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Alan Cooke

In the intricate dance of global commerce, where every step counts and every decision resonates, Alan Cooke emerges as a maestro, orchestrating efficiency, and precision in the realm of supply chain and logistics. With a career spanning over three decades and traversing 45 countries, Alan's narrative is one of relentless pursuit of optimization and innovation, culminating in the founding of Strangford Consulting Ltd.

Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Alan's journey into the world of supply chain management began with a pivotal role in one of the region's largest retailers. It was here that he honed his craft, delving deep into the intricacies of logistics and operations, setting the stage for what would become a lifelong passion.

Venturing beyond the shores of his homeland, Alan's professional odyssey led him to iconic names in the industry, including senior roles at Kuehne + Nagel, T-Mobile, and British-American Tobacco. Across these diverse landscapes, his focus remained unwaveringly fixed on the intricate web of supply chain dynamics, where efficiency and optimization were not mere buzzwords, but guiding principles.

Alan's journey, however, was far from static. Each chapter brought new challenges and opportunities, each encounter shaping his perspective and sharpening his resolve. His tenure at Canada Bread stands testament to his ability to navigate the complexities of national operations, ensuring seamless integration and optimization across diverse geographies and sectors. But it was his foray into the burgeoning cannabis industry that would truly set Alan's trajectory ablaze.

Joining the ranks of Canopy Growth, a trailblazer in cannabis innovation, Alan found himself at the helm of a monumental endeavor. Managing the three largest cannabis facilities globally, encompassing a staggering 4.6 million square feet, Alan spearheaded a revolution, fusing his expertise in supply chain dynamics with the spirit of innovation driving the cannabis renaissance.

Yet, true to form, Alan's journey was one of perpetual evolution. His transition to Auxly marked a new frontier, a continuation of his quest to redefine the contours of supply chain excellence. Further, as the national director of the Chartered Institute of Logistics North America, his influence extends far beyond the confines of corporate boardrooms, shaping the very landscape of the industry he so passionately serves.

In 2012, Alan made the pivotal decision to plant his flag in Canadian soil, laying the foundation for Strangford Consulting Ltd. This marked the genesis of a new chapter, one where Alan's expertise and extensive network would converge to offer unparalleled consultancy services to a diverse array of industries. Under his leadership as founder and CEO, the Strangford Consulting name has since become synonymous with identifying and capitalizing on process improvements and elevating the benchmarks of cost-effectiveness, quality, and timeliness.

Alan's career is a tapestry woven with threads of resilience, innovation, and an unyielding commitment to excellence. Intrigued by his remarkable journey, we spoke with him to learn more.

Alan, can you tell us about Strangford Consulting Ltd. and the services it provides.

In 2015, I founded Strangford Consulting with a clear vision: to revolutionize business optimization through tailored consulting services, supply chain and logistics expertise, and innovative fractional support solutions. Based in Milton, Ontario, we have swiftly emerged as a trusted partner for companies seeking to enhance their operational efficiency and drive sustainable growth.

Our core services are anchored in three distinct pillars: consulting, logistics, and fractional specialized support. Through strategic consulting initiatives, we empower organizations to streamline their processes, reduce operational costs, and unlock new avenues for growth. These engagements also give us a window in many industries and a unique view of the challenges facing many companies Our newly opened logistics business is designed to deliver economical warehousing and distribution solutions. And, with our fractional support model, we provide flexible support on a project-by-project basis, allowing businesses to access top-tier expertise without the overhead of full-time employees.

How does your background align with the Strangford Consulting business model?

My journey through various industries, cultures, and countries has endowed me with a breadth of experience in automation and logistics, a deliberate pursuit that has shaped my career trajectory. It was during a project in Russia back in 2008 that I had a pivotal realization—I envisioned myself as an optimization expert, and I've been steadfastly dedicated to that path ever since.

As I've progressed, I've come to appreciate the importance of listening and networking. Cultivating a robust network and exposing myself to diverse perspectives has been instrumental. I absorb knowledge from different sources and apply it strategically, continually refining my approach. However, amidst these ambitions, I remain grounded in the fundamental principle of delivering value. Whether it's finding novel solutions, redesigning business models for agility and cost-effectiveness, or fostering a culture of adaptability, my focus never wavers from driving tangible results. With each new challenge, I embrace the opportunity to learn, evolve, and chart a course towards sustainable success.

Could you share some of your most notable professional achievements and highlight what aspects of your work bring you the most fulfillment?

My professional journey has been marked by several significant achievements that have shaped my career and fueled my passion for innovation. From managing the consolidation of T-Mobile's European operations in 2006 to overseeing the startup of over 4 million square feet of cannabis operations, including three of the largest sites globally at the time, each milestone has been equally valuable to me. However, perhaps my most gratifying accomplishment to date has been the realization of Strangford Consulting, turning a vision into reality and continuously expanding our offerings to meet the evolving needs of our clients.


Alan Cooke

Founder and CEO
Strangford Consulting Ltd.




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