Make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships. Social events allow delegates and guests to connect and learn in a casual and fun atmosphere, meeting peers from your own industry and beyond. Relax and enjoy!

Conference Kick-Off at Pier 21
Wednesday, June 10, 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Pier21The event that launches the conference, the Conference Kick-Off is an evening of dining and local entertainment that showcases the character and heritage of the host city and sets the stage for the coming days of learning and networking.

Join your supply chain colleagues for Wednesday night's Conference Kick-Off at the Pier 21, the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971, as well as the departure point for 500,000 Canadian Military personnel during the Second World War. Take an emotional journey through the stories of the immigrants and learn about their experiences as they arrived in Canada after days at sea. It is said that one in five Canadians can tie their history to Pier 21. Don't miss the opportunity to network with your peers while learning about the contributions of immigrants to Canada's culture, economy and way of life.

The Scotiabank Family History Centre is able to search for immigration records for people arriving in Canada at all ports of entry into the country, not only at Pier 21. The following are some of the databases they have access to:


  • Canadian Arrival Records: 1865 to 1935 (post-1935 records are not yet public and the Museum does not have access to those documents)
  • UK Departure Manifests: 1890 to 1960 (includes war brides in 1946)
  • Souvenir Passenger Lists: 1937 to 1969 (incomplete collection, strong in Dutch arrivals, no Italian arrivals)
  • Swiss Overseas Emigration: 1910 to 1953
  • Swedish Emigration Records: 1783 to 1951
  • New York, Passenger Lists: 1820 to 1957
  • Boston, Passenger Lists: 1820 to 1954
  • U.S. Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists: 1820 to 1873 and 1893 to 1959

Pier 21 also offers instructions on how to obtain immigration records from Citizenship and Immigration Canada for post-1935 arrivals, how to obtain Displaced Persons or Nazi persecutes documents and also offer Commemorative Ship Photos, which make wonderful gifts and keepsakes.

If you would like to research a family member, please fill out the form (Word Document, 42 KB) and return via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than two to four weeks prior to the conference. Please indicate that you will be attending the SCMA National Conference when sending a general email. A Scotiabank Family History Centre staff member will contact you via email to begin your search before the conference. Delegates may have their search results mailed to them (free shipping within Canada) or may collect them from the Scotiabank Family History Centre at Pier 21 during regular operating hours (9:30am - 5:30pm.)

Awards Gala at the Halifax World Trade & Convention Centre
Thursday, June 11, 5:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Halifax WTCC

Formerly known as the Board Chair Gala, the Awards Gala is the crowning event of the conference. It begins with an elegant cocktail reception, followed by entertainment and a sumptuous multi-course dinner.

The prestigious SCMA Awards of Distinction, dedicated to recognizing the remarkable individuals and organizations that have advanced the supply chain management profession through innovative programs as well as thought leadership, will be presented to this year's recipients. This event also formally recognizes the excellent work and dedication of the Host Conference Committee.