Early September witnessed the official launch of the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), Canada’s largest association for supply chain professionals.

Representing nearly 8,000 members, SCMA was formed through the amalgamation of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) and the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Canada (SCL). Members of the two associations voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger in separate votes held on June 12. The amalgamation has created Canada’s preeminent association for SCM professionals.

“SCMA is truly a national organization for supply chain professionals in all disciplines and at all career stages,” said SCMA National Board Chair Mike Whelan. “We are stronger through the sum of our parts and ready to deliver better value and more opportunities for our members and their employers.”

SCMA retains PMAC’s operational infrastructure, with a national office and 10 Institutes across Canada that deliver professional development events, local networking opportunities, and education and training programs, including the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation.

“In retaining the best of the best from both associations, SCMA is committed to being the go-to source for supply chain education, professional development, research and resources in Canada,” said SCMA President and CEO Cheryl Paradowski. “Members can count on us to keep them current in the field and employers can count on our training programs meeting their supply chain hiring needs.”