TORONTO, Ontario—There will be a lot to talk about at the upcoming annual general meetings for the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) and Supply Chain and Logistics Association Canada (SCL), given plans to merge the two supply chain industry organizations.
The plan, which was developed with the support of the boards of directors of both organizations, calls for PMAC and SCL to be blended together under a new name: the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA). The new organization would continue to offer ongoing events and programs from both PMAC and SCL including an annual student case competition (SCL) and Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) training and designations (PMAC). SCMA will also continue to produce research into the Canadian supply chain industry.
One noticeable difference members will find is that there will now be only one major conference, an expanded PMAC national conference which is held in a different Canadian city every year. This year will likely be the last for Mississauga, Ontario-based Supply Chain Canada, a conference organized by a partnership between SCL and Canadian Industrial Transportation Association (CITA).
SCMA will keep PMAC’s organizational structure: members will belong to one of 10 provincial or territorial chapters, which will also grant them membership to the national association.
“It’s a natural evolution,” said PMAC board chair Mike Whelan. “As organizations, our strengths complement each other; by combining them we can offer supply chain professionals in all disciplines the very best opportunities for professional development, networking, and employment.”
SCL board member Al Norrie said, “We are excited about the opportunity this presents for our members.
“SCMA will preserve the best SCL has to offer and provide access to an expanded network of supply chain professionals, top quality supply chain education, and strong employer advocacy.”
While both boards are in favour of the merger, it can’t go ahead unless voted upon by the membership of both SCL and PMAC. Both organizations are scheduled to hold their annual general meetings—which will include votes on the proposal—on June 12. The PMAC meeting will be in Ottawa, and the SCL meeting will be in Toronto. Both SCL and PMAC plan information campaigns to inform their members of the planned merger and why they think the union should be beneficial.
To read more about the proposed merger, why it’s happening, and how it will affect SCL and PMAC members, check out the March-April issue of MM&D or watch the video below where Lou Smyrlis, editorial director of CT&L —MM&D‘s sister publication—interviews PMAC president Cheryl Paradowski and SCL executive director Alison Toscano.