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Over 225 SIMSA members met with over 40-Nutrien persons – for an entire day – at SIMSA’s Roundtable event with Nutrien on October 20, 2022!
This was the first in-person Roundtable with Nutrien – at almost 3-years to the day – as the last was October 15, 2019. At the 2019 event, SIMSA had just over 200 members. Currently, SIMSA has 322 members – up over 60% since the last in-person event with Nutrien. SIMSA now limits ticket sales, so the networking is effective. SIMSA’s growth is largely attributable to the cooperation they receive in events such as this – which all began with PotashCorp – now Nutrien.
As with all SIMSA Roundtable events, attendees from the producer company (Nutrien) are assigned seating individually at a banquet table of 6-persons for the day. Upon entry, SIMSA members can choose with whom they sit.
However, over half of the event time was spent in free-flow networking around the room, giving SIMSA members ample access to key Nutrien persons, and an opportunity to connect with fellow members.
Nutrien presented on capital and strategic plans, as well as Indigenous Inclusion. SIMSA presented their current work backlog and member sentiment and described what we need from Nutrien.
The event began with a high-level potash market overview from Larry Long, Snr VP Potash Operations, Potash.
Following Larry were Andrea Wacker – Senior Manager, Capital Procurement and Jeff Wagner – Director Capitol.
The event then flowed to SIMSA’s presentation. In preparation for the event, SIMSA surveyed its members to gather questions and build a snap-shot “state of the union” document. Then, at the event, to provide some context to what they heard from their engineering, construction, and fabrication membership – SIMSA shared the results and had a SIMSA Board member from each of those categories provide some context.
The panel consisted of:
- Engineering – Ritu Malhotra from March Consulting
- Construction – Kohl Currie from Alana Construction
- Fabrication – Adam Logue from JNE Welding
After lunch, Julie Ann Wriston – Manager, Supply Chain ED&I – presented on Nutrien’s Indigenous Engagement strategy and its impact.
Nutrien shared its presentation decks with attendees.
Josh Dodd, Director Procurement concluded the event. But more importantly, in addition to recruiting Nutrien staff for the event, he also is SIMSA’s contact and driver for the event’s-design – which saw at least half of the time set aside for people talking directly to each other – not just presenting. Josh has been SIMSA’s link for several years and has given generously of his time.
Event sponsors were Prairie Machine and Park Derochie Saskatchewan.
SIMSA’s Executive Director – Eric Anderson – stated that, “The event saw SIMSA fulfill its role as a communications bridge, building understanding between the supply chain and Nutrien. It also represents SIMSA’s simple focus – helping its member sell more stuff.”
|Nutrien persons who attended for the entire day:|
|Sr. Manager, Capital Procurement – Potash|
|Mill Engineering Manager – Allan|
|Director, Next Generation Potash|
|Manager, Mine Automation|
|Category Coordinator, Mining Equipment|
|Capital Projects Manager – Rocanville|
|Sr. Project Engineer – Patience Lake|
|Advisor, Capital Procurement – ETC|
|Gina Seeraj Tylerbest|
|Mine Operations Superintendent – Rocanville|
|Sr. Manager, Operations Procurement – Lanigan|
|Director, Capital and Technology – Potash|
|Manager, Capital Procurement – Rocanville|
|Sr. Advisor, Capital Procurement – Cory|
|Director, Procurement – Potash|
|Julie Ann Wriston|
|Manager, Supply Chain ED&I – Potash|
|Mill Maintenance Superintendent – Allan|
|Advisor, Capital Procurement – Lanigan|
|Mine Maintenance Superintendent – Allan|
|Sr. VP, Potash Operations|
|General Manager – Cory|
|General Manager – Allan|
|Electrical Engineer, Autonomous Mine Operations|
|Project Coordinator – Rocanville|
|Manager, Capital Procurement – Saskatoon Area|
|Mill Maintenance Superintendent – Rocanville|
|Sr. Council, Procurement|
|Chief Mill Maintenance Engineer – Lanigan|
|Manager, Procurement – Cory|
|Sr. Category Manager, Potash Site Services|
|General Manager – Patience Lake|
|General Manager – Lanigan|
|Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Autonomous Mine Operations|
|Maintenance Superintendent, Patience Lake|
|Sr. Capital Program Manager – Rocanville|
|General Manager – Rocanville|
|Category Manager, Mining Equipment|
|VP, Engineering, Technology & Capital – Potash|
|Sr. Advisor, Capital Procurement – Vanscoy
|Nutrien persons who “come and go” through the day:|
|Manager, Procurement – Allan|
|General Manager – Vanscoy|
|Director, Strategic Inclusion|
The event Agenda was:
9:00 am – Opening remarks
9:15 am – Nutrien overview, plus operational and procurement plans
10:00 am – Quick break
10:15 am – SIMSA panel on “state of the supply chain”
10:45 am – Networking session
Noon – Lunch and networking
1:00 pm – Nutrien Supply Chain – Indigenous engagement strategy and impact
1:30 pm – Networking session
2:45 pm – Closing comments
3:00 pm – Networking session
4:00 pm – Close
SIMSA is a non-profit organization representing 323 Saskatchewan-based supplier-members, who provide goods and services to the industrial, mining, and energy sectors. SIMSA is currently the only organization that represents suppliers that have a physical presence in Saskatchewan, with most also having their global headquarters in the province. SIMSA’s membership represents well-over 32,000 employees in Saskatchewan and over $14-billlion in annual sales.