Supplier Management: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

January 26, 2021
11:45 AM to 1:30 PM
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This Zoom webinar will go over examples of how to properly manage suppliers in order to get their best performance for your organization. The audience will be provided hints and tips based on real life examples that Gerald has experienced over the years. At the end of the session, the participants will have a few more tools to add to their Supplier Management Tool Box. Gerald’s sessions are always insightful, funny, interactive and perhaps even memorable.



Gerald (Jerry) Ford CSCMP, CPSM, CMC, SCMP - Director of Supplier  Development & National Programs - Kinetic GPO | LinkedIn

  • Areas of Expertise
    - Supply Chain
    - ERP Selection & Implementation
    - Software Systems
    - Business Process
    - Outsourcing
  • Industry & Sector Experience
    - Distribution
    - Government
    - Information Technology
    - Functional Experience
    - Supply Chain Project Management
    - Consulting
    - Information Technology
    - Training and Development
  • Education
    - BA, Western University
    - Diploma Business
    - Administration, Wilfrid Laurier University
    - Certificate HR, Guelph University
  • Contact Information
    - 226-474-1169
    - [email protected]



Gerald started his career working for a small electronics manufacturing company and then quickly progressed from Buyer at the University of Waterloo to Director of Purchasing at the City of Cambridge. Starting in 1988, Gerald worked as a Demand Planner for IBM Canada where he won the Administrative Achievement Award. In 1993 Gerald left IBM and started Cambridge Solutions. As the President of Cambridge Solutions, Gerald has worked on a variety of projects where Gerald’s talents and skills where be best applied to solving complex challenges. His customers included The Cooperators, Denso Manufacturing, Culliton Mechanical, Open Text, Proveer Signs & Graphics, McMaster University, Electrical Safety Authority and York University to name a few. In 2012, Gerald started QCsolver which is a web portal used for managing supply chain critical document management. QCsolver now manages 1,000 different suppliers tracking and reporting on critical documentation and information.

Gerald has also spent 34 years delivering training and educational programs both at Conestoga College and for the Supply Chain Canada.

Gerald has served on a number of Boards including the Supply Chain Canada Ontario where he was the President in 1993. He also served on various other Boards including the Human Resources Association of Ontario Grand Valley Chapter, Certified Management Association of Canada Ontario Advocacy, APICS Grand Valley Chapter, Conestoga College Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Supply Chain, Guelph Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee, Guelph Innovation Network and Mohawk College PAC.

Gerald most recently received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Supply Chain Canada Ontario. He lives in Cambridge Ontario and in his spare time, Gerald enjoys mentoring and watching football.

Currently Gerald is the Director of Supplier development with Kinetic GPO (Group Purchasing Organization) based out of Cambridge Ontario. Gerald manages 25 different suppliers including Home Depot, CDW, Grainger, Trane and several others. With Gerald’s assistance, Kinetic has increased their membership in 2020 from 100 to 326 members. Kinetic has members in every MASH (Municipalities, Academia, School Boards and Health Care) sector and Province.


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