Employer: Cadbury Adams Canada Inc.
Why did you choose a career in the field of supply chain management?
I first heard about a career in supply chain from my colleague Michelle Neirinck, CSCMP, at Primo Foods. Soon after that I became the purchasing and customs representative at Sony Music Canada, and was torn between the PMAC designation and CITT. I already held my Customs Qualification designation, so I decided to pursue a new designation with PMAC. It had become evident I would require a better understanding of the supply chain flow from start to finish in order to advance my career in purchasing.
Describe your current work; what is your role there?
I am currently Supply Manager Raw Materials for Cadbury Adams Canada Inc. I am responsible for managing the ingredients category for three Canadian confectionery manufacturing plants. I work closely with Global and Regional Sourcing Group Managers; Quality, Science & Technology; Operations Development; as well as Ethics and Sustainability to ensure all aspects of the supply chain are met while following corporate policy.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
Although, I could share many business successes, I would have to say my proudest professional accomplishment was obtaining my C.P.P. designation, now CSCMP*, and my ongoing support of both the professional and non-professional community. I am very pleased to have chosen a career in supply chain, and I am excited to watch the profession continue to grow and gain respect and understanding around the business world.
How has PMAC (now SCMA) membership/SCMP accreditation been of value to you and your organization?
The value of my accreditation and my involvement with PMAC has been immeasurable for both my organizations and me. I gained the skill set from the accreditation program, the practical experience through my employers, and discipline and professionalism from having served on regional and district boards. I have met so many wonderful peers through the Association, whom I turn to when necessary and vice-versa. Gaining experience through everyone’s successes and failures has been a key part of my learning. I am most grateful for the many life-long friendships I have gained along the way. I value the Association and my designation and what it truly means in today’s marketplace—and most importantly to me!
Tell us something interesting about yourself outside of SCM.
I love to cook and entertain, both with family and friends in an intimate setting and on a big event-planning scale. I am an avid music and arts lover, and I relish experiencing new music, old movie classics, theatre, symphony and most art forms. However, I always seem to revert back to the disco era—dancing in my living room and singing in the shower! I enjoy fashion, and love to find the best bargain. I also enjoy walking and biking, gardening, and finding that next fine bottle of wine. I am a volunteer with the Toronto Alzheimer Society and, last but not least, I have a motorcycle license and I like to drive fast.
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*SCMA's new professional designation is CSCMP (Certified SCMP) in Ontario and SCMP in the rest of Canada and internationally.