George Weston Ltd. Centre Celebrates its 3rd Annual Supply Chain Research Forum
Schulich recently hosted the 3rd annual Supply Chain Research Forum, “Supply Chain Challenges: Practical Insights from Emerging Academic Research.” The two-day forum was attended by 50+ academic researchers and invited industry guests representing organizations across Canada. The annual forum highlights emerging research related to the design, optimization, and sustainability of supply chains.
“This year’s forum provided academic researchers with an intimate and interactive environment to discuss leading-edge research vital to the resiliency and long-term sustainability of supply chains,” said David Johnston, Research Chair and Director, George Weston Ltd. Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains.
This year’s event included a Welcome Address by Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick, a doctoral consortium, research presentations on emerging supply chain research, as well as facilitated workshops on academic research collaboration and career development. New for 2023, the event included an industry panel discussion on the topic of research collaboration between academia and industry. It featured high-profile industry speakers: Hope Bentley, Head of Supply Chain Canada, McDonald’s; John Corey, President, Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA); and Pina Melchionna, President and CEO, Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT).
The forum was presented by the George Weston Ltd. Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains and the Operations Management and Information Systems (OMIS) Area of Schulich, in partnership with Supply Chain Canada.
“If there was one lesson we learned during the pandemic, it was how vital supply chains are and what a critical role they play,” said Dean Zwick. “Our economic future will greatly depend on how well we manage international supply chains, including making sure that these supply chains are resilient enough to navigate the kind of blockages, bottlenecks, and turbulence we’ve seen in the past few years.”