Mexican-Canadian Global Operations Leader and Top 100 Most Influential Women in Supply Chain Globally
Alma Arzate is currently a Director, Global Supply Chain Logistics at Apotex Inc., a generics pharmaceutical manufacturer located in Toronto, Canada, where she leads a diverse team of over 140 supply professionals. Alma is a global supply chain and operations leader with over two decades of global experience across supply chain and operations.
Alma’s personal philosophy is that nothing is set in stone, and problems are to be considered as opportunities to improve. Her background and expertise in Operations is multi-faceted, however, her passion lies in bringing order from chaos, whether it be through people development, systems implementations or processes improvements, leveraging all of her first-hand experiences learned from the Automotive, Electronics, Medical Devices, CPG and Pharma industries.
Alma leads by example and presses for women advancement and development, and she was part of the founding core team of the Apotex' Women in Leadership Initiative. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the co-op program at Apotex Inc., where so far, more than 15 students from Ryerson University, Brock University, and University of Toronto have greatly benefited throughout the years by acquiring relevant business experience under her tutelage. Alma was granted the 2019 Woman in Leadership Awards under the category of Mentor Leader, issued by the Customer Service Professionals Network (CSPN).
Despite her hectic schedule, Alma volunteers extensively as a keynote speaker and panelist for many Universities, Colleges, Associations, and Canadian Immigrant Settlement Organizations. She volunteered as a board advisor for Supply Chain Canada, where she helped execute successful education events in Ontario that have brought together hundreds of supply chain professionals for development and networking.
Alma’s hope is that her audience will relate to her, learn from her journey and the many obstacles she has had to overcome to find her voice, and be recognized as a leader in male-dominated industries and professions, and through ongoing dialogue, they will also be inspired to find ways to continue to persevere, achieve their own dreams, and become the best version of themselves. Alma’s story was shared on the cover of the April 2020 edition of Canadian Immigrant magazine, as part of their “Immigrant Women of Inspiration” special (https://lnkd.in/dNNV8VMh).
Due to Alma’s numerous business achievements and extensive altruism, she has been recognized by many organizations. In 2019, Alma was selected by Supply Chain Canada as part of their first-ever Top 100 Most Influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain (https://lnkd.in/didy2xhw). Her story was shared on the cover of the October 2019 edition of Supply Professional magazine (https://bit.ly/35QKP3r). Alma was one of the top finalists of the annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards in 2020 and in 2021. Alma was the winner of the 2020 Woman of Inspiration Awards issued by the Universal Womens Network (UWN) under the category of Authentic Leader, and she was named to the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain globally by IBM and Supply Chain Digital magazine in 2021 (https://lnkd.in/gu44YCq).
Alma holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (B.B.A.), a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.), and CSCMP (Supply Chain Canada), PMP (PMI), CPIM (APICS), and C.P.M. (ISM) designations. She is also Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified. Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, Alma relocated with her family to Canada in 2007. She resides in the GTA with her husband of 24 years, their three children (ages 14, 16, and 22), and their 2 rescued tabby cats.
Ask Alma about speaking engagements, either in English or Spanish - she is open to participating in keynotes and panel discussions in support of Companies, Associations, Institutions, Universities, Colleges, etc.