Supply chain professionals making the difference at the PMAC National Conference

    Canada's largest supply chain event takes place June 3-5 in Quebec City

    TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - Join 500 of Canada's leading supply chain
management professionals at the 84th Annual Purchasing Management Association
of Canada (PMAC) National Conference, June 3 - 5, 2009, in Quebec City, as
they learn how to steer their organizations through these uncertain economic
    The largest event of its kind in Canada for supply chain professionals,
the PMAC National Conference combines four extraordinary keynote speakers, 25
education sessions, three networking events and a sponsor showcase of top
    "Corporations are increasingly turning to their supply chain managers to
help them weather the current economic downturn," says Bob Dye, PMAC
President. "Therefore, supply chain professionals need to keep themselves
informed of the latest trends and best practices, and be ready to act. The
conference helps prepare them by providing the knowledge and skills needed to
rise to any challenge."
    Mitigating supplier risk, increasing profitability by buying on total
cost, developing green and sustainable supply chains, managing intercultural
issues in global supply chains and developing negotiation skills are just some
of the in-demand topics covered at the conference.

    More highlights of the conference include:

    -   Two of Canada's top economists, Peter Hall, vice-president and chief
        economist, Export Development Canada and Douglas Porter, CFA, deputy
        chief economist and managing director, BMO Capital Markets, lead an
        important session, Thursday June 4, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm, that addresses
        the state of the economy and their predictions for the coming months.

    -   Digital media expert, Mitch Joel, delivers a keynote address,
        Thursday June 4, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm, on how social media and Web 2.0
        are changing the way we do business. Joel is a highly sought after
        speaker who has shared a stage with the likes of former
        U.S. President Bill Clinton and talk-show host Dr. Phil.

    -   Renowned author, instructor and procurement lawyer, Paul Emanuelli
        leads a comprehensive pre-conference seminar on the drafting of
        tenders and RFPs, Wednesday June 3, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, that features
        innovative concepts and leading case studies from his groundbreaking
        new drafting manual, The Laws of Precision Drafting: A Handbook For
        Tenders and RFPs.

    -   Director of procurement and materials management for
        WestJet Airlines, Patrick O'Reilly, presents a case study,
        Friday June 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, explaining how WestJet leveraged
        strategic partnerships to enhance its supply chain and directly
        improve the customer experience for its passengers.

    -   Cirque du Soleil's vice-president, procurement, building services and
        workshops, Charles Décarie, presents a keynote address,
        Thursday June 4, 8:30 am - 9:30 am, that speaks of the procurement
        challenges and demands faced by this worldwide corporate phenomenon,
        that is a truly made-in-Canada success story like no other.

    -   Product recalls are happening with greater frequency and
        Joseph Brick, CMA, national practice leader, trade and customs
        services, KPMG, and Jérôme Thirion, MBA, MMIS, DESS, national service
        leader, business effectiveness, KPMG, lead a session,
        Friday June 5, 11:10 am - 12:10 am, addressing the area of
        responsible purchasing and leading practices for managing recalls.

    In addition, PMAC has also assembled supply chain leaders from companies
such as Dell and Rona, to name a few, and top researchers in the field, among
the roster of speakers and presenters. In line with the theme of this year's
Conference, Making the Difference, the insight and knowledge presented by
these experts will give participants immediate takeaways that they can quickly
implement at their own organizations-and make a difference.
    Networking events have been planned for all three nights of the
conference to give attendees a chance to meet their peers and learn from each
other in a relaxed environment.

    Special musical guests are scheduled to perform at two of the networking

    -   Legendary Quebecois rock star Michel Pagliaro, the first Canadian
        artist to be awarded Gold Records in English and French, gives a
        private concert at the Conference Kick-Off event, Wednesday June 3,
        5:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

    -   Double 2009 Juno Award nominees, The Lost Fingers, perform their
        jazzed-up renditions of 80s hits by Michael Jackson, George Michael,
        Samantha Fox and more, Friday June 5, 6:00 pm - 1:00 am, at the
        Board Chair Gala event.

    Jean-François Rivard, C.P.P., 2009 PMAC National Conference chair, says,
"I know that attendees will find that the conference will represent the best
investment they'll have made for their career in 2009."

    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: or to obtain a media pass, contact Sharon
Ferriss, vice-president of public affairs and communications, PMAC, (416)
542-9129 or

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