SCMA: Madeleine Paquin & Robert Wiebe Are Supply Chain Visionaries
February 22, 2019
Supply Chain Management Association has bestowed Canada’s highest award
in supply chain leadership, the SCMA Fellow Award, on two senior supply
chain visionaries. This year’s recipients are Madeleine Paquin,
President and CEO of LOGISTEC Corporation in Montreal, and Robert Wiebe,
Chief Administrative Officer for Loblaw Companies Limited, based in
“In this, the 100th anniversary of the Association, I am especially
honoured to recognize our 2019 SCMA Fellows for their visionary and
inspiring leadership,” said SCMA President & CEO Christian Buhagiar.
“Madeleine Paquin and Robert Wiebe personify excellence in supply chain
leadership, having consistently embraced change and innovation to propel
their companies, the profession and our Canadian economy. They are true
leaders who have set the standard in our profession and who are paving
the way for future Canadian leaders in supply chain.”
SCMA Fellow Award: Madeleine Paquin
In nominating Ms. Paquin for the SCMA Fellow Award, Mathieu Charbonneau,
Executive Director of CargoM, said: “Her exceptional contribution to the
advancement of innovative programs for the marine industry and the
supply chain, such as our organization, CargoM, demonstrates her
commitment. Indeed, Ms. Paquin was one of the founders of CargoM, the
metropolitan cluster of logistics and transportation of Montreal. Along
with influencers from our sector, such as Sylvie Vachon, CEO of the Port
of Montreal, Ms. Paquin has been actively involved in creating this
collaborative platform, bringing together Greater Montreal's leading
freight and logistics stakeholders around common objectives to support
the growth of this key sector of the city.”
Madeleine Paquin, C.M., has been President and CEO of LOGISTEC
Corporation since 1996. LOGISTEC offers specialized industrial services
at more than 37 North American ports and 61 terminals, marine
transportation to the Canadian Arctic and environmental services. Prior
to becoming President and CEO of LOGISTEC, she held various positions in
the marine sector.
Ms. Paquin is currently a member of the board of directors for Air
Canada and has held directorships with such prominent companies as Sun
Life Canada, Canadian Pacific Railway and Les Aéroports de Montréal.
She has served on the board or on committees for several maritime and
trade associations and is a member of the Quebec Advisory Council on the
Economy and Innovation.
Winner of numerous awards, Ms. Paquin was appointed a Member of the
Order of Canada in 2017 for her role in leading innovation in supply
chain practices and environmental protection. That same year, she was
inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame.“It is an honour
to accept this award on behalf of my team. This recognition means a
tremendous amount to all of us at LOGISTEC. We are proud to have an
active role in supporting solid supply chains. But even more
importantly, it is an endorsement of the positive impact of our
collective work in empowering the Canadian economy,” said Madeleine
Paquin, President and CEO, LOGISTEC.
SCMA Fellow Award: Robert Wiebe
G. Weston, Executive Chairman of Loblaw Companies Limited, endorsed Mr.
Wiebe’s nomination, saying, “I truly count Rob among a tight and
impressive list of those who have helped build our century-old company.
His contributions over the past three decades have helped Loblaw become
a modern, future-ready organization with a supply chain and record of
decision making that has truly stood the test of time.” He added, “To
state the obvious, as Canada’s largest retailer, our supply chain is our
lifeline. It speaks volumes that two generations of our family-run
business have relied on Rob’s counsel and good management to keep that
Mr. Wiebe first joined Loblaw in 1984 as a part-time order assembler,
and in 2017, was appointed Chief Administrative Officer for Loblaw
Companies Limited, responsible for supply chain, information technology,
central store operations and merchandising, enterprise business process
management and the enterprise procurement group.
Mr. Wiebe has shown his dedication to the profession in many ways at
Loblaw: He created the Loblaw 50 in 5 Program, which provides training
to future supply chain leaders, and the Women in Supply Chain Conference
and Committee, designed to increase the number of women in supply chain
at Loblaw at all levels.
A strong supporter of corporate responsibility programs at Loblaw, Mr.
Wiebe has been instrumental in initiatives to reduce the carbon
footprint within the supply chain industry through the support to
“I am honoured to receive this award, which is a direct reflection of
the impact my team has had on supply chain logistics in Canada. Over the
years, we’ve revitalized one of Canada’s largest and most complex
networks – one that in some way impacts millions of Canadians every day.
I’m proud of all that we’ve achieved, and all that this award
signifies,” said Robert Wiebe, Chief Administrative Officer, Loblaw