February 2018 Print

From the President

Typically, in January things get off to a slow start as we reset from the holiday. This time we hit the ground running. We had a well attended PDM where Shawn Deveau went through his presentation of “Why people don’t follow procedures”. It covered a number of pertinent and relevant points and was very interactive. If my information is correct we had 49 guests.

As a Board, we have looked at trying to improve the members experience. One of the things we have done is to implement a pay online system. The feedback was very positive, and registration ran smoothly. Another thing we would like to try is a member spotlight. I saw this from the Winnipeg chapter newsletter and thought it was a great idea.

Now I’d like to highlight our February 21 meeting. This month we have Christy Nikel, the founder and President of Vancouver based Lean U. As a master Lean Black Belt and over a decade of experience teaching and applying lean tools. Her topic, “5S: Five small words that pack a big punch” is geared towards individuals interested in or tasked with leading improvement efforts in their organizations. It’s sure to be an informative and engaging evening. Please join me in hearing Christy on the 21st at Newlands Golf course.


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Next PDM

An employee searches through drawers and under paperwork for needed supplies.  A team member struggles to find a document on the shared drive. Production comes to a halt when required tools can’t be found. All of these situations represent wasted time that directly impacts a company’s bottom line and its ability to meet customer needs. The challenge is that while most people would like to create an organized work space, very few have an effective method of doing so. In this session, learn a practical and systematic approach to implementing the 5S system for workplace organization.

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These past few months we have experienced some crazy events in the Fraser Valley including a massive ice storm and heavy snowfalls. In my last article I discussed the Amazon effect and the expectation of 24/7 service. Well the ice storm had some homes without power for many days including City parks closed for weeks. As you read this you may or may not have been affected by these events. They did affect my workplace and personal life, making me rethink about being ready for catastrophic events.

  • Did the recent events effect your supply chain?
  • How did you respond to the events?
  • Have you implemented sustainable change to be ready for the next event?
  • Is your organization ready for unpredictable events or disruptions in you supply chain?
  • Is your staff trained and ready to develop support tools that can react to the disruption?

I challenge you to ask yourself if you and your organization are ready to move your organization to the next level. The flow of materials and your supply chain are imperative to your organization's success. The APICS Fraser Valley Chapter is here to provide educational opportunities to help your organization and employees to continue to move forward and be leaders in your supply chain. If you had to think about answers to the questions above there is APICS Body of Knowledge material to help you in your journey.

Starting in early January we kicked off our first CPIM Part 1 course under the new CPIM format which has been running successfully. Registration is now open for the newly configured CPIM Part 2.

Registration is currently open for the following Courses the links to the registration pages are included below:

Instructor Led

CPIM Part 2-       http://apics-fraservalley.org/meetinginfo.php?id=121&ts=1516612997

Location: Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, Abbotsford. (6 Saturdays)

Please feel free to contact myself or anyone on the Board of Directors if you have any questions on Certification and Course offerings.

Tim McBride CPIM, SCMP
VP of Education

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