Future-Proofing Supply Chain in a Post-COVID-19 World

Learn about the latest management thinking and industry best practices to future-proof your supply chain


Date & Time

January 26, 2023
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


One King West
Toronto, ON
Austin Gallery Room



Ticket price includes cocktails and appetizers


Foresight Lab


The confluence of the COVID-19 crisis and Russia-Ukraine war have led to disruptions of unparalleled magnitude and put supply chains in the spotlight. The cascading effects of these disruptions uncovered vulnerabilities in global supply chains that triggered changes and a new normal requiring resiliency, disruptive innovation, and sustainability.

Professor Elkafi Hassini, Associate Dean of Research, DeGroote School of Business and Chair of the Smart Freight Centre along with John Ferguson, President and CEO of Purolator, will join us for a fireside chat. They will discuss how to balance the need for resilience and mounting pressure for social and environmental performance through innovation. This discussion will also shed light on how the long-lasting changes born out of the COVID-19 Pandemic, such as just-in-case planning, last-mile delivery innovations, as well as the notion of friend-shoring may impact future supply chain operations.


What to Expect

This foresight session will integrate perspectives from the industry and from applied research, providing attendees with the latest management thinking and industry best practice to future-proof their supply chains and learn how to be best prepared, whatever the sector.


About the Panelists

Elkafi Hassini
Professor, McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business

Elkafi Hassini is a recognized Canada and international expert in the areas of supply chain management, sustainable supply chains, freight mobility and data-driven optimization. He is a professor at the DeGroote School of Business, current Associate Dean of Research and Chair of the Smart Freight Centre.


John Ferguson
President and CEO, Purolator Inc.

John is President and CEO of Purolator, leading a team of more than 14,000 employees across North America, where he is responsible for leading the company’s rapid growth and transformation. In the course of his 30-year career, John has gained extensive experience in leading businesses in the transportation and logistics sectors across North America. His collaborative approach, coupled with a focus on building a strong organizational culture, empowered the company to achieve new benchmarks and successfully navigate through the COVID-19 Pandemic.


This Event is Proudly Sponsored By:


The Foresight Lab, was launched at McMaster in 2020 to incorporate foresight thinking into learnings. It is unique in the Canadian academic landscape. It is the first in a series of initiatives that explore “how you think about” key issues that impact society.


One King West
Toronto, ON
Austin Gallery Room

(One King West Hotel & Residence, King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada)

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