Conference program subject to change without notice.
8:00 am - 8:30 am
Registration & Hot Breakfast
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Session 7: Navigating the Evolving Labour Market
This panel session brings together experts from different sectors of the supply chain industry to discuss the evolving challenges and opportunities that supply chain professionals face. The panel will be available to answer questions relating to what employers are looking for, how education is adapting to meet the needs of employers, and what are the challenges facing new employee’s that companies need to consider in their hiring practices.
Attendees will gain insights into how academic knowledge in supply chain management translates into practical application, bridging the gap between theory and real-world challenges.
Overall, this panel session aims to equip future supply chain professionals, current members of the field and people involved with bringing new talent into this space with a comprehensive understanding of the current and future supply chain landscape.
Sean Baker, Senior Consultant - MacDonald Search Group
Sydney Hails, Specialist, Corporate Portfolio, Planning & Capital Finance, NOVA Chemicals Corporation
Pina Melchionna, President & CEO, CITT
Jeremy Garton, Manager, Digital Programming, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
9:30 am - 9:45 am
Featured Presentation - Supply Chains - The Landscape is Different from Yesterday
During this presentation, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a presentation from Dan Schatz on his personal journey from moving bananas from south America to moving into different supply chain roles in various verticals. Dan's message is centered around how SCM's can fit well into organizations and can help to drive quick change as business needs change.
presenter: Dan Schatz, Global Supply Chain and Logistics Manager, Chemical Evolution
9:45 am - 10:15 am
Keynote Address - Automation and Robotics – What it Means to Automate in 2023
Automate or perish has been the mantra for decades and it still holds true, more so now than ever. But even now, many companies are reluctant to take that step forward. Much has changed in the robotics and automation world and what wasn’t feasible yesterday is now commonplace today. Get up to speed and find out what is new and what automation means in 2023.
presenter: Nick W. McDonald, Business Line Manager, ABB Robotics
10:15 am - 10:30 am
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Session 8: Current Practices and Trends in Land Use and Freight Planning
Public agencies play a critical role in supporting local businesses, transportation, and economy. Cities and the Supply Chain Industry continue to evolve amidst of the everchanging social, political, technological, and environmental climates. This panel session will focus on the synergies between land use, supply chain network and emerging trends in transportation of goods.
The presenters will provide an overview on:
Be part of the discussion with speakers on the evolving role of public agencies in supporting efficient supply chains and the economy.
Oyinola Shyllon, Program Manager, Prairie Economic Gateway, City of Calgary
Lynn Machacek, Goods Movement Practice Lead, HDR
Jacob Lamb, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Calgary
Lesley Kalmakoff, Coordinator, Growth Strategy, City & Regional Planning | Planning & Development Services, City of Calgary
Stephen Kay, Senior Special Projects Engineer and Chair of The City of Calgary’s Truck Route Committee, City of Calgary
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Session 9: Driving Better Business Outcomes: How Data Driven Decision Making Serves Everyone
Supply chain and procurement professionals often get a bad rap for being progress prevention offices, and can be seen as an administrative burden vs. delivering real business value. Similarly, business partners can be ill-equipped to understand or participate in a way that benefits the organization. In this session, we will talk about frustrations and opportunities on both sides and how data can help solve some of these issues and contribute to true value creation.
moderator: Colleen Pound, Co-Founder & CEO, Proxure
Amin Aslani, Postdoctoral Fellow, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta
Ian Gonzalez, Director, Supply Chain Canada
Leigh-Anne Palter, Founder and Principal, 43 Avenue Partners
Amreek Lamba, Supply Chain Consultant
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
12:45 pm - 12:55 pm
Part 2 - Supply Chain Technology Pitch Challenge: From ChatGPT, Blockchain to Metaverse to Robotics - What is Trending in Tech?
Amit Varma, Co-Founder, Braintoy
Making AI accessible to everyone through low-code AI, education and creative solutions. Braintoy, your gateway to the world of AI and machine learning. Braintoy empowers individuals and organizations through comprehensive education programs and innovative software solutions.
Luke Buckberrough, Chief Growth Officer, The Rubic
Unlock Warehouse Automation - Avoid custom racking systems and complicated infrastructure. Unlock the potential of automation with a warehouse-agnostic, autonomous robotic system, designed to operate seamlessly within your existing facilities, exactly as they are.
12:55 pm - 1:20 pm
Luncheon Keynote: From Shovel Ready to Shovel Worthy: The Path to Fixing Canada’s Trade Infrastructure
presenter: Carlo Dade, Director, Trade & Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation
Canada’s Premiers concluded their annual summer meeting with a unanimous call for the creation of a national trade infrastructure plan to enable future growth and prosperity. Canada relies on trade for two-thirds of the country’s GDP, a figure three times higher than the U.S., yet global rankings of Canada’s trade infrastructure have been falling for over a decade. A ten-year drop indicates a systemic problem not amenable to the short-term, shovel-ready, fixes that have accompanied Canada’s decline in global rankings. Fortunately, there is a plan for Canada to follow based on over a decade of research and international best practice.
During this presentation, Carlo will discuss:
1:20 pm - 2:00 pm
Dessert and Networking with Exhibitors