CSCSC e-Newsletter

September 28, 2011

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Council News

Launch of the Don Borsk Canadian Supply Chain Career Awareness Fund to Further Enable Reach to Students

The Council partnered some time ago with Junior Achievement of Canada to deliver supply chain career information to students across Canada. Now, we've made it easier for volunteers to get into classrooms.
It costs about $500 to deliver a JA program; that money provides for student, teacher and volunteer guides, and volunteer training. Stakeholders in Canada’s supply chain can now make financial donations – of any size – to contribute to putting supply chain volunteers in front of students to talk about their work. This direct access to young people may just be the best way to get out the message that the supply chain sector is a great place to work.
Donations of as little as five or ten dollars to the new Don Borsk Canadian Supply Chain Career Awareness Fund will add to the Council’s ability to share information with students and teachers about supply chain careers. Donations to the fund can be made at
Much more information about the Fund and the CSCSC/JA partnership is available at Information about JA programs can also be seen in the story below.
Don Borsk is Chief Operating Office of Metro Retail Supply Chain Solutions, a third-party supply chain provider dedicated to servicing the retail industry. He was a founding member and is now past Chair of the Board of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. In that role, he was central to the establishment of the Council. Don served as Chair from 2006 to 2010. The Council is pleased to recognize Don's contributions to the sector by naming this new fund in his honour.

Career Focus Program: Case Study
The Council's Career Focus Program provides wage subsidies to employers to enable them to hire new employees in supply chain roles. The employees must be 30 years old or younger and have graduated with some type of post-secondary education: a university or college degree, a professional designation or supply chain-related training.
Participation is simple: an employer enrols in the program, selects a candidate, completes an application form and, if approved, submits proof of wages paid in each pay period. Approval of applications takes just one or two days.
More information about the program is available at
Jelli Fish Kids
Jelli Fish Kids is a distributor of children's sleepwear. The company hired a Purchasing Clerk through the Council's Career Focus Program.
Jelli Fish Kids: "Given budget availability, [the Career Focus Program] has definitely helped in this hire."
Jadwiga Zakrzewska, new employee: A graduate of the logistics program at LaSalle College, Jadwiga was able to get into the supply chain sector through the Career Focus Program.
NOTE: The Career Focus Program is currently at capacity. However, in anticipation of potential future funding, the Council is keeping a waiting list of employers interested in participating in the program. For information or to be included on the waiting list, contact Sheryl Keenan, at 905-897-6700 or 1-866-616-3468.

Do You Know Any Good Supply Chain Videos?

If you know of any good videos that promote careers in the supply chain, please let us know about them. We'd like to add links to them from our YouTube site or from the Career Resources page of our website.

Take a Closer Look... at Junior Achievement of Canada

By Tom Miller
For over 55 years, as the largest youth education organization in Canada, Junior Achievement (JA), through its Charters located across the country, has been delivering programs that have inspired and prepared more than 3.7 million youth to succeed in a global economy.
Delivered free of charge, programs are developed along three major axes, including financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, and are designed to provide youth with a foundation for financial success, give Canada's future leaders the financial, interpersonal and entrepreneurial tools required to alter their trajectories, and enable young people to make positive contributions to society and our economy.
In a recent study designed to measure the value creation of JA, the Boston Consulting Group discovered JA is over-delivering on all three of its pillars. By providing youth with the skills necessary to become innovative, productive and contributing citizens, JA makes a positive impact on Canada's economy. The annual economic impact, directly attributed to the work of JA and its Achievers, has been assessed at $535 million; every $1 invested in JA results in a return on investment of $45 in terms of societal prosperity.
Of note, JA participants – “Achievers" – are more likely to stay in school, pursue a career in business, be prepared for work, open their own business, create jobs, rise higher in the workplace and earn more. For all of these findings, it is time to Take a Closer Look.
It's time to take a closer look at the more than 230,000 students who benefited from our programs last year, and at 13,000+ dedicated business mentors who delivered in excess of 1.4 million hours of instructional time in over 400 communities across the country... all free of charge.
It is also time to take a closer look at the positive effect JA has on the Canadian economy; at the gap its programs fill in Canada's education system; at the success its graduates attain; and, at the value it provides to participants, employers and society. In short, it`s time to take a closer look at the IMPACT that is... Junior Achievement.
So go ahead… Take A Closer Look!
For more information, please visit
Tom Miller is National Director, Communications for Junior Achievement of Canada.

Alberta Releases Report on the Impacts of the Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The Alberta government has accepted the four recommendations in a new report released this month by Calgary-Mackay MLA Teresa Woo-Paw. Her report, Impact of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program on the Labour Market in Alberta, is the result of a review of the impact of temporary foreign workers on Alberta’s labour force and communities.

Recommendation 1: The Government of Alberta must continue to be a strong advocate for the province’s labour market and population growth needs.
Government’s response – Three areas of advocacy are:
  • Urging the federal government to remove the annual caps on the number of provincial nominees;
  • Exploring options for expanded routes to permanent residence for low- and semi-skilled temporary foreign workers; and
  • Selecting the right number of new immigrants with the right skills to immediately start work in their area of training.
Recommendation 2: The Government of Alberta should ensure the rights of temporary foreign workers are recognized and upheld by employers and communities.
Government’s response – The Alberta government is committed to ensuring the rights of all workers, including temporary foreign workers, are protected. Ongoing investments and improvements in both education and enforcement activities will continue to ensure employers and workers are aware of their rights and responsibilities. 
Recommendation 3: The Government of Alberta should support and encourage welcoming and inclusive community initiatives throughout the province. Alberta communities, particularly smaller centres, are experiencing higher levels of diversity as a result of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Government’s response: The Alberta government will continue partnerships with the Alberta non-profit and voluntary sector and communities to support collaborative initiatives related to the active inclusion of all community members, including temporary foreign workers. Temporary foreign workers strengthen Alberta through their active participation in the labour market and in expanding the diversity of our communities. We will continue to advocate for new federal regulations that will allow more temporary foreign workers to become citizens of Canada so they can actively participate in our communities over the long term. 
Recommendation 4: The Government of Alberta should explore different ways of communicating services that are available for employers and workers. This will help employers be aware of their rights and responsibilities towards their foreign workers and provide temporary foreign workers with accurate and realistic information on the rights and responsibilities of working and living in Canada.
Government’s response: The Alberta government will continue to explore opportunities for increasing access to information for temporary foreign workers overseas, including in Canadian immigration offices in top source countries.
The MLA report and government response are available at

More than 50,000 temporary foreign workers live and work in Alberta. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is a federal program designed to help employers fill temporary jobs. Provincial legislation governs the working conditions and health and safety requirements for temporary and permanent Alberta workers alike. 
To recruit a temporary foreign worker, an employer must demonstrate that Alberta or Canadian workers were not available for the job. This requirement ensures that Albertans and Canadians are employed first. 
For more information, visit

Leadership Starts in the Mirror

By Jonathan Wilson, Soul Systems
The most effective leaders spend a lot of time in front of the mirror. Given that leaders do not exist for themselves, but for others, this might seem like a contradiction. But of all the subjects we can study in order to become more effective leaders, one of the most important subjects is oneself. As with democracy, leadership is an utterly human affair: it is by a person, for persons. The more deeply a leader understands the nature and dynamics of both individuals and human systems, the more effectively they are able to lead. This is not a neutral principle. It can be badly abused, and often is. A leader who observes and reflects carefully can also manipulate others in very sophisticated ways. The saving grace, however, is that manipulative leadership is utterly self-centred: whereas the kind of awareness that is required to lead well is actually hindered by a self-centred perspective. I speak of self-awareness.
To read the rest of this article, first published in December 2010 in the Leadership by Soul e-letter, go to Soul Systems' website. Republished here with permission.

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Coming Events

Event in the Spotlight

At its 13th-annual Canadian Public Procurement Forum, the CPPC will focus on emerging trends and tools for public procurement. Highlights of the event include:
  1. Two all-day, pre-Forum seminars, on Sunday, November 6: an update on the legal and legislative environment for public procurement in Quebec (in French); and a demonstration of how business design has transformed a leading-edge non-contract A model for procurement at the University of Toronto (in English).
  2. Three-day conference will include sessions on leading trends in public procurement: due diligence in tendering, contracting for services, supplier management, sustainable procurement and a new municipal tool box. The Forum will feature presentations on innovative tools developed within the public procurement community: the OPUS card for municipal transport, building information modeling (BIM), and optimizing the supply chain for better patient care.
  3. The conference will present some highly entertaining and thought-provoking keynote speakers, including John Weigelt, National Technology Officer for Microsoft Canada, speaking on “Demystifying the Cloud.”
  4. Sector group discussions: At the end of days one and two, delegates will be able to meet for an hour with their sector colleagues from across Canada to discuss common challenges or issues raised in presentations from the day's agenda.
  5. New this year is a post-Forum seminar on “Six Sigma: Beyond Manufacturing.” François Emond, ville de Quebec, will provide a presentation and hands-on workshop on how to take this chiefly manufacturing process tool and apply it to the public procurement environment to increase efficiency.

A preliminary program for the event is now online at

December 5 to 7 – Dallas, Texas
The program for this event is split into distinct streams dedicated to supply chain, transportation and logistics, and material handling, allowing attendees to choose the topics most relevant to them.
Program highlights include:
  • Building a resilient supply chain: Developing flexibility and agility in the current market place, led by Gerry Smith, SVP Global Supply Chain, Lenovo
  • Identifying best practices for low cost country sourcing success, led by Ricardo Zamponi, Global Sourcing Director – Latin America, General Mills USA
Supply chain, logistics, material-handling and procurement personnel from end-user companies can register for the discounted rate of US$995 and save US$500 off the delegate registration fee.
Contact Larry Allen, Event Marketing Manager, at or 416-214-1707, to find out more on the options for getting involved.

Other Coming Events
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport – Ottawa Chapter, Beyond the Borders Working Goup – Recent Activities, October 4, Ottawa, Ont.

Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada, Focus Forward: Looking Through a New Lens on Distribution Competitiveness
October 4: Vancouver
October 5: Calgary
October 13: Toronto

The Canadian Institute, Supply Chain Management for Energy Conference, includes presentation by the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council, October 13 and 14, Calgary, Alta.

Ontario Institute of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, 14th Annual Conference: Rising To The Challenge, October 14 and 15, Toronto, Ont.
Railway Association of Canada, Conference and Trade Show, October 17 and 18, Calgary, Alta.
CITT, Reposition 2011 – The New Normal: Preparing for Constant Change, October 26 to 28, Montreal, Que. Single-day registration available.
International Warehouse Logistics Association – Canadian Council, Fall Conference: Toward a Mature, Compliant 3PL Industry in Canada, November 3, Toronto, Ont.
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, International Trade Workshops – Webinars
Incoterms 2010
November 23 and 24 (two parts)
Protecting Your Business with CIFFA STCs 
November 30 and December 1 (two parts)
Essentials of Exporting
December 7 and 8 (two parts)

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