Knowledge Labs Webinar: Impact of Supply Chain Stress on Consumers

Lillo Puma, B. Com. '00, Vice President Supply Chain at Walmart Canada, joins DeGroote Professor, Dr. Elkafi Hassini, to discuss how stresses in the global supply chain affect consumers
Photo of Elkafi Hassini and Lillo Puma smiling with Knowledge Labs logo and caption that reads "Impact of Supply Chain Stress on Consumers"


Date & Time

January 26, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.




Free. Registration Required


Chris Fitchett


Postponed shipments, empty store shelves, microchip shortages and furniture delays. Today’s consumer has been at the forefront of a supply chain system that is under immense stress. The question we all have is: how does this affect me?

Lillo Puma, B.Com. ’00, Vice President Supply Chain, Central Services at Walmart Canada, discusses the intricacies of supply chain management systems and how it specifically affects us, the consumer.

Joined by Dr. Elkafi Hassini, Professor, Operations Management, they will explore topics including:

  • How the pandemic has magnified existing stresses in global supply chains
  • How economic growth and inflation are impacted by supply chain crisis
  • How consumer behaviour both positively and negatively influence supply chains
  • A forecast of what consumers can expect in 2022 and beyond

This webinar and discussion will be moderated by Dean, Khaled Hassanein, and will feature an interactive audience Q&A.


Lillo Puma

Lillo has been with Walmart Canada for 11 years. He currently leads the Supply Chain Central Services team which is responsible for all supporting activities of the operations across the supply chain. These include teams leading integrated planning, engineering, quality assurance, vendor compliance and network/flow planning. Prior to that, he led the replenishment teams in Consumables, Health and Wellness, and Grocery. Prior to joining Walmart Canada, Lillo worked for 10 years with The Hudson Bay Company where he had responsibilities in many supply chain roles throughout the organization. Lillo holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University as well as a Masters certificate in Supply Chain and Logistics Management.


Elkafi Hassini

Dr. Elkafi Hassini specializes in data-driven optimization with applications in supply chain management. His current research interests include big data optimization, supply chain analytics, supply chain risk management, sustainability performance measurement and strategic procurement. His research has been funded by several funding agencies including CFI, MRI ORF-RI, NSERC and SSHRC. His research has also been recognized through best paper awards and the faculty researcher of the year award. He teaches supply chain management, procurement operations management and applied optimization.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Comment Policy

We generally welcome discussion on our blog posts. However, we reserve the right to edit or delete comments in certain situations:

  • Comments which include unrelated or suspicious links or messages (spam).
  • Comments which are off topic.
  • Comments which attack or threaten individuals or a group of people.
  • Comments which include profanity or messages that would generally be considered offensive or inappropriate by the McMaster community.

This site is moderated by the DeGroote Marketing and Community Engagement team. If you have any questions please emailĀ Jared Lenover.