Supply Chain Canada opened its 45th annual conference May 8 with keynote speaker and former MPP John Tory, who currently hosts a three-hour radio show on the afternoon drive at Toronto’s News Talk 1010.
Tory, also formerly an attorney and CEO of Rogers Media Inc. and Rogers Cable, is a founding Board Member and voluntary Chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, an organization focused on city-building initiatives.
He said the supply chain industry is not doing enough to “toot its own horn” especially with regard to getting the word out about the number of people employed by the industry, the functions they perform, and the importance of the industry to the Canadian economy.
Tory also said that government regulation, and inconsistencies and duplications across provinces, create “a lot of cost and hassle”, which is “inexcusable in terms of freeing ourselves up to do business abroad. It’s odd to me at a time when there has never been a grater premium placed on (the concept of) ‘all hands on deck’. Canada is big the way it was made but it’s complicated because we’ve allowed it become complicated,” he said.
Stakeholders in supply chain, noted Tory, need to stand up and be counted on the matter of interprovincial free trade and harmonization.