CLC  President’s Report
Prepared for the June 9, 2016, Annual General Meeting

Our collective DNA as a collaborative, inclusive, relationship based and entrepreneurial organization has served us well since our inception in 2003. It was these traits that brought a renewed energy and focus to the CLC. Four strategic themes were adopted in 2010 during our annual strategic planning initiative and continue to serve us well today.

•    Transportation planning and corridor strategies
•    Productivity and effectiveness within our sectors
•    Workforce development
•    Building community within and across sectors

As an entirely volunteer based organization the CLC relies on the contributions of time, funding and resources from our members and a variety of sources to make things happen. Over the past few years the CLC has been successful in garnering the support of our members and network of networks to support strategic initiatives and give back to the community through annual fundraising and scholarship programs to support students enrolled in supply chain curriculums.

Fast forward to 2016 and I think it’s important to recognize our accomplishments as we look ahead to the future.

Workforce Development
This was the launching pad which helped build a collective voice for the CLC to sound the alarm regarding current and pending workforce shortages across the transportation, logistics and supply chain sectors.

•    Accelerator Project – Supply Chain Human Resources Strategy – A collaborative initiative led by the CLC in partnership with Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council and Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table
•    Women in Supply Chain Initiative – Led by the Van Horne Institute – building awareness for opportunities in the supply chain sector for women and tapping into a wonderful resourceful network of women and men who are passionate about bringing more people to this fast growing sector
•    CTS Program Development – A CLC and Calgary Board of Education initiative to bring awareness and supply chain course curriculum to high schools in Calgary
•    Youth Workforce Attraction and Linking Up initiatives – Calgary Regional Partnership, Alberta Human Services and the Van Horne Institute collaborated over a number of years to bring opportunities for skills development and employment experience in the supply chain sector for youth entering the workforce
•    Supply Chain Skills Assessment Tool – Led by Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council and participation from CLC members the collaboration developed an online tool for both employees and employers to assess supply chain related job skills
•    CLC Education Partners Network – Career Pathway Map, Program developments and articulations
•    Discovery Days and High School Career Fairs – Rocky View County, Alberta Human Services and members of the CLC supporting events to bring awareness to the students and parents about the range of opportunities in the supply chain sectors
•    Mount Royal University, SAIT and University of Calgary all established transportation, logistics and supply chain programs to support growing demand for qualified graduates in these diverse sectors

Transportation Planning and Corridor Strategies
Through the strength of relationships and choosing to be collaborative the CLC and its member organizations strengthened their voice for positive change in the transportation sector and trade corridors that surround the Calgary Region.

•    Provincial 50 Year Transportation Strategy – Through the efforts of the Calgary Regional Partnership, the Van Horne Institute and CLC members, multiple stakeholder workshops were held to provide both public and private sector input to the Province’s first long range transportation strategy
•    Canadian Transportation Act Review – The CLC and many of our member organizations held a conference session with the Task Force and provided formal submissions in response to this critical transportation legislative review
•    Foreign Trade Zone – The Calgary Regional Partnership and Calgary Economic Development collaborated to develop and gain provincial approval for a Foreign Trade Zone in our region
•    Calgary Region Inland Port – A truly collaborative effort, initially sponsored by the CLC and voluntarily led by Triskele Logistics, developed a shared vision, mission and value proposition for our inland port. The CLC, Calgary Regional Partnership, the Van Horne Institute and Calgary Economic Development have sponsored a shared booth at the annual Cargo Logistics Conference to promote the Calgary Region Inland Port

Productivity and Effectiveness in the Transportation and Logistics Sectors
Sector level issues of productivity and effectiveness are often difficult to quantify or involve so many stakeholders that is very difficult to make tangible progress. It is however not impossible as the CLC has proven in recent years advocating for change to make positive economic impacts.

•    Over-dimensional Loads Movement – Moving over-dimensional loads out of the City reached a crisis point in the fall of 2014. Weather delays, severe backlogs and ineffective processes and no way to bring a collective voice to the impact of these issues created an opportunity for the Calgary Economic Development Logistics and Transportation Advisory Committee and the CLC to bring all the parties to together in an attempt to solve these issues. The initiative was so successful that backlogs were cleared almost immediately, a working group was struck to address some of the more immediate process issues and eventually the City was able to implement an entirely new electronic permitting system which saves countless hours of coordinating, saves time and costs for shippers and created much improved relationships between the City and their customers moving goods out of the City
•    Bidell Gas Compression – With the growth in industrial land use, major infrastructure projects and strained relations between companies who are impacted economically when infrastructure, zoning and planning decisions negatively impact businesses working in these areas. Responding to a call from the area Ward Alderman to try to assist one their constituent companies the CLC was able to bring the issues forward to the City in a manner that enabled some immediate changes which saved Bidell many thousands of dollars in lost time, unnecessary permitting costs and improvements to property access.
•    84th Street – Access issues, safety concerns and multiple jurisdictions have contributed to a costly set of concerns for businesses located along 84th street. The CLC has initiated a study proposal and shared funding request to identify the most significant issues and bring all the stakeholders together to consider potential options to address the highest priority concerns. Partial funding has been received and final decision to proceed with the study is still pending.

Building Community
The CLC’s heritage is one of building connections, collaborating for the benefit of all parties and striving to be inclusive to have all parties heard. Many of the successes mentioned earlier are examples of how the power of community can work for positive change.

•    Brazilian Trade Mission – When a call came to the CLC for help in organizing and hosting a group of delegates from a Brazilian Trade Mission it was our network of relationships that went into action to pull together a successful multi-day agenda. The success of this initial mission resulted in a reciprocal visit to Brazil (Santa Catarina) which has since led to knowledge sharing agreements with Mount Royal University and student study exchange programs
•    Calgary Region as a Transportation Hub Conference – Through the Van Horne Institute and many members of the CLC community this event brought together local, national and international experts to share knowledge about transportation hubs, the potential economic importance, key factors for success and the growing importance of new technological advances in the transportation industry
•    Our Education Partners and the Women in Supply Chain Network – Members of our CLC community were instrumental in building connections to build awareness and grow capacity to develop transportation, logistics and supply chain programs in the region. The timely creation and success of the Women in Supply Chain Network opened conversations with the Federal Minister of Transportation and also led to funding for a project to study diversity in the workplace.

Our collective success has attracted growth and diversity in our membership. With this success there have been more demands for time, increased scrutiny, transparency requirements and greater due diligence in our decisions. There has never been a greater need for the CLC to continue to provide a neutral table for all parties to participate and make a positive contribution to the transportation and logistics community.

As the retiring chair I am grateful to members of the board and all our members for the relationships we’ve built, contributions we’ve made and successes we have shared.

Ben Smith
Chair, Calgary Logistics Council