Magna Centre for Supply Chain Excellence

Addressing Canada's Productivity Challenge

Effectiveness, Technology and Sustainable Competitiveness cycle

Canada is struggling with declining productivity. Our GDP per capita growth rate has been on a downward trajectory for over 40 years, reducing our competitiveness and affecting our standard of living. Real productivity, performance improvement, and sustainable competitiveness is elusive for many organizations. Yet, sustainable competitiveness is achievable. If we truly want to improve productivity, operational and financial performance, and realize a state of sustainable competitiveness in our organizations, a transformation in thinking and behaviour is required.

The supply chain sector is critically important to Canada's economy. The sector employs more than 870,000 Canadians, accounts for over $500 billion in total export goods from Canada, and is responsible for planning, coordinating and moving more than $1 trillion worth of goods each year.

Right now more than 27,000 supply chain positions in Canada sit unfilled, and another 66,000 openings are anticipated each year for the next five years. Source:

Located within the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, the Magna Centre for Supply Chain Excellence at Conestoga College will work with government and industry partners to address Canada's productivity challenge and the urgent need for skilled supply chain specialists to address current and emerging business needs.

Magna International is a leading global automobile supplier with 327 manufacturing operations and 100 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. With more than 161,000 employees, Magna focuses on delivering superior value to their customers through innovative processes and world-class manufacturing.

With the drive to continuously improve productivity to remain a leader in the global economy, Magna has partnered with Conestoga College to establish the Magna Centre for Supply Chain Excellence.


World-leading productivity and competitiveness of Canadian organizations.


In collaboration with government, business and industry, address Canada's productivity challenge through excellence in education and application of integrative supply chain system thinking.

Strategic Initiatives

Address the shortage of skilled supply chain specialists:

Address the supply chain system thinking knowledge gap:

Applied research, knowledge creation and innovation:

Collaboration and knowledge dissemination:

Study Supply Chain at Conestoga

Conestoga's supply chain management programs have a proven track record in developing skilled supply chain specialists. Program graduates are well-positioned to immediately add value to firms that hire them, contributing to improved productivity, operational and financial performance. As a result, graduate placement rates are consistently between 90 and 100 per cent, with high starting salaries.

Business Administration - Supply Chain and Operations Management
Business Administration - Supply Chain and Operations Management (Co-op)
Business - Purchasing
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) - International Business Management, Supply Chain Management Specialization 
Supply Chain Management - Global (Post Grad Certificate)
Lean Six Sigma


Contact Us

Find out how the Magna Centre for Supply Chain Excellence can help your organization with productivity improvement.

Brian Watson, BA, MBA, CPIM
Director, Magna Centre for Supply Chain Excellence
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning  
299 Doon Valley Drive
Kitchener, ON N2G 4M4
519-748-5220, ext. 3747