Glann GrayGlenn has worked in the supply chain management field for almost 40 years and is now an SCMA Fellow. He is currently at Manitoba Hydro International, and was most recently a department manager at Manitoba Hydro specializing in supply chain management and property asset management.

At Manitoba Hydro where he spent most of his professional life, he developed an extensive knowledge in land acquisition, negotiations, environmental issues and concerns, assets management, inventory management and control, transportation, inventory, warehousing and distribution management, facilities planning, financial management, supplier and labour relations, and resource utilization.

On several occasions, Glenn had the opportunity to share his skillset at a global level. In 2007, Glenn was put in charge of establishing the procurement operations of the state-owned electrical utility Electricidade de Timor‐Leste, in the Republic of East Timor. He also contributed to a research analysis development plan that resulted in a published report that was presented to the utility in 2008. More recently, Glenn has taken on the challenge to develop, coach, and mentor the middle management team of the Saudi Electric Company, which goes well beyond business relations:

"As a recent Canadian expatriate to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), my first few months were spent understanding the Islamic culture and Bedouin traditions. As with most countries, developing relationships is the foundation to successful and long term partnerships. In the KSA, personal relationships come before business and can take months to evolve." said Glenn.

However, Glenn admits that while representing Manitoba Hydro International, "I have been integrated into the Saudi Electric Company (SEC) as a management consultant to provide business support, leadership development and share Canadian business best practices. From a supply chain perspective, the utility itself is at least 10 to 12 years behind in the evolution of the supply chain industry, which, according to Glenn, represents a great opportunity for Canadian supply chain professionals. Indeed, approximately 50% of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's population is below 25 years of age, so there is a major gap in professional development and certainly business experience. Foreign Nationals living in Saudi Arabia make up approximately a third of the population, thus Saudi's rely on expertise from several countries, including Canada, to fill the gap by providing professional skills and training in most major business sectors. With the support of expatriates, the KSA intends to meet the rapidly growing demand in the supply chain industry to meet the future needs of a more private business model.

Closer to home, Glenn continues to be an active advocate for the supply chain management profession and services the profession in many aspects. Glenn’s involvement in the association began with his participation on the Manitoba Institute Board from 1996 to 1998 as Marketing and Communication Chair, and he played a major role in bringing the National Conference to Winnipeg in 2005. Glenn has also served as an instructor in the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation program and continues to promote the supply chain profession in many capacities.

His award will be presented during the SCMA National Conference, at the Awards Gala Luncheon to be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.