June 2017 Print

President's Message

Message from the President

As we end the APICS’s year and I reflect on what we achieved I realize it was a good year. Building on what our previous board of directors started, we doubled down on our marketing efforts to increase awareness of the APICS brand and what we bring to the table, and we are pleased with the results. We are a non-profit organization that relies heavily on its membership for networking, and so we ask as members of APICS, please spread the word to your managers, friends and fellow employees to further increase our presence in the marketplace. I think we are still the best-kept secret in BC – let's get out there!

Looking back on our events in the past year, we had some great successes such as the Ignite Your Supply Chain Strategy, Kick the ERP Showcase Afternoon and various social events, which we plan to repeat and improve upon next year. Please support these events as they are the lifeblood of our Chapter.

We are also grateful to our event sponsors and specifically Syspro, who put a lot of effort and sponsorship money into the Ignite Your Supply Chain Event. Syspro has committed to more increased support for next years’ event; we thank you. To all our sponsors and corporate members thank you for a great year, and we look forward to bigger and better next year.

Our education and training continues to gain momentum at BCIT and with corporate members. I would like to mention Roberta McPhail, our Director, Corporate Education for all the hard work and dedication she has put in this year. Thanks also to the Board for your time and effort and to all the hard-working volunteers who help us wherever possible.

Now with summer upon us, it's time to take some time off and recharge for the next year. The APICS Board wishes you all a long and relaxing summer, and we look forward to reconnecting in Fall.

Warmly , Phil Patton

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Welcome New Members


Priscila Zumaran
Sam Sladich
Jason Lui
Fulu Koali
Sheikh Tanvir Bin Hakim
Siu Hong Wong



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Calendar of Events

We have an exciting lineup for the fall!

Sept 20 -  Professional Development dinner meeting and Speaker Kristy McNeil Speaking on 5S: Five little words that pack a punch.   Registration and info LINK 

Oct 21 - Our 2nd Annual Supply Chain Summit Conference - A full afternoon of learning with 9 engaging speakers, including a new track dedicated to successful supply chain case studies. Plus, dinner and keynote address by Debra Smith, Co-founder and Partner of Constraints Management Group and author of “Demand Driven Performance – Using Smart Metrics”.  Not to be missed and we are expecting a sell out of 200.   GET THE EARLY BIRD PRICING -We are looking for event sponsors - please email Roberta.   Registration and info LINK

Nov 17-18 - Train the Trainer - for current and potential instructors of APICS.  Also for anyone wanting to update their public facing skills!  Facilitated by two master instructors: Joyce Lewis - APICs LA and Roberta McPhail - APICS Vancouver.  Current Instructors and board members get a discount.  email education@apics-vancouver.org
Registration and info LINK

Nov 2017 -  PLANT TOUR  - TBA

Dec 6 - Pub Social and Recogniton night



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Education & Certification

Lots of Activity on this front. 

We will be offering thruout BC , the new CPIM Program, CSCP, and CLTD

You can find our fall BCIT Burnaby lineup HERE

You can find our Camosun Vancouver Island lineup HERE including our new workshop 1 day series. 

You can find our Fraser Valley and Okanagan lineup via APICS Fraser Valley HERE 


You are all now aware that the CPIM program is reconfiguring.   You can see the annoucements and details at APICS.ORG site HERE


-As of January 2018 the 5 exam format will be changing to a 2 exam format. 

-The legacy 4(not basics) exams will still be offered thru to the end of 2018.

-The two new CPIM exams, now called part 1 and part 2 will be offered starting Jan 2018.

-The old Basics of Supply Chain exam will be offered only thru 2017.  Anyone having passed this certification exam will be grandfathered into the new two part program.  That means you have to only take one more exam. 

-BCIT and Camsosun will be offering these new Part 1 and Part 2 classes starting in Sept 2017.  These new classes have a major rewrite of teaching materials and include a new massive online learning portal. 

QUESTIONS?  email our education team HERE

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Event Report

We are happy to announce that Hark Uppal has been Awarded the 2017 Operations Managment bursury at the BCIT AWARDs.  Hark will be persuing his BBA at BCIT after his OP Man Degree.  Hark was also on the BCIT competition team that placed 2nd in the Canadian APICS student challenge.   Good luck Hark.

Hark being presented his AWARD from Roberta McPhail



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