Leaders from industry and academia to speak at Milton summit, ‘World Class Supply Chain 2017’, on May 10

MILTON (March 21, 2017) – Leaders from industry and academia – renowned experts in supply chain and logistics – will be coming to Milton to speak at ‘World Class Supply Chain 2017: Value Co-Creation’, on Wednesday, May 10th.

The one-day Summit, a partnership between the Milton Chamber of Commerce, the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University and CN, will take place at the Granite Ridge Golf Club.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the calibre of speakers who have confirmed their attendance for the 2017 Summit,” said Scott McCammon, President and CEO of the Milton Chamber of Commerce. “In only its second year, the Milton event is becoming known as a place where leaders from industry and academia come together to discuss – openly and vigorously – the current state of the supply chain and logistics function, in Canada and throughout the world.”

Milton, said McCammon, is the ideal location for the conference.

“Milton is a vital and growing centre for supply chain and logistics. The Summit provides a valuable forum for for examining how we can build on our success in this sector, and create more business and employment opportunities for our members and the people of Milton.”

The outstanding speakers at World Class Supply Chain 2017 include:

Shelley Simpson, Chief Marketing Officer; President, Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS) and Truckload, J.B. Hunt. The Arkansas-based company provides logistics management services and integrated transportation solutions to major corporations.

Ms. Simpson will provide the Industry Keynote Presentation.

As President of ICS, Ms. Simpson developed the newly-created business unit into the fastest growing area of the company, expanding its total number of available services and increasing annual revenue from $92-million (US) to more than $850-million (US.)

In 2011, Ms. Simpson was appointed Chief Marketing Officer and assumed sales and marketing executive responsibilities. As CMO she has contributed to the enterprise revenue growth of $3.5-billion (US) to $4.8-billion (US.)

In 2014, her executive leadership role expanded to include President of J.B. Hunt’s Truckload business unit.

Ms. Simpson is devoted to promoting the advancement of women and diversity in the workplace and is the executive sponsor for two employee resource groups within J.B. Hunt – Growing and Retaining Outstanding Women (GROW) and Latinos Engaging, Advancing, and Developing (LEAD).

In 2016, she was honoured to receive the Distinguished Woman of the Year award from the Women in Trucking Association.

David Gillen, Professor, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia.

Professor Gillen will provide the Scholar Keynote Presentation.

He holds the Vancouver International Airport Professorship in Transportation Policy and Management in the Sauder School of Business, and is the Director of the Centre for Transportation Studies at the University of British Columbia.

The editor of the Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, he serves on the editorial boards of a number of other transportation and logistics-related journals.

Professor Gillen has published numerous articles and books covering transportation economics, and management and policy. His current research includes examining the role of transportation in the supply chain, evolving strategies and business models in transportation service and infrastructure providers, and studying the linkages between transportation investments and productivity in the economy.

Professor Gillen’s most recent project is measuring productivity in supply chains, introducing quality into productivity metrics, and empirically measuring how delays are propagated through supply chains.

For more information on World Class Supply Chain 2017, please visit https://www.ticketfi.com/event/1124/world-class-supply-chain-summit-2017?.

About the Milton Chamber of Commerce: As Milton’s Voice of Business, the Milton Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, membership-based, volunteer driven organization representing over 700 member businesses and individuals. The Milton Chamber’s primary role is advocacy, fostering a business-friendly environment and allowing the free enterprise system to thrive.

About the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics: Established in 1966, the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University is one of Canada’s leading business schools, with 6,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and diploma programs. It is home to Canada’s largest business degree co-op program. For more information, visit Lazaridis-SBE.wlu.ca.

About CN: CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. For more information on CN, visit the company’s website at www.cn.ca.