November 2020 Print

President's Message

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Key summary

  • Join our social media groups online
  • Encourage your network to learn more about APICS
  • Upcoming PDM – Risk Management with Gregory Schegel


Dear Members,

As members of the leading global supply chain association, we take great pride in our collective passion for operations management and supply chain topics.

With the recent events with COVID-19 we encourage you to come online to keep in touch, join our LinkedIn group, join our Facebook, check out our Twitter feed. This is a perfect opportunity to network, keep in touch, share your thoughts and perspectives on topics in the group or find help with a supply chain topic you might be looking for more information.

We would also highly encourage you to share with your colleagues who are not members to encourage them to become one. There are endless opportunities to get involved with the chapter, be a part of the community, and contribute to the body of knowledge that we represent.

I’m pleased to announce that we have a world-class expert Gregory Schlegel coming to host our next PDM on November 30th, 2020 on the topic of Risk Management. This couldn’t be a more timely topic for our members given the circumstances and finding the tools and strategies to manage risk. You won’t want to miss this PDM to please join us and support Gregory with his engaging thought leadership.

ASCM offers a complete risk management program and you might be interested in furthering your knowledge in that area. This is an emerging area of supply chain management best practices and it’s truly amazing to learn more about topics in this area.

We have lots of content for you in this newsletter edition, hope you enjoy the read!

Best regards,

Abrar Khan
APICS Vancouver Chapter

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Calendar of Events

In Class

Our programs director Andrea Zamparo shares with you our latest news for events related questions for the month of November 2020. 


Key summary


November 2020 - PDM Announcement

November 30th, 2020 - 6:00pm PST 

PDM Topic: Risk Management for the holiday season 

Join us for a lively holiday discussion revolving around risk management in the supply chain. Our profession, supply chain management, has been in the spotlight since the beginning of the pandemic.

And, it has become apparent how complex and important our profession is to everyone around the world, including how to manage risk in a VUCA world. VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.

With that backdrop, we’ll start our dialogue with a few terms and definitions supporting risk management and resiliency. We’ll build on those definitions and a few basic risk management principles and begin to talk about the “W-like” Recovery and the “3-R’s”: Respond, Recover & Renew. We’ll sprinkle in a few case studies to give you some context across several industry sectors, depicting how they have responded, recovered and are renewing their supply chains, which includes supply chain risk management best practices.

We’ll attempt to utilize an online polling application to provide audience participation. And finally, we’ll provide a few helpful hints about surviving and thriving in the COVID-19 era. Looking forward to a very interactive and informative holiday session.

Speaker Bio:  Gregory L Schlegel, CPIM, CSP, Jonah

Greg is Founder of The Supply Chain Risk Management Consortium- (26) companies who bring skills, solutions and methodologies that Identify, Assess, Mitigate and Manage Supply Chain Risk. He has been a Supply Chain Executive for several Fortune 100’s, has been a Supply Chain Executive Consultant for IBM, is Executive-in-Residence at Lehigh University teaching Supply Chain Risk Management, Adjunct Professor teaching Enterprise Risk Management for Villanova University’s EMBA program and VP/Principal at SherTrack LLC.

Greg has presented papers on and has managed consulting engagements in supply chain management, Risk Management, Predictive Analytics, Probabilistic Modeling, Lean/Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints. Greg was APICS’ 1997 International Society President. He is well published, a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, webinars and dinner meetings. Greg and Dr. Robert J. Trent, of Lehigh University, have co-authored a new book, “Supply Chain Risk Management: An Emerging Discipline.” The SCRM Consortium, utilizing their Body of Knowledge, is now supporting a Certificate in SCRM from ASCM, a Certification in Supply Chain Resiliency, (SC-R) from The Logistics Institute of Canada and NOW, is offering Lehigh’s Certificate in Supply Chain Risk & Resiliency (SCR&R) upon completion of a NEW, Online SCR&R course. Greg speaks about 20 times per year at conferences and workshops and has authored over 120 articles in major supply chain magazines and journals.

ASCM Connect 2021 Call for Presentations

The ASCM CONNECT 2021 Call for Presentations is nearing the deadline for submissions. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a presenter and share your strategies, best practices, case studies, and insights at our annual supply chain conference. Submissions will be open until Monday, December 7, 2020.

Reasons to Present at ASCM CONNECT 2021

  • Gain recognition & enhance your professional credibility with thousands of supply chain professionals.
  • Give back to your community! Share your expertise, key learnings, and best practices.
  • Network and build lasting connections with professionals from around the world.


ASCM CONNECT 2021 will be a hybrid experience, taking place October 24-26, 2021 in San Antonio, TX and available virtually for attendees. Sharing your experiences as an educational session presenter is valuable to the entire Association for Supply Chain Management, a significant career opportunity, and an important part of making the conference a success. 

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Education & Certification

In Class

Our education directory Manly Sitter shares with you our latest news for certification and training related questions for the month of November 2020. 


Key summary

  • Upcoming education announcements 
  • Planning for next term 
  • ASCM Connect call for presentations
  • BC Skills Grant for employers 
  • APICS live webinar training courses 
  • 2021 ASCM Case Competition 
  • Welcome new members


Upcoming education

APICS Vancouver is pleased to announce our upcoming course schedule with our educational partners and instructors. We have an exciting line up of courses to deliver to our supply chain community with experienced instructors within each of our program streams.

Updated: Course offerings in-person. Class sizes will be reduced to allow for social distancing protocols.  The training partners are monitoring information and recommendations about COVID-19 from regional and provincial medical health officers and responding accordingly.  Should in-person classes need to be discontinued, the delivery mode will change to virtual sessions that will take place during the originally scheduled class times.  To participate in virtual sessions, students will need high-speed internet, video cam, and a microphone.

Planning for the next term

We are excited to announce our slate of Certification classes starting in Jan. BCIT will be offering CPIM part 1, part2, CSCP and CLTD, these all will online format. Douglas College will be offering our CSCP and CPIM part 1, these all will be small group in-class format

Courses at our academic partner's locations will be available for registration after October 28th, 2020 for the January 2021 term. To register for our educational options please visit the link below.

BC Skills Grant

Employers can apply for government funding to help with the costs associated with training with industry-recognized certifications like the CSCP, CPIM, and CLTD. For more information about the program, there is an online process and the application process requires employer support to process the request. Funding requests are available so long as the program funding remains available.  

The B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG) replaces the Canada-B.C. Job Grant, and is funded through the negotiated Workforce Development Agreement. This program is designed to assist employers in providing skills training to new or current employees that will develop skills and certification, upgrade skills needed due to automation and enhance productivity.

The goal of the ETG is to help unemployed and employed British Columbians access the skills training they need to adapt to the changing requirements of jobs and the labor market while encouraging employer involvement in the training of their employees.

The maximum an employer can receive per fiscal year (April 1st to March 31st) is $300,000 in total government funding. There are four streams under which employers can apply, based on skills training needs:

  1. Employment Transition Training Stream
  2. Foundational Training Stream
  3. Technical Skills Training Stream
  4. Workforce Training Stream

The resource document Choosing the Right Stream is available to assist you in your stream selection.

APICS Live Webinar Training Courses

We are pleased to offer live webinar training opportunities through our APICS chapter and partners. These instructor-led, online courses offer a flexible training option to meet the needs of busy supply chain professionals. Learners interested in live webinar courses benefit from learning the same classroom-based courses from the convenience of their own computer. Check out the latest offerings here!

2021 ASCM Case Competition

The College and University round of the ASCM Case Competition begins in just a couple of weeks! This annual event is proudly provided by ASCM in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting, LLP.

Why should your school participate?

  • Real-world case problems
  • $7,500 prize money pool
  • Showcase your team to industry leaders
  • Best-in-class global event


Details of the competition can be found here:

Welcome our new student associate members! 


Member Type

Sophie Nie

Student Associate

Venus Tsang

Student Associate

Krishnan Ramakrishnan

Student Associate

Kate Lam

Student Associate

Rosalie Lai

Student Associate

Sandeep Singh Janjuha

Student Associate

Akshaya Ramachandran

Student Associate

Tony Lin

Student Associate

Jochen Hsia

Student Associate

Saveen Singla

Student Associate

Dorothy Fu

Student Associate

Amanda Ma

Student Associate

Kavin Ammankattur Palaniappan

Student Associate

Aercio Dornelas Santos

Student Associate


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Membership matters

Our membership director Jim Nguyen shares with you our latest news for membership related questions for the month of November 2020. 


Key summary

  • New members joining the chapter
  • Welcome new CPIM certification achievements
  • Career search during COVID-19
  • Career opportunites 
  • Welcome new members


Certification updates

The APICS Vancouver Chapter would like to recognize the achievements of two new members to the chapter achieving their CPIM certification. A job well done!

Congrats to 2 new members with new CPIM certification:

  • Bradley Wallis – ID 2164013
  • Garth Fisher – ID 2169642

We are also pleased to announce that we have new members joining our chapter. We are just in the process of on-boarding 6 new Professional Members and 14 Students Members. Thank you all for joining we look forward to networking with you.  

Career search during COVID-19

Join ASCM Career Coach, Rodney Apple, for this three-part series on Pandemic-era Job Search Strategies. ASCM is offering special pricing for those individuals who are currently unemployed.

Check out our career opportunities

Welcome new members


Member Type

Marius Stirban

Professional Member

Simon Olthof

Professional Member

Mignon Bauer

Professional Member

Jennifer Ng

Professional Member

Calvin Johansson

Professional Member

Monika Arora

Professional Member


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APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge

The operations management theme for this month in concert with our upcoming PDM is from area of Risk Management. Click here to download a copy of the 3rd edition of the Operations Management Body of Knowledge.

3.3 Risk management

This section covers the management of risks surrounding unanticipated events that disrupt the normal flow of goods and materials within the supply chain. These uncertainties can be categorized across two dimensions: coordination risks, or those associated with the day-to-day management of the supply chain, which are normally addressed using principles such as safety stock, safety lead time, and overtime; and disruption risks, which are caused by natural or man-made disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and terrorism.

Primary focus in this section is given to the concepts and tools that manage disruption risks. Events related to disruption risks contain a great deal of randomness and are virtually impossible to predict with any precision.

3.3.1 Risk management framework

Disruptive supply chain risks lend themselves to a three-step risk management process, which consists of the following steps.

Identify the sources of potential disruptions. The first step is to assess the types of vulnerability in a supply chain. The focus should be on highly unlikely events that would cause a significant disruption to normal operations, including natural disasters, capacity failures, infrastructure failures, terrorist attacks, supplier failures, labor actions, equipment failures, price volatility, and military and civil conflicts.

Assess the potential impact of the risk. Next, quantify the probability and the potential impact of the risk. The assessment depends on the specific incident, but it can be based on factors such as finance, environment, business viability, brand image and reputation, and human lives.

Develop plans to mitigate the risk. Finally, create a detailed strategy for minimizing the impact of the risk. These strategies can take different forms depending on the nature of the problem.

The following table contains some examples of risk mitigation strategies.



Risk mitigation strategy


Transportation failure


Use of redundant vehicles, modes, and operators


Supplier failure


Sourcing from multiple suppliers


Climate change, inclement weather


Contingency planning, including alternate sites; insurance


Licensing and regulation issues


Up-front and continuing research; legal advice; compliance


Major quality failure


Careful supplier selection and supplier monitoring


Loss of customers


Innovation of products and services




Insurance; security precautions; knowledge of likely risks; patent protection


3.3.2 Risk mapping

Risk mapping involves assessing the probability or relative frequency of an event against the aggregate severity of the loss. Some risks might be deemed acceptable and part of the normal costs of doing business. In some cases, firms may find it possible to insure against the loss. In other cases, the potential loss is great enough that the risk needs to be avoided altogether.

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Chapter information

The APICS Vancouver Chapter 2020-2021 board of directors are listed below with their corresponding contact information for each of the portfolios. As a member, if any of our directors can be of assistance please reach out to the applicable team member.



 Email address


Abrar Kahn, CPIM, CSCP, MBA

[email protected]

Exec VP

Arda Akoglu

[email protected]


Loretta Lau, CSCP, PMP

[email protected]

VP Finance 

Fred Wang, CPIM, MBA

[email protected]

VP Marketing 

James Laitinen, CSCP

[email protected]

VP Membership 

Jim Nguyen

[email protected]

VP Education 

Manly Sitter, CPIM, CSCP, CITP

[email protected]

VP Programs 

Andrea Zamparo, CPIM, CSCP

[email protected]

VP Strategic Relations 

Akbar Zuberi, CPIM, MBA

[email protected]

Director Corporate / Admin 


[email protected]

Director Education 

Jason DeRoche, CPIM, CSCP

[email protected]

Director Programs 

Rachel Chan, CPIM, CDDP

[email protected]

Stay current with industry trends and knowledge

Professional development refers to skills and knowledge attained for both personal development and career advancement. Professional development encompasses all types of facilitated learning opportunities, ranging from college degrees to formal coursework, conferences and informal learning opportunities situated in practice. It has been described as intensive and collaborative, ideally incorporating an evaluative stage

The success of our professional development programs is also due in large part to our elite instructors – highly skilled, passionate and internationally recognized consultants, executives, keynote speakers and best-selling authors. Every day, our professional development leaders have their sleeves rolled up in the challenging world of business so they intimately understand the issues and challenges individuals and organizations face. Plus they not only have proven teaching and facilitation skills, they listen to your needs to ensure a stimulating, motivating and enriching learning experience.

You have worked hard to achieve your certifications. Keeping them up-to-date and active show your dedication to your career in operations and supply chain management and, helps boost your standing within your organization and the industry. Professional Development points are awarded for conducting the following programs related to operations management:

  • Conferences
  • Courses (including certification review courses)
  • Meetings (instructional)
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Other presentations


The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in operations management, including production, inventory, supply chain, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and a worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals.

About the APICS Vancouver Chapter

APICS Vancouver offers typically 7 professional development meetings, 2 workshops and 1 plant tour each year. Typical attendance at a professional development meeting is 60-100 people. The chapter promotes education through professional learning institutions that lead to designations CPIM, CSCP, and CLTD.

APICS Vancouver Chapter Benchmarking and Recognition - Platinum Certification 

Chapter Management Excellence is an integral component to enhancing the member experience. Successful APICS chapters provide their members with opportunities for stellar education, career development, and networking.

The APICS Chapter Benchmarking and Recognition (CBAR) program recognizes chapters that have exceeded minimum standards and exemplify excellence in overall chapter management. We are proud to announce the APICS-Vancouver Chapter received the 2019 CBAR Platinum Award designation, an admirable accomplishment for an APICS chapter. This continues a multi-year run of Platinum designation.

As a member of an APICS Platinum Award Winning Chapter, the CBAR designation signifies your chapter’s commitment to providing an exceptional membership experience.

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