Our world has entered into an unprecedented period of profound social upheaval created by COVID-19 that demands firm and decisive leadership. Leadership that is intensively focused on our survival, on our collective actions and required behavioural changes – to build the foundations to thrive after this threat to human health and safety abates.
Dr. Karen J. Hand chairs this panel with John G. Keogh, Carl CJ Unis and Kevin Dean to discuss the leadership needed in the food and consumer goods supply chains in “peacetime and wartime.” They will discuss COVID-19 impacts on today’s supply chains, discuss whether competitors need to partner, and share thoughts on how companies can use modern collaboration tools, frameworks and advanced technologies. The panel summarizes key actions that need to be undertaken by food producers, retailers, regulators and by government officials at every level.
Carl ’’C.J.” Unis is a Systems Engineer with over 15 years expertise in Continuity of Operations, Continuity of Business, Continuity of Government, devolution planning, infrastructure analysis, supply chain logistics and emergency management. C.J. was formerly the critical infrastructure protection program manager for the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, holding numerous positions in the capacity of performing internal embassy, dignitary, motor transport specialist and classified material security duties. He has also served as a federal agent in the capacity of providing classified transportation for the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration - Office of Secure Transportation. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business and has a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering (M.Eng.) from the Stevens Institute of Technology. His degree focuses on systems-of-systems architecture and cascading failures in enterprise systems architecture.
Karen J. Hand is a leading consultant and researcher in agri-food data science with numerous publications in leading scientific journals. As Director of Research Data Strategy for the Food from Thought initiative, she led the strategic design and development University of Guelph’s vision for a cross-sectoral online platform for research data and analytics - Agri-food Data Canada. Dr. Hand received her PhD in biostatistics from the University of Guelph and as Founder and President of Precision Strategic Solutions has been involved in numerous research and industry projects involving the analysis and management of Canadian agri-food data; with particular focus on the statistical and geospatial analysis of animal health and production. She served three years as Director of CDAF (Canadian Digital Agri-Food), an initiative focusing on an ecosystem approach to enable a digital strategy for Canadian Agri-Food. Dr. Hand is keenly interested in the establishment of a comprehensive digital transformation strategy for Canadian Agri-Food; to re-imagine our food systems through the use of digital technologies to ensure a sustainable global food system.
John G. Keogh is a strategist, advisor and management science researcher with 30 years in roles as Director, VP and SVP in global supply chain management, information technology, technology consulting and supply chain standards. He is managing principal at Toronto-based, niche advisory and research firm Shantalla Inc. He is a frequent keynote speaker and media analyst on Radio and TV. Mr. Keogh’s clients includes governments, inter-governmental agencies, NGO’s, Fortune 1000, executives teams and boards. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Management, an MBA in General Management and a Master of Science in Business and Management Research. He is a doctoral management science researcher at Henley Business School, University of Reading focused on research in global supply chains through the lenses of agency theory, signalling theory and transactional cost theory. Mr. Keogh has served with the Irish Defence Forces, United Nations Peacekeeping Forces (UNIFIL) and as a reserve Police Officer in Canada. He is trained in various aspects of emergency and disaster management and public order.
Kevin Dean is a Toronto-based technology strategist and supply chain consultant with experience in logistics, manufacturing, warehousing, and more. He is currently working as Special Projects Consultant at GS1 Canada where he is responsible for the design and development of innovative systems based on GS1 standards and for market implementation strategies for those standards. He represents GS1 Canada in the GS1 Global Architecture Group, which is responsible for the technical oversight of the entire GS1 system of Standards. Kevin holds a Bachelors Degree in Applied Science and Computers and a Masters in Business Administration from Queens University and is a Certified Engineer.
Wednesday 22.4.2020 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)