The Logistics Institute was founded in 1990 by 12 leading logistics industry associations to foster and promote the profession of logistics and create a recognized certification program. The Logistics Institute was a sector council that received most of its funding from Human Resources Services Development Canada (HRSDC). The role of a sector council is to work with industry stakeholders to develop human resources that are specific to their sector or industry.
In 1993 the Logistics Institute created a recognized certification program called the Professional Logistician (P.Log.) designation to strengthen the business skills of individuals employed in the logistics.
In 1995, 52 people earned their P.Log. designation. Today, the number of logisticians and supply chain managers who have earned their P.Log. designation increased to nearly 3,000.
The success of the P.Log. designation allowed the Logistics Institute to become financially self-sufficient by 2000. The Logistics Institute was the first and only sector council in Canadian history to become financially self-sufficient.
The Logistics Institute transformed P.Log Process Management Program into a completely online format and established Partnership in the Middle East.
Canadian Professional Logistics Institute
Logistics Institute is a not-for-profit company incorporated in 1990 under Part 2 of the Canada Business Act, and transitioned to continue as a federal company under the Canadian Not-for-profit Corporations Act in 2013.
Working with industry, business, government, and individual practitioners, the logistics Institute established and continues to build a global logistics professional community through formal Certification policies and Training Programs, leading to the internationally recognized P.Log , LS, SC designations.
Working with professional members and strategic training partners from colleges, universities, and schools, the institute;
- Developed national and international Competency Standards in Logistics & Supply Chain
- Developed national and international Curriculum Standards in Logistics for programs delivered in colleges and universities
- Delivers national and international Certification and Training Programs in Logistics, leading to Professional Designations
Competency Standards in Logistics are the foundation of nation-wide as well as company workforce development strategies. The Logistics Institute identified core logistics and general business skills required of workers and professionals at all levels of responsibility in the labor market, including frontline/tactical skills, supervisory/ functional skills, managerial/ process skills, and executive/ strategic skills.
Curriculum Standards in Logistics identify the knowledge base and applied learning objectives of programs and courses to be delivered in colleges, universities, schools and companies in full range of logistics functions including procurement and purchasing, inventory management and handling, warehousing and distribution, transportation, freight forwarding, international trade logistics.
National Sector Council
Working in partnership with the Government of Canada, and specifically with federal department of Human Resources Development, the Logistics Institute adhered to a comprehensive mandate to develop and enhance the skills and competencies of the logistics workforce at all levels of responsibility from tactical to senior executive. As a Sector Council, the Logistics Institute established national standards, including:
- Occupational Standards In Logistics
- Competency And Skills Standards In Logistics
- Curriculum Standards (Secondary And Post-Secondary)
- Professional Certification Standards, Policies And Procedures In Logistics
Building on these national standards, the Logistics Institute also developed and implemented national career and industry practitioner guides, including:
- Logistics Career Path Model
- Logistics Labor Market Information (Compensation, Recruitment, Retention, Development)
- Global Supply Chain Logistics Industry Model
Business Development Company
Working with private and public sector companies and business associations, the Logistics Institute delivers logistics expertise worldwide.
What is Logistics?
Logistics is the art and science of managing and controlling the flow of goods, energy, information and other resources from the source of production to the marketplace. More than 750,000 Canadian workers are employed in the logistics field, making it the second to third largest employment sector in Canada. Many logisticians work in supply chain management, executive management, consulting, transportation, traffic, customs, distribution, manufacturing, purchasing, and warehousing. They work in small, medium and large companies.
Why Logistics is critical to today's Global Economy
The convergence of economic, political and technological forces in the mid-1990s dramatically increased the importance of logistics. The delivery of goods overtook production as the most critical factor in business success. Almost overnight, the responsibility of logistics grew from simply getting a product out the door to the science of controlling the optimal flow of goods, energy, and information through the purchasing, planning and transportation management. In the wake of this change, the role of logistics went from local to global, tactical to strategic, and from the backroom to the boardroom.
Logistics and Industry
Logisticians work in virtually every industry in the business world, including:
- Auto Industry
- Clothing & Apparel
- Courier & Messaging
- Food & Grocery
- Freight Forwarding
- Hotel and Hospitality
- International Trade
- Military and National Defence
- Natural Gas
- Public Transportation
The Role Logisticians Play
Logisticians hold a variety of high-profile positions that are responsible for managing a company’s operations. Some of these titles include:
- Vice President of Logistics
- Logistics Analyst
- Warehouse Manager
- Demand and Supply Planner
- Inventory Control Manager
- Vice-President of Operations
- Materials Coordinator
- Contracts Director
- Senior Dispatcher
- Traffic Analyst
- Customs Manager
- Transportation Specialist
How Important is Logistics?
Logistics can make or break your business. Here is a list of companies who fully understand the importance of logistics:
- Air Canada
- BC Hydro
- Canada Post
- Canadian Tire
- Victoria Shipyards
- UTI Canada
- TFT GLOBAL
- Levi Strauss
- DHL Danzas
- Kuehne + Nagel
- Oakrun Farm Bakeries
- IMP Group
For a list of our corporate members, please click here.
The Logistics Institute and Your Career
Your association with the Logistics Institute will provide you complete training, support and development for every phase of your professional career. Our development programs that have helped hundreds of logisticians in all levels of management increase their earning potential, strengthen their company’s supply chains, and improve their leadership skills. For more information on our programs, please click here.