PMAC and Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada announce amalgamation intent

TORONTO, Ontario—With the support of their respective boards of directors, The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) and Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada (SCL) have announced their intent to merge operations.
The plan calls for PMAC and SCL to be blended together under a new name: the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA). The new organization would continue to offer ongoing events and programs from both PMAC and SCL including an annual student case competition (SCL) and Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) training and designations (PMAC). SCMA will also continue to produce research into the Canadian supply chain industry.
“This chance to re-envision the future for Canadian supply chain professionals through advocacy, research, education and employment opportunities, comes as we prepare to implement a new three-year strategic plan,” said PMAC’s president and CEO Cheryl Paradowski, who will lead the new association. “The expertise and experience that SCL members bring to the joint membership and leadership structures can only strengthen our ability to offer supply chain professionals, and their employers, top-quality education and leading-edge supply chain solutions.”
One noticeable difference members will find is that there will now be only one major conference, an expanded PMAC national conference which is held in a different Canadian city every year. This year will likely be the last for Mississauga, Ontario-based Supply Chain Canada, a conference organized by a partnership between SCL and Canadian Industrial Transportation Association (CITA).
SCMA will keep PMAC’s organizational structure: members will belong to one of 10 provincial or territorial chapters, which will also grant them membership to the national association.
“It’s a natural evolution,” said PMAC board chair Mike Whelan. “As organizations, our strengths complement each other; by combining them we can offer supply chain professionals in all disciplines the very best opportunities for professional development, networking, and employment.”
While both boards are in favour of the merger, it can’t go ahead unless voted upon by the membership of both SCL and PMAC. Both organizations are scheduled to hold their annual general meetings—which will include votes on the proposal—on June 12. The PMAC meeting will be in Ottawa, and the SCL meeting will be in Toronto. Both SCL and PMAC plan information campaigns to inform their members of the planned merger and why they think the union should be beneficial.
To read more about the proposed merger, why it’s happening, and how it will affect PMAC and SCL members, check out the March-April issue of PurchasingB2B.
With files from Caroline Gruske.