April 2019 Print

From the President

Spring is “officially” here in the lower mainland. The cherry blossoms are visible on trees around the city, spring flowers are visible as well. Kids are back in school after their spring break.
March 20 gave us the opportunity to hear what this years students from BCIT have to offer from their directed studies industry projects. We heard the students talking about their creation of a vendor supplier management decision program for Electra Mechanica. With it, they were able to translate the clients concept, assess the needs and develop a visual and useful supplier evaluation tool. The presentation was well done, the client was happy and highlighted the skills of the BCIT Business Operations Management students.
The following week (March 27) I, along with a few other Fraser Valley Members, attended the 8th Annual Business Operations Management (BOM) showcase in Burnaby, BC. With almost 200 industry professionals, students and faculty in attendance, the Ops Man program showcased their top student team and their reverse logistics process developed for
With Apics Fraser valley as long time supporter of BCIT and the Operations Management Program, I had the pleasure of awarding the winning team with a plaque and prizes. Overall the evening was a success. It brought industry and students together to showcase overall talents and how operations professionals and supply chains can be a strategic advantage to any company. Well done BCIT.
Looking forward, spring PDM’s have a tougher time getting attendance with the nicer weather and longer evenings. So the Board has moved the April PDM to May 8 at Newland’s Golf Course. Part of the reason for the date change is also to announce several other special activities. Including: a special general meeting where we would be looking to hold our annual meeting as part of our not-for-profit status. We will also be recognizing membership milestones. This will be in addition to the regular PDM “Lean/Process Improvement for Life”. It is sure to be an interesting topic. Please make sure to register for this event on May 8 using the website:
Also, just to advise all members that there will be proxy voting slips coming out soon to allow your voice to be heard at the upcoming annual special meeting.
That’s all for now, see you soon.

Arnold Peters, CPIM, CSCP

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On May 8th, Learn how Coast Capital’s Troy Anderson and Ashwin Krishnamurthi, are using their 20+ years of experience in Lean, Business Process re-engineering and automation to adopt RPA into Coast Capital’s software platform as is expands its service from British Columbia across the Nation.

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As we end the APICS/ASCM year and look forward to the fall. We are currently working on our Fall class line up and what we will be offering in the Fraser Valley area. WE have been pleasantly surprised with new interest through the Fraser Valley. 

We are alway looking for companies looking to host classes or have students fill our classes. Please contact any member of the board to request information. We are here to help and provide training that fit your companies needs. 

We are looking forward to seeing many people at the May 8th Annual General Meeting and Professional Development event.

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