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The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) is Canada’s largest association for supply chain management professionals. We represent 7,500 members as well as the wider profession working in roles that cover sourcing, procurement, logistics, inventory, and contract management. SCMA sets the standards for excellence and ethics, and is the principal source of professional development and accreditation in supply chain management in Canada.

Impact of the Supply Chain Profession

The supply chain management profession makes a significant contribution to Canada’s economy and is critical to the competitive advantage of all enterprises. Latest research shows that SCMA members control more than $130 billion in annual spend. The standard of living we all enjoy through timely, cost-effective access to a range of innovative, high-quality goods and services is directly linked to the professional practice of supply chain management. The profession favourably influences the social and economic success of not only Canadians but citizens worldwide.

SCMA is an original member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) and the only Canadian association representing this country’s supply chain management professionals in IFPSM .

Who are SCMA Members?

SCMA members add value to all sectors of the Canadian economy, within organizations of all sizes. Among the largest sectors employing supply chain management professionals are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Services
  • Natural Resources
  • Retail
  • Government, Health Care and Education

How is SCMA Structured?

A non-profit association, SCMA is a federation of the National Secretariat, and the Provincial and Territorial Institutes, working together to achieve a common vision.

The coordinated work of the federation is defined by a Federation Agreement, signed in June 2015 which also outlines the respective roles and responsibilities of all Federation members. As an example, education and accreditation programs are developed by the SCMA National Secretariat and delivered through the Institutes. Additionally, National is responsible for national branding plans, federal government relations and international strategic alliances. Institute partners are responsible for communicating with their membership, recruiting new members and conferring the SCMP designation.

SCMA National's strategic objectives are determined by a competency-based Board of Directors, in alignment with the overarching Strategic Framework of the Federation. The slate of National directors is proposed annually by the Leadership Development Committee and approved at the AGM. Headquartered in Toronto, the SCMA National Secretariat is managed by a full-time professional staff.