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Toscano at helm of SCL while board looks for replacement of outgoing president

MARKHAM, Ont. – Alison Toscano, director of operations for the association since 2004, will now fulfill the role of interim executive director at SCL following the retirement of president Bob Armstrong. 

Armstrong, who joined SCL as president in 2006, elected to step aside as of July 31, 2012.

“Utilizing her multi-lingual background and her 30 years of experience spanning the high-tech and not-for-profit management sectors, Alison provides the supply chain and logistics community with valuable communications, event planning and management expertise combined with excellent administrative leadership, said Al Norrie, chairman of SCL. “We are confident that Alison will provide strong management leadership to the SCL team.”

Toscano told CT&L that her focus over the summer months will be to “review the structure of Supply Chain Canada, meet each chapter to ensure that consistent quality programming, and focus on membership value.”

SCL also had praise for its outgoing president, whose 40-year career in the field has made him one of the best known personalities in the industry.

“During Bob’s tenure as president he established many valuable research projects and strategic partnerships as well as developing relationships and business trade missions with China,” SCL said in a release.

Armstrong will now head the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in North America, following the retirement of its executive director, Ed Cuylits.

Prior to leading SCL, Armstrong served as president and CEO for the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc. and president of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada (AIAMC). Earlier in his career he spent many years in senior management with the supply chain and logistics industry, a major government relations company, and a large public accounting firm, where he was a partner.

Among his many industry roles Bob has specialized in the marine sector since 2005 developing several short sea shipping initiatives for the St. Lawrence-Great Lakes network. His other activities include chairman of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association, director of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Chair of the METROLINX Goods Movement Strategy for the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area and member of the Goods Movement Roundtable for Peel Region.

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