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).

Phil Patton, CA(SA), CPIM, CDDP, IBF - Past President



Philip qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Whinney in South Africa and moved to Canada in 1986 where he helped establish Syspro in North America. In 1998 he joined Manugistics (now part of the JDS Group) whereas a Senior Business Consultant (Supply Chain) worked on projects with companies such as Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, Del Monte, 20th Century Fox, and others. He subsequently joined Sauder Industries in Vancouver where he held the position of CIO for more than 12 years. He is currently President of Aquilon Software Inc. a provider of ERP systems for small to medium size businesses.


Anders Nurmi, CPA, CMA - Director of Finance



Anders Nurmi, is a senior level manager with over 30 years of experience in manufacturing and distribution in a variety of industries including automotive parts, fireplaces, residential windows, merchandising products, and electronics.  Anders has held management roles in purchasing, production, warehouse, plant, operations, and customer support & services.  He was also a founding partner in a gas fireplace manufacturing business and is currently an independent contractor and consultant.  Anders holds a Diploma in Operations Management from BCIT, has a CPA, CMA designation, and is currently working towards the APICS CSCP designation.  He is actively involved with the Scandinavian Business Club of BC as a current board member and Treasurer.

Quote –“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”- Sir Winston Churchill


Yves Chartrand CPIM, CSCP – Past President, Secretary - OUTGOING



Roberta McPhail, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CDDP, CDDL, CLTD, PMP – Director of Corporate Training - Marketing - Business Development.



Roberta McPhail is currently an independent consultant and trainer specializing in Supply Chain and Project Management.  In her 25 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 MRP/ERP systems. Roberta has held senior-level positions responsible for the planning, execution and distribution processes for multi-site multinational manufacturing companies.

Roberta is certified CPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CDDL, CDDP, CLTD and PMP.   She currently is teaching APICS certification classes as a Master Instructor for the APICS Vancouver chapter via British Columbia Institute of Technology.   She is the 1st in North America to become both CDDP and CDDL instructor endorsed and is also a Fresh Connections Simulation trainer. 


Sy Haw Wong, CSCP - Director at Large


A Certified Supply Chain Professional with a Bachelors Degree in Pacific and Asian Studies with over a decade of experience working in the Logistics and Supply Chain for major firms such as Electronic Arts, Fortinet Technology, Kit and Ace Design and Dufry Group. Experienced in managing strategic global logistic operations, providing various technological support, solutions, and programs that meet company, vendor and customer’s requirements.
Brett Mewett, CFPIM - Director 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 - Director at Large -  INCOMING

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 

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.