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Manager, Strategic Sourcing
Medbuy Corporation
London, Ontario

Why did you choose a career in the field of supply chain management?

I started the APICS CPIM program in 1995, and while taking this program, I applied for an operational buying position. It did not take me long to realize that this is what I wanted to do for the remainder of my career. I had a passion for it—and a deep desire and drive to impact my organization. The CSCMP was the tool to help me accomplish this.

Describe your current work; what is your role there?

My current role is Manager of Strategic Sourcing for a National GPO. My role there is to support our healthcare members with strategic sourcing activities, such as competitive bidding, contracting and contract management.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment was being recognized by my peers with the 2011 PMAC Award for Outstanding Achievement. True reward is the ability to do what you love, and to be recognized for doing that is one of my greatest moments. Second to this is the ability to provide leadership within the profession. Some of my most rewarding moments have resulted from mentoring, developing the potential of others, and teaching. It is important for me to be successful in my career, but it also very important for me to share my knowledge and to help others within the profession. Real reward, in my opinion, is defined through contribution and giving back to my profession.

How has PMAC (now SCMA) membership/SCMP accreditation been of value to you and your organization?

My SCMP and PMAC membership has served me well over the 15 years of my supply chain career. Some of this is through networking and brainstorming with other members at PMAC and OIPMAC events. Regarding my accreditation—it has been the ticket that got me to the dance floor. I have had many career successes with standardization, cost reduction, risk management and streamlining supply chains. All of this was possible due to the learning provided within the SCMP designation program.

Tell us something interesting about yourself outside of SCM.

I like to volunteer my time for charities such as Habitat for Humanity and the local food bank. I also volunteer on PMAC Committees, the OIPMAC board of directors, and at local colleges with program development within supply chain and program management.