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CITT begins National Conference on Supply Chain and Logistics

TORONTO, ON—November 3 marked the opening day of the 2013 National Conference on Supply Chain and Logistics, the annual learning and networking event presented by CITT, which runs November 3-5 in Toronto, Ontario. 

THRIVE-ability: Strategies for more profitable, sustainable supply chains, features learning sessions designed to provide logistics professionals with strategies and tools to help them thrive in turbulent times. It’s a must-attend event for anyone who buys, sells or manages the movement of goods and materials or is impacted by supply chain logistics, said CITT.

The eight learning sessions confirmed are:

Sustainably Lean Logistics: How to employ Lean principles, tools and methods in logistics operations to enhance value, improve efficiency and drive profitability. This session will be led by Rod Morgan, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Program Manager and Chief Instructor for the Masters Certificate in Lean Six Sigma programs at the Schulich School of Business.

Fuel Surcharges Panel: An executive panel explores the risks and implications of fuel surcharges and will look for a better way to approach this common and divisive practice. A panel representing a cross-section of transportation buyers and providers will be featured:

Shipping—Ginnie Venslovaitis, CITT, Director, Transportation Operations, Hudson’s Bay Company

Trucking—Jeff Bryan, President and CEO, Jeff Bryan Transport Ltd., and Chairman, Ontario Trucking Association

Rail—Fiona Murray, VP, Corporate Marketing, CN

3PL—Richard Patenaude, Director, Client Integration and Development, Wheels Group

Fuel Markets—Roger McKnight, Senior Petroleum Analyst, En-Pro International Inc.

Moderator: Lou Smyrlis, Editorial Director of the Transportation Media properties with Business Information Group

2014 Economic Outlook: Plan better using an unbiased view of the economic trends, current challenges and opportunities for 2014. The speaker will be David Newman, B. Comm., CMA, CFA, Director and Senior Diversified Strategist, Institutional Equity Research (Transportation & Industrial Products) at Cormark Securities Inc.

Improv for Business Leaders: Learn to think better on your feet in this hands-on communication workshop led by veteran actors from The Second City.

Driving Business Ethically: Discover proven advantages of professional integrity and participate in a workshop to help you learn how to action the ethical opportunities within your own company. Facilitated by John Dalla Costa, founder of the Centre for Ethical Orientation (CEO).

Global Trade Compliance: Why a fully integrated, cross-functional risk management strategy is a new imperative for companies, and how to signal this priority and engage senior leadership. Presented by Nigel Fortlage, Vice President Information Technology (CIO), GHY International.

Closing Your Talent Gap: How to turn talent management into a competitive business practice. The speaker will be Shazia McCormick, Director, Global Learning Programs, Scotiabank.

Logistics to the Rescue: Hear how logistics helped Manitoba gain ground on the 2011 flood through this riveting chronicle of extreme logistics teamwork. The speaker will be Ron Weatherburn, a professional engineer and the Executive Director of Construction and Maintenance with Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT).

Look for continuous coverage of the event on during the conference and in our upcoming print editions.