From toilet rolls to PPE to microchips, our connected world has shown to make sourcing product much more problematic in the times we now live in.

  • Where do you get credible, reliable sources of information about actual and potential disruptions in the Global Supply system that you rely on?
  • How do you gauge risk of potential disruptions?
  • What can you do to mitigate risk impact?

This expert panel in supply chain strategy and trade, considered these questions. Participants also received the opportunity to explore an Albertan based start up that has developed a platform which provides real time alerts from traffic blockages to wildfires to significant disruptive events.


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Carol Ptak, MBA, CFPIM, CIRM, Partner at Demand Driven Institute LLC

Carol Ptak is currently a partner with the Demand Driven Institute and was most recently at Pacific Lutheran University as Visiting Professor and Distinguished Executive in Residence. Previously, she was vice president and global industry executive for manufacturing and distribution industries at PeopleSoft where she developed the concept of demand driven manufacturing (DDM). Ms. Ptak spent four years at IBM Corporation culminating in the position of global SMB segment executive.

A leading authority in the use of ERP and Supply Chain tools to drive improved bottom line performance, Ms. Ptak’s expertise is well grounded in four decades of practical experience as a successful practitioner, consultant and educator in manufacturing operations. Her pragmatic approach to complex issues and dynamic presentation style has her in high demand worldwide on the subject of how to leverage these tools and achieve sustainable success.

She holds an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and completed the EMPO program at Stanford University. Ms. Ptak is a frequent educator at the university level and presents at many key technical conferences around the world including South Africa, France, Israel, Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands and fourteen APICS International conferences. She is the author of numerous articles and the books Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning 3/E with Chad Smith, MRP and Beyond, ERP, Tools, Techniques and Applications for Integrating the Supply Chain, Theory H.O.W. with Harold Cavallaro, Necessary but not Sufficient with Dr. Eli Goldratt and Eli Schragenheim. Together with Dean Gilliam she updated Quantum Leap, originally written by John Constanza. Ms. Ptak has lent her name to the internationally coveted Ptak Prize for Supply Chain Excellence that is awarded annually by ISCEA (International Supply Chain Education Alliance.)

Ms. Ptak is certified through APICS at the fellow level (CFPIM) and was certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) with the first group internationally. Ms. Ptak was the President and CEO of APICS, The Educational Society for Resource Management for the year 2000. Prior to her election as APICS President, she served on the Society in a variety of positions.

Rob B. Handfield, Ph.D., Professor, Advisor, Consultant, NC State University

Rob Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University, and Director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative. The SCRC is the first major industry-university partnership to integrate student projects into the MBA classroom in an integrative fashion, and has had 15 major Fortune 500 companies participating as industry partners since 1999.

Handfield is the Consulting Editor of the Journal of Operations Management, one of the leading supply chain management journals in the field, and is the author of several books on supply chain management, the most recent being Supply Market Intelligence, Supply Chain Re-Design and Introduction to Supply Chain Management (Prentice Hall, 1999, 25,000 copies sold, and translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean). He has co-authored textbooks for MBA and undergraduate classes including Purchasing and Supply Chain Management 3rd revision (with Robert Monczka) and Operations and Supply Chain Management (with Cecil Bozarth).

He was one of five keynote speaker at the Power Conference at the Institute for Supply Management in 2007, attended by 75 CPO’s by invitation only. Over 150 Chief Procurement Officers have read his book, Supply Market Intelligence, now considered the premier managerial handbook on critical elements of strategic sourcing. Handfield was identified as one of a handful of individuals in the 2007 “Pros to Know” list compiled by Supply and Demand Chain Executive journal . He is regularly quoted in periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Inc. Supply Chain Management Review, and other periodicals.

Handfield has consulted with over 25 Fortune 500 companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Freightliner, Boston Scientific, Delphi, Chevron, British Petroleum, Nortel Networks, Chevron Phillips, Lyondell Chemical, Conoco Phillips, Federal Express, Milliken, and others. He has published more than 100 articles in top management journals including California Management Review, Sloan Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Operations Management, and Decision Sciences

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Paul D. Larson, Ph.D., Professor, University of Manitoba

Paul D. Larson, Ph.D. is the CN Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Manitoba. From 2005 to 2011, he was Head of the SCM Department and Director of the Transport Institute. From 2006 to 2009, he led a curriculum development team, creating the new C.P.P. accreditation program for the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC), which has since merged with Supply Chain Logistics Canada to become the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) and now Supply Chain Canada. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM), under its former name, National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM), funded Dr. Larson’s doctoral dissertation, which earned the 1991 Academy of Marketing Science/Alpha Kappa Psi award. Paul has published more than 50 articles in the leading SCM journals, and has made numerous presentations at academic and practitioner conferences. In 2012, working with the Greater Toronto Leadership Project, he wrote Supplier Diversity in the GTA: Business Case and Best Practices. Dr. Larson serves on the Editorial Review Boards of Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, and the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics & Supply Chain Management. Larson’s current research interests are supplier diversity, supply chain sustainability, and supply chain risk management, with special reference to the COVID-19 pandemic. From 1979 to 1981, he worked with the Ministry of Cooperatives in Fiji, as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. In early February 2012, he stood at Uhuru peak, Tanzania, the highest point in Africa, as a climber with the CARE Canada Kilimanjaro expedition.

Elise Usunier, MBA - Head of Corporate Sales at Samdesk

Elise Usunier is the Head of Corporate sales at Edmonton-based, AI-powered startup, Samdesk. She helps enterprise organizations leverage samdesk’s real-time crisis alerting platform within their safety and security programs with the ultimate goal of protecting their people, assets and brand against unforeseen physically disruptive events. Elise holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing from MacEwan University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta. While pursuing her MBA, she facilitated the University of Alberta’s Innovation Task Force, a group of industry experts, venture capitalists and technology entrepreneurs with the mandate of improving technology transfer and reshaping the way the University fosters innovation and technology research. In her spare time, she is active in her community through volunteering, currently serving as director on the boards of Alberta Motor Association and Action Coalition on Human Trafficking Alberta.


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