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April 20, 2016

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April 20, 2016
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – The Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, in partnership with CN, will hold the first of what will be an annual summit on World Class Supply Chain, at the Granite Ridge Golf Club in Milton, on Wednesday, May 4.

World Class Supply Chain 2016 will be a one-day event where notable speakers, panelists and leaders from industry and academia come together to discuss the current state of the supply chain and logistics function – in Canada and throughout the world – and provide insights on how challenges can be overcome and opportunities leveraged.

“World Class Supply Chain 2016 promises to be an important industry-academic event,” said Michael A. Haughton, co-chair of the summit and professor of Operations and Decision Sciences in the Centre for Supply Chain Management at the Lazaridis School. “It will contribute to our collective understanding of a critical business function, at a critical time.”

Haughton is the first CN Fellow in Supply Chain Management, a three-year appointment he received in July 2015 to facilitate outreach, research and curriculum development. The fellowship was made possible by a donation from CN. In March 2015, CN announced a $500,000 donation to support research and education programs by the Centre for Supply Chain Management at the Lazaridis School.

“We’re immensely proud of our partnership with Laurier,” said Keith Reardon, CN’s vice-president for Intermodal, who is co-chairing World Class Supply Chain 2016 with Haughton. “An efficient supply chain is essential to the Canadian economy – the summit will provide the perspective of thought leaders from industry and academia on how it can be strengthened and enhanced. We’re excited that Dr. Haughton will oversee the research and writing of several White Papers that will document the Summit’s deliberations and findings.”

Keynote speakers at World Class Supply Chain 2016 are Michael Tan, executive vice president, Supply Chain, Logistics and Global Sourcing, Indigo, and Chad Autry, William J. Taylor professor of Supply Chain Management, at the University of Tennessee.

View the summit agenda.

About the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

Established in 1966, the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University is one of Canada’s leading business schools, with 6,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and diploma programs. It is home to Canada’s largest business degree co-op program. For more information, visit

About CN

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. … more CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company’s website at

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Mark Hallman, Director
Communications & Public Affairs

T: 905.669.3384

Sarah Burt, Director
Marketing & Communications
School of Business & Economics

T: 519.884.1970 x2948




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