Completed in 2007

One of the goals of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council is to assist in strengthening the national capacity for competitiveness by ensuring the supply chain sector has an adequate supply of qualified human resources. This project was conducted to collect information about both current training and education for supply chain employees, and employers' needs and preferences with respect to education.  

Project Recommendations

  1. In developing a labour market information program, the CSCSC should consider sources of experienced middle managers from "blue-collar" sectors, as well as ways to give younger people in post-secondary programs sufficient work experience so they can fast-track into management.
  2. There is a role for the CSCSC to review the scope, depth and currency of industry programs with a view to recognizing the better programs and encouraging consolidation. This will increase the perceived value of individual designations and make it simpler for employees to choose a training program. Some leadership is desirable, to avoid having employees spending valuable hours on certifications that will become obsolete, or employers paying for less-effective training.
  3. The CSCSC could contribute to a more-professional overall image of the sector by recognizing those with the most-pedagogically-sound practices, and by encouraging associations to implement the suggested improvements.
  4. The CSCSC should support and facilitate partnerships between industry associations and post-secondary institutions, as these will improve the level of instruction and "raise the bar" in terms of academic and work skills required.
  5. If the CSCSC is to proceed with occupational standards, a good deal of education of opinion leaders in the sector will be required, and any standards must be developed by a team with substantial industry experience and unassailable credentials.

Project Working Group
Committee Role Name Company/Organization (at time of project)
Chair Frances Humphreys Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ont.
Members Bryan Cox Maple Leaf Foods
Toronto, Ont.
Manon Delisle CEGEP André Laurendeau
Montreal, Que.
Raymond Dufour Atlantic Institute of Logistics and Transportation
Dieppe, N.B.
Philippe Leblanc Metro Canada Logistics
Dorval, Que.
David Long Centre of Excellence in Supply Chain & Logistics Management, Schulich Executive Education Centre
Toronto, Ont.
Peter Wallis Van Horne Institute
Calgary, Alta.
Project Manager
Dale Ross Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council
Mississauga, Ont.