President and CEO’s Message – July/August 2022

More than 30 leading transportation and logistics companies in Halton and Peel Regions, in partnership with the Milton and Oakville Chambers of Commerce, and the Brampton and Mississauga Boards of Trade, have formed the Halton Peel Supply Chain Council, an organization dedicated to the advancement of the supply chain sector through collaboration, information sharing, and informed discussion.

Supply Chain companies in warehousing, distribution, logistics, transportation, tech, globalized trade, and more are already a strong part of Milton’s economy. In fact, they are integral to the prosperity and future of Halton and Peel region. Supply chain, though, hasn’t always been fully recognized for the significant part it plays in the economic life of our regions. In some ways, the pandemic made the words ‘supply chain’ and the industry more well known to consumers and others.

The Milton Chamber has been proud to partner with the Lazaridis School of Business of Business at Wilfrid Laurier University and CN on the annual Supply Chain Summit, held each May at Granite Ridge Golf Club. Attendees of the Summit have talked about wanting to keep connected and informed between these annual events. And so, the Council was created.
The Halton Peel Supply Chain Council will tell the story of supply chain and engage with the communities and municipalities of Halton and Peel to strengthen the sector’s already substantial contributions in the areas of education, employment, and sustainability.

The Council is led by two Co-Chairs in 2022-23:
Martin Roos, Managing Director, DSV Air & Sea Canada, DSV Global Transport and Logistics, based in Milton, and
Julie Zurby, MP & L Manager, Ford Motor Company, based in Oakville.

“DSV is thrilled to have become a charter member of the Halton Peel Supply Chain Council,” says Roos. “We’re looking forward to raising the profile of supply chain and emphasizing the tremendous employment opportunities here. Halton and Peel Regions have become a valued, strategic location as a national and international hub for warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing.”

“I’m honoured to represent Ford as a Co-Chair of the Halton Peel Supply Chain Council,” says Zurby. “I’m excited to tell the story of supply chain, and for the members of the Council to share information and best practices, in matters ranging from talent recruitment to technology.”

The Council, launched in late June with a meeting at DSV, will meet quarterly. An economic development priority of the Town of Milton is the creation of local cluster working groups. So, the Chamber and the Town will also be looking at Milton ‘chapter’ discussions between the regular Council meetings