GBC’s Centre for Business Symposium Series wraps up; new partnership agreement signed to advance careers of Supply Chain graduates

This year’s Centre for Business Symposium Series was a huge success, bringing together professional experts, faculty and students to network and discuss hot topics in their respective fields. In addition to the Third Annual Business Analytics Symposium, the Centre for Business also hosted three new symposia for the very first time – Digital Marketing, Compliance Transformation, and Supply Chain.

Prestigious guest speakers included John Corey, President of the Freight Management Association; Jonathan Moncrieff, Global Chief Compliance Officer at Fiera Capital; Jo Chan, Chief Compliance Officer at Bull Capital Management Inc.; and Alastair Taylor, CEO of Publicis Canada, who gave a fascinating keynote address on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

One of the key takeaways from Alastair’s session was the importance of embracing AI with optimism rather than fear. He suggested that AI is already "everything, everywhere, all at once," and has the potential to make the world a better place.

Attendees listened intently and were not shy to ask questions to the keynote speakers and panelists about changes and news in each industry. There was also discussion and advice provided around advancing careers in these fields.

“The feedback we received following the events was overwhelmingly positive, and we are thrilled to have provided a platform for the exchange of ideas and perspectives,” said Dr. Ian Austin, Dean, Centre for Business. “We would like to express our gratitude to all the participants, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers who contributed. I look forward to hosting these symposia annually, providing a space to connect, collaborate, learn, and grow.”

New opportunities for Supply Chain Management graduates

At the first Annual Supply Chain Symposium, Eileen De Courcy, VP Academic, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation North America (CILTNA) to create more opportunities for students to enter the logistics and transportation industry.

With this partnership, graduates of George Brown’s Supply Chain Management Program and the International Business program will be issued a CILTNA certificate attesting to their achievement. In addition, these graduates qualify to receive the International Diploma in Logistics and Transport offered by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), along with their George Brown certificate, and are eligible for student membership in CILTNA, while still being a student and prior to their graduation.

“We are pleased to partner with CILTNA to provide a new pathway for graduates looking to advance their careers in an industry that is growing by leaps and bounds,” said Dr. Gervan Fearon, President, George Brown College. The President emphasized that “we have a well-established background as a centre of excellence for the study and advancement of Supply Chain Management. The partnership with CILTNA will further enhance our support for student career development and success as well as contribute to industry growth and competitiveness.”

Read all the highlights of each symposium on the Centre for Business’ LinkedIn page.