TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - The Purchasing Management Association of
Canada (PMAC) today announced the winners of its 2011 Awards of
Distinction, which recognize individuals and organizations that advance
the supply chain management profession through their leadership and
"All of our awards really speak to what PMAC is about, namely leadership
in supply chain management. It's very important to highlight and
promote the significant contributions our members make," said Cheryl
Paradowski, president and CEO of PMAC. "This year's winners exemplify
the growing strength of the profession."
Outstanding Achievement Award: Nicola Raycraft, CSCMP
Called both a visionary and a mentor, Nicola Raycraft, CSCMP, has
distinguished herself as an asset to the organizations she works for
and to Canada's supply chain management field.
Raycraft is director of supply chain management at Jones Packaging and
has led the formation of a supply chain organizational structure
focused on strategy. Her first job was on a factory floor and she was
quickly identified as someone with tremendous potential for quality and
continuous improvement. Since then, Raycraft has held progressively
senior supply chain roles in automotive, OEM manufacturing and the food
"What brings me the most satisfaction is to lead a team and to
accomplish company goals and objectives with my team," said Raycraft.
During her rapid rise through the ranks, Raycraft pursued ongoing
professional development. She completed her SCMP (Supply Chain
Management Professional) designation at an accelerated pace and earned
her MBA from Athabasca University. Raycraft has also served as an
instructor in PMAC's accreditation program at London, Ont.'s Fanshawe
College, where she receives the highest praise from students.
Supply Chain Excellence Award: Cameco Corporation
Saskatoon-based Cameco Corporation is being recognized for its success
in integrating Aboriginal-owned and northern-based contractors into its
supply chain. Several of these contractors started with Cameco as small
businesses and today they are construction contractors with annual
revenues surpassing $50 million.
Cameco is a leader in uranium mining and nuclear fuel manufacturing. It
operates four large mines sites in northern Saskatchewan on provincial
mining leases, which contain obligations for how Aboriginal communities
will share the benefits of company activity. Cameco wanted to create a
model of engagement that would contribute to its competitive advantage
by building supportive communities and providing access to a pool of
"The fact that a large portion of our northern suppliers are based where
we mine and employ large numbers of residents of Saskatchewan's north
gives us a distinct advantage at a time when resource sector projects
are gearing up again in Western Canada and stretching supply chains,"
said Arthur Stewart, SCMP, Cameco's director, supply chain management.
Cameco's supply chain team implemented a number of innovative solutions,
including: awarding a percentage of annual spend to the
Aboriginal-owned and northern-based contractors; redesigning award
criteria to give extra points to these contractors; and encouraging the
formation of joint ventures with established industry partners.
Fellow Designation Award: Al Garlinski, SCMP
Al Garlinski, SCMP, is receiving the association's highest honour for
his achievements in career, community and with PMAC.
A Red River College graduate, Garlinski has worked for Public Works and
Government Services Canada for 25 years and is now acting manager in
the Winnipeg acquisitions office. He has led complex procurement
projects, including MRI magnet research, snow and ice runway control,
and military firearms training.
"I have been very fortunate to work with outstanding people in my career
- people who know that no one succeeds alone," said Garlinksi. "The
greatest leaders are those who not only provide value to, but also
derive value from those they serve."
Garlinski is a former president of the Manitoba Institute of PMAC and
member of the PMAC board. Known as "Professor Al", he has taught PMAC
courses for the past 13 years at the University of Manitoba. He is an
active member of his community and finds time to combine his two
passions: fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Winnipeg
Humane Society through participation in ultra-marathons.
Award winners will be honoured on June 10 at PMAC's National Conference
in Whistler, BC.
The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) is the leading,
and the largest, association in Canada for supply chain management
professionals. With 7,000 members working across private and public
sectors, PMAC is the principal source of supply chain training,
education and professional development in the country, requiring all
members to adhere to a Code of Ethics. Through its 10 Provincial and
Territorial Institutes, PMAC grants the SCMP (Supply Chain Management
Professional) designation, the highest achievement in the field and the
mark of strategic leadership. www.pmac.ca
SOURCE Purchasing Management Association of Canada
For further information:
King Siu, communications, PMAC