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Business Administration - Supply Chain and Operations Management (Co-op)

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
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2019 / 2020

Program Reflections

Laiyan Chi

Employed As: Corporate Operations Analyst, OpenText Corporation
Graduated From: Business Administration- Supply Chain & Operations Management Co-op Program, 2013

laiyan-chi.jpgWhat I learned during my studies in the Supply Chain and Operations Management program has formed a strong base for continuous learning in my career as a Corporate Operations Analyst with OpenText. I utilize the skills and knowledge I learned from the program for achieving excellence in my both my professional and personal life.

The program content is applicable to a broad range of sectors, including manufacturing, high-tech and service focused organizations. There are a wide range of career paths and employment opportunities in supply chain and operations management, as most companies, large or small, need these skilled professionals to help the firm to prosper in today's global economy. I strongly recommend this program, not only because of the commitment and expertise of the program's faculty, but also the knowledge and skills you learn that will benefit your entire life.

Michael McDonald

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Employed As: Inventory Coordinator - Distribution Operations, Stanley Black & Decker
Graduated From: Business Administration - Materials & Operations Management Program (now Supply Chain & Operations Management), 2012

The Materials and Operations Management program at Conestoga College has fully prepared me for my career at Stanley Black & Decker. I joined the Stanley Black & Decker team as a Supply Planner and advanced quickly within the company by implementing the skills I gained at Conestoga College.

Currently, I hold the role of Inventory Coordinator and I have earned the opportunity to manage the inventory team which consists of inventory cycle counters and inventory auditors. There is never a dull day in inventory management.

I would strongly suggest students of the M&OM Program to take advantage of the APICS student membership. This membership gives you the opportunity to network with professionals in the operations field and can help you obtain a career immediately after graduation.

I owe all of my early success to the faculty of the Materials and Operations program at Conestoga and I am very proud to be a graduate of the program.

Good luck to all of the future and current students!

Kevin Hanlon

Employed As: Operations Supervisor, Matrix Logistics Services
Graduated From: Materials & Operations Management Program (now Supply Chain & Operations Management), 2013

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After suffering a work-related injury, I was afforded an opportunity to return to college and chart a new career path. After reviewing the online course catalogue for Conestoga College I found the three-year Co-Op Supply Chain and Operations Management Program that I believed would provide me with a great chance for success in a completely new field.

I had been in the workforce and out of school for more than 20 years. I was married and had four children, all of whom were very active in various sports programs. Initially, I was concerned that I would have difficulty in balancing my home life with my responsibilities as a parent in supporting my children, and the challenge of my course work and assignments. These concerns, as it turned out were unfounded.

I found the faculty to be committed to teaching the fundamentals of Supply Chain and Operations Management while using real world examples. They supplemented course material with the use of guest speakers, plant tours and group projects and lectures. They also introduced and encouraged us to become involved with a number of professional organizations that aided in creating opportunities for networking and to providing opportunities to work toward additional accreditations in the Supply Chain Field to further our careers. The course program and faculty were able to fully prepare me for my new career.

Fairen Moore

Employed As: Sourcing Analyst - Business Operations Procurement, TD Bank Group
Graduated From: Business Administration - Materials & Operations Management Program (now Supply Chain & Operations Management) 2012

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Obtaining a diploma in the Materials & Operations Management field has proven to be invaluable as I develop my career within the Strategic Sourcing Department of the TD Bank Group. I have spent the last 10 months providing value-added research, analysis and reporting for one of the largest and most respected financial institutions in North America.

On a daily basis, I use the skills and knowledge gained throughout my time at Conestoga College and believe the commitment and expertise of the program's faculty has prepared me to become an expert in many of the responsibilities of my job. The course material is applicable not only to manufacturing careers but to many service-focused organizations as well. I strongly believe that this program's focus on continuous improvement is what have given me the tools to propel me forward throughout my career.

Alicia Hinz

Employed As: Buyer, University of Waterloo
Graduated From: Business Administration - Materials & Operations Management (now Supply Chain & Operations Management) 2012

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With the supply chain sector traditionally being male dominated, I nevertheless felt right at home enrolled in the Supply Chain Management program at Conestoga College. Soft skills such as collaboration, creativity and problem solving are valuable qualities in the industry, ones that I acquired and was able to perfect as I worked my way through the program. With the support of the amazing faculty and the passion for the industry they exhibited, I was able to successfully start my career in supply chain management engaged in "work that matters" and be surrounded by countless opportunities upon graduation. The skills and knowledge attained throughout the program can be transferred across all sectors, which gives graduates multifaceted career opportunities as well as allows them to identify with various industries.

I have since been working as a Buyer at the University of Waterloo and continue to apply various supply chain management techniques on a daily basis in both my professional and personal life. Along with my diploma and with the positive reinforcement of the Conestoga faculty, I am currently in the final stages of completing my Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) designation. The guidance to further my credentials has largely contributed to my success as a supply chain professional.

Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2019 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students
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