Logistics Meetings at St. Lawrence College

By Bob Peters
February 16, 2012

St. Lawrence College - Cornwall CampusCornwall has recently developed into a "Centre of Excellence" for the distribution of goods and materials across Canada.  Unfortunately, very few people have a clear understanding of the broad range of careers that are available in the supply chain management field, often referred to as the “logistics” sector.

St. Lawrence College is currently working with local and regional employers in the logistics sector to raise the level of community awareness about new career opportunities that are emerging in our area. Tuesday February 28th is shaping up to be a pivotal day in this regard, with several key events occurring at the Cornwall Campus.

Kevin Maynard, Executive Director of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC) will provide an update on a report that dealt with human resource issues in the supply chain sector. The initial 2005 report led the establishment of the Council as a collaborative voice to harness the energy of the sector.  In 2011 the Council launched an update on the initial study, to scope out emerging trends and their impacts. Preliminary data is now in, and the prognosis is not good. This session will seek to provide an overview of the “stormy weather” just on the horizon, with specific information on the top four issues currently faced by employers in the sector: recruitment challenges, lack of leadership skills in new recruits, lack of succession planning in organizations, and the impact of retirements.

Emily Koolen, Director of Client Engagement of the firm PeopleCentric will also make a presentation entitled “Engage, Attract & Retain The Right Talent To Strengthen Your Business”.

The College has also established an Advisory Council to explore the opportunities in establishing a permanent curriculm at the Cornwall Campus related to Supply Chain Management. The Advisory Council will meet over the mid day at the College.

Local business leaders as well as officials from local area school boards have been invited to attend these information sessions to learn, firsthand, about the broad range of new employment possibilities that are emerging for high school and post-secondary grads in Cornwall, Eastern Ontario and globally in the Supply Chain Management sector.

Educational leaders and others involved in helping students prepare for post-secondary education and/or the world of work will also be given a guided tour of SCM, the largest distribution centre in Eastern Ontario.

Category: Business