The winners of the Epic Awards, organised by ProcureCon Canada in partnership with Supply Professional, were announced this week at the 2019 event in Toronto.
Billed as a premier program for procurement professionals, the EPIC Awards recognise leadership in the procurement sphere as well as innovation and high achievers.
Michael Power, Editor of Supplier Professional magazine, presented the awards. “Procurement in 2019 is a profession facing several challenges and disruptive forces including ever evolving technology, the constantly shifting economical and political landscape, the pressures of risk mitigation, cost reduction pressures, or simply being asked to do more for less.
“Canada’s procurement community routinely handles these challenges as true professionals,” he commented.
Four awards were announced at this year’s ProcureCon Canada, with categories including individual innovation, team innovation, ‘rising star’ and supplier excellence.
Eugene Fernandez, Strategic Sourcing Consultant and founder of EF & Associates Ltd, was awarded the ‘career’ prize to recognise lifetime achievement in the procurement and supply chain space.
“This is just to cap my 55 years of working in supply chain management,” said Fernandez, whose career began in 1964, adding that he has been attending ProcureCon since 2014. “it’s really a great honour,” he added.
Throughout a lengthy stint in the supply chain space, Fernandez boasts experience in procurement, digital transformation, strategic sourcing, vendor and contract management and more. Prior to starting his own consultancy, he worked with TELUS, CSA Group, TD, IBM and many more big players where he helped to manage their procurement operations.
“In order to continue to recognise excellence, WBR and the ProcureCon team have partnered with Supply Professional magazine to present the EPIC Awards for 2019,” said Alex Chard, Senior Project Director at WBR, which organises the ProcureCon series.
The EPIC awards can benefit businesses and supply chain professionals by elevating credibility and offering recognition for nominees and winners, as well as allowing attendees of ProcureCon to hear about some of the latest achievements in the space and learn from those with years of experience.