Each year Supply Chain Canada grandfathers senior supply chain executives into the designation as part of its SCMP Pathways Program. Selections are limited to senior executives and c-suite leaders who have clearly demonstrated the learning and experiential requirements of the designation through their exceptional career accomplishments.

By granting the designation to senior executives like those awarded below, Supply Chain Canada is both recognizing their professional accomplishments and engaging champions who will proudly promote the SCMP and the supply chain profession.

We have invited four awardees from BC, AB & SK to share their stories on their career path to the SCMP designation.

Joining us on the panel discussion are:

  • Rick Leblanc, FSCMP, Director, Enterprise Procurement Team, University of Saskatchewan, SK
  • Michael Van Keulen, FSCMP, Chief Procurement Officer, Coupa Software, BC
  • Kim Ludtke, FSCMP, VP, Operations & Supply Chain, CFR Chemicals Inc., AB
  • Rob Eskens, FSCMP, VP, Sales, Manitoulin Transport
  • Glenda Beaulieu, COO, AB Institute and Moderator

These selected executives have been granted the SCMP designation for 2021.

Congratulations to all recipients:


2022 date and time coming soon



Want to earn Canada’s most widely held and sought-after supply chain designation, but questioning whether you can make the commitment? We now offer pathways to the designation that may be just what you need to kick-start your journey!



Michael Van Keulen Coupa Software Chief Procurement Officer


Tracy Blanchard Worley Senior Management Procurement & Expediting North America West
Robert Claydon Worley Director
Rob Eskens Manitoulin Transport VP Sales – Western Canada
Harsimarjit Gill IHI Power Services Manager SCM/Maint
Alden Harms Bird Construction/Stuart Olson Senior Director, Supply Chain Management
Roxanne Kits City of Edmonton Branch Manager, Corporate Procurement and Supply Services
Joshua Kuriakose Nutrien Materials Advisor
Fernando Lamk EDMONTON AIRPORTS Director, Supply Chain Managem
Kim Ludtke Mr. Executive Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain
Shannon McDougall Regional Oil Sands Operating Alliance Chair, Regional Oil Sands Operating Alliance, Strategic Partnerships
Darren Mulcahy Finning Canada Director, Warehouse Operations
Andre Serpa PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) Senior Manager, Digital Procurement & Supply Chain
Seraphina Sharif Senior Consultant
Enrique Sobalvarro The GoldMind Project Director At Large
Ellen Zhang Alberta Environment and Parks Director, Contracts and Reporting


Rick Leblanc University of Saskatchewan Director, Enterprise Procurement Team


Rick Leblanc, FSCMP, Director, Enterprise Procurement Team, University of Saskatchewan

My name is Richard LeBlanc, and I am honoured to have been chosen to receive an SCMP designation through the SCC Pathways program. I have been very fortunate throughout my career with an abundance of training opportunities, mentors, and unique opportunities to gain experience. I am now looking forward to being able to give back to a functional community that I never thought I would be a part of.  You see… I despise shopping, but I love working in the supply chain world and in procurement specifically.

I started the first phase of my work life in the military, as an infantry soldier with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, Duke of Edinburgh’s Own. I served for a total of almost 15 years through a combination of full and part-time service, attaining the rank of Sergeant, and with an operational deployment to the former Yugoslavia in the late 90’s. My time in the military was where I had my first taste of supply chain, with roles as a storesperson, section second-in-command, platoon second-in-command, and company quartermaster, among others.

The second phase of my work life continued with a service focus, this time with the Federal public service, and began with roles as an administrative assistant and procurement clerk. I was extremely fortunate to be selected to participate in the Department of National Defence’s (DND) Materiel Acquisition and Support Officer Development Program, which is a two-year immersive training program covering all aspects of the defence supply chain.  After several years in a variety of procurement roles with DND, I was afforded the opportunity to manage my own procurement team with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, where I focused on implementing a new partner support approach. I was then asked to join Shared Services Canada as this new department was established with its own enhanced procurement authorities, and I ultimately became the Director of its Data Center and Internal Services procurement team.  My time with the Federal government culminated with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) leading their Material and Procurement Services team and the Maritime Civil Infrastructure and Emergency Response team. Some of the highlights of my time with the Federal government include operational deployments to Haiti in support of the relief efforts following the earthquake in 2010 and in support of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan; negotiating the consolidation of more than $1.5B in government wide contracts with Microsoft, IBM, and others; and supporting the acquisition of leading-edge environmental response equipment to help protect Canada’s oceans and waterways.

I am currently in the third phase of my work life, where I am the Director of the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Enterprise Procurement team. The team and I are charged with supporting the world-class academic and research activities that USask undertakes, in addition to the needs of a small city and administrative headquarters, through the provision of expert supply chain services. We are also in the midst of a major transformation initiative, Procurement Modernization, where the team and I are evolving to provide world-class procurement and material management services to our campus community using new technology, processes, tools, and approaches.

I live in Saskatoon with my wife, three stepchildren, two dogs, and a cat, and frequently return to Ottawa to spend time with my two children when they’re not visiting us here. I completed a bachelor’s degree at Carleton University in Psychology, and I have just completed the requirements for a Master of Arts in Leadership with Royal Roads University. My wife and I have recently taken up motorcycle riding as a pandemic friendly activity, so you can find us out on the roads at every opportunity working on those skills and enjoying the wind therapy.

Michael Van Keulen, FSCMP, Chief Procurement Officer, Coupa Software

Michael Van Keulen (aka “MVK”) is a passionate and seasoned procurement evangelist with 20+ years of progressive Finance and Procurement experience at global companies. MVK is currently the Chief Procurement Officer at Coupa Software, the global leader in cloud-based Business Spend Management software, where he is responsible for driving best-in-class procurement practices across the company, support business development and be a source for peers looking to elevate and (digitally) transform procurement. He is also a member of Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Board of Advisors.

MVK is especially passionate about building teams, driving value, organizational transformation, CSR, ESG, Diversity & Inclusion, and sustainability.

MVK is a global citizen, living in Vancouver, BC, with his wife and their 3 children.

Kim Ludtke, FSCMP, VP, Operations & Supply Chain, CFR Chemicals Inc.

Kim is a senior oil and gas executive with over 22 years of experience in the industry. Kim has spent his career in various operational and supply chain roles focusing on logistics, inventory management and procurement. Kim currently holds the position of Executive Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain with CFR Chemicals Inc where he is responsible for all operations and supply chain functions. As part of the senior leadership group, Kim is also involved in creating and managing high level company strategies and objectives. Previously, Kim has held multiple Supply Chain positions of increasing responsibility with a major North American pressure pumping company.


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