CSCSC e-Newsletter

April 15, 2014

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Setting Up Working Groups for Supply Chain Links Project
The Council is seeking input from supply chain stakeholders in two working groups related to its new, two-year Supply Chain Links project.
Supply Chain Links is a two-pronged project: It will result in the creation of both a skills-assessment tool and 15 new occupational standards.
The interactive self-assessment tool will be useful to individuals and employers in the sector. Based on information in the Council’s occupational standards – 33 now available ( and the 15 to be developed through this project – a user will be able to identify his or her job-related strengths and, more importantly, deficiencies in order to determine where further education or training needs to be attained to promote career development. Similarly, a manager or company HR department could use reports generated from the tool at a macro level to direct investments in education or training where gaps are indicated.
Further, the assessment tool will link to the Council’s Education and Training Compendium, an online database of supply chain-related offerings. With this resource, the user will be able to find education and training providers that offer programs in the areas where skills upgrading is required.
In choosing jobs for the development of new occupational standards, the CSCSC will focus on roles related to transportation – particularly in marine and port operations, rail (including intermodal facilities), pipelines and air cargo, as well as supporting functions involved in trade gateways and corridors on both coasts and mid-continent.
Separate working groups will help guide the project’s two distinct areas of work. The Council is aiming to put together teams that are representative of the supply chain sector, and invites participation from people in various roles and industries from across Canada.
Anyone interested in joining one of the working groups can get information about the role and responsibilities of working group members by reading the terms of reference documents:
Please contact the appropriate project manager to learn more or to sign on:
Pat Campbell
Project Manager, Connector, A Skills Matching Tool for Supply Chain Occupations
Phone: 905-897-6700, ext. 225
Sheryl Keenan
Project Manager, Occupational Standards to Support a Global Economy
Phone: 905-897-6700, ext. 301

Pat Campbell is new to the Council. She was brought on board because of her experience and expertise in managing a project for the Council for Automotive Human Resources, a former national sector council, that resulted in the creation of a skills-assessment tool very similar to the tool now being created by the CSCSC.
Pat's educational and professional background in organizational development, change management and stakeholder engagement spans over 25 years. She is experienced in leading multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder focus groups and committees (with federal and provincial government representatives, industry representatives, educators and professional associations), developing and managing project work plans and budgets, consensus building and facilitation. In addition, Pat has worked collaboratively with a number of First Nations communities on land claims, self-government, economic development and resource protection.
She is passionate about building strong organizations by supporting the skill development and advancement of people within the organization.

Stocking Up Project Update

Conestoga College, in partnership with the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council, Bow Valley College and Douglas College, is working with employers to develop and pilot core workplace-skills training tailored to the needs of the supply chain sector. Once completed, the training program will be available online, free of charge, to current and prospective supply chain sector employees. The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, and will run until May 31, 2016.

Participating companies include Independent Supply Company (Burnaby, B.C.), Kitply Industries (Surrey, B.C.), Linamar Transportation (Guelph, Ont.), and Triumph Gear Systems (Toronto, Ont.). The team has now begun to pilot the first series of training materials with 28 employees from Linamar Transportation and Triumph Gear Systems, and is continuing to develop further training modules.

The Project Advisory Committee is seeking more employer representatives to ensure that the project includes a broad representation of the sector, including both management and employee perspectives.

The team is also interested in incorporating best practices already established for training employees, and would value your input into our training materials. You could help by:
  • Sharing examples of documents commonly used by workers in the sector for use as teaching aids in our training materials
  • Sharing observations on common workplace challenges that can be used as learning scenarios for problem solving, decision making and critical thinking
We are also looking for additional employer partners to pilot the training materials.
Why Participate in Stocking Up on Skills?
Improving essential skills in the workforce has a number of benefits, including:
  • Increasing productivity
  • Improving workplace safety
  • Enabling faster adoption of new technologies
  • Generating a greater capacity for learning
  • Maximizing the skills of the existing workforce
  • Enhancing workplace efficiency
  • Creating a more vibrant and engaged workforce
  • Developing employees’ transferable skills in order to make them more flexible in their jobs
“Communication and problem solving is critical in our business. Helping employees improve these skills will result in better customer service.”
– Michelle Drew, Human Resources Manager, Linamar Transportation
For further information on this project or to participate, contact Sherri Tryon, Manager of Workforce Access Programs at Conestoga College, at or 519-772-4605, ext.5604.

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Coming Events

Aboriginal Human Resource Council
April 29 to May 1, Vancouver, B.C.
Inclusion Works is Canada’s largest Indigenous workplace inclusion event and recruitment fair, offering the National Aboriginal Recruitment Fair, inclusion management learning, networking, an employer and artisans showcase, and more.
This is a good event for corporate/educational leaders, VPs of diversity, HR professionals, CSR managers, procurement officers, communicators, and Indigenous and employment/student liaisons, anyone interested in building partnerships with Indigenous people, businesses and communities.
May 2014 to March 2015, Calgary, Alberta
The Distinguished Speaker Dinner Series will bring the men and women of the supply chain community together so that they might share in the insights, experiences and knowledge of inspiring women who are leaders in their industries and in their supply chain roles.
Among other things, women are told to ‘lean in’, ‘take your place at the table’ and ‘ask for what you want’.  But  what does this advice really mean for individuals and for employers? What do our speakers have to tell us about how they got to where they are now and how they have dealt with the challenges they’ve faced along the way? What do these speakers have to tell us about ‘Finding the Courage?’

Presenters include:
  • May 15, 2014 – Maria Lindenberg, Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President, Chevron Corporation
  • September 17, 2014 – Janice Davis, Group Vice President, Supply Chain, Shaw Communications
  • November 19, 2014 – Janet Holder, Executive Vice President, Western Access, Enbridge and Northern Gateway Pipeline Project Lead
  • January 14, 2015 – Speaker TBA
  • March 15, 2015 – Speaker TBA
Each dinner will be held in the Safari Lodge at the Calgary Zoo.
Tickets are $80 and are on sale now. A limited quantity of student tickets are available at $35 each.
Calgary Logistics Council and the Van Horne Institute
June 16, Okotoks, Alberta

All proceeds from this tournament will go toward scholarships to support students enrolled in logistics, transportation and supply chain programs in the Calgary area.
Where: D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club
When: 1:00 pm, shotgun start
Cost: $185 per golfer (includes golf, dinner, cart, prizes)
Best-ball format

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