Explore Why It Matters to Supply Chain Management Teams


The session will discuss and clarify what ESG means for Supply Chain and why it matters to Supply Chain Management teams.  ESG (Environment, Social & Governance) has taken hold of consumer sentiment, public policy, capital markets, investment priorities.  It has the potential to drive fundamental changes to the way commerce works. From the macro level, the discussion will focus on the ways supply chain management teams can contribute positively to this seismic shift. 


Tuesday, May 17, 2022
11 AM – 12:30 PM MDT | CST
12 PM – 1:30 PM CDT

2 CPD per session up to a max of 10 CPD for the week



Connie Van der Byl, Academic Director, Mount Royal University

Dr. Connie Van Der BylConnie Van der Byl is the Academic Director of Mount Royal University’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) and an Associate Professor in the Bissett School of Business, teaching courses in business strategy, environmental management and sustainable development. 

Connie holds a PhD in Energy Management and Sustainable Development, as well as an MBA from the Haskayne School of Business and a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Waterloo. 

She acquired over ten years of experience in various business roles with NOVA Corporation and subsequently TransCanada Pipelines before embarking on a PhD.  Dr. Van der Byl’s research interests focus on organizations and their strategic responses to sustainability issues 

David A. Johnston, Professor, Operations Management and Information Systems Area, Schulich School of Business, York University

David Johnston

David Johnston is the George Weston Ltd. Chair and Centre Director in Sustainable Supply Chains at the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is the founding and current program director of the Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) at Schulich.

In addition, he acting director of the Master of Business Analytics (MBAN) and Master of Artificial Intelligence (MMAI) programs.

Dr. Johnston’s published research is in collaborative supply chain management, operational sustainability, improving healthcare operations and the management of process innovation. His most recent work is focused on strategies for securing the long term resilience of critical supply chains.  He has taught in Schulich’s PHD, MSCM, EMBA, MBA, BBA, and Executive Education programs.   

Alasdair Ross, Director SCM, ESG & Stakeholder Relations, Gibson Energy

Alasdair considers himself extremely fortunate to have lived and worked in numerous countries including the UK, China, Canada and the Middle East which has provided him with a multi-cultural skill set and appreciation for the various business cultures and relationships.

Over his career he has worked in manufacturing, oil and gas and consultancy in various supply chain roles covering strategic sourcing and category management, procurement & contracting, warehousing, quality management, inventory control, surplus disposal, risk mitigation, forecasting and manufacturing-on-time. In the last few years he has also been leading ESG and stakeholder relations functions.  

Sarah Aspinall, Founder and Principal, BGSD Consulting Corporation

Sarah Aspinall Sarah Aspinall is a certified supply chain management professional with over 25 years experience. 

She has worked in both private and public organizations and most recently founded BGSD Consulting Corporation with a focus on sustainable procurement advisory services; helping organizations leverage spend to create a brighter future for people and the planet.  She is the co-developer and co-presenter of the Social Procurement Professional Certificate course which has been delivered, to date, to over 180 participants. 

Sarah was formerly the Director, Supply Management at The City of Calgary managing a team of 160+ people and the procurement of approx. $1billion per annum, and the driving force behind their Social Procurement journey. 

Session Host: Alexander (Sasha) Sergeev, Director Supply Chain Management Process & Performance, Cenovus Energy

Alexander is an energetic and passionate Supply Chain professional with ~20 years of diverse international experience in Oil & Gas sector with deep commercial skills and a track record of delivery in various supply chain roles and various jurisdictions.

He is a passionate people-focused leader with 10+ years of experience leading diverse multicultural teams to the exceptional performance. Alexander is a forward-looking proponent of new digital SCM technology and tools as enablers to make supply chain a competitive differentiator for the business. 

He is commercially savvy, results-driven with a proven record of defining and managing the implementation of complex supply chain strategies, strong alignment with the business and providing significant organizational, process and financial benefits.  Alexander is passionate speaker and communicator. 

Alexander was born in Russia in 1981. After graduating with Highest Honors from Russian State University of Trade and Economics in 2003 with a degree in Commercial Law Alexander joined Royal Dutch Shell joint venture in Russia in the Contracting & Procurement team. 

In September 2009 he joined Shell International and held various Supply Chain leadership positions in The Netherlands, Canada, USA.  In July 2015 Alexander immigrated to Canada and held roles in Shell Canada as Materials Management Manager for Americas, Supply Chain Transformation Lead for Contracting and Procurement program, and General Manager Contracting & Procurement Oil Sands business. In July 2017 he joined Husky Energy as Director Supply Chain Operations. In January 2021 Alexander was appointed Director Supply Chain Management Process & Performance at Cenovus Energy. 

Alexander is a member of Supply Chain Canada since 2015 and holds SCMP professional designation. Alexander is a Fellow member (FCIPS) and holds chartered professional status from Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) in the UK since 2009. 

Alexander lives in Calgary and he is married and has two children. He enjoys sports and travel with the family in his spare time. 


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