John O’Reilly has been a specialist in the international trade, customs and supply chain industry for over 25 years.
In his current role as the director of customs and traffic for Toshiba of Canada Limited, he is responsible for all international transportation, import/export, and in-house customs clearance. O’Reilly is also the executive quality leader for the Six Sigma Management Innovation program, representing the Canadian subsidiary for this global initiative. He is also responsible for the management and administration of the Export Control program.
His involvement in the supply chain begins at the origin manufacturing plants where he meets with new suppliers, implements the carrier network and sets up the distribution processes with production and logistics to ensure compliance with company and CBSA security guidelines. O’Reilly and his group oversee the importing of product right through the in-house customs clearance program to delivery at one of two distribution centers and retail customers across Canada. He was also an integral part of Toshiba’s BTO program, which introduced product directly into the retail market.
O’Reilly leads a group of over 120 members of Toshiba of Canada’s Management Innovation program, which drives process improvement and generates cost savings directly impacting the bottom line. A Black Belt graduate and Champion of the Six Sigma program, O’Reilly is also CCS, CITP and CITT certified. In June 2009 O’Reilly was appointed chair of the Board for the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters (IE Canada), a position in which he still holds.