Hi. I’m Janice Isberg, CEO of the Supply Chain Management Association of Alberta. The last four months has been quite the education for me as I work to understand SCMA and the Alberta supply chain management Industry. During that time, I have helped to host our annual conference, attended the convocation in both Calgary and Edmonton, have participated in the Business and Finance Stakeholders group at the National level, attended the Federation Council meeting in Toronto, and have toured our partner post-secondary institutes located in Calgary. I’ve also worked to orient the new Board members elected in September and have consolidate SCMA Alberta’s strategic plan and, with my staff, have almost finished the Action Plans. As you can imagine, its been very busy and I’ve learned a great deal.

I’ve learned that…

The Supply Chain Management Industry is critical to the economic prosperity of Alberta and Canada and so the staff at the Association are in the midst of building strong partnerships with both public and private company’s helping them to understand the importance of the SCMP designation and of hiring the right supply chain employee to give them an economic advantage over their competitors.

I’ve learned that…
Our members want more pathways to the SCMP designation and National is working towards a strategy to provide those pathways. The intention is to have those pathways defined within the next 3 years.
I’ve learned that…

SCMA Alberta needs to work harder to ensure our workshops and networking sessions are bringing the most up-to-date and relevant information to the industry. In November, we presented a network session on Block Chain Technology and we hope to present this again in Grand Prairie and Fort McMurray. No dates have been decided so far for our Northern members…stay tuned.

I’ve learned that…
There are some challenges with the courses for the SCMP program and we will be working with National to meet those challenges. First, we need to identify the competencies needed to meet the needs of today’s employers. We have competencies identified for Procurement and Logistics but, as part of a continuous improvement process, they need to be reviewed and verified by Industry to ensure they are up-to-date and relevant to today’s way of doing business. Competencies will need to be developed for the entire supply chain, from transportation, manufacturing and warehousing, to asset management and everything in between. Once that process is well underway we can start to review and update the curriculum and learning resources. This is a lot of hard work but it will ensure that SCMA will continue as the leader in Supply Chain Management training in Canada.

Moving forward into the New Year SCMA Alberta will be conducting focus groups across the province asking members what they want from their association. Developing this value proposition is my number one priority and talking with members is the best way of doing this. If you would like to be included in these focus groups contact our office and your name will be added to the list and you will be invited to the closest regional focus group to your home.

The coming year, I believe, will be great. We have a number of workshops and networking events to select from including Finance for Supply Chain Professionals; Project Procurement and Management; Information Technology Procurement and Contracting; and Market Intelligence and Best Practices. And when new opportunities come along we will add those to the list. For a full listing of our offerings please go to our website and check it out.

I’m also very excited about our Annual Conference, Sept 6-8 in Red Deer Alberta. Our “Ahead of the Curve” Conference will focus on Disruptive Technologies that are transforming how we do business. Trending topics will include Block Chain Technology; Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, 3 D Printing, Autonomous Vehicles, and Robotic Process Automation. It will be quite the lineup and we hope to see you there.

The team at SCMA Alberta are excited for the year to come. We wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.