Training supply chain professionals
Recognizing that formal training and professional designations
are key to the evolution of supply chain management (SCM), Calgary's
Mount Royal College and Ottawa's Algonquin College this September
join Edmonton's Grant McEwan College in educating a new generation
of SCM professionals.
"Globalization + e-business + international competition
+ technological change equal a new business model for the 21st
century, with new relationships," says Elsie Elford, business
dean at McEwan, which launched its four-year applied degree in
2000. Algonquin College program coordinator, Geoff Mace, agrees.
The catalyst is "technology the Internet, all sorts
of intranets, secure extranets," he says. "Then you're
placing more focus on all of the supplier-customer processes,
internal and external, and taking a customer focus."
Mount Royal credits globalization and its own international
focus with spawning its SCM applied degree. "Industry is
looking for individuals who understand the supply chain,"
Dean of Business Wendelin Fraser says. "A company has to
evaluate the cost and benefits of getting a product produced
in any given country [and] understand Canadian and US markets
in an international context."
Each college has had to build its curriculum from Year 1 to
satisfy government regulators. Mace appreciates that Ontario
Ministry of Education procedures demanded such detailed planning
that meeting the criteria in effect designed Algonquin's program.
Broad student demographics include many with work and post-secondary
experience, average age 25. At McEwan, about 75 students with
pre-existing credits are already graduating. All have full-time
jobs, here or overseas, because close ties to industry associations
and business ensure content relevance. Numeracy, literacy and
IT courses are fundamental. Business courses are university-transferable;
supply chain courses can apply towards professional designations.
Making modeling and simulation work
Modeling and Simulation (M&S) long familiar in the
aerospace industries in design, development and training
is being applied in new ways due to advances in computer technology.
M&S has the potential to reduce development time, risks,
costs and implementation issues for a variety of concerns from
acquisition planning and execution, training, environmental studies,
emergency services response, to strategic planning and policy
January 22, 2003 saw the launch of the Canadian chapter of
SISO (Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization, www.sisostds.
org/sisocanada). Through a network of communication and cooperation
between government, industry and academia, the new chapter will
promote the development of standards to increase the interoperability
and R&D of M&S in Canada. Virginia Poter, at the Department
of National Defence, is looking for improvements in interoperability
to help the acquisition process provide faster service and deliver
better quality to those in the field. Summit will bring you more
on M&S in its Spring Focus on IT issue.