Board Roster


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Abrar Khan, CPIM, CSCP, MBA  -  President

Abrar has over 8 years of progressive experience in supply chain covering purchasing, inventory management, warehousing and demand management. He currently works at TELUS analyzing processes and driving both operational and strategic priorities towards best-in-class supply chain practices. Abrar has been an APICS member since 2010 and actively volunteered with the APICS Vancouver. He holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from the Sauder School of Business (UBC).


Roberta McPhail, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP, DDPP, DDLP, CLTD – Director of Corporate Training - Business Development

Roberta McPhail is currently an independent consultant and trainer specializing in Supply Chain. 

In her 30 plus year career, she has extensive cross functional experience in all levels of Supply chain with a focus on continuous improvement.  Roberta brings to the table expert knowledge in the areas of:  Project Scheduling, Master scheduling, repetitive/lean scheduling, forecasting, demand mgt, international procurement, distribution planning and MRPERP systems. Roberta has held senior level positions responsible for the planning, execution and distribution processes for multi-site multinational manufacturing companies.  This would include senior planning responsibilities for both China and Indian Operations.   

Roberta is certified CPIM, CIRM, CSCP,  DDPP, DDLP and CLTD.   She currently is teaching APICS certification classes as a Master Instructor for the APICS Vancouver chapter via British Columbia Institute of Technology and Camosun College as well as corporate engagements thru out Western Canada.   She is the 1st instructor in Canada to become both DDPP and DDLP instructor endorsed from the Demand Driven Institute and is also a Fresh Connections Simulation trainer.    She is an associate Consultant with CMG Group (a leading DDMRP consulting firm) supporting DDMRP implementations.

Roberta’s presentation style has been described as Dynamic, Fun and Educational.  You will find her sense of humor refreshing and excels at making technical material easy and enjoyable to learn.

Brett Mewett, CFPIM - VP of Education
Brett Mewett has been teaching the APICS CPIM Body of Knowledge at BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) for more than thirteen years. He has over 25 years of practical experience in a variety of industries in a number of capacities, including Inventory Coordinator, Distribution Manager, Procurement & Materials Strategist, Materials Manager, and Operations Manager. He has presented a number of times at Professional Development Meetings (PDM’s) for both the Vancouver and Fraser Valley chapters of APICS, as well as at CMA PDM’s and at Cargo Logistics 2014. As well as teaching APICS program material at BCIT, for the past 10 years, he has been part of Essential Software Solutions’ ERP implementation team. Brett was featured in an advertisement presented jointly by BCIT and APICS Vancouver.  The ad on page 15 of "Right Course 2015" is published by “Business in Vancouver" The May/June 2016 issue of APICS magazine printed an article written by Brett.  The article entitled “Lofty Ambitions” links Brett’s experience in the field and his teaching at BCIT.  APICS magazine is the leading publication providing relevant and useful information to supply chain professionals worldwide.

Arda Akoglu, CSCP - Exec VP

Arda is an Operations Management professional who has managed all areas of his field: from logistics and supply chain to manufacturing, quality, and R&D.  He has been part of many different industries that range from: automotive and aerospace, to finance and consumer packaged goods.  Arda holds degrees in: Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in addition to his MBA; therefore, bringing a mix of high-level education and an abundance of real-world experience to his organization.   He is currently the Principal at Verbum Consulting Inc., an operations management and business consulting firm.   

Quang Tran, CSCP - VP of Membership

A well experienced Supply Chain Professional with demonstrated success in Strategic Procurement & Vendor Management. Numerous successes leading projects in inventory cost reductions, Vendor Management and strengthening critical supply chain linkages.  Over 11 years of progressive supply chain experience from fortune 500 global company to local private start-up companies to public sector corporation.  Experience include logistic, CRM, 3PL management, planning, buying, strategic and public sector procurement, vendor management, and contract lifecycle management.
Currently working for a provincial Crown Corporation, driving both tactical and strategic goals and objectives to enhance Procurement and Contract/Vendor Management activities.

Christine von Pander - VP Marketing

Christine is a procurement professional with over 20 years of progressive experience in heavy industrial manufacturing, distribution, logistics, purchasing, and creation and implementation of systems and processes. Her breadth of experience and knowledge is matched with a passion for helping professionals and businesses find the right fit, be it in talent and culture or products and services. Christine is a big-picture thinker whose superpower is seeing beyond what is to what could be. A big part of that is being a natural at connecting with people and organizations to facilitate meaningful partnerships for herself and everyone in her network. A consummate professional with a positive mindset, Christine builds processes to help people get out of their own way and delights in leveraging skills and resources to attain optimal efficiency.

Jim Nguyen - Director of Membership

Jim has more than 4 years as a supply chain professional experienced as a both Merchandise Control Clerk and Purchasing Agent. He holds a Bachelor Degree in International Business Administration and currently got his Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in International Supply Chain Management from Douglas College. Jim has been an APICs member since 2018 as a student member from Douglas College and helped the school to open its APICs student chapter. 

Andrea Zamparo, CPIM, CSCP - VP of Programs 

Manly Sitter CPIM, CSCP – Director of Instructor Development

Manly Sitter is an experienced information systems specialist with over 26 years of dedication to the airline catering industry serving in various production planning, training, and information systems roles implementing, training and using some of the leading airline catering software systems solutions.  Manly is a consultant and Managing Director with C-link Airline Solutions offering services related to supply chain solutions and information systems implementation and management. Manly is an active new member of the Vancouver APICS Chapter Board with a focus in the educational area working with other instructors and coordinating courses with educational facilities.  He has been enjoying instructing CPIM courses at BCIT these past 4 years.

Jodi Barrass, MBA, CSCP, CLTD - VP of Finance

Jodi is an experienced senior executive who works with companies to identify efficiencies in their supply chains and create an integrated culture that adds value across the supply chain and results in the optimal total cost of ownership and streamlined vendor relationships.  Jodi has worked with large and small organizations in the hospitality, food service, and facilities management fields building a breadth of experience and connections in food manufacturing, quality assurance, global sourcing, and services.

Jodi holds an MBA and dual certification from APICS who brings an authentic leadership style to contribute and build successful working with the board.