1919 – The National Association of Purchasing Agents (N.A.P.A.), a U.S. association, forms first Canadian chapter in Montreal, QC.
1921 – N.A.P.A. chapters form the Council of Canadian Purchasing Agents Association (C.A.P.A.), a direct affiliate of the American association.
1931 – The C.A.P.A. develops its own Constitution and bylaws and is granted its Letters Patent under the Province of Ontario Corporations Act.
1948 – First Fellowship Award (Fellow of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada - FPMAC) presented to Mr. John Eaton of the Montreal District.
1955 – Formal independence from the American association occurs with the proclamation of the independent Canadian Association of Purchasing Agents (C.A.P.A.).
1966 – The first Board of Examiners (oral examinations) confers eight Professional Purchaser (P.P.) designations.
1967 – SCL began as Canadian Association of Physical Distribution Management (CAPDM). The Association was formed by practitioners interested in improving functional processes of transportation, warehousing and inventory management.
1969 – The Canadian Association of Purchasing Agents name is changed to the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC)™, in recognition of the fact that the practitioner is now identified as a professional purchasing manager.
1969 – Inaugural running of the In-Residence Week (formally known as the Advanced Purchasing Management Course) at the University of Western Ontario. In-Residence Week represents part of the professional accreditation program.
1974 – PMAC™ becomes one of the founders of the International Federation of Purchasing and Materials Management (IFPMM), an international federation of procurement bodies, now known as IFPSM.
1981 – At the PMAC Annual General Meeting, a Code of Ethics is presented and approved. All members become bound to the requirements of the Code.
1985 – The association embarks on a province-by-province process to provincially certify the professional designation of C.P.P. (Certified Professional Purchaser).
1992 – CAPDM’s name was changed to Canadian Association of Logistics Management (CALM) to reflect the practice of logistics, which integrated functional physical distribution processes and led to greater efficiencies.
1993 – 2002 With continuous improvements in techniques and technologies, the practice of logistics evolved into supply chain management, and CALM became known as Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management (SCL).
1995 – The National association and the provincial Institutes sign formal Affiliation Agreements.
1996 – PMAC moves from the oral Board of Examiners process to a National Uniform Written Exam process. Exam writers who pass are granted use of the professional designation.
1999 – The Canadian Purchasing Research Fund evolves into the Canadian Purchasing Research Foundation, a charitable foundation.
2003 – A further change of name (to Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada) is made to increase the Association’s brand recognition and clarify our identity. The change also signals the intent to establish a professional, modern image that clearly reflects SCL’s membership profile. The acronym, SCL, is unchanged.
2005 – To recognize the broader scope and growing influence of the profession, PMAC™ redefines its field of practice from purchasing to comprehensive strategic supply chain management.
2007 – The Strategic Supply Chain Management Leadership Program (SSCMLP) launches as the path to professional accreditation. The competency-based program delivers both advanced supply chain management knowledge and high-level business skills.
2009 – A new professional designation, the SCMP™ (Supply Chain Management Professional), is announced to replace the C.P.P. The new designation represents strategic, global and integrated thinking. All C.P.P.s in good standing will receive the SCMP.
2013 – PMAC and SCL members approve amalgamation at respective AGMs; PMAC and SCL officially become the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA)™.
2015 – SCMA Partners - the National Association and ten (10) Provincial and Territorial Institutes - sign the unified Federation Agreement.