SCL news and events at the Institute and around the world
August 5, 2021
The World Circular Economy Forum 2021 | It’s time to change the game.
September 13 to 15, 2021, hosted virtually in Canada | Free of charge, open to all.
Co-organized by the Government of Canada and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and hosted for the first time in North America, the World Circular Economy Forum brings together forward-looking thinkers and doers, and presents the world’s leading game-changers in the circular economy.
From our President, Victor Deyglio:
Developing a more inclusive circular economy that moves companies from source to consumer and onwards to new possibilities involves multiple strategies. These strategies range from applied innovation [community co-creation and social license to operate] to track/trace [as an authentication process, not just a locator technology], food logistics [security and safety], and supplier engagement [sourcing in capital project mode], among others. We need to shift from compliance to action, but with a business incentive.
In a post Covid next normal, digitization [track/trace, predictive analytics and beyond] is emerging as the platform for success, connecting the world in ways needed to sustain the global economy whatever the challenges we face with pandemics, climate, environmental and geo-political/regional issues. Yet, while implementing technologies to overcome the “ordinary volatile realities” is the first lesson of Covid, the more strategic challenge we face is to reshape our global economics around new ventures and new opportunities.
Reshaping includes moving our strategic thinking from shareholder economics to stakeholder economics, recognizing the need to develop a “social license to operate” in the new normal. That makes it more important for all of us and all of our businesses to refocus on the circularity of all economic and business endeavors. It is birth to death to rebirth in terms of products, product inputs, production/assembly, post sales product use, reuse, reclamation, disposal, all with an economic/business incentive. It is not about tree hugging; it is about doing business well and successfully. It is about redefining productivity from traditional economics, that is, “making money by selling products at a profit”, to balancing the social, environmental and economic needs of multiple constituents in the process of doing business.
This forum is an excellent opportunity not only to learn from the presenters and presentations but to meet other people with potential common interests in changing the game.
May 1, 2021
On April 28, we completed our 2021 AGM. As in 2020, the AGM was conducted with a virtual voting system and we thank all of our professional members who participated. This year, we reflect on the new professional members we have gained since our AGM in April 2020. We are very proud of this group who have joined our professional community as P.Log’s, PCE’s, LS’s, SC-N’s, SC-R’s and SC-SRM’s. Congratulations!
We continue to celebrate 25 years of the P.Log in 2020.
In keeping with our celebratory theme, we were recently awarded the Best Competency-Based Supply Chain Logistics Learning Organisation award as part of Corporate Vision Magazine’s 2020 Education & Training Awards—an award program “launched to spotlight the paragons of education and training”. It is with great pride that we accept this award and recognize the role that every individual in our professional community has played in our history and success. We thank you all!
Virtual Roundtable hosted by Afrifursa – Thursday, June 11, 10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT – Achieving Municipal Resilience in the Face of a Global Agri-food Crisis
Grayson Bass, Creator & Facilitator of our Applied Innovation Online Program, will be speaking at this virtual roundtable “Achieving Municipal Resilience in the Face of a Global Agri-food Crisis” Thursday, June 11 10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT, on the importance of logistics in resilience. Register here.
About the Event:
Afrifursa is bringing together Canadian and West African stakeholders to discuss current and potential approaches to addressing an imminent crisis that affects us all.
According to the World Food Programme, it is possible that we will see a doubling of those facing acute food insecurity across the globe this year due to COVID-19. From the closure of borders to meat processing plants, the effects are being felt in municipalities and cities right across North America and Africa.
Join us as we tap into the diverse expertise and experience represented at this roundtable and seek ways to collaborate for a food secure future.
Afrifursa’s mission is to provide insight into African business, culture and society and to encourage global citizens and organizations to participate in equitable opportunities of exchange with Africa.
Join us and our event partners, the African Agri Council, for the official launch of our virtual event series and website!
Your host: Tapfuma Musewe – Founder of Afrifursa and Eschaton Solutions Ltd
- Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah – Mayor of Accra, Ghana
- Mayor Cllr Mxolisi Kaunda – eThekwini Mayor, South Africa
- Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli – Co-Founder of Sahel Consulting, AACE Foods and LEAP Africa
- Prof. Marieme Lo – Director of African Studies, Associate Director of School of Cities at University of Toronto
- Grayson Bass – Managing Director of Mayor Wilson, Co-Founder of Ontario DIG Community Lab & Innovation Hub
Announcing our first PCE’s!
On May 25-29 we delivered the first online session of our Change Leadership Certification Program in Change Enablement. A resounding success, this program led to the first 7 professionals earning the PCE designation [Professional in Change Enablement].
Join us in congratulating our first group of PCE’s!
Norris Cobham, Canada Clean Fuels | Jasmine Gill, The Logistics Institute
Adriano Magnifico, Louis Riel School Division | Sunil Peshwa, Canada Post Corporation
John Peterson, Aurora Cannabis | Rocco Rinaldi | Edward Tonner
Simon Brown, Lead Facilitator for this program, engaged the group over four days in a series of tools and techniques to assist the participants in creating effective and transformational change implementation strategies. Using our typical experiential-learning format, participants applied these techniques to their individual projects in real-time and on the last day, all participants delivered a capstone presentation on their change projects, successfully earning the PCE. This program also enables participants to earn the P.Log by completing the Supply Chain Strategies module.
The PCE designation is a professional statement of competence in leading an organization or group of individuals through change, effectively transforming the journey. We look forward to hosting our next online session this September 2020! Learn more and enroll today.
Logistics Institute Innovation Lab – University of Toronto / Rotman Collaboration
The Logistics Institute has partnered with the University of Toronto (UoT) to deliver a Supply Chain – Growth Strategy Consulting Project Course for the Rotman EMBA program at UoT. We are seeking members in a management role for students to interview. Please note that these are mature students with several years of managerial experience across a diverse range of industries and skill sets.
This summer, as part of their course work, student teams are taking on a supply chain industry challenge. Starting with a problem statement articulated by a company / sponsor (or a problem surfaced by the students themselves) the students will proceed through a “diagnostic phase” that includes immersing themselves in the problem (topic), understanding critical issues, identifying problem/solution sets (unique value propositions), understanding related business model issues, and finally defining and potentially experimenting with actions/tasks. Students will bring their unique lens’ and perspectives to these problems. The course culminates in a formal presentation/report in early August.
We’ve had a tremendous first response from company / sponsors articulating problem statements for students to work on. Many are related to growth challenges within the Freight, Freight Forwarding, Customs Brokerage, Warehouse and Reverse Logistics categories, Digitization / Automation, Organic and Acquisition Growth Strategies, Intellectual Property, 3PL Challenges, New Value Propositions, B2B and B2C Food Delivery, Demand Generation and Sustainability industries.
Students will be selecting their challenge at the end of May and then starting their ethnographic interviews, ideally with a range of industry managers. To that extent, we are currently seeking industry managers for students to interview on these and related topics. In terms of time commitment, interview candidates would be committing 1-2 hrs sometime in June (your participation in final presentations is optional).
If you are interested in discussing, please contact:
Bo Pelech | p: 416-893-1462 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com | linkedin.com/in/bopelech
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What we are reading:
10 Top Supply Chain Risks Stemming from the Coronavirus outbreak (Resilience360 Special Report)
Coronavirus Shows That Supply Chains are Outdated and Unfit For Modern Manufacturing (Forbes, February 18, 2020)
Prepare Your Supply Chain for Coronavirus (Harvard Business Review, February 27, 2020)
|What You Can Do Now||Start with your people.|
|Maintain a healthy skepticism.|
|Run outage scenarios to assess the possibility of unforeseen impacts.|
|Create a comprehensive, emergency operations center.|
|Designing for response||Know all your suppliers.|
|Understand your critical vulnerabilities and take action to spread the risk.|
|Create business continuity plans.|
|Don’t forget your people.|
|Revisit Your Supply Chain’s Design||Redesign with second sources.|
|Redesign to source locally.|