As January comes to an end and we look forward to the year ahead, we are taking this time to update our members on some of the challenges and victories Supply Chain Canada has experienced over the last year.
As you are aware, in June 2022 The Ontario Association chose to disassociate from the Supply Chain Canada Federation Council as did The BC Association in November 2023. Throughout this process Supply Chain Canada has remained committed to transparency with our members and our steps forward.
Supply Chain Canada has committed to defend our rights, and our intellectual property which provides value to our members. To that end, Supply Chain Canada (SCMA) have filed a statement of claim with the Federal Court of Canada last week enforcing our previously issued demands that the organization operating as SCMA-O discontinue use of our intellectual property including names, designations, and educational materials. The Ontario association has been served the statement of claim this week, and now has a time frame to respond as prescribed by legislation .
We have also reminded the British Columbia association that as a result of their decision to disassociate they no longer have rights to this intellectual property and that they cease and desist use of our intellectual property, including but not limited to our names, designations, and educational materials.
On January 18, 2024 Supply Chain Canada held a Townhall with it’s BC Members to answer any questions and concerns over the dissociation. It was well attended with much engagement from our BC membership. Through the discussion a Q & A document was formed to address each question presented to SCC by the BC Members. This document can be found here.
It is unfortunate that we have had to take these actions, but they are necessary investments to protect our most valuable assets - our Intellectual property and our members.
Further details will be made available as we progress.
Looking toward the future of Supply Chain Canada, we are pleased to be moving ahead with our Leadership Residency Program in spring 2024. Supply Chain Canada is excited to introduce an all new annual event, a 1 day virtual Symposium focusing on Risk and Resiliency in Supply Chain coming Fall 2024 and our National Conference to be held in Spring of 2025 in Calgary, AB.
The members of the Federation Council continue to work on our new affiliation agreements coming into effect in June 2024. This new agreement will be lay out a new commitment to work collaboratively and progressively for our members across Canada.
Supply Chain Canada is happy to be welcoming new members, growing our team, and we thank you for your continued support.
We are committed to keeping you up to date on our progress forward.
Mike Whelan, SCMP
Chair, National Board of Directors