Agenda • October 25, 2023

Preliminary Schedule. Conference program subject to change without notice. 

8:00 am - 8:25 am

Registration and Coffee

8:25 am - 8:30 am

Opening Remarks

8:30 am - 8:50 am

Keynote Address

8:50 am - 10:00 am

Session 1: Cutting through the Bull - What Supply Chain Trends are Management Consulting Service Providers Seeing Amongst Their Clients?


Let's get right into it! We are pulling together the top minds from leading advisory consultancies to really understand the issues and trends their customers are dealing with on a day-to-day basis. Topics ranging from a shortage of goods, labour shortages, inflation, interest rate hikes, ESG and technology. Buckle your seatbelt, this hard-hitting session sets the stage for the entire conference. 



Colleen Pound, Co-Founder & CEO, Proxure


panel members:

Stephen Brown, Partner, Supply Chain + Network Operations, Deloitte 

Amreek Lamka, Director, Advisory - Supply Chain, PWC

Landon White, Senior Manager Supply Chain & Operations, Accenture

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Session 2: Emerging Technologies and the Impacts on SME's


As a small or medium business, it's already tough to survive; but not investing in technology to automate and streamline can leave you behind the competition. We'll explore and debate what technologies are a must, what are nice-to-haves, and how to stay competitive against big business. 



Stephanie Forbes, former Director, Supply Chain Management, FLINT Corp.


panel members:

Igor Zaks, CFA, Co-Founder & Chief Risk Officer, 40Seas

session sponsor:

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Session 3: Leveraging Case Studies: ESG & Supply Chains


Environmental, social, and (corporate) governance. It is a set of practices used to evaluate a company's operational performance as it relates to social and environmental impact. During this session, our experts will share case studies on how their ESG program affected their businesses and more importantly the impact on their supply chains. 


panel Members:

Thiago Braga, Senior Program Officer - Strategic & Clinical Contracting, AHS

Fernando Lamk, Director, Supply Chain Management, Edmonton International Airport

Dr. Abiola Okpechi, Regulatory Compliance, Assent

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Keynote Presentation and Networking Luncheon

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Break

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Session 4: Supply Chain Visibility: Traceability, Transparency, and Mapping Explained


Companies across all sectors are under pressure to gain visibility into their multi-tier supply chains and to share more information with their customers, partners, and stakeholders. Due diligence requirements, together with increased investor & consumer expectations, and technological advances have all raised the bar. It's a complex topic, and we'll break it down during this session.



Lee Courtney, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, 
Canadian Blockchain Supply Chain Association


panel members:

Miguel Gallardo, Co-founder, The Owl Solutions

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 5: Are You the Weakest Link? Cyber Security in Supply Chains


Every link in a global supply chain can pose a threat to cyber security. Cyber security is not a matter of common sense, because organizations with valuable information or services are constant targets of malicious activity. And the more our systems are connected to one another, the greater the risks. Businesses of all size and scope must strengthen their cyber security defense by identifying, assessing, and mitigating the risks. 


panel members:

Lyall King, Director, Risk Mitigation Program, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Les Bowditch, Lead Consultant, Kalnara

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Networking Break

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Session 6: The Impacts of Technology on the Workforce and How it Benefits Supply Chains


With increasing competition and pressure to deliver goods faster and smarter, supply chain management needs to be ahead of the curve. The session will speak to the impacts of technology on the workplace, and how it is benefiting supply chains. There are great examples of how technology has increased efficiency, safety, customer service and so much more.



Pina Melchionna, President & CEO, CITT


panel members:

Shawn Needham, SVP, Global Sales, Attabotics

Allan To, President & CEO, Supply Chain Canada

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Networking Reception


Now let's have a bit of fun!  Included in your registration is a ticket to the networking reception. Join us for appetizers, cocktails, live entertainment and some fun end-of-day activities.