Purchasing Management Association of Canada

“Enhanced. Exceptional.”

On November 24, 2009, the Purchasing Manage­ment Association of Canada, the leading associa­tion for supply chain management professionals in Canada, announced that it has established two new awards to recognize visionary supply chain leaders. “Supply chain innovation usually results in significant cost savings, increased revenue or some other quantifiable advantage for the entire organization. Our awards will set the benchmark for those achievements,” Robert W. Dye, President for PMAC, told the press.

The development of these two new awards—the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Supply Chain Excellence Award—is the result of PMAC’s long-term and continued efforts to guide, shape and further supply chain management and assist its members since the associations’ inception. “The organization was founded to provide education and training for those individu­als who were involved in all aspects of purchas­ing activities in enterprises,” Dye tells CBJ.

“Our mandate has evolved as business ac­tivities have matured and expanded,” he adds, “but while our roots are embedded in the

profession of purchasing, we now focus on a much broader field of practice: supply chain management. This encompasses the activities purchasing, logistics transportation and opera­tions management.”

The key to PMAC’s all-encompassing work for its supply chain professional members begins with understanding the integral implications that excellent supply chain management poses for a company—the relationship between the customer and supplier and in defining supply chain man­agement itself.

Dye says, at a base level, there is a package of functions that are collectively identified as the supply chain. “The supply chain, as we focus on it, begins not just with the primary supplier, but with that supplier’s supplier. We go back one step. On the other end, we also go one step beyond the customer, right to the customer’s customer,” Dye says. “The issues are all around the relationship between the supplier and the customer. It has much to do with building a solid supplier base, as opposed to having one supplier this and another supplier next week.”

Understanding the supply chain skill set

Amongst the wide range of ways in which PMAC works with its members, there is one key strength that the association offers: skill set knowledge. “The most important value we bring to our members is to understand the skill set that the market is looking for in a supply chain professional,” Dye says.

“After ensuring the training and education to develop that skill set is available, it’s our job to create an awareness and demand in the mar­ketplace for our members to get that first job or learn about new career opportunities.”

Looking to the future

Dye is optimistic about the future of the supply chain management industry and explains that PMAC is already looking ahead. The latest awards announced are a clear indication of the associa­tion’s forward-thinking emphasis on industry acclaim and raising standards for tomorrow.

Dye explains that as supply chain manage­ment develops, a number of companies will band together and take over the industry as a whole. “The industry, in five years, will be a consolida­tion of a number of players that are presently dealing with pieces of the supply chain,” he says. There are players that focus on only one of those functions; soon, the bit players will be gone and it will be a consolidation where companies will look at the supply chain on a comprehensive level, and not bits and pieces.”

“Our organisation is already prepared and addresses a skill set and knowledge base in our members, so they understand every func­tion of the chain,” Dye says. The future of supply chain management seems clear and PMAC is ready to bolster growth and continue to serve its members as the leading association for the industry.