In the News Archive
March 2003

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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.

­Melanie Collison


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 development.

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.

­Anne Phillips


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