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Supply Market Analysis for Competitive Advantage - April 14-15 (Toronto)

A recent study of key procurement trends for 2015 highlighted that strategic sourcing continues to be a key area of focus and that analytics and market intelligence continue to grow as core capabilities for supply chain management professionals. As a supply chain professional, you must merge your organizational needs and requirements with the market  possibilities and supply side to deliver maximum sustainable value. Understanding how to access the market in which you operate is key to creating smart go-forward strategies. Join Simon Brown, Executive Vice President of Arc Blue Consulting for this two day seminar to develop a forward-looking strategy using your own supply market intelligence based on your true scenarios to develop a road map which is robust and repeatable. Topics to be addressed include Market Structure, Commodity Tracking, Supplier View, and Strategy Development. READ MORE

Information Technology Procurement and Related Contracting - April 28-29 (Toronto)
IT procurement can be highly complex, covers a broad range of IT acquisitions and is often associated with a relatively high failure rate. Whether you are procuring off-the-shelf software or a customized IT system/software, this interactive two day session presented by Debby Shapero Propp, will provide you with strategies to improve your IT procurement and contracting practices to avoid the most common pitfalls. This seminar includes an overview of a simplified IT contractual framework exploring scope, services, risk allocation, contract management and exit plans. A review of the concepts behind specific IT contracting clauses will be covered. If you want to address ways to improve IT procurement in your organization and to start understanding IT contracting, whether in the public or private sector, this workshop including interactive exercises will have something to offer you. READ MORE

NEW! Canadian Customs Importing Basics for Supply Chain Professionals - May 21
(Toronto)
The ever-changing world of global trade has seen significant changes with sourcing from the Far East, European Union, Korea, Chile, Israel - to name a few. Understanding the basics of Canadian customs documentation and the three main trade programs' requirements (tariff classification, valuation and origin) is a must for all supply chain professionals seeking to be compliant with customs import laws, regulations and mitigate penalties. The first of a five-part "Boot Camp" series of one-day workshops, this workshop provides an overview of Canada Border Services Agency guidelines and documentation requirements to enable you to understand the total cost of importing and its impact on your business' bottom line. It is ideally suited to anyone who contributes at any level to sourcing and/or purchasing, receiving, or payables. Join presenter Susan Defoe for this standalone workshop for an introduction to the area of Canadian customs importing requirements. Topics to be discussed include importer obligations, records maintenance, duty structure, high level tariff classification and valuation rules. READ MORE

Upcoming Events
NEW! Resume Writing Workshop - Write a Resume that Generates Results - Apr 16
NEW! Developing a Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy - Key Factors for Success  - May 5 SARNIA
Facility Tour - Christie Digital Systems - May 19
NEW! Developing a Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy - Key Factors for Success - May 26 OTTAWA
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How to Become a Valuable Business Partner - Apr 29
Managing Customer Relationships in a Global Environment - May 27
Change Management - Jun 10
Building a Strategic Partnership - Aug 19

Seminars & Workshops
Transportation Services (Diploma) - Apr 9

Ethical Behaviour and Social Responsibility (Interactive) - Apr 10
Introduction to Negotiations (SMT) - Apr 21
Leadership and Professionalism (Interactive) - Apr 23
International Business and Multicultural Studies (Interactive) - Apr 25
Ethical Behaviour and Social Responsibility (Interactive) - May 1
Supplier Sourcing and Management (Diploma) - May 1
Introduction to Business Planning (SMT) - May 8 NIAGARA 
Introduction to Accounting and Finance (SMT) - May 26
Negotiation Strategies for Supply Chain Management (Diploma) - Jun 5
Fundamentals of Contract Law and Administration (SMT) - Jun 16
Supply Chain Relationships for Success (Diploma) - Jun 25

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