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APICS builds operations management excellence in individuals and enterprises through superior education and training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and a worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals.

APICS Toronto is the leading association for supply chain and operations management professionals in the Toronto area, providing our members and partners with opportunities for development, networking and the sharing of best practices.

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Upcoming Events

APICS Toronto Chapter 2014 Events  

  • APICS Toronto Chapter - PDM -  December 18, 2014

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  • APICS Toronto Chapter - PDM - January 22, 2015

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  • APICS Toronto Chapter - PDM - February 19, 2015

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  • APICS Toronto Chapter - PDM - March 26, 2015

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    APICS Toronto Chapter - PDM - April 23, 2015

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    Toronto Chapter - PDM - May 21, 2015

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Current and Upcoming Courses

APICS Toronto Chapter Location - 1370 Don Mills Road

  • CSCP Certified Supply Chain Professional Review Course - Wednesday Evenings from January 7th to March 25th, 2015 (6:30 pm - 9:30 pm). Click here for details.

  • CPIM400 Execution & Control of Operations Review Course - Saturdays on January 10th, 17th & 24th, 2015 (8:30 am - 5:30 pm). Pre-requisite required. Click here for details.

  • CPIM500 Strategic Management of Resources Review Course - Saturdays on February 14th, 21st, 28th & March 7th, 2015 (8:30 am - 4:00 pm). Pre-requisite required. Click here for details.

Seneca College - Markham Campus Location - 8 The Seneca Way

  • CPIM Certified Review Courses - click here for more information!
Past Events and General Information

Expired or Suspended Status - CPIM Designees

As a reminder, the APICS CPIM recertification exam is now available. Only designees with suspended and expired APICS CPIM certifications are eligible. The exam will be offered February–December 2014 throughout the world on an on-demand basis.

This is an excellent opportunity for suspended and expired CPIM designees to reinstate their certification by taking one exam instead of the five normally required. The cost is the same as one CPIM exam; interested candidates must submit an Authorization to Test before scheduling the exam.

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APICS Toronto Chapter - PDM - APICS 2014 Conference Report - November 20, 2014
The session will be all about the APICS 2014 Conference in New Orleans. Toronto Chapter members, who have attended the conference, will share their impressions, experience and learning outcomes.

APICS Toronto Chapter - PDM - Forecasting 101 with Ed White - October 23, 2014
In this PDM Ed White spoke about the basics of formal forecasting.  What is it, why do it, how to do it, and most importantly, how complicated does the process need to be?  The good news is that a forecasting process does not need to be complicated.  Indeed, most companies have a far more complicated process than they really need to.

APICS Toronto Chapter - Open House - September 23, 2014

Over 50 members and guests met with members of the Board of Directors, led by the President, Mark Tinkler to create new relationships, network and talk about what is happening in the world of Supply Chain and APICS.

APICS Toronto Chapter Dinner, Presentation and Annual General Meeting - June 5, 2014
Over 90 members and guests joined our annual dinner to network and review what the Chapter has done for them in the past year. 2013-4 certified CSCPs and CPIMs were recognized, as well as other awards were presented. A presentation on "Risk Management" was given by Chaim Silberstein. Click here for some video highlights. For photo gallery, click here. Certificate of Maintenance: 2.0.

PDM - Sales Inventory and Operations Planning
with Dennis Lord - May 22, 2014
In this presentation, Dennis reviewed the evolution of S&OP to SIOP and explained the relationship between safety stock and service levels, the steps in the SIOP process for balancing demand and supply, and integration with S&OP process flow. Certificate of Maintenance: 1.5.

Plant Tours - Honda Manufacturing

- April 10, 2014 (9 am & 1 pm)
- May 8, 2014 (9 am & 1 pm)

In 1986, Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) began production with the assembly of the Honda Accord, leading the way as the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to establish a production facility in Canada. 

PDM - From MRP to e-supply Chain Management
with Sherman Cheung - April 22, 2014

In this PDM, Sherman explored and explained how and why PMC technologies, industries requirements and business processes affect the supply chain application systems evolution. What were the most commonly used supply chain related systems and their functionalities. How these systems integrated manage and enable the business processes. What were the common myths and pitfalls on implementing these application systems? How should supply chain professionals implement and operate these systems, and get the best value and return of investment. Certificate of Maintenance: 1.5.

PDM - How to work with Recruiting Agencies - the do's and dont's
with Sam Manna - March 20, 2014
During the presentation, Sam showed the audience how to work with Recruiting agencies, the do’s and don’ts and debunking some of the myth’s that candidates have. Sam also talked about how to present resumés, what should be included and how to properly use Linkedin. Certificate of Maintenance: 1.5. Click here to download presentation slides.

Inter-College/University Case Competition - March 8, 2014 

This event was a great success with 8 teams participating at Durham College. All participants enjoyed the day and learned some important lessons on SCM. Centennial College's Team 3 won first place, Seneca College came second and Rotman School of Business came third.

Networking Event at Schulich School of Business - February 6, 2014

The APICS Toronto Chapter, in association with the Schulich School of Business, had organized a networking event at Schulich on February 6th, 2014. It was hosted by Prof. Markus Biehl, Associate Dean and Branko Tosic, VP of Events at APICS Toronto. Rick Cleveland from the SCMA was a guest speaker too. There were about 60 participants, including some Schulich MBA students. Attendees got to network and discuss careers in supply chain over drinks and light refreshments. The Toronto Chapter is committed to organizing similar networking events in the future.

Plant Tour - Think Logistics - November 4, 2013 

Think Logistics is Canada’s next generation ecommerce and retail third-party logistics service provider. They deliver world-class service, next level speed and efficiency to organizations serving the Canadian marketplace.

PDM - Supply Chain Complex but Simple with Ali Chakaroun - October 24, 2013

Supply chain in a nut shell is the process of moving/transforming raw materials or products from Suppliers to customers or from one customer to another. Click here to view presentation slides and Process Map.

Joint Case Competition - Schulich and Rotman School of Business - October 12, 2013

The supply chain clubs at Schulich and Rotman had organized a joint case competition on Oct 12, 2013. It was a huge success and the feedback received from the participants, faculty and judges was very encouraging.

The competition was held in the Schulich building at York's Keele campus. There were 6 teams in total - 3 from Rotman and 3 from Schulich. Schulich teams came 1st and 3rd, while one Rotman team came 2nd. The panel of judges comprised of the Associate Director of Procurement, Kraft Food Division, Senior Manager, Global Procurement, Molson Coors Brewery and a senior consultant from Capgemini.

Please join us in congratulating the winning teams and the club executives for all their hard work in organizing the event.

Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Plant Tour - October 8, 2013

At the plant tour, the participants were looking at their production line for wheel loaders (rigid, articulated, skid steer), tracked excavators (mini, midi, mining), tracked dozers and carriers, rigid dump trucks, rollers, and tunnelers.

The Guelph plant has the capacity to produce some 300 units a year, and when operating to capacity it employs 500 staff.

Toromont CAT Plant Tour - September 17, 2013 


Message from the President

June 2014

We held our Presentation Dinner and Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Thursday, June 5th, 2014. It was a great event and we had the opportunity to recognize our members and cherished partners. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones!

This year we had five members achieve the CPIM designation in the 2013-2014 season:

  • Marc Detesan
  • Junhoe (Wayne) Hwang
  • Angie Kent
  • Wilson Lau
  • Sudheer Pandiyat
This year we had a record 30 members who achieved the CSCP designation in the 2013-2014 season:

 Samuel Baluyot  Laurence Mui 
 Raphael Chapi Siani  Evelyn Mukwedeya
 Gerard de Rushe Hei-On Ng
 Karen Eccleston Ayodeji Olu-Ayeni
 Moruf-deen Farayola Sudheer Pandiyat
 Dion Gittens Jignesh Patel
 John Graham Rony Quach
 Attila Gruber Carlos Rodriguez
 Margaret Hew Justin Skinner
 Ana Jimenez Jasmine Sodhi
 Ben Kalisz Swarna Sowdermett
 Sharath Kumar Megan Uhlman
 Wilson Lau Soo-Gane Won
 Lihong Lei Lingrong Zhang
 Jun Li Kai Zheng

In the two lists of names above, there are two individuals who stand out and we recognized these two members; Sudheer Pandiyat & Wilson Lau, as ‘Members of the Year’ for achieving both CPIM and CSCP designations within the same APICS Toronto Chapter season. Congratulations to you both, an amazing effort and a wonderful achievement.

We recognized our instructors for their hard work and dedication. I was speaking with one instructor during the evening and he told me that he felt that it was his duty to pass on his life experiences and knowledge to the next generation and that this will help to strengthen the supply chain and operations management profession, one student at a time.

Our seven highly qualified and valued instructors are:
  • Sherman Cheung
  • Daniel Hui
  • Anil Mislankar
  • Chaim Silberstein
  • George Stevens
  • Branko Tosic
  • J. Clark Weddell
We recognized two volunteers who have been of great help and support to the APICS Toronto Chapter over the past year:
  • Don Cooper and Marrick McDonald
I am also pleased to announce that both Don and Marrick have joined our Board of Directors.

We thanked the Bond Executive Offices for their continued hard work in supporting our chapter.

We also recognized members who have been with the APICS Toronto Chapter for 25 years and over.

This is an inspiring milestone and one that demonstrates the dedication and focus that these members have. Our members with 25 years+ include:
  • Laurie Adams
  • Sukesh Arora
  • Lloyd Clive
  • Bruce Conner
  • David A. Cornelissen
  • Axel Dietz
  • David G. Fletcher
  • John Morra
  • Shelley Newton
  • Chaim Silberstein
  • George Stevens
  • Gary B Uba
  • Dick Verbeek
  • J. Clark Weddell
It gave us great pleasure to recognize and congratulate MicroSkills as Corporate Partner of the year. Our partnership with MicroSkills has been an enriching and mutually rewarding one. Microskills is a multi-cultural, non-profit, community based organization committed to assisting the unemployed, with priority to women, racial minorities, youth and immigrants. In attendance at the AGM were several APICS Toronto Chapter members who came to us through MicroSkills.

The award was accepted by the MicroSkills group, which included:
  • Corrina Leblond
  • Karen McGregor
  • Qahar Andisha
  • Karl Whyte
  • Sandra Ferguson
  • Yvonne Reid
This year MicroSkills is celebrating their 30th anniversary; we wish them a ‘Happy Anniversary’ and hope for continued success in the future!

Once again, congratulations to our APICS Toronto Chapter members and partners.

While our AGM usually signifies the end of the season, there are a few networking events and courses still underway – we will advise you of these through our informational e-blasts and these are posted on the chapter website. Our 2014 – 2015 season officially starts this August with an open house at the chapter office.

In closing, I would like to thank all members of the APICS Toronto Chapter for their continued support of this chapter and their affirmation of support to the Supply Chain and Operations Management community.

Warmest regards and have a great summer!

Mark Tinkler, CPIM CIRM CSCP
President, APICS Toronto Chapter

May 2014

The 2013-2014 season at APICS Toronto is quickly coming to a close. We will be holding our Presentation Dinner & Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 5 at the Westin Prince Hotel. This is a wonderful opportunity to network, see old friends and meet new ones. At this event we will recognize our member’s contributions and achievements and this year we are pleased to have Chaim Silberstein presenting a talk on Risk Management. Please register for this exciting event on our website at; we are looking forward to seeing you there.

Speaking of our website - we have completed the upgrade of our website. We have transitioned from our old Affiniscape platform to the new platform. This transition provides more security, mobile device capability, better tools, and provides better overall functionality. As part of the improvement in security, it will be necessary for you to reset your password to the site. Simply follow the prompts on the website to reset your password.

We have had a great year in which we held PDMs, plant tours, attended networking events, participated in career days at local colleges, supported industry events, and in addition to the Annual Presentation Dinner & AGM, we created a permanent annual event - the APICS Toronto Chapter Student Case Competition. We held this event at Durham College in March. We had originally expected 5 or 6 teams to participate and we were pleased to see that 8 teams had signed up. This year we used the Fresh Connection format for the competition. The first place team was the Centennial Team; the second place was the Seneca team and third place team was from Rotman. While winning is an important part of a competition – in my opinion the journey is worth more than the destination; we believe all who participated found it a great experience. Congratulations to all who participated! Additionally, two of the participating teams from Rotman and Centennial have qualified for Stage 2 of The Fresh Connection APICS Global Student Challenge 2014 – again congratulations!

Earlier this year APICS announced that Student Associate membership is now free. There are great benefits to being a Student Associate member including networking opportunities, discounts, publications, recognition, student competitions, and to be a part of a community of more than 3,200 other APICS student members. In order to be eligible for student membership you must be currently enrolled in a full time undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university and submit a current college transcript confirming full-time student status. Your APICS membership remains active even if you change schools and is valid for one year.  

While the June AGM symbolizes the close to our season until we resume in September, Branko and Jain are working on an event calendar for next season. Tentatively we will be holding an open house / orientation session at the chapter office this August; a networking event in September, and PDMs in October and November. Stay tuned to our website for more information.

If there is anything you wish to discuss with us such as suggestions how we can improve or if you wish to volunteer, please feel free to contact me at or on my cellphone at 416-890-8374.

We hope to see you at the AGM!

Warmest Regards,

Mark Tinkler, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP
President - APICS Toronto Chapter  


APICS Scholars Education Program

The Scholars Education Program is a unique educational opportunity to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to APICS and the profession through a scholarship to attend the APICS International Conference and Expo. The program benefits both students and volunteers with a rewarding experience that fosters career growth, professional connections, and develops future leaders of APICS. Click here to find out more.

APICS Webinars 

The convenience and flexibility of APICS Webinars enable organizations to educate a large number of employees at once, reduce travel expenses, and maintain consistent levels of productivity by eliminating time out of the office. Each 60-minute APICS Webinar features an educational discussion, case studies, and a Q&A session. All you need to participate is an Internet connection and a telephone. As an added benefit, registrants of each APICS Webinar receive a CD-ROM of the presentation after the event. Click here to find out more.

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