Building a business case to attend the SCMA National Conference doesn’t have to be a daunting task. We have prepared some benefits of attendance that you can include in your report for your employer, and helpful tips that will ensure you highlight the importance of your conference attendance for your organization.

Why the SCMA National Conference?

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Canada’s premier event for professionals in supply chain management is also its largest. Each year, more than 400 top supply chain decision-makers from across Canada come together at the SCMA National Conference to discover the latest developments and best practices in the profession.

With unparalleled education and networking opportunities, the SCMA National Conference is the ultimate forum for supply chain professionals to gain a competitive advantage in the changing marketplace, for their organization. SCMA’s National Conference:

  • Is the premier supply chain event in Canada. Learning is facilitated via general sessions, case studies, organized networking events, and keynote speakers.
  • Is content-rich, with 15 education sessions, two pre-conference seminars, one plenary room address and three keynote addresses that will be packed full of knowledge and insight to aid in creating and managing an effective and strategic supply chain.
  • Gives you the opportunity to hear from industry experts on a vast array of supply chain-related topics.
  • Provides insights and practical solutions to challenges faced by supply chain professionals which can be applied immediately.
  • Allows you to interact with other supply chain professionals and learn best practices that are uniquely Canadian.

Knowledge is power

Supply chain management is dynamic and ever-changing. Companies benefit most when their supply chain is managed by a professional well versed in current best- practices. The biggest competitive advantage that a company can have in uncertain economic times is an effective and efficient supply chain. Attendance will help you to support your company’s business objectives through an enhanced supply chain.

  • All company assets require maintenance and enhancements,; you are no different.  Just as there are resources committed to maintaining and enhancing other assets, human capital requires investment and maintenance to ensure optimal performance.
  • Not only will you learn at the conference, but you can share what you've learned with your colleagues when you return. This will multiply the ROI on your company's investment in your conference attendance many times over.
  • Consult with your team to determine which sessions they see as critical to attend to ensure you are able to address your department’s most important challenges.
  • Developing in-house assets through professional development will enable less outsourcing and greater efficiency.
  • If attending with colleagues, highlight how you will coordinate with them to maximize your time at sessions and avoid overlap.
  • Look at your company's business goals and connect them directly to a topic being covered at the conference. For example, if your company has a goal of becoming a sustainability leader, highlight sessions or experts at the conference in the area of sustainability.

Why attend a Canadian conference over one in the U.S.?

Many of the challenges faced by Canadian companies are unique to us.

  • Due to the vast differences between the world’s largest economy, and our much smaller one, Canadian companies often face different supply chain challenges than our much larger neighbour to the south, so issues discussed at a U.S. event may not be relevant to a Canadian-based company.
  • The differences in economic conditions, buying power, government, etc., may result in solutions created south of the border that may not be viable in Canada.
  • Canadian presenters will be familiar with our laws and be able to guide attendees more accurately on how to avoid legal pitfalls.
  • Building a professional and expert network of mostly domestic contacts creates a specialized network of likeminded peers who are intimately familiar with the unique challenges faced by Canadian organizations.

Build your professional network and add value for your organization

Hundreds of professionals in supply chain management from across the country will attend the SCMA National Conference, as well as leading vendors and expert speakers. Don’t miss the opportunity to tap into this network and add valuable contacts.

  • Sponsor Showcase: will the conference feature vendors with products or services you use or are looking to evaluate for future use? If so, this will be an excellent opportunity to compare competing products or services.
  • Join the thought provoking discussions, gain insight from supply chain experts, and meet Canada’s top supply chain professionals!
  • Make a database of the experts you meet at the conference and share this network of experts with your team

Maintain your SCMP designation

Attendance at the SCMA National Conference qualifies for CPD credits towards your SCMP designation.  Keep yourself up-to-date with the premier supply chain designation in Canada. 

  • Optional Full-Day Pre-Conference Seminar attendance: Five (5) CPD credits
  • Two-Day Conference (Full Conference) attendance: Ten (10) CPD credits
  • One-Day Conference attendance: Five (5) CPD credits

If your employer invested in your SCMP designation, remind them of the important commitment you’ve both made to ensuring that you remain among the leaders in your field. The requirement for continuous professional development ensures all SCMP holders remain leaders in supply chain management.

Remember in your business case to:

  • Clearly outline any challenges you are currently facing in your role, and/or important strategies or issues being addressed by your organization.
  • State how you propose to address those issues that you have identified
  • Specify how your attendance at the conference will support the solutions you have proposed
  • Discuss the anticipated outcomes of inaction and the expected benefits of your proactive solutions.