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Bitcoin, Blockchain, Supply Chain: What You Need to Know

Date:   Jun 15, 2017 - Jun 15, 2017
Time:   9:00 AM (EDT)
Location:   SCMAO
2704-1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON

Please note session time: 9:00 AM - 12 PM (3 hours)

One of the biggest developments to hit the supply chain – some say the biggest since the internet itself, is the one-two punch of Bitcoin and the Blockchain.

Bitcoin is essentially a virtual currency, free of any country, government, or bank. Its universal accessibility makes it a serious element of modern transactions. As a centerless global distributed ledger, the Blockchain creates a permanent history of a product, from manufacture to sale, increasing transparency and vastly changing the process.

Retail giants like Walmart (and many others) are testing the Blockchain for supply chain management, and banks and many other industries are exploring and implementing Bitcoin and Blockchain into their day-to-day affairs as well as those of their clients. China is just one of many key players to have already taken steps towards large scale usage, and businesses in Canada are paying close attention.

Blockchain is a digital ledger of transactions that creates a permanent, traceable record of all transactions requiring no centralized management.  Top priority applications in supply chain include data interchange between supply chain partners including visibility, tracking and tracing.  Potential savings could be significant as parties can quickly assess the quality of the collateral and issue payment.

Together or separately, Bitcoin and the Blockchain promise to impact all elements of the supply chain including trade agreements, global sourcing, purchasing and transparency. It is important that anyone involved in supply chain be up to speed on the potential of these technologies on all areas of manufacturing and commerce.

Benefits of Attending:

This presentation delivers three essential knowledge sets, delivered in clear, non-technical language, and has been designed for people with little to no knowledge of Bitcoin and the Blockchain to date. The content of this session is always kept up to date, and uses recent case studies. The session includes links to resources that help ensure ongoing learning and awareness.

Topics include:

1. Understanding Bitcoin

  • What it is and how it works
  • How Bitcoin differs from fiat currency
  • How Bitcoin is mined (manufactured)
  • Using Bitcoin and tracking its value
  • Bitcoin strengths
  • Bitcoin weaknesses
  • The outlook for Bitcoin – will it fail?

2. Understanding the Blockchain

  • How it works/what it does
  • How Blockchain interacts with Bitcoin
  • How Blockchain will impact other transactional documents

3. Context: The Supply Chain

  • Current Bitcoin/Blockchain-related events affecting the supply chain
  • Who is using these technologies and how are they using them?
  • What does the future of commerce look like?
  • Resources to keep pace with Bitcoin/Blockchain development


This half-day seminar is worth 3 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Maintenance credits.

Facilitator: Steve Prentice

In 1994, Steve set up his office "at the junction where people and technology meet." For over two decades he has worked as a consultant, writer, project manager, researcher, and expert. He has authored two books dealing with stress, productivity, and technology, and has worked closely with firms in high-tech, retail, automotive, ranging from big names (SAP, John Deere) to start-ups. His focus is always on new technologies and how they can get along with people and business. Steve is a regular speaker at industry associations, and AGMS and is also a senior writer and podcast producer for He founded a soft-skills training company, the Bristall Group, in 1994, and is also a frequent media guest. His academic background includes degrees in Journalism and Psychology.


Seminar Cost:

  • Members $99.00 + HST (13%)
  • Non-members $149.00 + HST (13%)

Seminar Cancellation/Refund Policy: A full refund will be issued on cancellations received in writing at least 10 business days prior to the seminar/course start date. An administration fee of $150.00 is applicable if notification is received between three and nine days prior to start date. Thereafter no refund will be available. Substitutions and transfer of registrations is permissible when received in writing three business days before the seminar/course start date. Please note that credits to be used for future offerings are valid for 12 months from the date of initial payment and will expire if not used in that time frame.


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