Education & Training

Education & Training

A college/university degree is not necessary to begin in the supply chain sector; if you want to advance, post-secondary studies will be an asset.

To begin, you must be able to read, write and perform certain functions at a high-school level. You can be expected to read operational manuals, memos, instructions from supervisors, safety manuals, product labels and more.

Mathematic skills are required, as you will need to multiply, divide, add and subtract to convert measurements, calculate volumes, areas and perimeters.

Use of computers is part of everyday life and the supply chain sector is no exception – accounting, inventory databases and computerized machinery are only a few of the uses of computers in the sector.

Planning, communication and team-work skills are required to plan your day or coordinate tasks with your co-workers to get a job done.

The supply chain can provide you with a wide range of career opportunities, enhancement of skills, a positive team-working environment and lots of fun. Even the smallest companies need supply chain professionals to take them into the future.

Note that your career options and your earning potential are limited if you do not continue your education beyond high school. People with post-secondary education advance and earn a good deal more.

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Pierre Massicotte, Senior Vice President, Operations
L’Oréal Canada

“Supply chain management is a new profession in Canada…with lots of variety.”

Melinda Nycholat, Director, Contract Services Division
Defence Construction Canada

“Procurement has to be an integrated service. I work hard to have it be considered early in the planning process for a project.”

Serge Faucher, Executive Director
Les enterprises Dupont 1972

“In our business, the speed of communications is vital.”

Brent Ellis, Director
Commercial Warehouses
Wills Transfer Limited

“Great opportunity for people to enter this industry… the opportunities are endless.”

Tony Boyce, Owner, Whitehead Country Store

“Tony's unique view of supply chain and logistics comes from looking at it from both sides, first with a large firm and now as a business owner.”

Patrick Zenobio, Customer Services Coordinator, Logistics and Customs
Cirque du Soleil

“As a member of the supply chain department at Cirque du Soleil, Patrick juggles many responsibilities.”

Teresa, Sales and Marketing Manager

“This job is all about problem solving and satisfaction, and I love what I do.”

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