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As the premier Canadian association for supply chain management professionals, the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) is the national voice for advancing and promoting the profession. SCMA sets the standard of excellence for professional skills, knowledge and integrity, and it was the first supply chain association in the world to require that all members adhere to a Code of Ethics.

With nearly 7,500 members working across the private and public sectors, SCMA is the principal source of supply chain training, education and professional development in the country. Through its ten Provincial and Territorial Institutes, SCMA grants the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation, the highest achievement in the field and the mark of strategic supply chain leadership.

SCMA was formed in 2013 through the amalgamation of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada and Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Canada. With a combined history of more than 140 years, the association now embraces all aspects of strategic supply chain management, including:

  • Purchasing/Procurement
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Contract Management
  • Materials/Inventory Management
  • Logistics and Transportation

Impact of the Supply Chain Profession

The supply chain management profession makes a significant contribution to Canada’s economy and provides a critical competitive advantage for all enterprises. Latest research reveals that SCMA members control more than $130 billion in annual spend. The standard of living we all enjoy through timely, cost-effective access to a range of innovative, high-quality goods and services is directly linked to the professional practice of supply chain management. The profession favourably influences the social and economic success of, not only Canadians, but citizens worldwide.

SCMA is an original member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) and the only Canadian association representing this country’s supply chain management professionals in IFPSM .

Who are SCMA Members?

SCMA members add value to all sectors of the Canadian economy and are found within organizations of every size. Some of the largest sectors employing supply chain management professionals are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Services
  • Natural Resources
  • Retail
  • Government, Health Care and Education

How is SCMA Structured?

A non-profit association, SCMA is a federation of the National Secretariat, and the Provincial and Territorial Institutes, working together to achieve a common mission and vision.

Education and accreditation programs are developed by the SCMA National office and delivered through the Institutes. Additionally, the National partner is responsible for national branding plans, federal government relations and international strategic alliances. Institute partners are responsible for communicating with their membership, recruiting new members and conferring the SCMP designation.

SCMA’s strategic objectives are determined by a Board of Directors, with representatives both appointed by the Institutes and elected from the association membership. Headquartered in Toronto, the SCMA National office is managed by a full-time professional staff.