Elections 2020



Abrar Khan, CPIM, CSCP, MBA  -  President

Abrar has 10 years of experience in supply chain covering purchasing, inventory management, warehousing and demand management. He currently works at the City of Vancouver within the Supply chain management team and is also a part time instructor at BCIT teaching APICS courses. Abrar has been an APICS member since 2010 and actively volunteered with APICS Vancouver since 2015. He holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from the Sauder School of Business (UBC).

Arda Akoglu, CSCP, MBA- 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.   

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.

Jim Nguyen - VP 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.

 James Laitinen - CSCP - VP of Marketing

James Laitinen, a former chapter director, and past president of the Vancouver APICS Chapter, CSCP instructor in development and a passionate advocate for supply chain topics working with the highest levels of government on supply chain topics. A former director with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association managed a $5M dollar program known as the Canada Job Grant bringing the program from pilot to official program with the BC provincial, and Canadian Federal governments to support BC companies with training and skills development. His area of focus professionally is as a supply chain consultant helping large enterprise organizations with complex projects such as supply chain optimization, process improvements, and implementation of new technologies.  

 Akbar Zuberi - CPIM, MBA -VP of Strategic Relations

Akbar is an experienced senior executive who has been helping organizations improve supply chain efficiencies, through inventory optimization and implementation of operational best practices.  Akbar has successfully implemented Integrated Business Planning processes driving improved collaboration amongst all stakeholders within the Supply Chain and beyond.

Akbar holds an MBA from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and is a certified APICS CPIM Instructor.

Fred Wang, MBA - VP of Finance 

 Fred Wang

Operations and supply chain professional with experience in disposable apparel, retail, heavy machinery, nutraceutical, biotechnology, and automotive industry.  At my current role, I am responsible for the overall operations of R&D facility and the execution of the organization’s service strategy and global supply chain strategy.  

Loretta Lau - CSCP, PMP - pending board confirmation appointment.

Loretta Lau is a dynamic supply chain professional with experience in management consulting, strategic planning, category management, vendor and contract management, project management and client service-oriented roles in various public and private sector environments. As part of her current role in a shared services organization for the BC higher education sector, she engages with diverse organizations in the sector and vendors in the marketplace to leverage the power of collaboration to identify and collaborate on common and value-generating procurement opportunities as a collective buying group to maximize efficiencies, reduce costs, improve service, and drive sustainable outcomes. As a collaborative leader and a Relator as one of her key strengths, she looks forward to expanding the APICS Vancouver chapter’s strategic partnerships with other professional organizations in the community to drive mutual value to members.  Loretta also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from University of British Columbia and is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Rachel Chan - CPIM, Bsc, GDBA, CDDP - Director of Programs

Rachel has more than 4 years of experience in production planning and inventory management, primarily in the biotechnology industry.  She currently works at STEMCELL Technologies Inc. as a Senior Planner and is certified in demand driven MRP.  Rachel is passionate about supply chain management and is an active participant of APICS events.