Over the last 100 plus years, supply chain management has evolved from an initial focus on improving relatively simple, but very labor-intensive processes to the present-day engineering and managing of extraordinarily complex global networks. Never has there been a time like now where companies across Alberta need to invest in the management of their supply chains by highly qualified people. Innovations in supply chain management, our widening global economy, and our ability to be competitive makes the supply chain professional a critical component to the success of Alberta and of Canada. It is because of these dedicated supply chain people that I’m thrilled to be a part of SCMA Alberta.
I’m going on my 10th week as the CEO and am honoured to represent this dynamic Association. To say this Association is busy is quite the understatement but I’d like to share just a few things I’ve learned so far.
- The SCMA Alberta office is staffed with amazing people who are truly passionate about serving the members. We will continue to make serving you our top priority and to that end we are re-examining the value proposition for members to ensure you receive exceptional value.
- SCMA Alberta is talking to members and learning what you think is important. We need to continue to do this, and to remember that our far southern folks and northern folks need opportunities to share their ideas and concerns as well. So, we will work harder to make sure all voices are heard.
- Our 2017 Conference was a huge success. The speakers were top-notch, the AGM ran smoothly, and the delegates were able to network to their heart’s content. Our 2018 conference theme is Ahead of the Curve and will feature disruptive technologies such as Blockchain Technology; Artificial Intelligence; Autonomous Vehicles; Drones; 3D Printing; The Internet of Things; and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Save the date…September 6, 7, & 8, 2018 for next year’s conference as it will be the biggest and best yet.
- We continue to look for ways to provide exceptional professional development and training for our members. Using a continuous improvement (PDCA) model, we will ensure that SCMA Alberta offerings are relevant, current, and in keeping with the membership’s expectations. Our connections with employers and industry will help to inform the development of our programs.
- The Supply Chain Management Professional is vital to the economic growth of our economy. We continue to establish and nurture relationships with Alberta companies, post-secondary institutions and top employers to give the SCMP designation the visibility it deserves. As part of our brand awareness campaign, we will continue to showcase the SCM Professional and their positive relationship to a company’s triple bottom line.
I’d like to say I’ve learned everything I need to know, but I would be immensely wrong. Supply Chain Management is a complex industry with complex challenges that need, and will have, my full attention. With over 1700 members working in all major sectors of the Alberta economy I look forward to learning from you and, in turn, helping you grow as a professional and helping the Association grow and expand as we navigate the future together.