August 2020 Print

President's Message

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Dear Members,

I hope everyone is doing well and your loved ones are safe during these unprecedented times. Following the guidelines of the health authorities, we’ve had to cancel all in-person meetings, classes, tours and PDMs over the past few months and for some time into the future.

The team is working behind the scenes to bring valuable content and opportunities to interact online. Keep watching our website and social media for more updates. If you’ve got some ideas on what we could organize or what you’d like to see, please do reach out!

I’m honored to get the chance to lead the Vancouver chapter for 2020-2021 and look forward to working with the VPs, Directors and Volunteers to make this a successful year. A shout out to the outgoing board who’ve been doing a fantastic job in helping run this chapter.

Best regards,

Abrar Khan

President

2020-2021 APICS Vancouver Chapter

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Calendar of Events

In Class

Conference

September 14 – 16, 2020 (12 p.m. – 4 p.m. EDT (GMT -4))

APICS Virtual Connect

ASCM CONNECT Virtual offers 12 hours of world-class education plus access to an additional 20 hours through ASCM CONNECT+. Choose how to access, when to access – all from your preferred digital device. Register today for our reimagined virtual conference!

Professional Development

September 17, 2020 (6:00pm to 7:30pm)

Supply Chain Stories During COVID-19 Era - Online event

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has had a profound impact on our local supply chains for many different critical products. The pandemic has created major changes in freight flows, as well as unexpected demand variations and has challenged the ability to deliver products to companies and consumers within the needed time frame. This has perhaps most acutely become an issue for both medical supplies and food delivery. Temporary shortages of toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and protective gear have been one of the most popular discussion topics in the past weeks. The presenters will tell their stories and lesson learned during the past months.

September 18th, 2020 (8:00am to 12:00pm)

Inventory Management Basics – Online Workshop

This half day workshop is an excellent primer for taking an APICS class or exam related to inventory. This workshop can net you four professional certification maintenance points. The topics covered in this workshop will be related to the fundamentals of inventory management exploring the purpose, function and replenishment activities related to inventory management. Check out the link for more details!

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Education & Certification

In Class

Plan your next certification goal. Upcoming programs starting in September 2020.

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 microphone.

BCIT - ONLINE

CPIM Part 1: Starting Wednesday, September 16th through to December 9th (12 weeks)

This course covers the basic concepts of managing the flow of materials and information in a supply chain from suppliers to customers. The relationships with the design, plan, execute, monitor, and control functions of a supply chain are studied and their application in the manufacturing, distribution, service, and retail industries are examined.

CPIM Part 2: Starting Thursday, September 10th through to December 10th (14 weeks)

This course expands on the basic supply chain management concepts learned in APIC 1161 and explores the detailed processes in an end-to-end supply chain system in a manufacturing and distribution environment. Topics include planning processes in a manufacturing and distribution environment to balance demand and supply, execution processes such as MRP that create inventory, push and pull scheduling techniques to control operations, and strategic positioning methods to support business strategies. 

CSCP - Supply Chain Professional Certification Prep: Starting Tuesday, September 8th through to December 8th (14 weeks)

The APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) course provides the student with a comprehensive view of the CSCP learning system expands the student's knowledge and expertise in the supply chain management field. Topics of study include supplier and customer relations, international trade, physical logistics, and the use of information technology as a supply chain enabler. In addition, it helps the student prepare for the CSCP exam.

Douglas College - IN CLASS

CPIM Part 1: Starting Tuesday, September 22nd through to December 8th (12 weeks)

This course covers the basic concepts of managing the flow of materials and information in a supply chain from suppliers to customers. The relationships with the design, plan, execute, monitor, and control functions of a supply chain are studied and their application in the manufacturing, distribution, service, and retail industries are examined.

CSCP - Supply Chain Professional Certification Prep: Starting Wednesday, September 9th through to December 16th (14 weeks)

The APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) course provides the student with a comprehensive view of the CSCP learning system expands the student's knowledge and expertise in the supply chain management field. Topics of study include supplier and customer relations, international trade, physical logistics, and the use of information technology as a supply chain enabler. In addition, it helps the student prepare for the CSCP exam.

CLTD – Certified in logistics, transportation and distribution: Starting Thursday, September 17th through to December 16th (14 weeks)

The NEW CLTD Certified in logistics, transportation, and distribution program sets the standard for logistics certification. As a CLTD designee, you will stand out from your peers, and demonstrate a commitment to advancing both your career and your company’s operations. Created by APICS with a team of subject matter experts, the CLTD designation covers a comprehensive body of knowledge that sets the global standard for best practices in logistics, transportation, and distribution. This 42-hour program will appeal to those leading 3PL or in a logistics leadership function.

Note: Materials are required for the APICS certification classes. They can be purchased from the APICS website at https://apics-vancouver.org/catalog.php. Limited copies may be available from the instructor directly. It is highly recommended that you purchase the course materials prior to the start date to enable advance reading.

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!

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Membership

Certification Maintenance – How do you maintain your APICS Certification?

Professional development points are obtained from activities that relate to the core areas of the APICS Body of Knowledge. We recognize that individuals are at various levels in their careers and provide multiple sources and a variety of professional development activities for maintaining APICS credentials.

Read the APICS Maintenance Handbook to ensure you are familiar with maintenance program policies and procedures prior to submitting your maintenance application.  The handbook will help you determine which category your activities fall under and the number of points you can claim.  A quick overview of maintenance requirements by certification is below.

Once you have reviewed the maintenance bulletin and requirements, maintain your credential in 5 Easy Steps.

An online certification verification tool is available to provide prospective employers and other stakeholders with a simple, easy way to verify an individual’s certification status. Candidates who require verification of their own credentials for personal use can view a detailed report through My APICS.

Click the links below to view the eligible and ineligible maintenance activities and topics:

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APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge

The operations management theme for this month is from section 2.4.5 Organizational development and managing change.  

Organizational development means carrying out a strategy to build high levels of effectiveness of an organization through proper accountability, improved levels of skill and knowledge, and strong communication of corporate objectives. Agents of change aid in overcoming resistance to new methods and assisting in implementation to facilitate organizational growth.

Dimensions of change. As markets, technology, cultures, and customer expectations change, so does business. Change happens on many levels and includes employee expectations, management roles, technology improvements, and customer expectations. Change happens earlier in the cycle when leaders recognize the need faster.

Drivers and obstacles. Drivers are forces that lead people to change, such as a financial crisis, a champion or trailblazer leading others, technology that shifts a market toward different designs in products, and laws such as ecology-supporting legislation. Obstacles to change are always present. They include cultural norms, lack of training, lack of leadership, and more physical obstacles such as lack of resources.

Overcoming resistance. Overcoming resistance is a function of communication and education. If a good idea is not accepted, it generally is because people do not consider it a good idea. Employee involvement should begin early in the planning of the new state to aid in overcoming resistance.

Human behavior and motivation. Humans are interested in identifying their personal gain or loss as it pertains to requested or required actions. The level, direction, and persistence of effort people are willing to expend is related to the expected rewards and punishments for their actions. The importance placed on a personal consequence is based on the individual’s needs and can range from money for food to personal growth and development. Therefore, people are more likely to be motivated to solve problems when they are rewarded for trying; these rewards are not necessarily financial. Recognition, personal growth, and satisfaction can be the best motivators.

Click here to download a copy of the 3rd edition of the Operations Management Body of Knowledge

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Board of Director – Election update

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.

Role

Name

 Email address

President

Abrar Kahn, CPIM, CSCP, MBA

[email protected]

Exec VP

Arda Akoglu

[email protected]

Secretary 

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 

Brett Mewett, CPIM-F

[email protected]

VP Programs 

Andrea Zamparo, CPIM, CSCP

[email protected]

VP Strategic Relations 

Akbar Zuberi, CPIM, MBA

[email protected]

Director Corporate / Admin 

Roberta McPhail, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP, DDPP, DDLP, CLTD

[email protected]

Director Education 

Manly Sitter, CPIM, CSCP, CITP

[email protected]

Director Programs 

Rachel Chan, CPIM, CDDP

[email protected]

 

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Chapter information

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

About APICS.org

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.

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