At the 2017 Conference and Gala Dinner, SCMA Alberta welcomed 150 delegates from all over Alberta, coinciding with the 150 years of Canada. Red Deer, a city in Central Alberta was chosen to be the host city for our Conference, which was held on September 22-23.

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Left to right : Moses Idah, Janice Isberg and Cindy Wonnick from SCMA Alberta

The event kicked off with pre-Conference workshops by Brian Dumsday, a supply chain and logistics management expert with 30 years of experience and by Ian Gonzalez, who is an expert in supply chain analytics backed by 13 years of experience in the aviation and oil and gas industry. Marta Gomez, from Athabasca University (AU) joined us during the lunch hour, to provide information about how SCMPs can easily get an MBA from AU.

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Left to right: Barb Miller - MLA City of Red Deer, Councillor Lawrence Lee, City of Red Deer

The Gala Dinner was a special treat to the delegates, where the 2017 Conference was officially opened on Friday evening by Janice Isberg, Chief Executive Officer of SCMA Alberta. SCMA Alberta would like to thank Ms. Barb Miller, MLA of Red Deer, AB who gave greetings to the delegates on behalf of Honourable Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta and Councillor Lawrence Lee, City of Red Deer, who presented the opening remarks.

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Gala Dinner Keynote: Mark Taylor

The highlight of the event was the keynote by Mark Taylor, VP Operations, Alberta Energy Regulator on the topic “Impact of Climate Leadership Plan Regulations for Supply Chain Management”.  The winners of the lucky draw contest “Register to Win” were awarded at the end of Gala Dinner.

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Left to right: Janice Isberg - Chief Executive Office SCMA Alberta, Morning Keynote Panel : Neil Shelly, Pat Campbell, Darren Shafer, Wendy Ell, Elena Dumitrascu

The Saturday morning started with welcoming remarks from Janice Isberg, followed by a Keynote Panel discussion with focus on Energy, Construction, Supplier relationships and Supply Chain Evolution & Block Chain Technology. Thanks to the panelists Neil Shelly, Executive Director, Construction Owners Association Alberta, Darren Shafer, Entrepreneur, Innovator, Advisor, Resource Industry Suppliers Association, Wendy Ell, Director, Strategic Partnerships, JWN Energy Group, Pat Campbell, Executive Director, Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council and Elena Dumitrascu, VP Strategic Partnerships, Cortex Business Solutions.

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Left to right: Patrick Etokudo, Stephan Brandt

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Left to right: Richad Venerus, Julianna Cantwell

The key topics presented during the morning and afternoon breakout sessions were: Success as a Supply Chain Professional by Patrick Etokudo, SCMP, Director, SCM Planning and Governance, Enbridge; Transforming Team Accountability, Alignment and Results in 90 Days by Stephan Brandt, Managing Director & Executive Facilitator, Door International Western Canada; Collaborative Contracting: An Innovative Way to Establish Better by Richard Venerus, Principal, RV & Associates (RVA); and How to Influence Others by Julianna Cantwell, CACE, CPHR, President, JUNA Consulting Inc. Thank you to the executives who took time out of their schedule to engage our delegates on these wide range of topics.

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Left to right: Afternoon Keynote Panel - Brian Dumsday, David Ghoris, Alex Wihak, Ken Chapman, John Rose

Our Afternoon Keynote panel focused on economic development, collaboration, productivity and the impacts of disruptive technology in Alberta. Thanks to the panelists Brian Dumsday, Manager Trade & Investment, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, David Ghoris, Economic Development Officer, City of Red Deer, Alex Wihak, Sales Agent, Real Estate & Development Services, City of Calgary, Ken Chapman, Executive-in-Residence, Go Productivity and John Rose, Chief Economist, City of Edmonton.

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Sean Baker, Master of Ceremonies

The Master of Ceremonies for the entire event was Sean Baker, Operations, Logistics & Supply Chain Recruiter, Lock Search Group, who is a Comedian himself and entertained the delegates throughout

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This year, our delegates were excited to have 9 hours of networking opportunities which was built into the schedule. The tradeshow booths, set up by various industry sponsors, provided another avenue for networking and information sharing.  Several contests set up by the SCMA Alberta team made the atmosphere fun and engaging. All the updates of the Conference were communicated through social media channels with the hashtag #SCMAAB_Conference which created enthusiasm amongst the delegates.

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We would like to thank all Conference Taskforce, and student volunteers for their support, time and dedication in making this year’s conference a success!

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At the end of the Conference, the theme for our 2018 Conference – “Ahead of the Curve” was announced by Janice. We would like to thank all the sponsors, partners and delegates at this year’s Conference and we hope to see you again in 2018!

Here is the link to the Conference Photographs