Saluting our 2011 PMAC Awards of Distinction winners

This year, PMAC received a high number of nominations from across the country for our 2011 Awards of Distinction.

June 20, 2011
by Cheryl Paradowski


This year, PMAC received a high number of nominations from across the country for our 2011 Awards of Distinction. In addition to our long-standing Fellow Award, our two new awards, now in their second year, generated very strong candidates. 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.

My sincere congratulations go out to these exceptional individuals and organizations. Our award winners will be celebrated on June 10 at the PMAC National Conference in Whistler, BC. Read on to find out why they are so deserving.

Outstanding Achievement Award: Nicola Raycraft, CSCMP

Called both a visionary and a mentor, Nicola Raycraft,
SCMP, has distinguished herself as an asset to the organizations she works for and to Canada’s supply chain management field.

“Nicola’s professional credentials and her efforts to constantly improve set an excellent example of success,” says Michael Horricks, SCMP, vice-president, supply chain at NutriMix Labs, who nominated her for the award. “Nicola is a star. She has elevated the status of the profession and inspired those around her to great things.”

Raycraft has moved into a newly created role with Jones Packaging and as the director of supply chain management has led the formation of a supply chain organizational structure that has strategy at the forefront. Her first job was on a factory floor and she was quickly identified as someone with tremendous potential for quality and continuous improvement. Since then, Raycraft has held progressively senior supply chain roles in automotive, OEM manufacturing and the food industry.

“What brings me the most satisfaction is to lead a team and to accomplish company goals and objectives with my team,” says Raycraft.

During her rapid rise through the ranks, Raycraft pursued ongoing professional development. She completed her CPP (now SCMP) at an accelerated pace and earned her MBA from Athabasca University. Raycraft has also served as an instructor in PMAC’s accreditation program at London, Ontario’s Fanshawe College, where she receives the highest praise from students.

Supply Chain Excellence Award: Cameco Corporation

Cameco Corporation’s success in integrating Aboriginal-owned and northern-based contractors into its supply chain has made it a leader in Canada’s resource sector. Saskatoon-based Cameco, a giant in uranium mining, has succeeded in less than a decade in growing the share of its supply chain contracts in northern Saskatchewan awarded to northern contractors to 70 percent.

In 2010, this meant $290 million in service contracts flowed to companies that also employ hundreds of residents of Saskatchewan’s north who work at Cameco’s four northern mine sites.

“The fact that a large portion of our northern suppliers are based where we mine and employ large numbers of residents of Saskatchewan’s north gives us a distinct advantage at a time when resource sector projects are gearing up again in Western Canada and stretching supply chains,” says Art Stewart, SCMP, director of supply chain management at Cameco.

The PMAC award recognizes how Cameco’s supply chain management team worked with the company’s corporate social responsibility group, HR and external suppliers to implement a mandate supported by Cameco’s top management. Supplier policies, such as encouraging Aboriginal-owned companies to partner with more experienced national contracting companies, were implmented. Clear preference was given to supplier firms with a high percentage of northern employees. Cameco took a systematic approach to quality by having northern contractors adopt strong safety programs, and introduced measures encouraging contractors to improve their cost-competitiveness.

Fellow Designation Award: Al Garlinski, SCMP

Al Garlinski, SCMP, is the recipient of the Fellow Award, the association’s highest honour for achievements in career, community and with PMAC.

A Red River College graduate, 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 been responsible for the professional and commercial services group and also led complex procurement projects, including MRI magnet research, snow and ice runway control, and military firearms training.

“I have been very fortunate to work with outstanding people in my career—people who know that no one succeeds alone,” says Garlinksi. “The greatest leaders are those who not only provide value to, but also derive value from those they serve.”

A former president of the Manitoba Institute of PMAC (MIPMAC) and member of the PMAC national board, Garlinski has been a high-energy contributor since joining the association. Known as “Professor Al,” he has taught PMAC courses for the past 13 years at the University of Manitoba.

“Al is a dedicated supply chain management professional,” says Gary Braden, SCMP, director of marketing at MIPMAC. “He continues to be a favourite instructor for MIPMAC’s student body and has been the inspiration for a great many of his students.’”

Garlinski is an active member of his community and combines his two passions: fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Winnipeg Humane Society through participation in ultra-marathons. b2b