CSCSC e-Newsletter

July 30, 2012

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Career Focus Wage-Subsidy Program to Start Anew
Funding is in place to allow the Council to relaunch the Career Focus Program, a wage-subsidy program for supply chain employers.
Subsidies are available for the eight-month period from August 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. To participate in the program, employers must be approved before hiring. (Approvals can be obtained within a few business days.) Eligible employees are 30 or younger, post-secondary graduates – of university, college, association or private-sector programs – and new to the organizations at which they’re being hired.
Learn more: Visit or contact Sheryl Keenan, at 905-897-6700, 1-866-616-3468 or

Learn How to Use the Council's Labour Market Projection Data
The Council will host a webinar, "Explore the Council's Revamped LMI Tool," on Wednesday, August 8 to demonstrate how to access and make use of the labour market projections now available through its LMI Portal. The one-hour session will begin at 12:00 pm Eastern time, and will provide time for participants to ask specific questions related to the data.
To join the webinar, go to Enter as a guest, and you will not require a password. For the audio portion of the webinar, you will need to join a conference call; to do so, dial 416-645-1179 (if this is a local call for you) or 1-888-289-4573, and enter access code 1534589 when prompted.
Other sessions, on the Council's Career Focus Program and National Accreditation Program, will be held in coming months.

National Accreditation Program: New Accreditations, New Review Panel Members
Four supply chain educational courses were recently accredited by the Council through the National Accreditation Program, bringing the total number of accredited offerings to 45. The newest accreditations are:
Collège Mérici
Gestion des ressources matérielles
Négociation et approvisionnement
National Institute of Governmental Purchasing
Developing & Managing Requests for Proposals
Online course
Fundamentals of Leadership & Management
Online course
August 1 is the deadline for the next intake of submissions to the NAP. It also marks the three-year anniversary of the program's inception; programs and courses accredited in the first intake round three years ago are now due for renewal. Those organizations that choose to renew their accreditations will be required to submit update information about their offerings for review by the Accreditation Review Panel (ARP). Questions related to the renewal process can be directed to Sheryl Keenan, at 905-897-6700, 1-866-616-3468 or
The ARP itself has also recently been renewed, with a change of volunteers to guide the assessment process. New members on the panel are:
  • Rick Cleveland – Altered Perspectives
  • Donald Connolly – Monsanto Canada Inc.
  • Gayleen Creelman – Cargill Limited
  • Shalini Da Cunha – Peel Halton Workforce Development Group
  • Paul Kurrat – Global Distribution & Warehousing
  • Anil Mislankar – Celestica
  • Timothy Moore – Tim Moore Associates
  • Rosa Paliotti – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Katherine Risley – Meridia Contingency Recruitment

A full list of ARP members is on the Council's website, at

What Does Career Development Mean For Me? A Selfish Look at Careers in Supply Chain

By Kevin A. Maynard, Executive Director
Many of my feature articles in our e-bulletins have focused on the role that an individual can play in helping his or her organization grow its human capital to meet the needs of a dynamic and challenging world, but what can we do to help you as an individual? As we look at the services that we have provided over the six years of the Council's existence, it is notable that, although our mission is geared around the demand side of our sector – with an emphasis on meeting the needs of employers – most of our contact has been through individuals, those of you who speak with pride and passion about the work that you do within the sector. Although our focus has been on the demand side of the equation, our work does touch each and every one of you as individuals. Here are just a few examples of what we do for you. Consider the following scenarios:
You have just been informed that your organization is buying another firm, and HR wants you to participate in developing an integration strategy for the firm. What can you do?
Visit the Council's Virtual Human Resources Department. This free, password-protected site has strategies and tactics that will help you, a non-HR professional, look at organizational structures and develop a hierarchy of job descriptions that will enable you to rebuild your team. You will also be able to utilize the National Occupational Standards (NOS) to “bundle” your job descriptions using industry standards. The Recruitment and Retention Toolkit includes easy-to-use materials for writing job descriptions. Read "National Occupational Standards for the Supply Chain: A framework for best practices" to see how leading firms have used these resources to help in similar situations.
Your daughter has just come to you and asked if you can come to present to her school’s Career Day. Will you say yes?
A group of grade nine students can bring even the most-seasoned presenter to tears, especially if he is ill prepared. The Council has worked over a number of years to respond to this priority need by our stakeholders, developing awareness among high school students of opportunities that exist for satisfying careers in supply chain management. It takes more than pride and passion to craft and deliver a thoughtful, cohesive and coherent presentation to 9th graders (especially if your daughter is in the audience). The Council’s Recruitment and Retention Toolkit has a number of resources that are useful, including several videos, a PowerPoint that can be customized, and a career map. You can also call the Council to receive handouts for use at your presentation, or simply download them yourself from our Brochures and Handouts page.
You have just emigrated to Canada from United Arab Emirates, where you worked as a senior global procurement specialist for an international oil company. How can you get connected to opportunities in the Canadian supply chain?
The Council provides three types of information:
  1. Industry-driven labour market information (LMI) that can help you look at historical data and the latest projections for our sector. This LMI is based on our definition of the 26 occupations that define the supply chain labour market. Our "Supply Chain Sector Facts and Figures" sheet clearly outlines the components of the labour market, and identifies the 26 NOCs that can be used in our labour market tool. Read the information at "How to Use the NOC Data Tool" to help you use that labour market tool. It will help you to identify employment demand for your occupation, for example, in the petroleum industry in a specific community, Toronto or Calgary. Next use the Working in Canada site: Enter in the NOC code that best describes your work and see where opportunities exist. Don’t be dismayed if the list of offerings is short. This site lists only postings on HRSDC’s Job Bank. Try some of the industry job banks found on the Council's Career Resources and Information page. Look closely under the listings on the right side of the page. Note that some of these job banks require membership in the hosting association. Consider an associate membership, as membership can assist you in gaining great networking opportunities and help you to gain knowledge of the Canadian working environment.
  2. Education and training supports. The Council does not offer specific training or education; rather, it encourages learning system providers to deliver curriculum that meets the needs of stakeholders in the sector. The Council is engaged with a number of agencies to offer newcomer programs related to supply chain management. If you are looking for other opportunities to further develop your skills and knowledge, the Council also catalogues offerings across Canada that are geared toward supply chain management. Go to this catalogue, the Education and Training Compendium, to view those offerings that interest you, sorting them by province and credential earned (certificate, diploma, etc).
  3. The Council also encourages organizations to develop and implement leading-edge policies and practices to help balance labour market supply and demand. Notable in this area are the two HR reports that document major challenges in our sector. The most-recent study highlights the need for succession planning in our sector, with a goal to increasing sources of supply to meet the demographic deficit that is noted in the report.
The Council encourages newcomers to be active in the supply chain community, to get involved and network with associations and people.

Just a smattering from a different perspective. Our team at the Council notes that, although our public messaging is around organizations, our success has been around people, more often than not people connecting with us as individuals rather than through their firms. To date, we have connected with over 4,000 of you, individually! And those connections have been based on one-on-one conversations. Our thanks for your “selfish” interest in our work. We will continue to answer “your” questions, and provide “you” with guidance and support as we carry on our work together!
For further information on the resources of the Council or the links provided in this article, please call the office at 1-866-616-3468.

Student Project Takes Aim at Labour Shortages

For a community-involvement project in their Business Administration – Logistics and Transportation program at New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) in Dieppe, several students formed a team to take part in the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce 'Mission Possible' campaign that brought them together with a group of business professionals to plan and undertake a project that could benefit the community. The students chose to address a challenge that many employers in the supply chain sector are dealing with: How to fill jobs with qualified candidates?
Increasingly, we hear of jobs going vacant because employees with the requisite skills can't be found. At the same time, some of NBCC's graduates were having a tougher-than-average time finding employment in fields related to their studies. Those students? Newcomers to Canada, graduates with generally the same knowledge and skills as their Canadian-born counterparts.
As NBCC's Raymond Dufour notes, newcomers may not face the same challenges in one of Canada's major cities that they do in smaller communities such as Greater Moncton, where he teaches. Even of his city, he says, "I have noticed a change lately, as more immigrants are coming to New Brunswick. Our provincial and local governments, with local economic development groups, have been working hard to attract new people to our region and it seems to be getting easier for newcomers to find employment." As the students pointed out in this project (and as in much of Canada), New Brunswick must attract more immigrants because it's facing the demographic challenges of an aging population and labour force, and declining birth rate, worsened by migration out of the province.
Despite the possible easing of the problem for immigrants, a group of students – some newcomers and some locals – decided to tackle the issue by going straight to employers to present their case. In a community little accustomed to the bigger-city experience of employing newcomers, the students set out to sensitize employers to the challenges newcomers face in getting work. In addition to presenting to a group of about 50 at a Chamber of Commerce meeting, the students made site visits and held roundtable discussions with business professionals in their community.
Discussing the advantages of employing immigrants, the students mentioned that they can:
  • Assist in international business, making use of their business contacts in other parts of the world;
  • Provide multinational expertise;
  • Offer multicultural/linguistic capabilities; and
  • Adapt to marketplace diversity/change.
An excerpt from the presentation:
Productive diversity is based on the concept that there are potential economic benefits to be gained from valuing different experience, perspectives, skills and the cross-transfer and integration of these into the organization and local economy. Put simply: Productive diversity makes good business sense.
Some students from abroad who've chosen to stay in Canada after completing their studies have had to leave Moncton to find work, despite having essentially the same education and skills as other graduates. Through their presentations related to this project, the group talked to employers and the media at Chamber of Commerce events to share their message about the equal employability of all graduates. Not only did they give employers food for thought about meeting labour shortages; they also gained valuable confidence-building experience through presenting to a business audience.

Website Links


Short Survey on 3PL Industry

eyefortransport is conducting an industry survey on the 3PL selection, bidding and contract-renewal processes from the point of view of both 3PLs and their customers. The survey takes about five minutes to complete.
Participants will receive the survey report when it is available and will be eligible to win a pass to a coming 3PL Summit, in either Chicago or Antwerp.

Foundation Set for New Immigration System

On June 28, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced the latest step in redesigning Canada’s economic immigration system. (A press release is available on the CIC website.)
Effective July 1, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has placed a temporary pause on new applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). The pause will allow CIC to make changes to selection criteria in its economic immigration programs before accepting more applications. (The pause on FSWP applications does not apply to candidates with offers of arranged employment or those applying under the PhD eligibility stream.) Application intake is expected to resume in January 2013, when the proposed FSWP regulatory changes are expected to come into force.
On this topic, the July 2012 issue of NetHire News, says:
As it stands, regulations favour individuals with higher education. However, current economic trends require a labour force that is skilled trades-heavy. The new changes will address the education bias and be more relevant to today’s labour needs.
While there are few specific details concerning the new regulations, it is clear that companies who are having difficulty filling skilled trade positions will benefit from the new system. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be overhauling the FSW Program to make it easier and faster for people in the skilled trades to immigrate to Canada.
The new program will also make it easier for employers to find qualified candidates. Minister Kenney stated that he intends to include an application management system to create an organized pool of applicants, so that employers will be able to search and sort relevant candidates.

Coming Events

Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council, Webinar: Explore the Council's Revamped LMI Tool, August 8
Association of Canadian Port Authorities, 54th Annual General Meeting and Conference, August 19 to 22, Hamilton, Ont.

I.E.Canada, Webinar: Mexican Customs 101, August 23
Calgary Logistics Council and the Van Horne Institute, Logistics Education Award Program Golf Tournament (proceeds go toward scholarships for students in supply chain programs in the Calgary area), September 10, Calgary, Alta.

Schulich Executive Education Centre, Logistics Management Course, September 10 to 12, Toronto, Ont.
Canadian Materials Handling & Distribution Society, Charity Classic Golf Tournament and Dinner, September 12, Surrey, B.C.
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association – Central Region, Golf Tournament, September 13, Newmarket, Ont.

The Logistics Institute, Executive Leadership Program
September 16 to 21: Wakefield, Que.
October 21 to 26: Chester, N.S.
November 25 to 30: Sooke Harbour, B.C.
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association – Eastern Region, Golf Tournament, September 21

International Pharmaceutical Academy, 8th Annual GMP Update, September 25 and 26, Montreal, Que.
NASCO, North America's Corridor Coalition, Inc., 2012 Annual Conference, September 25 to 27, Winnipeg, Man.
The Logistics Institute, Leading & Managing Change
September 26 to 28: Toronto, Ont.
November 7 to 9: Vancouver, B.C.

Purchasing Management Association of Canada, International Symposium on Supply Chain Management – Exploring the Leading Edge in SCM: Complexity, Responsiveness, Governance, September 30 to October 2, Toronto, Ont.
Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, 2012 Transportation Summit, October 2 and 3, Halifax, N.S.

Dan Goodwill & Associates and BIG Media (publishers of Truck News, Canadian Transportation & Logistics and MotorTruck Fleet Executive), 2012 Surface Transportation Summit, October 17, Mississauga, Ont.
I.E.Canada, Webinar: Customs in China, October 25
Canadian Public Procurement Council, Forum 2012: Strategic Leadership in Challenging Fiscal Times, November 4 to 7, Vancouver, B.C.
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, 8th Annual Hwy H2O Conference, November 14 and 15, Toronto, Ont.
CITT, Webinar: Capital Budgeting, November 21
Alberta Institute of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, 23rd Annual Conference, November 26 and 27, Calgary, Alta.
Always up-to-date in our online event listing. See events outside of Canada.

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