Employer: Southern Health-Santé Sud
City: Southport, Manitoba
Why did you choose a career in the field of supply chain management?
I didn't choose the profession, the profession chose me. I started in the warehouse and moved into the office, first tasked with keeping inventory records (old cardex system). Then I started to do a little purchasing, and the next thing you know I was doing all the purchasing for a small commercial bakery ($15 million in sales per year). After a few years of being responsible for all the material management functions within the company, I began to think of this as my profession. I then enrolled in the accreditation program and became a member of PMAC.
Describe your current work; what is your role there?
I am currently Vice-President, Corporate Services, for the Regional Health Authority (RHA) Central Manitoba Inc. RHA Central is responsible for providing health care services in 53 locations including 13 acute care facilities (hospitals), 14 long-term care facilities, and numerous community care programs (home care, mental health, public health, etc.). It has an annual operating budget of $170 million, with over 3,800 employees and over 100,000 clients. As Vice-President, Corporate Services, I am responsible for leading the lab and imaging services, emergency medical services (EMS), information technology (IT), health information services (HIS), electronic health record (EHR), business continuity, and materials management.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
My proudest professional accomplishment has been filling the diverse roles I’ve taken on that are outside of SCM. Over my career I have been responsible for leading all supply chain departments (purchasing, planning, scheduling, transportation, warehousing, etc.), and I have been able to use my supply chain background to move into other areas of responsibilities. My current role as vice-president focuses more on the delivery of health care services rather than supply chain services. Throughout my career I have been responsible for leading such areas as sales and marketing, finance, engineering, operations and have had the opportunity to be Acting CEO when our current CEO is away.
How has PMAC (now SCMA) membership/SCMP accreditation been of value to you and your organization?
It was the PMAC membership and program that helped me see other opportunities that I could access in my career. Those insights landed me a job in the aerospace industry. The SCMP gave me the credibility and confidence to take on other areas of responsibilities, and PMAC allowed me the opportunity to meet and network with other SCM professionals. Plus, PMAC offered me the opportunity to give back to the profession by teaching the trade to others. I have been an instructor, facilitator and lecturer with PMAC since 1992. I continue to have the pleasure of teaching the profession to individuals across the country.
Tell us something interesting about yourself outside of SCM.
After teaching for many years, I decided to go back to school and now have an MBA from the University of Liverpool.
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