Canada Logistics Conference 2020  -  Program - The Evolution of Supply Chain Leadership

The Evolution of Supply Chain Leadership

Friday, November 27

The last decade has seen the ascent of the prominence of the supply chain in both the public imagination and the boardroom. Supply chain has been the competitive differentiator for some of the most prominent businesses in the world. The COVID pandemic has only raised the profile of the supply chain further.

Transportation, logistics, and supply chain are seeing increased representation in the C-Suite. Businesses the world over are focused on the latest trends and best practices in the industry. Professionals who started their career decades ago have seen their discipline shift from what was largely seen as a backroom cost-center, to a hot topic in business schools and the corporate strategies of the biggest brands. 

That transition is excellent for industry professionals. But it also means that supply chain leadership must look very different than it has in the past. 

This presentation will discuss the pressures, expectations, and opportunities facing supply chain leaders in 2020 and beyond. Whether you're in a leadership position in the industry or plan on getting there one day, this is a can't-miss discussion about the changing face of your sector. 


Jim McKay, CCLP - President, Loomis Express

Jim McKay joined Loomis Express, a division of TFI International in October 2017 as President. Providing customized courier solutions to customers of all sizes in the Canadian market, Loomis Express is a proudly Canadian courier company that has been operating from coast to coast for over 110 years. Jim has spent over twenty years in the supply chain business and has held the CITT designation since 2001. From leading various teams in logistics, product management, continuous improvement and industrial sales at Praxair to leading Walmart Canada’s Transportation and End to End Supply Chain teams, Jim has a clear view of the end to end supply chain. In 2016 Jim published his first book, “Reflections of a Workaholic” – providing lessons on life and leadership from his twenty plus years in industry. In January 2017, the book hit #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list in the ‘Captains of Industry’ category.

Jim holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an Executive MBA from Queens University. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA), certified Six Sigma Blackbelt and CCLP - CITT Certified Logistics Professional.

Nick Nanos, CCLP - Sr. Vice-President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, LCBO

Nick Nanos oversees LCBO’s innovative supply chain and B2B operations, including inventory planning, transportation, logistics, distribution, Quality Assurance and Wholesale Operations, ensuring the delivery of superior, cost-effective and efficient services to Retail and Wholesale customers.

Previously LCBO’s Senior Vice-President, Supply Chain & Wholesale, Nick has held numerous progressive leadership positions through three decades at LCBO, spanning Retail, Distribution, Finance, Wholesale, Internal Audit, and Supply Chain. His leadership and logistics expertise has been critical to the modernization of LCBO’s supply chain and success of priority programs as eCommerce, Grocery Operations and LCBO Convenience Outlets. Nick has been recognized for his academic and career accomplishments, Nick was honoured with the Drinks Ontario Industry Partnership Award in 2015, and received the J. Stuart Robertson Memorial Award, presented by the Canadian Transportation Education Foundation during his graduating yearat the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation.

Nick holds the CITT-Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP) designation–widely considered the gold standard of professional expertise in supply chain logistics. He also holds the Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) designation from Supply Chain Canada, Certificate in Logistics Management from the Schulich School of Business and the designation of Certified Fraud Examiner from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Nick earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies at Queen’s University, where he also completed a post-graduate certificate in Executive Leadership.

Warren Sarafinchan, CCLP - CEO, BC Tree Fruits Cooperative; Partner, Lighthouse Nine Group​​

Warren Sarafinchan is a CITT-Certified Logistics Professional with over twenty-five years of experience working in Supply Chain, IT and Sales. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President, Sales / Supply Chain for SunRype Products. Prior to this role, he worked for organizations such as Mars Canada, Labatt Breweries and Maple Leaf Foods. Warren has lead transformational initiatives ranging from Supply Chain re-designs and ERP implementations to enabling organizations with new skillsets in commercial negotiation and employee engagement. Currently, Warren works with his clients across a broad spectrum of engagements including Supply Chain design and optimization, business strategy, executive coaching as well as professional development and advisory services in commercial negotiation.

Lisa Vegso, Vice President - Marketing, and Managing Director; PECO Pallet Inc,

Lisa Vegso is a seasoned management executive with 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership and operational roles for supply chain, transportation, and logistics enterprises.  She currently serves as a member of the executive management team at PECO Pallet, Inc. with dual responsibilities as Managing Director of Canada and corporate Vice President of Marketing.  Based in Mississauga, she has P&L responsibility for PECO’s Canadian operations country wide as well as liaison and collaboration with U.S. operations. Her management portfolio includes strategic planning, operational process improvement, business development, marketing and overall development of PECO’s network, team and market position in the country. 

Lisa started her logistics career in 1995 with ASL Distribution Services, Ltd., an Ontario based provider of third-party logistics services, where over 15 years, she advanced through a series of increasingly responsible roles.  Prior to PECO, she worked as a Regional Sales Manager (Ontario) for Challenger Motor Freight, one of Canada’s largest privately owned transportation and logistics firms.

Lisa holds an MBA from McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business.  She also holds the CITT-Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP) designation from the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT) and the Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) designation from the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA).  In 2019 Lisa received recognition as one of the 100 Influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain™ by the SCMA.