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Canada’s David Foot among keynote speakers at international supply management conference

Philadelphia, PA -- The Institute for Supply Management will hold its 89th annual International Supply Management C...


March 19, 2004
By MRO Magazine

Philadelphia, PA — The Institute for Supply Management will hold its 89th annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit April 25-28 in Philadelphia.

The conference includes five learning tracks providing both focused approaches to knowledge as well as broad overviews of the entire supply arena. More than 100 workshops and in-depth extended sessions will address topics in the areas of financial analysis, supplier relationships, contract management, strategic leadership and business ethics.

Keynote speakers include Dick Conrad, senior vice-president, Hewlett-Packard Global Operations, Supply Chain, who will present “Our Future Supply Management Lies in Today’s Corporate Consciousness.”

J.T. Battenberg III, chairman, CEO and president of Delphi Corporation, will speak on “Collaboration, Partnerships and Success.”


David K. Foot, professor of economics at the University of Toronto, will present a fresh and compelling perspective on “It’s All in the Demographics.”

The closing keynote address, “Winners Get Up Faster,” will be delivered by Olympic medalist, writer, speaker and athlete Bonnie St. John.

The ISM Semiannual Economic Outlook Presentation will be delivered by Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M., and Ralph G. Kauffman, Ph.D., C.P.M. Ore is chair of the Manufacturing ISM Report On Business and group director, strategic sourcing and procurement for Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Kauffman is chair of the Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business and associate professor at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Economic keynote speaker Mark Zandi, Ph.D., is chief economist and co-founder of, an independent provider of economic, financial and industry research.

Brian S. Wesbury, also a special economic keynote speaker, was named The Wall Street Journal’s number one U.S. economic forecaster in 2001. Wesbury is first vice-president and chief economist for Chicago-based investment bank Griffin, Kubik, Stephens & Thompson, Inc.

Visit ISM’s Web site at for registration, hotel and travel information.