Since it began in 2016, the World Class Supply Chain Summit has served as an event where speakers from industry and academia have come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities for supply chain and logistics leaders – and future leaders – in Canada and throughout the world.
Presented by Wilfrid Laurier University, the Milton Chamber of Commerce and CN, World Class Supply Chain 2021 was held virtually on the morning of Wednesday, May 5th, 2021.
Last year’s summit had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Given the pandemic’s effect on the world, and on supply chain and logistics, the 2021 event was compelling indeed.
The theme is Vision 2030: SCM in a new decade.
Our accomplished speakers and panelists discussed:
8:30 a.m. Welcome
Our moderator, Scott McCammon, President and CEO of the Milton Chamber of Commerce, welcomes attendees.
8:35 a.m. Opening Remarks
By Dr. Michael Haughton, Professor, Supply Chain Management at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, Keith Reardon, Senior Vice-President, Consumer Product Supply Chain, CN, and Student Co-Chair Brynlea Dickson, Immediate Past Co-President, Laurier Supply Chain Association.
8:45 a.m. How COVID-19 has Changed SCM
How COVID-19 has transformed the way goods and services are delivered. CN’s Keith Reardon is joined by representatives from the Ports of Halifax, Prince Rupert, Mobile, and Vancouver to discuss the pandemic-related challenges they’ve faced and overcome, and share the lessons that can benefit SCM practitioners everywhere.
9:35 a.m. The Road Ahead
Glenn Richey, Harbert Eminent Scholar and Chair, Department of Supply Chain Management, Auburn University, reveals the opportunities – and risks – that will be faced by SCM professionals in a post-COVID world.
10:25 a.m. Q and A
Summit Co-Chairs and speakers will host networking sessions with students.
10:40 a.m. Closing Remarks
By Co-Chairs Dr. Michael Haughton, Keith Reardon, and Brynlea Dickson.
11:00 a.m. Adjournment
Until World Class Supply Chain 2022, on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Milton.
11:00 a.m. Networking Session
Students and attendees are welcome to engage with Summit speakers and panelists.
Dr. Glenn Richey is the Harbert Eminent Scholar in Supply Chain Management at Auburn University. His role is to advance supply chain management research and teaching in the Harbert College of Business. Dr. Richey engages in industry-based supply chain strategy and international business research and enjoys building research and student relationships between academia and practice.
Since 2003, Dr. Richey has published more than 80 peer reviewed research articles and taught supply chain and international business courses in 25 countries on six continents. He is the current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Business Logistics with Dr. Beth Davis-Sramek.
Prior to entering academia, Dr. Richey worked for a decade in managerial positions across several areas including procurement, sales, retail consulting, warehousing, finishing/manufacturing and logistics/supply chain operations for Scott Paper and Genuine Parts Company. He continues work in these areas through research, consulting, and expert opinion.
Captain Allan Gray joined the Halifax Port Authority as President and CEO in November of 2019. The Port of Halifax is a diverse, deep-water cargo port handling containerized, bulk, breakbulk and roll-on/roll-off cargo year-round. The Port connects importers and exporters with 150 countries through a wide range of shipping lines, offering the deepest container berths on the eastern seaboard and seamless intermodal connections to major inland markets. Since August 2015, Halifax has been handling some of the largest container vessels operating along the East Coast of North America.
Before his role with the Halifax Port Authority, Captain Gray was previously the General Manager of Fremantle Ports in Australia. He joined Fremantle Ports in July 2006 as Deputy Harbour Master/Manager Marine and Port Operations, was appointed Harbour Master in September 2008, and was appointed General Manager Port Operations in July 2009 including commercial operations and management of the port’s bulk business. Captain Gray was the Federal Master (Board Chairman) for the Company of Master Mariners Australia from 2009-2013 and was awarded life membership for his contribution to raising the profile of the Company. Captain Gray is currently the President of the International Harbour Masters Association.
Prior to coming ashore, Captain Gray’s career at sea spanned over 20 years. During this period, he traded on various vessels from RO-RO, container, and bulk through to the last 10 years which were spent on LPG Tankers with Bergesens of Norway. Trading patterns included Japan/Far East, Europe, Africa, South America and the United States.
Brian Harold is Managing Director of APM Terminals Mobile (formerly Mobile Container Terminal) at Choctaw Point in the Port of Mobile, and has held that position since 2010. He is a graduate of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV and holds a B.S.D. in Finance. With nineteen years of experience in the logistics industry, Mr. Harold has held various positions in liner management as well as inland and seaport operations.
Since taking over as Managing Director of the Mobile facility, the Port of Mobile has regularly ranked as one of the fastest growing ports in North America for containerized cargo. The facility has undergone 2 expansions totaling over $100m in investment, and APMT has also opened an Intermodal Rail Facility in Mobile which Mr. Harold oversees. He was with Maersk Sealand in Prague, Czech Republic from 2002 to 2004, primarily focusing on intermodal logistics.
Prior to relocating to Alabama, he was most recently with APM Terminals in the Port of New York/New Jersey from 2004 until 2010 where he held the position of Director of Ter¬minal Operations at their Port Elizabeth facility in New Jersey. His responsibilities there included oversight of day-to-day operations, labor relations and strategic development of the facility. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mobile Steamship Association, the Mobile Propeller Club, and is Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the MSSA-ILA Pension and Welfare Funds.
Mr. Harold also served on the Board of Directors of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and is currently on the Chamber’s Board of Advisors.
Brian Friesen joined the Prince Rupert Port Authority in 2014 and currently holds the position of Vice President of Trade Development and Communications. Brian has assumed progressive roles in marketing and trade development at the Port of Prince Rupert.
In his current role, Brian leads a team focused on enabling the growth and diversification of cargo at the Port of Prince Rupert. He is responsible for business development, strategic planning, marketing, corporate communications, business analysis and investment attraction.
Prior to joining the Port Authority, Brian held various roles in sales, marketing and business development. Brian holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill University.
Eric Joined the executive group at GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. as President, GCT Canada in August 2009. He leads the Canadian division and is responsible for the strategic management, and day-to-day operation of two container terminals in Port Metro Vancouver – GCT Vanterm in the Burrard Inland and GCT Deltaport at Roberts Bank, the largest container terminal in the country.
Prior to joining GCT, Eric was Chief Operations Officer at APM Terminals in Cape Town, South Africa, with overall responsibility for the performance of all terminals in the Africa Region. His operational and managerial career at APM has taken him from Tacoma to Los Angeles, Long Beach and Malaysia.
Eric was a Lieutenant and Platoon Leader in the United States Army and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Industrial Engineering from West Point in New York.
The World Class Supply Chain Summit is presented by:
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