The Supply Chain Connections program assists internationally trained professionals with moving into a range of positions within the sector. The program features an orientation to the supply chain sector in Canada, sector-specific workplace skills and connections with employers in the supply chain field. After participants find work, they can receive on-going sector-specific and business communication coaching via post-employment support.  

To be eligible for the program, clients must reside in Ontario.

See program full eligibility criteria for details.

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Program Components

  • 6-week program
  • Canadian context academic training from a recognized educational institute
  • Business communications and workplace culture training in a Canadian context
  • Future skills training including creative problem solving and workplace communication
  • Experiential Learning
  • Additional (and optional) six-day PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp
  • One-to-one support from an Employment Consultant who is knowledgeable about the sector

Supply Chain Connections is funded by the Government of Ontario and delivered in partnership with Sheridan College and OTEC.


Program Benefits

  • Referrals to Speed Mentoring® and The Mentoring Partnership™
  • Effective job search strategies including market research techniques, resume development, interview skills and targeting your job search to companies that require your specific skills and experience
  • Referrals to job openings and connections to employers
  • Access to mentors who are professionals in your field
  • Invitations to attend recruitment and networking events
  • 35 PDUs (Professional Development Units) towards PMP exam
  • Post-hire support – job retention, business communication/language coaching

Program Eligibility

  • CLB 7 or higher preferred
  • Post-secondary education in supply chain or related from outside Canada
  • Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee or Refugee Claimant with one-year work permit
  • Minimum of two years’ professional experience in supply chain outside Canada
  • Must reside in Ontario

Program Dates

  • May 6 – June 14, 2024
  • July 22- August 30, 2024
  • October 21 – November 29, 2024

Program Fees

The fee for this program is $500. This fee offsets the academic portion of the program. 

Advisory Committee

  • Al-Azhar KhalfanSupply Chain Canada Ontario Institute, President and CEO 
  • Peter Hawkins, MELLOHAWK Logistics, Managing Director & Controller 
  • Miguel Lopez, SciCan, Director VP of Operations 
  • Hugh Lawson, Staples Director, Business Development & Promotional Products 
  • Salam Akhtar, Bayer Canada, Vice President, Supply Chain 
  • Wael Safwat, Black & McDonald Ltd., Director, National Procurement 
  • Rosanna Arcaina, Maple Leaf Foods, Production Supervisor 
  • Tatiana Lazareva, Unicorn Experts, Principal 
  • Arpit Modi, PHOENIX CONTACT Ltd., Logistics Manager 
  • Mark McKendry, North American Intermodal, VP 
  • Kay Odepe, Bayer Canada, Supply Chain Manager 
  • Emma Gibbons, Sheridan College, Continuing & Professional Studies, Acting Associate Director 
  • Nazlin Hirji, Sheridan College, Continuing & Professional Studies, Executive Director