Leadership Series 4.0: Sustainable Supply Chain & ESG

Feb 28, 2023



9:30 AM


As customer behavior changes and consumer goods industries adapt various methodologies to meet the shifting, demanding pattern, one of the key factors governing the success of these industries is their sustainability performance. With pledges and treaties from governments and industry leaders, emphasis on reliable procurement of energy and natural resources, cognizance of ethical procurement of goods and services – sustainable supply chain is definitely a top priority for forward thinking organizations. Learn more about tools used, success stories and more importantly the how-to’s in getting started with your sustainability roadmap.

The Leadership Series 3.0: Sustainable Supply Chain was attended by 500+ supply chain professionals last year. And 20+ speakers from the industry who are leading sustainable initiatives within their organizations, shared real-life examples and learnings.


9:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:45 – 10:45 AM

Keynote Session
Designing the Sustainable Supply Chain: How we Make Tomorrow’s Goals Happen Today

  • How to employ digital technology to enact and accelerate ESG goals
  • How to discern hype and nonsense with ESG solution providers
  • How to apply intelligence to triage and solve ESG more complicated problems
  • Where to start the journey towards an ESG supply chain

Dr. Elouise Epstein, Partner, Kearney

10:45 – 11:05 AM Networking Break/Breakout Rooms
Connect with your colleagues and peers in the breakout rooms for a facilitated discussion.
11:05 – 12:05 PM

Leadership Panel

Integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance Goals to Create Sustainable Supply Chains

A sustainable supply chain is the one that fully integrates ethical and environmentally responsible practices into a competitive and successful model. With more than 90% of an organization’s greenhouse gas emissions attributable to supply chains, it is key that supply chains become the core activator for organization-wide sustainability goals and commitments. Sustainability initiatives must extend from raw material sourcing to last mile logistics and even to product return and recycling process. Join this session to hear senior leaders discuss:

  • How do you work with the team to ensure sustainability is embedded into organization’s values and strategic objectives?
  • What changes have you seen in consumer’s expectations as related to sustainability and what are you doing to innovate across the organization to make sure these expectations are met?
  • What insights can you offer in relation to building strong relationships that can help drive change with the suppliers and partners while keeping the company’s ESG goals in mind?
  • “Social” in ESG is getting a lot more attention and has legal implications – how are you making sure your organization stays on the right side of the law?
  • Moving to the “Environment” in ESG, what does each of your supply chain look like and what are the Scope 3 challenges given the nature of your industry and organization?
  • How can organization get measurable progress on decarbonization within their supply chain?
  • How do you set realistic goals that can be measured?

Carlton Mathias, Chief Legal, ESG & Governance Officer, Ontario Power Generation

Christine Donaldson, Vice President, Pharmacy Services, HealthPRO Procurement Services Inc.

Christine Cruz-Clarke, CEO at Balzac’s Coffee Ltd.  

Moderator: John McGurrin, Global VP, SAP Intelligent Spend Management, Strategic Customers, SAP North America

12:05 - 12:45 PM Lunch Break
12:45 – 1:45 PM 

Circular Supply Chain 
Circular Supply Chains as a Mitigation Strategy Toward Resilient Operations

Circularity can be used as a strategy to reposition supply chains to be less impacted by today's changing world.


  • What circularity has to do with supply chain?
  • What a circular supply chain strategy could mean for your operations?
  • Learn how to get started by asking a few key questions

Deborah Dull, Founder, Circular Supply Chain Network

1:45 – 2:00 Break 
2:00 – 2:45 PM

Case Study: P&G Canada
Environmental Sustainability – A Force for Growth and Good

As one of the largest packaged goods company in the world, P&G’s consumers increasingly rely on them to deliver superior solutions that are sustainable. P&G’s Ambition 2030 supports their brands’ ability to provide irresistible superiority that is sustainable to improve lives now and for generations to come. Learn more about:

  • How P&G is bringing Ambition 2030 to life by creating products that encourage responsible consumption
  • How does it help in reducing their manufacturing footprint and striving for more circular approaches in their supply chain.

David Blackmore, Senior Vice President, Sales, P&G Canada

2:45 - 3:00 PM

Networking Break/Breakout Rooms
Connect with your colleagues and peers in the breakout rooms for a facilitated discussion.

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Role of Supply Chain and Procurement in Fostering Social, and Environmental Well-Being and Driving Towards a Net Zero Carbon Emission

Organizations are under growing pressure from customers, investors, and governments to achieve tangible changes to the environmental and social impact of their operations. The scope of the stakeholders involved including suppliers, employees and communities and the goals involving decarbonization, social justice and circular economy can be daunting.  In this session we explore the challenges of achieving measurable change in procurement, logistics, and operations.

  • What are achievable targets for decarbonization sourcing and operations by 2030?
  • How do firms and governments trade-off competing priorities to reduce cost, decarbonize and address the social impact of their operations on customers, employees, and suppliers? 
  • How is your firm addressing the need for greater due diligence and reporting on supplier’s environment impact as well as social impacts such as forced labour?
  • How is your organization changing products and processes to support a more circular economy? How are these related to achieving environmental and social goals.
  • How do you work with suppliers to set and assure conformance to sustainability goals?

Prabh Banga, Sr. Director, Sustainability, Aecon Group

Patrick Higgins, Principal, PSCM Advisory, Avetta

Ash Janmeja, Director - ESG and Indigenous Procurement at Canada Post/ Postes Canada

Jonathan Ratnasamy, Vice President Supply Chain, Sysco Canada Inc.

Moderator:  David A. Johnston, Centre Director, George Weston Ltd Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains and Program Director, Master of Supply Chain Management, Schulich School of Business

4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Download the Agenda


  • Embedding sustainability as part of the organization culture
  • Driving innovations by meeting consumers sustainability expectations
  • Supply chain decarbonization to achieving net zero
  • Measuring sustainability goals and tracking the efficacy


Watch some of the discussions that took place at the Leadership Series 3.0: Sustainable Supply Chain event last year.


  • Case-study based learning from proven methods of industry trailblazers
  • Panel discussions to discuss diverse perspectives of industry leaders
  • Facilitated networking breaks to network with like-minded peers


All supply chain professionals from mid to senior level who are looking to build an ecosystem that focuses on supply chain as a key enabler of sustainability.

Contact Katie Cheshire
Email: kcheshire@scmao.ca
Phone: 416 977 7566 x 2149

Contact Kim Sforza
Email: ksforza@scmao.ca
Phone: 416 977-7566 x 2134


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