Canadian Purchasing and Supply Chain Organizations to Combine

This week, members of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) and Supply Chain and Logistics Association Canada (SCL) voted in favor of merging operations. The new organization will be called the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), effective September 3.

According to the press release we received, the new SCMA will expand its focus on research and advocacy, organize a national student case competition, and put together Canada’s largest annual supply chain conference. This will be in addition to the original commitment of delivering education and training in supply chain management.

The vision behind this amalgamation is that the SCMA will offer the best features of both organizations and provide one place for members and their employers to access high-quality supply chain solutions. Cheryl Paradowski of PMAC will become the new CEO and President of SCMA.

Expect a much more in-depth look at this merger on Spend Matters later next week, but in the meantime, here is a quick analysis by Spend Matters analyst, Jason Busch:

“The combination of PMAC and SCL will create an organization which is still significantly smaller and less influential than the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). However, it is our hope the combination will increase the voice of the Canadian procurement and operations community, as well as offer another alternative for research, advocacy and training with a global reach.

“I had the pleasure of speaking at a PMAC event a number of years ago and found some of the questions and areas Canadian supply management executives are wrestling with, especially in the oil and gas areas, to be among the most sophisticated we’ve seen, at least at the time. The combined organization presents a great opportunity to bring together procurement, supply chain and operations practitioners in tackling a range of extended supply chain issues including multi-tier supplier management as well accounts payable/finance and procurement collaboration inclusive of such areas as invoicing, supply chain finance and risk management.”

Stay tuned for further Spend Matters coverage.

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