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Supply Chain Canada, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Territories have joined forces with progressive partners such as Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) to offer members an opportunity to further develop supply chain leaders through peer-to-peer mentoring specific to the manufacturing and public sectors.

How to apply

Exclusively for Members of Supply Chain Canada and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

  1. Complete the Member Profile form which will be circulated to current council members & facilitator for approval
  2. Review Code of Conduct
  3. Complete payment information and agree to the Code of Conduct

Council Fees

Per Participant   Yearly Fee  Time Commitment 
Annual Council Participation $1,800
Minimum 4 hours per month – 10 times a year
  1. Applicable provincial taxes will be applied at time of payment.
  2. Payment is required in advance of participation.
  3. Charges apply whether or not the member attends each meeting.
  4. If cancellation notice is given prior to the third meeting, a refund less meetings attended, will be provided.
  5. If cancellation notice is given after the third meeting, three (3) month written notice to Supply Chain Canada is required to withdraw or to transfer to another employee within your organization. Transfers are subject to the approval of the Council. No refund will be given. 

Code of Conduct

As a member of  a Supply Chain Leaders’ Council, you will be privy to confidential and/or proprietary information from other Council members regarding their organization. Non-disclosure and protection of such information is crucial to the well-being and success of the Leaders’ Council.

Participating organizations and the individuals involved with Supply Chain Canada and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters are expected to abide by the following Code of Conduct. Adherence to these principles will contribute to more efficient, effective, and ethical meetings.

Individuals agree for themselves and their company to abide by the following principles when dealing with Peer Council members and their organizations.

Principle of Legality

  • If there is any potential question on the legality of an activity or discussion, do not do it.
  • Avoid discussions or actions that could lead to or imply an interest in restraint of trade, market and/or customer allocation schemes, price fixing, dealing arrangements, bid rigging, or bribery.
  • Refrain from the acquisition of trade secrets from any means that could be interpreted as improper, including the breach or inducement of a breach of any duty to maintain secrecy.
  • Do not disclose or use any trade secret that may have been obtained through improper means or that was disclosed by another in violation of a duty to maintain its secrecy or limit its use.
  • Do not, as a consultant or client, convey information to another company without first obtaining the permission of the parties to the original information.

Principle of Exchange

  • Be willing to provide the same type and level of information that you would expect from other Leaders’ Council members.
  • Be honest, open, and complete.

Principle of Confidentiality

  • Treat the information as confidential to the individuals and organizations involved. Information must not be communicated outside the Leader’s Council meetings without the prior consent of the member who shared the information.

Principle of Use

  • Use information obtained through the Leaders’ Council meetings are only for purposes of formulating improvement of operations or processes within your own organization.
  • Do not use information resulting from a Leaders’ Council discussion as a means to market or sell.
  • Contact lists or other contact information provided through the Leaders’ Council meetings, in any form, may not be used for marketing in any way.

Principle of Third-Party Contact

  • Obtain an individual member’s permission before providing their name in response to a request.
  • Avoid communicating a member’s name and organization in an open forum without that member’s prior permission.

Principle of Preparation

  • Obtain an individual member’s permission before providing their name in response to a request.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Leaders’ Council by being prepared for and attending each meeting.
  • Avoid communicating a member’s name and organization in an open forum without that member’s prior permission.
  • Help Leaders’ Council members to prepare by providing them with all necessary information, agenda, and minutes prior to each meeting.

Principle of Completion

  • Follow through with each commitment made to the Peer Council in a timely manner.
  • Complete each section to the satisfaction of all members as mutually agreed.

Principle of the Understanding and Action

  • Treat Leaders’ Council members in the way that you would want to be treated.
  • Understand how a Leaders’ Council member would like to have the information they provided handled and used. Handle and use it in that manner.

Based on the Code of Conduct, developed by the International Benchmarking Clearinghouse.

Participation Agreement

This participation agreement is intended to provide a forum for problem solving and the continuous improvement in a group setting that is safe, stable, and productive so that each member can receive the most out of his/her experience.


  • Participant must be employed by a well-established manufacturing company, and must be a member in good standing of either Supply Chain Canada OR Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters No direct competitors within a single peer council group existing members approve new members

Commitment: Monthly Meetings

  • ½ day sessions (7:30am – 12:00pm)
  • Same day of month, every month
  • Maximum of 10 meetings per year
  • Hosting responsibilities to rotate equally among the participants or via Zoom
  • Continental breakfast & coffee provided by the host firm
  • Minimum 80% attendance rate required
  • No alternates permitted
  • Visitors permitted only with the permission of the group and may sit-in during the General Forum portion of the meeting
  • Sessions are closed to all visitors or resource speakers unless invited.
  • No minutes of discussions are taken


James Cleland - Senior Partner, Envision Group

James is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, oil & gas and government.  He has successfully led small businesses and has run divisions for global multi-national companies such as GE.  He excels at building high performance teams and leading businesses through times of transition.  

Based in Calgary, James works with the Envision team to help their clients with strategy, leadership development and capital sourcing.  He was most recently the President of Firemaster Oilfield Services, a leading industrial safety services business operating in Western Canada.  He continues to be involved with Firemaster as a member on their board of directors.   

Starting his career in metal fabrication he oversaw company growth of 40X while he was Vice President and General Manager of All New Manufacturing in Calgary.  As part of the Industry Development team in Alberta Economic Development, he designed and implemented growth strategies that helped the metal fabrication industry expand in the mid-2000’s.  While he was Executive Director of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, he worked with the board’s appointed CEO’s and business leaders to advise on strategy and economic issues to the Premier and Cabinet of Alberta.   

James gained exposure to international markets at General Electric where he was Global General Manager of their Heavy Oil Division, a high growth business unit for GE.  James has an executive MBA from the University of Calgary and served six years on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Alberta Division.    

Brittany Scarrow - Lean Facilitator, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Brittany Scarrow lives and breathes continuous improvement and strategic planning. With a Bachelor of Science (Biology and Microbiology) from the University of Victoria, a Six Sigma Black Belt certification, and project management designation, she has successfully implemented continuous improvement programs and coached CME countless CME members to get the most out of their teams by incorporating best practices. As CME’s Lean Facilitator, Brittany leads the organization’s North and South consortia and has certified countless manufacturing with Yellowbelt and Green Belt designations. Applying more than twelve years of applied continuous improvement, project management, R&D, operations and quality assurance experience, Brittany’s drive and passion helps CME members compete and win. 

Derek Barichievy - Manufacturing Consultant, Facilitator of Executive Peer Councils, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

Derek is a seasoned Manufacturing Executive from an Industrial Engineering and Quality Assurance background with more than 40 years’ experience which includes running companies of over 600 employees; working as a Manufacturing Executive in 8 countries on 4 Continents; and includes employers such as Toyota. His track record includes turning around two publicly-traded manufacturing companies of long standing losses into highly profitable organizations within short periods of time. He is a skilled veteran in the training and development of management and company executives and building companies.

Active in business teaching for many years, Derek is currently a Manufacturing Consultant, Facilitator of Executive Peer Councils for Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, as well as an Instructor for the BCIT School of Business and Catalyst Training Services Inc. He is also an experienced C – Suite Consultant.

Areas of Expertise

  • Managing large and small organizations
  • Best Practices and Lean Manufacturing
  • Industrial Engineering and Quality Assurance
  • Culture Change, Empowerment and Engagement
  • Coaching, Teaching and Development at all levels of Management
  • Facilitator of Peer Mentoring Groups – Executive, Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Mentoring and coaching C Suite Leaders and providing Strategic Planning guidance, retreats and assistance



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