A Special Members’ Meeting of the Supply Chain Canada, Alberta Institute (formerly SCMA Alberta) will be held virtually on Thursday, March 3, 2022, via Zoom, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. MT.

The focus of this Special Member Meeting is to renew the POARA (Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act) status and vote on extending the Supply Chain Management Association Alberta Regulation expiry clause for the regulation review by five (5) years.

This meeting qualifies for 2 CPD Credits in maintaining your SCMP designation.

Voting on the following motions being put forth by the Supply Chain Canada Alberta Institute Board of Directors will also be held at that time.

Special Meeting Agenda


Supply Chain Canada – Alberta Institute
Special Members Meeting
March 3rd 2022

Virtually through Zoom

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Chair: Brent Willett  

Introductory Matters 

  • Call to Order 
  • Confirmation of notice / quorum; voting process; scrutineers 
  • Meeting Agenda 

Matters requiring a decision. 

  • Motion to approve the extension of SCMA as Professional Regulated Organization under POARA. 
  • Motion to approve Chair Elect term 
  • Motion to approve creation of Past Chair ex officio position on the Board 

Matters for Information and Discussion. 

  • Federation Update 
  • Special Announcement 

Closing Matters 

  • Close the meeting 


Click on each motion for further details.

Motion to approve the amendment to section 27 of the Supply Chain Management Association Alberta Regulation under the Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act (POARA) extending the expiry date of the Supply Chain Management Association Alberta Regulation to June 30, 2027. MOTION PASSED

The Supply Chain Management Association Alberta Regulation under POARA expires on June 30, 2022.  This regulation secures the SCMP™ as the only Supply Chain Management professional designation recognized within Alberta legislation (POARA).  It is one of only 15 non healthcare professions regulated under Alberta legislation.  As such SCMP™ designation holders have a formally-recognized status under the Alberta legislation. 

Here is a POARA factsheet provided by the Government of Alberta including all the professions that are regulated by the Act. 

To retain this privileged status, in the last 12 months Government have sought justification for why Supply Chain Management matters to Public Safety and Security. 

Here are excerpts from Supply Chain Canada Alberta Institute’s submission in May 2021. 

Why government oversight for the profession? 

As has been revealed by COVID19 Pandemic, Supply Chain professionals are planning and making decisions to ensure continuity of supply in critical products and services – food, health, energy – that sustain the viability of society.  In many cases, they are assessing and mitigating risk for which the impacts on societal functioning can be significant. 

We recommend that government brings stronger oversight to the appointment of strategic and operational supply chain roles in critical supply chains and those that directly serve the public as itemized above.  This can be done by stipulating the SCMP designation is a mandatory requirement for such roles. 

Why is registration required? Why is it in the public interest and the interest of public safety for the association to continue to be registered? 

The five factors that construe public interest are: 

  • Life – preservation, protection. 
  • Health – access to and availability of healthcare services  
  • The Environment – minimization of waste, protection from pollution, climate change impact mitigation / avoidance 
  • Economic strength – job growth, enterprise financial strength 
  • Property – protection, management, responsible construction. 


  1. Life – Supply Chain Management (SCM) professionals in logistics and transportation plan and operate transportation (e.g., trains, planes, automobiles) and logistics (warehousing, inventory management) to high levels of safety to minimize serious injury or loss of life.  In manufacturing operations Supply chain professional procure highly toxic components that can cause serious injury of loss of life.  They need to ensure supply sources are properly vetted.  In the case of food security and availability, SCM professionals constantly work on the availability of food into the wholesale and retail networks.   
  2. Health – SCM professionals manage the sourcing and availability of drugs (e.g., vaccines) and devices (e.g., PPE, respirators) that sustain an effective provincial public and private healthcare system supply. 
  3. Environment – SCM professionals set and implement standards for sourcing products that need to be environmentally responsible.  In logistics and transport optimization, SCM professionals influence GHG emissions by the choices and decisions made in routing, type of transport used to move goods.   
  4. Economics – SCM professionals make decisions every day that will affect the cashflow of an organization. Cashflow is considered to be the lifeblood of any organization so the actions taken by SCM professionals such as optimized inventory control, payment terms, supply security and choice restricts or increases what makes an organization viable or potentially bankrupt.  There are other knock-on effects of well managed supply chains and associated cashflow, it releases cash for investments in innovation which can lead to economic growth – revenue, profit and jobs. 
  5. Property – SCM professionals in the construction industry play a significant role in responsible, viable commercial and residential properties.  Their decisions play out across Health, Environment and Economics as illustrated above. 

In summary, there are five critical sectors in the economy in which SCM professional and associated practices make a material difference that is in the public interest: 

  • Food 
  • Energy 
  • Health 
  • Transport 
  • Construction 

One of the association’s strategic goals is to raise the status and professional standing of the SCMP™.  Being a regulated profession governed by legislation is no small part in that process.  As an institute, we need to do more to exploit this status.  The Human Resources profession have been lobbying government for years to be recognised under POARA, without success. 

Last year, the Institute Board reviewed and voted against the Master Merger Plan (MMP).  One factor that led to rejection of the MMP was the requirement to withdraw from being a PRO. 

Hence, we recommend that members approve this motion to extend registration within POARA. 

Motion to approve that, by confirmation vote, the Board may extend the term of the Chair Elect by up to 2 years in order to assume the position of Chair. If the Chair-Elect is in his/her 3rd consecutive term, the extension will be for an additional one year. MOTION PASSED

This motion seeks to resolve the current issue whereby the standard term for Board membership is 2 years and as such, an individual who has served as Vice Chair and then Chair Elect over his or her 2-year term would need to seek re-election to the board.  In the interests of continuity, we are recommending the exception that the person in the Chair Elect role can have his or her term extended subject to Board approval. 

The Vice-Chair is elected by the Board for a 1-year term in the first year of a Chair’s 2-year term. The Vice-Chair shall be vested with and may exercise all of the powers and perform all the duties of the Chair where the Chair is absent or unable or unwilling to act. The Vice-Chair shall also perform other duties as are determined by the Board from time to time. 

Chair-Elect. A Chair-Elect shall be elected by the Board at the start of the second year of the current Chair’s 2-year term. The Chair-Elect shall fulfill all the duties of the Vice-Chair. When the current Chair’s term is complete, the Chair-Elect will, upon a confirmation vote by the Board assume the position of Chair for 2-year term from the date of appointment. 

Motion to introduce a Past-Chair role (ex-Officio) to the Board of Directors. MOTION PASSED

In the interests of continuity, we are recommending that the past Chair can remain on the board in a ex officio role (no voting rights) for one year subject to confirmation vote by the Board. 


March 3, 2022
Event starts at 11 AM MST

Virtually via Zoom