PMAC announces winners of awards for supply chain leadership

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 innovation.

"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 industry.

"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 local labour.

"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.

SOURCE Purchasing Management Association of Canada

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