The Executive Masters in International Logistics & Supply Chain Strategy (EMIL-SCS) program celebrated its 15th anniversary with a special Reunion and Summit in Vancouver, BC from June 24-26, 2015. Alumni from all over the world, across 8 classes, came together at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, BC to reconnect, learn, and celebrate the EMIL-SCS program.
The event kicked off with a spectacular reception on Wednesday night in the Constellation Suite on the top floor of the hotel. Alumni mingled among floor to ceiling windows that provided stunning views of the Vancouver skyline. Alumni were offered a glimpse of the beautiful sunset over English Bay, while relaxing on the outside patio of the Constellation Suite. The Welcome Reception set the tone for an amazing reunion.
On Thursday, the morning kicked off with three presentations from current EMIL-SCS alumni on a variety of topics. Alexis Takvorian (Class of 2009) presented on the "Last Mile," and engaged participants in a discussion of e-commerce and how the last mile provides an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the customer. Next, Jim Blaeser (Class of 2013) discussed the Global Container Shipping Outlook. Jim examined the financial performance of the global carrier industry, the headwinds companies will face in 2015, and opportunities for improvement. The morning came to a close with Todd Ericksrud's (Class of 2005) interactive presentation on MatchBack Systems, Inc. After a full morning of learning, alumni went out and explored Vancouver, hitting key destinations such as Stanley Park, Granville Island, and Grouse Mountain. Members of the class of 2005, 2009, and 2013 even took a seaplane ride, catching wonderful views of downtown, the water, and the surrounding areas from the sky!
Friday morning started with three more educational presentations. Brad Grimsley (Class of 2011) kicked things off with a presentation on the Multichannel Customer, touching on the ever evolving customer. Next, Greg Andrews (Class of 2005) spoke about Project Logistics, sharing key experiences from various real-world projects. To end the morning, the EMIL-SCS Program recognized and acknowledged Greg Andrews, who served as the program's Executive Director from 2007-2012. Greg received a special award for his work with the program, some GT swag, and, his favorite, an Auburn hat. The program recognized Greg for his selfless service and dedication to keeping the EMIL-SCS program at the top of executive supply chain education field.
The Reunion and Summit came to a close with a lovely celebration dinner at the hotel. Amidst pictures and memories from past residences, participants connected one final time. At the celebration dinner, the EMIL-SCS program announced the creation of the Greg O. Andrews Scholarship for the class of 2017. Thanks to the generous donations from various alumni, the program dedicated the $1500 scholarship to the ex-Executive Director, and will offer the money to one deserving student from the new class.