Launch of new national accreditation program raises the bar for supply chain management in Canada

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - A new strategy-focused accreditation program
that will develop Canada's next generation of supply chain leaders launches
across the country this month, meeting demand for highly skilled professionals
who can operate in a global marketplace. Candidates who complete the 36-month
program earn the respected Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P.)
    "There is no other executive development program like this being offered
in North America," said Robert Dye, president of the Purchasing Management
Association of Canada (PMAC). "It's like earning a master's level degree in
supply chain management. Our program sets the gold standard for
professionalism in the field."
    Called the Strategic Supply Chain Management Leadership Program, the
competency-based program is delivered in partnership with universities and
colleges coast to coast, and is instructed by top academics and senior
practitioners. The program shifts the emphasis from purchasing to
comprehensive, strategic supply chain management.
    "With an increasingly competitive business environment, the supply chain
has become more complex and strategic," said University of Alberta School of
Business's Dr. Edy Wong, who led the accreditation renewal. "From our research
it was clear that employers are looking to C.P.P.s as innovative, strategic
leaders with a 360-degree view of business. The new accreditation program will
build this unique competence."

    Balanced to provide advanced supply chain management knowledge and
high-level business skills, the program stresses integrative thinking,
strategic analysis and communication throughout. A series of modules cover
procurement, global sourcing, logistics and operations, while interactive
workshops address such subjects as negotiations, international business,
ethics and corporate social responsibility. The requirements of the program

    -   8 Modules
    -   6 Interactive Workshops
    -   In-Residence Week
    -   Final Written Examination
    -   3 Years of Progressive Practical Experience

    According to the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council, the supply chain
management field has approximately 150,000 positions at the professional and
managerial level. The sector is growing at an estimated 10% a year, requiring
knowledge workers with both business and technological skills.
    This demand is linked to increasing recognition of the importance of
supply chain management as a business function. Many high-profile companies
such as Wal-Mart, Dell, IBM, Zara and Procter & Gamble have sophisticated
supply chains that confer them with a strategic competitive advantage.

    About PMAC

    The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) is the leading
professional association in Canada for supply chain management professionals.
With more than 40,000 members and program participants working in all sectors
of the Canadian economy, PMAC is the principal source of training, education
and professional development for supply chain management professionals in
Canada. The highest achievement in professional supply chain management
education in Canada is the Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P.)

For further information:

For further information: Sharon Ferriss, Director, Public Affairs and
Communications, PMAC, (416) 542-9129 or

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