Thank you for joining us on June 21 & 22, 2017 at the Safari Lodge, Calgary Zoo for the Women in Supply Chain: The Innovative Supply Chain Conference.
Women in Supply Chain (WISC) provides a solid platform of collaboration for Supply chain, transportation and Logistics Industries together under one roof. Bringing together leaders and enabling supply chain visibility – delivered through knowledge exchange from leading executives in the business.
This conference offered a wide variety of keynote speakers, trend insights and endless networking opportunities.
Speaker: Jeff Kelly, Director of Operations, Metro Supply Chain Group
Finding Hidden Talent
Polishing the “Diamonds in the Rough”
Speaker: Leslie Davies, The Stylish Insider
Navigating Business Casual
Thank you for joining us at the Van Horne Institute’s Women in Supply Chain first installment in our new series: the Innovative Supply Chain.
Our speaker on April 12, 2017 was Jennifer Martin, President and CEO of TELUS Spark.
Jennifer Martin, President and CEO of TELUS Spark, guided completion of the first new purpose-built science centre in Canada in over 25 years. This vision of a next-generation science centre – its new role of active engagement in and with the community – was honed over more than 25 years of experience.
Prior to joining TELUS Spark, Jennifer had a distinguished career at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto and at Science North in Sudbury. She is a recognized leader in the international science centre community and a frequent presenter at international conferences. Jennifer graduated from Laurentian University with a B.Sc. in Biology and from the Schulich School of Business at York University with an MBA.
Thank you for joining us at the Gunn’s Dairy Barn at Heritage Park on December 7, 2016 to hear Tracy Robinson, Vice President, Supply Chain at TransCanada speak on her journey within the industry.
“Lead Like a Woman”
Which of these attributes are associated with being a woman: Decisiveness or compassion? Intelligence or honesty? Ambition or organization? How about all of them! This speech will explore the new model of leadership that encourages collectiveness, compromise and influence without authority. You will be challenged to put aside the masculine traits you believe superiors are looking for and embrace the feminine characteristics which enables teams to thrive.
About Tracy Robinson:
As Vice-President, Supply Chain, Tracy Robinson is responsible for all supply chain management and procurement needs for TransCanada. She also has responsibility for business support services such as warehousing and inventory, accounts payable, and resource planning and analysis. Tracy joined TransCanada in 2014 as Vice-President, Transportation for the Liquid Pipelines business unit.
Prior to joining TransCanada, Tracy spent 27 years at Canadian Pacific, serving in executive roles spanning Operations, Finance and Commercial. Most recently, she served as Vice-President of Energy and Merchandise, where her focus was the development and execution of initiatives to drive growth across a broad group of business units, including Energy, Chemicals, Metals, Mines & Aggregates, Autos and Forest Products.
Tracy has held a number of industry and private board positions. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Smart Sand, Inc. and sits as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Edwards School of Business of the University of Saskatchewan. She represents TransCanada at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) Foundation and on the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation.
Tracy holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She received her Institute of Corporate Directors designation in 2015.
Each story has a journey. As the Women in Supply Chain (WISC) team has decided to build on our successes and continue to refine what has been a path of discovery.
Women in Supply Chain: The Journey Conference brought the men and women of the Supply Chain community together so that they share in the insights, experiences and knowledge of inspiring women who are leaders in their industries and in their supply chain roles.
The Conference heard from leading women in the field of Supply Chain, Logistics, and Transportation who provided career advice and lessons from their journey in this field.
Speaker: Mary Traversy, COO, Canada Post
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Speaker: Scott Cobbett, Simply For Life
LEARN. CONNECT. INSPIRE!
The Journey of Generations Panel
Please join us on April 13, 2016 for a Women in Supply Chain Networking Reception: The Journey of Personal and Financial Wellness in Challenging Economic Times
Learn how critical our personal, physical and financial wellness is to you and in business. Understanding will give us each the strength to navigate the Journey in challenging economic times.
Learn how to come out of these challenges stronger and more prepared for success.
Meet others in the Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation and affiliated industries to learn and discover career opportunities you might not have been aware of. Learn how others create and maintain success.
Our speakers will give you the tools to:
Speakers include: Scott Cobbett from Simply For Life; Jan Taszlikowicz-Tunnell, Account Manager, Commercial Financial Services, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC); and Judith Ravensbergen, Private Banker, RBC Wealth Management, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).
Attendees will sample wines, spirits, and beer produced and distributed from around the world with a large selection of Hors d’oeuvres.
See you at Willow Park Wine & Spirits!
Please join us on January 27, 2016 for a Women in Supply Chain Networking Reception: the Journey of Wine.
Erin Rosar from Willow Park Wines will explain the supply chain and distribution of the wine industry.
Attendees will sample wines, spirits, and beer produced and distributed by women from around the world.
See you at Willow Park Wine & Spirits!
Erin Rosar best describes her career as a perfect Zig-Zag as it has taken her through many evolutions in the 25 years that she has spent in the Hospitality/ Food & Beverage industry. From traditional beginnings in hotels and restaurants, to becoming an accredited Sommelier and instructor with the International Sommelier Guild, her passion for making wine education fun, high standard for customer service, strong understanding of IT and social media channels, combined with a strong business sense and a niche for being innovate and thinking outside-of-the-box has led her to current role of Director of Retail Operations and Customer Experience at Willow Park Wines & Spirits. Prior to her role at WPWS Erin spent time creating new programing and realigning Co-op Wines & Spirit’s’ web and in-store customer experience, was a partner and owner of Vinestone Wine shop and was a respected speaker, writer and executive trainer across the country.
Today, Erin is responsible for overseeing the operations and the expansion of not only the Willow Park Wines & Spirits brick and mortar stores in Alberta and Saskatchewan, but this December she successfully launched their new ecommerce division which has opened up their business to the entire province of Alberta. Erin’s proudest accomplishments are her 3 sons, who help to bring humor and excitement into her life on a daily basis and keep her pushing to be the best she can be. Erin believes that everyone “makes their own normal, anything you do never has to look like anyone else’s and that every day is an opportunity and an adventure to do something truly incredible.”
Finding the Courage to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Some of the best career opportunities result from having the confidence to apply proven skills in new and unfamiliar ways. Find out how Trudy Fahie, Walmart Canada Bank CEO, navigated uncharted territories along her career journey in Retail and Financial Services.
Trudy Fahie is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart Canada Bank. In this role, she oversees the company’s growing catalogue of financial services offerings. Trudy was responsible for developing the strategy for Walmart Canada to expand into the financial services space, including creating and gaining regulatory approval for Walmart Canada Bank.
Trudy began her career at Walmart Canada in 2006 as Vice-President, Financial Services. Prior to this, she served as Vice-President, Financial Services at American Express. Trudy’s executive experience also includes 10 years with the Wealth Management Division at CIBC. Her last role there was as President, CIBC Trust and head of global private banking where she led a global team across Canada, the Caribbean and Asia.
Prior to her time in the Financial Services Industry, Trudy held various management roles in retail with Hudson’s Bay.
Trudy currently sits on the Board of Directors for Walmart Canada Bank.
She is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors Designation.
This dinner was sponsored by: Bison Transport
Are you ready to move your career to the next level by going global? Take a journey with Chevron CPO Maria Lindenberg, inspired the audience with stories about her leadership experiences in Canada, Angola, and the U.S. during her 30+ years in Supply Chain Management.
Over 160 individuals joined us on May 15, 2014 to hear Maria Lindenberg, Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President, Chevron Corporation ‘Finding the Courage to Take It Global’
Maria Lindenberg is Chief Procurement Officer, a Vice President of Chevron Corporation, where she is responsible for leading enterprise-wide Procurement and Supply Chain Management with an annual spend of approximately $59 billion. Maria has more than 30 years of broad supply chain management experience in the oil and gas industry. She joined Chevron in 2007, was appointed Chief Procurement Officer effective January 1, 2013, and is based in Houston.
Maria received her Bachelor of Commerce, Honors degree from the University of Manitoba and holds an advanced certificate in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University. She serves on the CAPS (Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies) Research Executive Advisory Board, SCM World Executive Advisory Board, and NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council) Board of Directors.
This dinner was sponsored by The Calgary Regional Partnership.
Janice Davis is Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, at Shaw Communications Inc. and is accountable for the development and implementation of Shaw’s Supply Chain strategy. This strategy development includes enhancing the end‐to‐end Supply Chain practices including; strategic sourcing, procurement, supplier relationship, inventory management, risk mitigation, sustainability and logistics.
Janice began her career as a Production Supervisor at General Motors, moving to Ford Motor Company in 1990. At Ford, Janice started in Purchasing, and was later promoted to Manager of Supplier Quality. By 1999, she was Director of Purchasing Process Leadership before serving as Purchasing Director for Lincoln Mercury. She also held the position of Ford’s Global Purchasing Director for Electrical and Electronic Components and was certified as a 6‐Sigma black belt champion.
From August 2005 to March 2013 Janice was Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer at Bombardier Aerospace where she led a global team responsible for the strategic procurement of aerospace products and services. At Bombardier, her focus was improving supplier performance, reducing waste, establishing common processes across the company, and enhancing employee engagement and retention.
Janice graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business & Supply Chain Management. She earned a MBA in Finance from Wayne State University, and is a Board Member of the ISM “Institute for Supply Management”.
The dinner was held at the Safari Lodge at the Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary, Alberta. Registration for the dinner will begin at 4:30.
This dinner was sponsored by AltaLink
We welcomed Catherine Pennington, Enbridge’s Senior Manager Community Benefits & Sustainability.
As a former social worker with over a decade of experience in family services, community wellness, employment counselling and social development Catherine Pennington entered the oil and gas sector in 2004 where she has since worked in Aboriginal and Community Relations roles for production and pipeline companies.
As a Metis woman originally from northern Saskatchewan, Catherine is passionate about improving employment, health and education outcomes for Aboriginal and Northern residents. A fundamental belief that communities and industry can build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships resulting in improved social outcomes is what drives her. Catherine’s responsibilities in Northern Gateway include community capacity development, socio economics and sustainability. Catherine and her young family reside in Prince George, BC.
This dinner was sponsored by: Ashcroft Terminal
Leadership is no easy task! The moment you think you “got it” is the moment that you no longer “have it”!!! Brigid will discuss this and other dichotomies of the best leaders in her experience.
Being a truth teller…… Especially when it hurts
Real strength comes from real vulnerability. And to drive a change agenda, you must remain the same.
Brigid Pelino joined WestJet as Executive Vice-President, People and Culture in August, 2013. Brigid isn’t a stranger to working with quintessential Canadian brands – she joined WestJet after more than 13 years at Tim Hortons where her last position was Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Continuous Improvement. Prior to Tim Hortons, Brigid worked for another great Canadian company: Canadian Tire Corporation. In her last role with Canadian Tire, Brigid was accountable for leadership development and succession planning for all of the Canadian Tire businesses. Brigid’s career in Human Resources stretches back further to Honeywell International where she worked in Los Angeles, California, and General Electric, where she worked in both the lighting division and the corporate office.
As the Executive Vice-President of People and Culture, Brigid’s priority is to help WestJet’s culture continue to evolve to support the business strategy and growth (and vice versa). In her opinion WestJet has perfected a recipe that works – evolving its structure, business and culture in a more complex environment is a challenge she is passionate to take on. She is committed to maintaining a personal touch and to continue to hire, develop and reward outstanding WestJetters as WestJet grows. Brigid knows that every WestJetter contributes to WestJet’s success by delivering a caring and friendly guest experience – she believes in the ownership model WestJet was founded on.
Brigid feels strongly about WestJet’s unique culture and knows it is truly one of the best places to work in the world. As a strong supporter of inclusion in the workplace, Brigid supports WestJet’s commitment to the Catalyst Accord and most recently served as the Executive Chair for the Women’s Foodservice Forum in Canada – an organization dedicated to the development of female leaders in the industry. She considers herself an open leader and favours collaboration.
Brigid earned her honours bachelor of arts degree (economics and accounting) and her master’s in industrial relations at the University of Toronto. She moved to Calgary from Oakville where she has made her home with her three teenaged children (and she is still relatively sane). Her favourite WestJet destination? Without question: Maui.
On May 6, 2015, Kathryn McQuade, a Transportation Executive with over 30 years of experience working for Railways across North America addressed the dinner audience on the topic of:
Finding the courage to “trust your own instincts” when making career decisions
Everywhere you turn there is always someone that wants to give you career advice…blogs, websites, magazine articles, books and let’s not forget friends, colleagues and family. Everyone seems to know what’s best for you, but you. Often people listen to others ignoring their own intuition. Kathryn will share two decisions where “trusting her gut” rather than listening to others changed her career trajectory.
Kathryn is a Transportation Executive with over 30 years of experience working for Railways across North America.
Kathryn is a results focused, innovative leader in the rail industry, who has experience in a variety of financial, operational, strategic planning and technology roles including CFO, COO and CIO for Canadian Pacific Railway and Norfolk Southern. She currently serves on public and private boards of TransAlta Renewables and Altria. Kathryn is the trustee of the Kathryn B McQuade Foundation which strives to make sustainable improvements in Women and Children’s Rights, Education and Welfare.
Kathryn graciously stepped in to replace Marcella Szel, who had to unfortunately cancel her speaking engagement. We send Marcella and her family, all of our best wishes.
The dinner was be held at the Safari Lodge at the Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary, Alberta.
Representatives from supply chain education programs will be represented at each dinner, include:
Use the links below to view videos and download materials from past events in our series.