary. This former pack-a-day smoker who ran 7,500 km across the Sahara Desert will inspire you with his story of courage, compassion and unexpected rewards.

Business reporter Amanda Lang will outline current business and economic issues. Lang will also highlight trends and provide insight on the implications of current events for the Canadian economy and professionals in supply chain management.

Keeping with the Olympic theme, Maureen “Mo” Douglas, VANOC’s director of community relations, will discuss her first-hand experience using the buying power of the games for socially responsible purchasing such as Aboriginal inclusion.

Order of British Columbia recipient and business leader Peter Legge will share his principles for life and business, including how he built Canada Wide Media, the largest independent magazine publishing company in Western Canada.

“I’m very excited the conference will be in my home province,” said Leah Bach, SCMP, 2011 PMAC National Conference co-chair. “British Columbia has always been known for its breathtaking beauty, but no pictures or words can truly recreate the experience. After their stay, I’m sure delegates will understand why ‘You gotta be here’.”

Networking opportunities include:

  • PMAC Golf Day, on the day before the official start of the conference, allows delegates to network in a relaxed setting and take on the challenge of the Arnold Palmer-designed Whistler Golf Course.
  • The opening night event where delegates will be transported via gondola to the Roundhouse Lodge for dinner and panoramic views from the top of Whistler Mountain.
  • Board Chair Gala event on the final night in the Sea-to-Sky Ballroom at the Whistler Conference Centre. The night also celebrates excellence in supply chain with the presentation of the PMAC Awards of Distinction.

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