Welcome to the Supply Chain Week Virtual Conference


On behalf of the participating Supply Chain Canada Institutes of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northern Territories & New Brunswick, we welcome you to the 2nd Annual Supply Chain Week Virtual Conference.

It is also a special time in Saskatchewan too… the Annual Supply Chain Week has been proclaimed in the province of Saskatchewan.

This week is a celebration of you – our members and the supply chain community. The Institutes are overwhelmed by the impressive turnout of our SCMPs participating this week.

Your roles have evolved quickly as a direct result of the pandemic and technological advances. You have had to rapidly upskill and become tech-savvy…to think more strategically and your work has become increasingly influential for decisions being made in boardrooms, and kitchens across the country.

Senator Simons’ highlights in her opening remarks about how our supply chain community is now a household conversation. Now more than ever we are demonstrating how we are overcoming many emerging issues like how we are addressing raw material needs to finished goods supply.

Brent Willett, Alberta Institute Board Chair offers his final opening remarks.

Please enjoy the entire week of events at the 2022 Supply Chain Week virtual conference!


Monday, May 16, 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



Senator Paula Simons

Paula Simons was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2018, after a long and distinguished career as one of western Canada’s most acclaimed journalists. She has been a radio documentary-maker, a playwright, and an author of popular history, but she is best known for her work as a political columnist and reporter with the Edmonton Journal.

Over the course of her 23 years at the paper, Senator Simons earned two National Newspaper Awards, one for investigative journalism and one for column writing. She earned a further six National Newspaper Award citations of merit for her columns and editorials on Alberta politics.

Her work has also been recognized with awards from the UNESCO Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, Journalists for Human Rights, the Society for Features Journalism, the Alberta Centre for Civil Liberties Research, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Edmonton Historical Board. In 2021, she was nominated for her first National Magazine Award, for her regular column, On Second Thought, which appears in Alberta Views Magazine. She is also the host of her own political podcast, Alberta Unbound.

Senator Simons is the deputy chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, and a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Transportation and Communications. She has also served as a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. Born and raised in Edmonton, Senator Simons holds a B.A. Honours degree from the University of Alberta, and a Master’s degree from Stanford University.

Session Host: Glenda Beaulieu, Chief Operating Officer, Supply Chain Canada, Alberta Institute

Glenda is no stranger to association management with over 10 years experience leading marketing & membership initiatives – both at a provincial and national level – for retail, hospitality, and manufacturing industry associations. Her strong ability to empathize with members and build collaborative partnerships, combined with her strategic development of key messaging resonates with both online and offline audiences.  

Glenda has also worked for consumer, technology and personal development organizations that provides a unique perspective on how digital transformation can greatly impact the supply and demand of goods and services here in Alberta and throughout the world.  

She is an experienced marketer, skilled in strategy development, brand & event management, negotiation, business planning, sales, social media, and member engagement. Glenda is a strong operations professional who graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology Marketing & Communications Program She currently resides in Gatineau, Quebec with her husband, Pierre, and their two children. 


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