June 01, 2020

Supply Chain Success in Quebec

Catherine Dubé Catherine Dubé Project Manager

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In January, the Supply Chain 1-2-3 program was delivered for the first time in la belle province.

Thanks to a partnership with the Chantier Davie Canada Suppliers Association, 15 Quebec SMEs benefited from this unique training program – one previously offered only in Atlantic Canada and British Columbia. The Quebec participants have been unanimous in their praise. As Chantier Davie Canada Suppliers Association Vice-President and Spokesperson Pierre Drapeau pointed out: “The energy of the instructors, the many discussions among participants, as well as the generosity and openness shown by everyone involved all contributed to making the workshops an undeniable success. Over the course of the program, all participating firms will have gained valuable insights that are sure to help them achieve business success”

Similar sentiments were expressed by Davie Shipbuilding, which places great emphasis on nurturing the companies that make up its supply chain. Frédérik Boisvert, Vice President, Public Affairs at Davie Shipbuilding said: “We are confident that the LearnSphere Supply Chain 1-2-3 program will lead to new business opportunities. The participants clearly improved their skills through their discussions and interactions with the expert trainers. We hope that our suppliers will have access to similarly enriching experiences in the future.”

LearnSphere carefully created the Supply Chain 1-2-3 program to meet the needs of SMEs collaborating on projects at Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver and now, Davie Shipbuilding in Lévis, Quebec. Unique in Canada, Supply Chain 1-2-3 improves skills, collaboration and business opportunities by helping SMEs access supply chains at the regional and national levels.

Due to the global COVID-19 health crisis, additional in-person workshops that were originally planned for Quebec in the spring shifted to online learning. A three-part series “Successful Negotiation Essentials” with LearnSphere Associate Dale Thibodeau launched in mid-May.

The Supply Chain 1-2-3 project is made possible by the Government of Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund. It is supported in-kind by the Atlantic Provincial Governments.