September 2019 Print

From the President


Hello everyone. I hope all of you had a chance to enjoy the summer. I found it much better than the past couple of summers based largely on the fact we didn’t have the haze from the smoke of forest fires. I don’t know what it is, but summertime (time in general) seems to go by far to fast.

For some it means a new routine like starting a new school. For others, a new job. For us and the Fraser Valley ASCM chapter it means a new opportunity to build upon the chapter’s objective to promote the ASCM body of knowledge and be part of the global leaders in supply chain management.

The Board is still busy working hard putting the finishing touches on another series of what we believe to be interesting, practical and relatable topics. Please keep an eye out for the email notices and details for this month’s speaker Marilouise Muller September 25,2019. She is a recognized Business Transformation Specialist with over a decade of experience delivering exceptional results for leading global organizations.

It has been a little while now since we heard from you, the customer. We are always looking for feedback and suggestions. In addition to the PDM surveys, the Board will again send out a short survey looking to use the results to dial in our programs to meet your needs. I’m looking forward to seeing these results so we can refine our strategic plan.

Educationally, we are hosting a CPIM part 1 course in Chilliwack at Westeck Doors and Windows.

Registration is still open for this year’s inaugural 2019 ASCM Global conference in Las Vegas Sept 16-18. You’ll be able to expand your knowledge and skillset to stay in line with the accelerated pace of change in supply chain. Topics range from S&OP, inventory and materials management to robotics, IoT, virtual reality and more.

On behalf of the Board, I’d like to welcome everyone to the 2019/20 version of APICS Fraser Valley.

Arnold Peters, CPIM, CSCP

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Next PDM

Lean-(ing) Your Processes – How to Identify and Remove the 10 Wastes from your Processes

To continuously improve is to continually identify and remove waste from your processes. This talk will identify the 10 Causes of Lost Time (Non-Value-Added Activities) that are present in today’s organizations.  Typical Lean improvement will only recognize the 8 Wastes in processes, however, there are two more that are critical to the world of work today. In this session, you will learn what the key contributors to waste within your organization are and how to recognize them as opportunities to improve. Discover how to spur a new way of thinking and develop the systematic approach needed to understand, identify and address opportunities within your organization to achieve a culture of ongoing continuous improvement.

Speaker Bio – Marilouise Muller


Marilouise Muller is a recognized Business Transformation Specialist with over two decades of experience delivering exceptional results for leading global services organizations.

Marilouise is founder and principal of Vancouver-based management consulting firm, Propel Solutions Ltd. ( Propel is the recognized name in Operational Effectiveness Consulting on West Coast. Propel’s consulting framework was pioneered by Marilouise, and emphasizes Customer Experience and overall operational efficiency. Propel has helped companies in every industry from aquaculture to financial services (and everything in between) optimize their business processes to foster organization-wide improvement and instill a culture of continuous improvement.  Propel is the first in Western Canada to become a certified reseller of the industry leading

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As a chapter we are currently hosting the second CPIM class in Chilliwack. It is very exciting to have companies showing such interest in providing the APICS Body of knowledge to develop their employees. The Supply Chain within organizations continues to gain recognition as a key driver in improving the bottom line. There are many drivers these days continuing to drive the need improvement and innovative ideas to maintain continuous supply while providing the best value for your organization. 

As a leader in Supply Chain knowledge and training the Board of Directors are always looking to share the body of knowledge with anyone that is looking to expand their knowledge and grow into a position as a supply chain professional. 

Please contact any of the Board of Directors for more information on upcoming courses. 



VP of Education

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