Third Annual Supply Chain Management Symposium

Venue: Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Sep 28, 2005 End Date/Time: Sep 30, 2005
Registration Date: Sep 28, 2005
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 04, 2005
Paper Submission Date: Jun 30, 2005
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Supply chain management (SCM) is the practice of coordinating the design, procurement, and flow of goods, services, information and finances, from raw material flows to parts supplier to manufacturer to distributor to retailer to consumer. This process includes product design, order generation, order taking, information feedback and the efficient and timely delivery of goods and services, and typically involves many or more of the business functions in firms that are linked to specific supply chains. Efficient and effective supply chain management assists an organization in getting the right goods and services to the place needed at the right time, in the proper quantity and at acceptable cost. Managing this process involves developing and overseeing relationships with suppliers and customers, controlling inventory, and forecasting demand. For optimal performance and improved competitiveness, this requires constant feedback from, and coordination with, every link in the supply chain.

Recent advances in supply chain technological support, process design, and management strategies have created an increasingly complex set of administrative, technological, and organizational issues that must be resolved if they are to lead to competitive advantage. The Third Annual Supply Chain Management Symposium, to be held in Toronto September 28-30, 2005, will bring together practitioners from public and private sectors and academic researchers in a lively exchange of information and experiences that highlight today's best practices and innovations in technological products, organization and management, pointing the way to improved competitiveness.

Goals of the Symposium

to improve the understanding of how best to transform supply chains and their associated activities, thus enhancing the competitiveness of business, government and not-for-profit institutions
to enhance interactions among supply chain management practitioners and researchers, creating permanent networking opportunities
to increase industry knowledge of recent eBusiness contributions to the supply chain management field and
to showcase research strengths in supply chain management and transformation, and to encourage the corporate community to take advantage of these strength

Who Should Attend?
CEOs, CIOs, middle management, and other supply chain professionals who are responsible for supply chain implementation and operation will benefit from exposure to the concepts and ideas that will be presented at the symposium. Researchers interested in state of the art research and applications in SCM will benefit from exposure to practitioners and researchers alike.

Why Your Registration Will Be A Wise Investment in Your Company's Future
For presenters, as Practitioners and Researchers, you are focused on improving competitiveness through process changes and advances in the efficiency and productivity of SCM. This Symposium provides the forum for highlighting your experiences and findings, and for nurturing some great networking. For delegates, If your organization is looking for ways to transform its organization and execution of SCM, this symposium may give you ideas to help you make those changes. Researchers and practitioners will meet others with similar interests, and through networking will build permanent relationships. For PMAC members, please contact your Provincial Institute regarding maintenance of certification.

About MeRC
The McMaster eBusiness Research Centre (MeRC) is the top university centre in Canada for research, education, and outreach on business issues in electronic commerce. Based in the DeGroote School of Business, it is a founding member of the Ontario Research Network in Electronic Commerce (ORNEC), a consortium of four Ontario universities that addresses a range of relevant eCommerce topics in the business, legal, and systems environment. MeRC is funded by business memberships, private donations, and matching government grants. Its three-fold mission is: 1) to carry out research relevant to eCommerce issues in business and to provide ready access to this research, 2) to educate students who can become key employees for Canadian businesses and institutions, and 3) to provide training and other services to managers and professionals in business, government, and non-profit institutions that will help them make the most effective use of eBusiness.

About PMAC
The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) represents the nation's supply management professionals. Through education, research, advocacy, industry partnerships and promotion, PMAC champions the advancement of supply management and it's strong contribution - 35% of GDP - to the Canadian economy.
Serving 7000 members, the national association and provincial and territorial Institutes are the principal source of education for supply management - from the internationally recognized program leading to the Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P.) designation.

Among its academic contributions, PMAC sponsors a Purchasing Management Association of Canada Chair at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and a similar Chair at École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal, affiliated with Université de Montréal.

Ontario Research Network in Electronic Commerce (ORNEC) The Universities of Ottawa, McMaster, Carleton, and Queen's, together with leading corporate partners, established the Ontario Research Network for Electronic Commerce (ORNEC) as the focal point and driving force for electronic commerce research in Ontario, Canada, and internationally. Building upon existing strengths and expertise in information technology, business and law, ORNEC strives to be at the forefront of e-Commerce innovation, inter-disciplinary research and training. Recent industry shakeouts and consolidations signal the pressing need to tackle efficiently all issues challenging e-Commerce and better direct research and development activities. ORNEC represents a timely response to that pressing need for R&D and Intellectual Property (IP) transfer to Canadian businesses in order to help them increase productivity and maintain a competitive advantage over global players.


950 Dixon Road

Additional Information

September 28 to 30, 2005 (Welcome Wine and Cheese Wed. night, plus two days of events Thursday and Friday) Wyndham Bristol Place (hotel and conference centre) 950 Dixon Road Toronto, ON Tel: 416-675-9444 or toll free 800-996-3426 Fax: 416-675-2037 The hotel provides guests with exclusive transportation to and from Pearson International Airport for its guests; complimentary from 5:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. The shuttle leaves the hotel for the airport every half hour or upon request when available. For pick up at the airport, a courtesy telephone is available in every terminal to contact the hotel operator. Registration fees (Canadian Dollars): General Attendance $850 PMAC Members $750 Academic $350 Speakers $175 Students $150