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CIFFA CONGRATULATES RACHAEL VAN HARMELEN AS AMERICAS REGIONAL WINNER OF THE YIFFY COMPETITION

TORONTO, July 15, 2019

Every year, CIFFA offers an award to a young freight forwarder who best demonstrates industry knowledge and skills to become a true international freight forwarding professional in the future.

In January, 2019, after a review process of industry experience and a written dissertation demonstrating technical knowledge, CIFFA announced Rachael van Harmelen as the 2019 Canadian Young Freight Forwarder of the Year Award recipient.

After completing an additional dissertation, Rachael entered the international competition and, following a review process by FIATA and the TT Club, on July 15, 2019 was announced as the Americas regional winner of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year competition.  Rachael’s dissertations looked at two very distinct shipments, both with their unique levels of complexity and risk – an import move to the Manitoba Hydro Keeyask Generator project and an export shipment of refurbished laptop computers, highlighting the complexity and risks associated with transporting cargo containing lithium batteries.

As the Americas regional winner, Rachael will be invited to the FIATA World Congress taking place in Cape Town, South Africa in October, 2019 where she will present her dissertations to the Award Steering Committee that will subsequently announce the 2019 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year.

The prize to be awarded to the winner principally consists of practical and academic training, including a week based at one of the TT Club’s regional centres in London, Hong Kong or New Jersey plus a week in the TT Club’s Head Office in London.  Additionally, one year’s subscription to the International Transport Journal (ITJ) is provided to all four regional winners.

Rachael graduated from the University of Toronto in 2009 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. She worked as a Senior Associate in Sales at Standard Life for 4 years developing a solid background in the insurance industry. She moved to Paris, France to learn French and work for a start-up company, where she developed her interest in the supply chain industry.

She came back to Toronto to complete her FITT diploma at Seneca College, which led to her inside sales role at Panalpina.  Rachael expanded her knowledge of the freight forwarding industry by completing the CIFFA Certificate, the first step in achieving the Professional Freight Forwarder designation.  She is currently working as a Business Unit Sales Manager.

For more information on CIFFA’s Young Freight Forwarder of the Year award, visit ciffa.com/YIFFA


CIFFA Elects 2019 – 2020 Board of Directors

Christina Forth, (left) and Tiffany Vandenberghe, new CIFFA Directors.

TORONTO May 27, 2019 — CIFFA (The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association) held its 70th Annual General Meeting May 16 in Mississauga, Ontario.

CIFFA is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2019-2020.

 Newly elected to the Board this year is Christina Forth, (pictured above, left) Senior Vice President, Prairies, FFAF Cargo, Edmonton, Alberta.

Forth brings a strong relationship with industry and airport communities in the area. She has 18 years of senior leadership experience, with a complete understanding of the entire logistics process.

Current Directors re-elected for a two-year term were:

  • Marc Bibeau, OEC Overseas Express (Canada) Consolidators Inc., Montreal
  • Paul Courtney, Courtney Agencies Ltd., Vancouver
  • Troy Cowen, Maltacourt (Canada) Ltd., Toronto
  • Karl-Heinz Legler, Rutherford Global Logistics, Montreal
  • Barry Murphy, BDP International Inc, Toronto.

The following Directors have one year remaining on their two-year term:

  • Paul Hughes, Agility Logistics Co. Montreal
  • Paul Glionna, Universal Logistics Inc., Toronto
  • Arnon Melo, MELLOHAWK Logistics, Toronto
  • Paul Lobas, ITN Logistics Group, Calgary
  • Larry Palmer, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Montreal
  • Flavia Iuston-Blair, Country Head of Human Resources Canada, Panalpina, Toronto

Tiffany Vandenberghe, (pictured above, right), General Manager & Director of Sales and Marketing, Gillespie-Munro in Vancouver, was newly elected as CIFFA’s Western Region Director.

Vandenberghe brings 20 years of sales management experience in freight forwarding, container shipping lines, logistics and the marine industry.

Angelo Loffredi, of Traffic Tech International Inc., will serve another two-year term as Eastern Region Director, and Edna Carr, of TradeLink International Ltd. in Toronto, will serve another two-year term as Central Region Director.


CIFFA ANNOUNCES WINNER OF YOUNG INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT FORWARDER OF THE YEAR

TORONTO, March 4, 2019 Every year, CIFFA offers an award to a young freight forwarder who best demonstrates industry knowledge and skills to become a true international freight forwarding professional in the future.

After a review process of industry experience and a written dissertation demonstrating technical knowledge, CIFFA is pleased to announce that Rachael van Harmelen is the 2019 Canadian Young Freight Forwarder of the Year award recipient.

Rachael graduated from the University of Toronto in 2009 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. She worked as a Senior Associate in Sales at Standard Life for 4 years developing a solid background in the insurance industry. She moved to Paris, France to learn French and work for a start-up company, where she developed her interest in the supply chain industry.

She came back to Toronto to complete her FITT diploma at Seneca college, which led to her Inside sales role at Panalpina. After 1.5 years, she’s moved on to Business Unit Sales Manager, which is her current position. She specialized in the Trans-Pacific trade lane, where she’s excelled in a short time.

Rachael is also being considered a competitor for the FIATA Americas Regional competition. She will have to complete a second dissertation (she has completed a dissertation on an import scenario and she will now do one on an export scenario). If she wins, she will then be invited to the FIATA World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa to compete against all the regional winners.

For more information on CIFFA’s Young Freight Forwarder of the Year award, visit ciffa.com/YIFFA


CIFFA Announces New President, Board of Directors

November 28, 2018.

Following the September 24 announcement that CIFFA Executive Director Ruth Snowden will retire from full time employment at the association by mid-2019, the Executive Committee of the board has now reached a decision in its succession-planning.

Bruce Rodgers steps down as President of the Board of Directors. He has joined the Secretariat staff as the incoming Executive Director of CIFFA. The Board has approved a six-month overlap, and Rodgers will share duties with current Executive Director Ruth Snowden until her retirement in 2019.

In a separate announcement, at its Board of Directors meeting November 27 in Toronto, CIFFA announced the appointment of Troy Cowen, Chief Operating Officer at Maltacourt Global Logistics, as President of the Board.

Cowen has been a member of the CIFFA Board of Directors since 2012.  He has been on the Executive Committee of the Board for several years, first as Treasurer for two years and most recently in the position of Vice President I.  He has spent over 30 years in the industry and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this role.

“I am pleased to be able to step into the President’s role now,” Cowen said, “especially in the association’s 70th anniversary year and following the excellent celebrations at the 70th Anniversary Conference.  My leadership will concentrate on continuity of focus on three foundation pillars: Education, Advocacy and Membership.”

About CIFFA

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) is celebrating 70 years of leadership in 2018 and today represents some 260 regular member firms from the largest of multi-national global logistics provider firms to small and medium sized Canadian companies. CIFFA member companies employ tens of thousands of highly skilled international trade and transportation specialists. As a vital component of Canada’s global supply chain, CIFFA member companies facilitate the movement of goods around the world. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.


CIFFA Executive Director Announces 2019 Retirement

September 24, 2018.

CIFFA President Bruce Rodgers announced today that Executive Director Ruth Snowden has notified the board of her intention to retire from full time employment at the association by mid-2019. The Executive Committee of the board has already met and succession planning is well underway, a process in which Ruth is fully engaged.

“It was an item in LinkedIn last January announcing my 10th anniversary at CIFFA that made me stop for a moment and look up,’ said Snowden.

“When I joined the association in 2008 I promised myself that it would be for only five years. Imagine my surprise when I realized that ten years had flown by. We’re totally focused right now on delivering a fantastic 70th Anniversary Conference which is coming up fast on October 16 and 17 in Toronto and I don’t want this announcement to overshadow that event,” she continued.

“We have a strong management team at the association, all working on the same objectives, with the endorsement of a supportive board.  We’ll deliver a great conference and then look to 2019. The future for the association and for me couldn’t look any better.”

 

About CIFFA

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) is celebrating 70 years of leadership in 2018 and today represents some 260 regular member firms from the largest of multi-national global logistics provider firms to small and medium sized Canadian companies. CIFFA member companies employ tens of thousands of highly skilled international trade and transportation specialists. As a vital component of Canada’s global supply chain, CIFFA member companies facilitate the movement of goods around the world. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.


CIFFA announces 2018 Scholarship Winner

September 24, 2018.

CIFFA is pleased to announce that its scholarship adjudication committee has selected this year’s winner of the CIFFA Scholarship Program: Mansi Sheth, daughter of Kuehne + Nagel employee, Dipti Sheth. Mansi is currently enrolled in her 3rd year of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Chemical Sciences. Mansi plans to enroll in the Master’s Degree Program in Biotechnology or Bioinformatics at the University of Toronto, and will upgrade her degree by pursuing Humber College’s Supply Chain Management graduate certificate.

In an essay she submitted with her application, Mansi shared her passion for medical logistics: “I became interested in pursuing an innovative career revolving around the intersection of business and science when I obtained a summer internship at Kuehne + Nagel Limited for two high school summers. My first position was as a Pharmaceutical Quality Summer Student and the following summer, I gained experience working as an IT and Logistics Summer Student.”

This year’s applications came from all regions and were particularly strong. “I wish we could have awarded multiple scholarships,” remarked Executive Director Ruth Snowden. “Every single applicant was worthy of winning and I’m sure all will be successful in their studies and their careers, which, we hope will involve global logistics.”

The program offers children of CIFFA freight forwarding member firm employees a chance to win a $3000.00 scholarship. Since 2010, CIFFA has awarded over $30,000.00 in scholarship grants to ambitious students studying at a Canadian university or college, who is enrolled in an international trade, logistics or business course leading to a diploma or degree, and in any year of study. The Scholarship Program is a benefit of CIFFA membership and member companies are encouraged to participate by communicating the opportunity with all their employees.

About CIFFA

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) is celebrating 70 years of leadership in 2018 and today represents some 260 regular member firms from the largest of multi-national global logistics provider firms to small and medium sized Canadian companies. CIFFA member companies employ tens of thousands of highly skilled international trade and transportation specialists. As a vital component of Canada’s global supply chain, CIFFA member companies facilitate the movement of goods around the world. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.


CIFFA, ALACAT sign Memorandum of Understanding

Galo Molina, ALACAT (Ecuador) and Ruth Snowden, CIFFA (Canada) sign MOU witnessed by Moises Solis, AMACARGA (Mexico) and Stanley Lim, SLA (Singapore).

Toronto, July 30, 2018.The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and the Federación de Asociaciones Nacionales de Agentes de Carga y Operadores Logísticos Internacionales de América Latina y el Caribe (ALACAT) officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding  (MOU) in Singapore on July 17th. 2018.

The MOU aims to foster understanding in both public and private sectors related to cargo transportation and logistics in the Caribbean, Latin American countries and Canada, and to offer the membership of both organizations benefit from mutual support and collaboration.

ALACAT President, Galo Molina and CIFFA Executive Director, Ruth Snowden have agreed to undertake joint initiatives which may include co-hosted activities, conference and event support, projects support, and training collaboration and promotion.

“With all of the uncertainty in trade with Canada’s largest trading partner, now is the time for Canadian traders to develop new relationships and look for new markets”, said Snowden. “Latin American and Caribbean countries offer significant growth opportunities for Canadian firms and CIFFA members must be prepared to provide global logistics services into these new markets. CIFFA and ALACAT together will foster development of these opportunities.”

ALACAT was founded on June 12, 1982 to defend the interests of and support the activities of cargo agents and global logistics service providers, to support their productivity and competitiveness and to foster a climate of trust in their membership for importers and exporters.

About CIFFA

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) is celebrating 70 years of leadership in 2018 and today represents some 260 regular member firms from the largest of multi-national global logistics provider firms to small and medium sized Canadian companies. CIFFA member companies employ tens of thousands of highly skilled international trade and transportation specialists. As a vital component of Canada’s global supply chain, CIFFA member companies facilitate the movement of goods around the world. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.


CIFFA 2018 YIFFA Winner to Represent Americas Region in Delhi, India

TORONTO, July 17 –  CIFFA is pleased to announce that Kendyl Baptiste, of Bolloré Logistics, will represent the Americas Region at the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year contest at the FIATA World Congress in Delhi, India, in September 2018. The Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award is sponsored by the TT Club, FIATA and IATA. The international winner will receive a prize valued at approximately C$20,000, including trips to participate in various training programs around the world.

In January, CIFFA announced that Baptiste was selected as the 2018 Canadian Young Freight Forwarder of the Year. Every year, CIFFA awards a cash prize of $1,500 to a young individual who best represents the education, skills, knowledge and attitude to be an exceptional freight forwarder of the future. This prestigious award is also a stepping stone for younger individuals to gain recognition and status in the Canadian freight forwarding industry.

To compete at the Americas Region, Baptiste completed her second dissertation, the topics of which were designed by Fred Grootarz, a long-time CIFFA instructor, and were based on two projects. The first, an import of heavy equipment for a nuclear generating station in Tiverton, Ontario from the manufacturer in Poland, and the second, a transport proposal to a Canadian Humanitarian Relief Agency to reach the agency’s relief operations in the Central African Republic. Based on realistic scenarios with Canadian content, both were meant to encourage the candidate to apply her knowledge obtained from the CIFFA Certificate Courses.

Following her university studies in physical and health education, Baptiste started her full-time employment in the freight forwarding industry 6 years ago. While working, she completed the CIFFA Certificate and Advanced Certificate courses in which she received the highest marks award. Although her main background is ocean imports, she also has experience handling air import shipments along with quoting ocean/air imports and air exports. Baptiste is also qualified to handle air and ocean dangerous goods shipments.

 About CIFFA

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) represents some 260 regular member firms from the largest of multi-national global logistics provider firms to small and medium sized Canadian companies. CIFFA member companies employ tens of thousands of highly skilled international trade and transportation specialists. As a vital component of Canada’s global supply chain, CIFFA member companies facilitate the movement of goods around the world. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.


CIFFA elects new President at Montreal AGM

TORONTO, June 18, 2018. – The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) announces the election of Bruce Rodgers, representing Vandegrift Canada ULC, as the President of the National Board of Directors.

Rodgers was elected in Montreal during CIFFA’s 69th Annual General Meeting June 14. He has served on the CIFFA Executive Committee in various capacities since 2012, including two years as a treasurer.

CIFFA also announces the election of the following Directors at the AGM: Paul Glionna, Universal Logistics Inc., Toronto, Paul Hughes, Agility Logistics, Co., Montreal, Flavia Iuston-Blair, Country Head of Human Resources Canada, Panalpina, Toronto, Karl-Heinz Legler, GM, Rutherford Global Logistics, Montreal, Paul Lobas, ITN Logistics Group, Calgary, Barry Murphy, Country Manager – Canada, BDP International, Inc., Toronto, Arnon Melo, MELLOHAWK logistics, Toronto, and Larry Palmer, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Montreal.

CIFFA’s AGM was followed by a gala dinner celebrating the association’s 70th anniversary in the city where CIFFA has its roots. The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association was founded September 1948 in Montreal by a small group of freight forwarders who saw a need to create an industry association to meet the professional demands of its members.

As part of its Annual General Meeting CIFFA held a tabletop exhibit and an Industry Leaders’ Panel on the topic of Fluidity: Unlocking Canada’s Potential to Keep Goods Moving.

Speaking on the panel were Magali Amiel, Director, Strategy and Projects, CargoM, Robert M. Bassett, Market Manager & Business Development, Intermodal, International, with CN, and Patrick Bohan, Director, Supply Chain Solutions, Halifax Port Authority. The panel was moderated by Julia Kuzeljevich, Public Affairs Manager, CIFFA. Following the AGM, CIFFA’s Eastern Region FCA held a cocktail event and gala dinner attended by some 290.

For further information, contact: Julia Kuzeljevich, Public Affairs Manager, CIFFA, at juliak@ciffa.com or 416-234-5100 x5228.

About CIFFA

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) represents some 260 regular member firms from the largest of multi-national global logistics provider firms to small and medium sized Canadian companies. CIFFA member companies employ tens of thousands of highly skilled international trade and transportation specialists. As a vital component of Canada’s global supply chain, CIFFA member companies facilitate the movement of goods around the world. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.


CIFFA Announces Young Freight Forwarder of the Year

TORONTO April 18, 2018 — Every year CIFFA offers an award to a young freight forwarder who best demonstrates industry knowledge and skills to become a true international freight forwarding professional in the future. After a review process of industry experience and a written dissertation demonstrating technical knowledge, CIFFA is pleased to announce that Kendyl Baptiste of Bolloré Logistics Canada is the 2018 Canadian Young Freight Forwarder of the Year award recipient.

Baptiste officially received the award at the Central Region FCA Gala dinner April 12 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Following her university studies in physical and health education, Baptiste started her full-time employment in the freight forwarding industry 6 years ago, although she was exposed to the industry for more than 13 years. While working, she completed the CIFFA Certificate and Advanced Certificate courses in which she received Job Nicoli Education Award in 2016 and the George Kuhn Award in 2017. Although her main background is ocean imports, she also has experience handling air import shipments along with quoting ocean/air imports and air exports. Baptiste is also qualified to handle air and ocean dangerous goods shipments.

She is currently transitioning into a supervisor role, as ocean import supervisor at Bolloré Logistics. She looks forward to developing her leadership skills and to expanding her knowledge of the industry.

Baptiste will further represent Canada in the Americas regional competition and if selected as the Americas regional winner, she will receive an expense-paid trip to the 2018 FIATA World Congress in Delhi, India where she will compete for the 2018 FIATA Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award.  We wish her good luck and look forward to being part of her freight forwarding journey.

For more information on the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year award, visit ciffa.com/YIFFA


CIFFA Announces Winner of Donna Letterio Leadership Award

Photo caption: L-R Gary Vince, President, CIFFA, Lucia Pinheiro, award recipient, and Nicholas Letterio.

TORONTO April 18, 2018 — The winner of the 2018 Donna Letterio Leadership Award, Lucia Pinheiro, is currently the President and Country Manager for Damco Canada, responsible for both Operations and all business development. Pinheiro has been in this role since April 2013.

Pinheiro received the award at the Central Region FCA Gala dinner April 12 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

CIFFA introduced the annual Donna Letterio Leadership Award in December 2015. The award is granted annually in memory of former CIFFA President Donna Letterio, who passed away in August 2013. The award recognizes a woman in the global freight logistics sector who has demonstrated, as Donna did, professionalism, commitment, leadership and a passion for excellence in her career and in her life. Along with this award CIFFA presents a cheque for $1000 to Bladder Cancer Canada.

It can certainly be said Pinheiro is committed to her role, and to adding value wherever she can. She began her career in the transportation and logistics industry when she was selected to join

the Maersk International Shipping Education (MISE) Management Trainee Program. Upon completion of the program with Maersk Line, Pinheiro joined Maersk Logistics in Canada.

She was later expatriated to Singapore for Maersk Logistics to lead a supply chain client

implementation in Asia Pacific. She has had the opportunity to work globally on all continents with some of the largest organizations – retailers, apparel, lifestyle, automotive, and government, and continues to maintain long standing relationships with her customers and teams.

She sits on the board of the Sunshine Foundation supporting children with disabilities across Canada have a dream come true. She’s part of the Covenant House Executive Sleep Out raising over 5K for homeless youth in the Toronto area, and sits on the board of the Toronto Transportation Club sponsoring three scholarships annually.

Prior to her role in Canada Lucia was working in the Middle East as the Cluster Chief Operating Officer for Damco. She was responsible for the overall operations for airfreight, ocean freight, warehousing and Value Added Services. During her time in the Middle East she was also responsible for all Government and Defense Operations and Account Management for the Middle East and Africa.

Before moving to Dubai, Pinheiro lived and worked in Singapore for 10 years. In her last 5 years in Asia, she co-founded and ran the specialized logistics training company Rasmussen and Simonsen International (RSI). She customized training programs in the areas of industry fundamentals, value selling and customer service in the logistics industry.

Lucia previously worked with Exel Logistics managing implementations for global clients with complex shipping requirements. Her role was to establish implementation methodologies and to ensure value was created for clients during transitions.

She has a BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from California State University. She currently lives in Toronto but also has a home in the Azores where she has family roots.


CIFFA’s ‘CareerConnect’ job portal now live

TORONTO, September 18, 2017-The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) is pleased to announce the official launch of its CareerConnect job portal.

Partnering with other associations in the sector, CIFFA has designed CareerConnect to allow job postings by any company in the sector. All of these organizations will post all of their jobs – in sales, accounting, operations, IT, customer service – for free.

Our connection to college networks ensures that job posters are hiring the best and the brightest, including CIFFA-trained grads boasting skills and expertise at any level required in an organization.

Some 430 grads earned their CIFFA certificate through through virtual class and ELOD for a combined 880 graduates in 2016. Thousands of individuals have achieved a CIFFA certificate over the past years and we continue to form new partnerships with colleges across the country.

By posting a resume on CareerConnect, college grads will immediately be distinguished from other job seekers who are looking for work on generic sites. CareerConnect is specifically designed for the global logistics sector and our 400 member companies know that anyone posting a resume on CareerConnect is serious about working in the global logistics sector. Jobs will be searchable by type, location, and employer, and job seekers will find it easy to manage their application history and receive job alerts.

For further information, contact: Julia Kuzeljevich, Public Affairs Manager, CIFFA, at juliak@ciffa.com or 416-234-5100 x5228.

About CIFFA

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) represents some 260 regular member firms from the largest of multi-national global logistics provider firms to small and medium sized Canadian companies. CIFFA member companies employ tens of thousands of highly skilled international trade and transportation specialists. As a vital component of Canada’s global supply chain, CIFFA member companies facilitate the movement of goods around the world. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.


‘CareerConnect’ job portal to launch in September

TORONTO, August 22, 2017- The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) is pleased to announce the name for its job portal which officially launches in September. Based on the results of a survey released in July, the portal will be called ‘CareerConnect’.

CareerConnect has been customized for CIFFA members and for the industry’s specific requirements. The portal focuses on global logistics services providers, and will offer a broad scope of available job candidates.

All CIFFA members – both freight forwarding and associate member firms, will post jobs for free.

Non-members are also welcome to post jobs for a competitive fee.

Our connection to college networks ensures that job posters are hiring the best and the brightest, including CIFFA-trained grads boasting skills and expertise at any level required in an organization.

Some 430 grads earned their CIFFA certificate through virtual class and ELOD for a combined 880 graduates in 2016. Thousands of individuals have achieved a CIFFA certificate over the past years and we continue to form new partnerships with colleges across the country.

Job seekers will also have access to the leading employers in the supply chain industry, in a wide range of positions.

Jobs will be searchable by type, location, and employer, and job seekers will find it easy to manage their application history and receive job alerts.

For further information, contact: Julia Kuzeljevich, Public Affairs Manager, CIFFA, at juliak@ciffa.com or 416-234-5100 x5228.

About CIFFA

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) represents some 260 regular member firms from the largest of multi-national global logistics provider firms to small and medium sized Canadian companies. CIFFA member companies employ tens of thousands of highly skilled international trade and transportation specialists. As a vital component of Canada’s global supply chain, CIFFA member companies facilitate the movement of goods around the world. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.


CANADA PILOTS NEW IATA-FIATA AIR CARGO PROGRAM

TORONTO, August 15, 2017- The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and Air Canada Cargo take the lead as Canada launches the new global IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP). To meet the evolving needs of the air cargo industry and better reflect the change in relationships and the transformed role of the freight forwarder, IATA and FIATA joined forces to review, refine, and re-engineer the current Cargo Agency Program to develop a new and modernized program: the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP). This program, which begins its global rollout with the Canadian pilot in August, replaces the current IATA Cargo Agency Program.

CIFFA and Air Canada Cargo are pleased that an IATA-FIATA Governance Board (IFGB) has been established to govern the activities of the IFACP. It will jointly, with equal airline and forwarder representation, manage the program and provide the policy, strategy, oversight and guidance as to how the IFACP operates.

The new IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP) is the culmination of over five years’ joint discussion between representatives of the airline and forwarding community to bring about the changes needed to modernize and replace the existing IATA Cargo Agency Program, which was established in the 1960s. Over the years, the role of the forwarder has evolved from the original concept of acting solely as a sales agent for the airlines, to the current business relationship whereby the forwarder routinely contracts directly with the airline as a customer on a principal-to-principal basis.

The IFACP provides a framework of industry standards that are relevant, in line with best practices and safety regulations and fit for purpose. Standards to cover the endorsement of freight forwarders will be administered as a joint program on behalf of and to the benefit of the participants.

“Canada is uniquely situated to pilot this new global initiative,’ says Gary Vince, CIFFA president. “There is an excellent working relationship between the forwarder community and the airlines serving Canada.  Our forwarder community is connected through CIFFA and the association is well positioned to champion such an initiative, with well-established communication channels that reach the majority of forwarders across the country.”

Bill Gottlieb, former president of both CIFFA and FIATA, has worked for several years on the IFACP design and development. Bill, who is currently chair of the CIFFA National Airfreight Committee, explained further why Canada was chosen as the global pilot. “Early on, the joint airline/forwarder working group identified Canada as the natural choice for the IFACP pilot country. Canada has a relatively small number of IATA cargo agents, yet spread over a large territory, that will be transitioning to the new program, so we are able to manage the communication and react to any unforeseen issues while we migrate the forwarding community within the timelines.”

“As the Air Cargo industry continues to evolve, so does the partnership between the forwarding community and the airlines. The new IATA-FIATA joint program clearly demonstrates this strengthening relationship, which is felt strongly here in Canada, making it a fitting launch country,” says Matthieu Casey, General Sales Manager for Canada at Air Canada Cargo.

For further information about IFACP, contact: Julia Kuzeljevich, Public Affairs Manager, CIFFA, at juliak@ciffa.com or 416-234-5100 x5228.

 

 About CIFFA                                              

 

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) represents some 260 regular member firms from the largest of multi-national global logistics provider firms to small and medium sized Canadian companies. CIFFA member companies employ tens of thousands of highly skilled international trade and transportation specialists. As a vital component of Canada’s global supply chain, CIFFA member companies facilitate the movement of goods around the world. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.

About Air Canada Cargo                              

 

Air Canada’s cargo services division (doing business as “Air Canada Cargo”) provides direct cargo services to over 150 Canadian and international destinations and has sales representation in over 50 countries, with a global reach of over 450 through interline and trucking partnerships. Air Canada Cargo is Canada’s largest provider of air cargo services, which are provided on domestic and U.S. transborder flights, on international routes between Canada and major markets in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia, and on dedicated freighter service to Europe, South America, Mexico and the US.

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2016 served close to 45 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 57 in the United States and 95 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,300 airports in 191 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2017 Best Airline in North America.

For more information, please visit: www.aircanadacargo.com.

              


CIFFA unveils new logo at AGM

 TORONTO, May 19, 2017. The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new logo. The rebrand comes as the association looks forward to celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018.

Unveiled at CIFFA’s May 18 Annual General Meeting, the logo was officially presented to the CIFFA Board of Directors and members in attendance.

The “future facing” design replaces CIFFA’s hand-drawn logo with its recognizable serif lettering that was released to celebrate the association’s 50th anniversary in 1998.

CIFFA National Board of Directors

With its edgy, linear look, the new CIFFA logo evokes motion and movement, and demonstrates the evolution of the association as it meets the innovations and challenges of the digital future head on.

“While proud of our 70-year history,” said President Gary Vince, “CIFFA members work in a rapidly changing world and our association is looking towards an exciting future. The new logo is about moving forward.”

Over the next year CIFFA will transition gradually to the new format, providing members with the appropriate logo to be placed on their websites and business cards.

In 2018, CIFFA will boast 70 years representing the international logistics sector, and will host an anniversary conference in Toronto in October 2018.  CIFFA is partnering with two leading trade shows TIACA’ Air Cargo Forum and Multimodal Americas in what will be one of the largest and most significant transportation events in the world.

Themed “Global Supply Chains in a Digital Future: Innovation and Inspiration”, CIFFA’s conference event will welcome hundreds of global logistics service providers for the once in a lifetime learning and networking celebration.

For more information contact:

Julia Kuzeljevich

Public Affairs Manager, CIFFA

T: 416-234-5100 x228 | TF: 1-866-282-4332 | www.ciffa.com

Cellphone: 416-997-8803 | eMail: juliak@ciffa.com

 

 About the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) represents some 260 regular member firms from the largest of global multi-national logistics service provider organizations to small and medium sized Canadian companies.  CIFFA members employ tens of thousands of highly skilled international trade and transportation specialists.  As a vital component of Canada’s global supply chain, CIFFA member companies facilitate the movement of goods around the world. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.   “CIFFA freight forwarders: Helping Canadians do business with the world.”

CIFFA Mission Statement

Our mission is to represent and support members of the Canadian international freight forwarding industry in providing the highest level of quality and professional services to their clients.


CIFFA ANNOUNCES WINNER OF DONNA LETTERIO LEADERSHIP AWARD

Photo caption: L-R Gary Vince, President, CIFFA, Nicholas Letterio, and Linda Collier, award recipient.

TORONTO MAY 1, 2017. —The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) announces the 2017 winner of the Donna Letterio Leadership Award.

This year, the award was presented to Linda Collier of Tri-ad International Freight Forwarding Ltd., at the CIFFA Central Region FCA Gala Dinner held at the Mississauga Convention Centre April 27. The gala dinner, themed “Psychedelic 60s”, was organized by CIFFA’s Central Region Committee volunteers. Over 400 attendees at the evening event were entertained by The FabFour, a tribute band performing Beatles music.

CIFFA introduced the annual Donna Letterio Leadership Award in December 2015. The award is granted annually in memory of former CIFFA President Donna Letterio, who passed away in August 2013. The award recognizes a woman in the global freight logistics sector who has demonstrated, as Donna did, professionalism, commitment, leadership and a passion for excellence in her career and in her life.

Nicholas Letterio, son of Donna Letterio, presented the award.

Along with this award CIFFA presents a cheque for $1000 to Bladder Cancer Canada.

Linda started with Emery Worldwide in 1981 and, after four years, moved to Olympic Forwarders and became operations manager at the age of 22. She founded Tri-ad at the age of 25 in 1988 when very few women were in executive roles. She built the business and, several years later, had offices across Canada and the U.S. She started a customs brokerage division and later a 3PL boasting a 165,000-sq.-foot warehouse in Toronto.

Tri-ad has enjoyed continuous growth over the past 29 years and is looking forward to marking its 30th anniversary. The company still has many of its original customers.

Named to the list of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada four times, Linda has mentored dozens of employees, and supports employee advancement through education, such as CIFFA programs. She formerly sat on the National Board for CIFFA as Director of Air Freight.

Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors for Track 3, a charity that supports disabled children through winter sports. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Green4Good, a charity supporting the environment by keeping electronics out of landfill sites.


CIFFA ANNOUNCES WINNER OF YOUNG FREIGHT FORWARDER OF THE YEAR

TORONTO MAY 1, 2017. —Every year, CIFFA sponsors a Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award, to acknowledge a young individual in our industry who exemplifies the education, skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to become an exceptional international freight forwarder of the future.

After a review process of industry experience and a written dissertation demonstrating technical knowledge, CIFFA is pleased to announce that Bradley Davis of Panalpina Inc. Canada is this year’s winner. The award was presented to Bradley at the FCA gala event April 27 at Mississauga Convention Centre.

Following his studies of electrical and computer engineering and after completing the CIFFA Advanced Certificate in Freight Forwarding, Bradley has now been working in the freight forwarding industry for over four years, the last three years with Panalpina, currently in the position of strategic business development manager. According to his superior, Bradley consistently strives to further develop his operational knowledge on the full spectrum of logistics services. He effectively manages cross-functional interfaces and takes actions to solve problems. Recently, Bradley created and implemented supply chain strategies for multinational clients with the consumer retail and high-tech markets. Through his innovative and insightful approach he has developed new relationships that have become some of Panalpina’s most strategic accounts.


CIFFA Announces New Appointments to Secretariat

TORONTO March 23, 2017 – The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) announces two recent management changes to its secretariat.

Julia Kuzeljevich has been appointed as the Public Affairs Manager for the association’s secretariat. She brings over 16 years of experience as a journalist, most recently as Editor of Canadian Shipper magazine. Julia will be instrumental in the advancement of CIFFA’s advocacy agenda on behalf of members specifically and freight forwarders in general to ensure the free movement of goods into and out of Canada. She will help to influence public policy development positively and proactively and will help address regulatory issues that affect freight forwarders’ ability to conduct day-to-day business. She will also facilitate activities intended to build the reputation and profile of freight forwarders and their critical role enabling Canada’s economic prosperity and international competitiveness.

Stephen McDermott promoted to Director, Education and Marketing

After more than five years of increasing responsibility for the important education and training pillar of CIFFA’s mandate as Director of Education, Stephen McDermott has accepted additional challenges as CIFFA’s Marketing Director. Steve will be responsible for the CIFFA brand and all promotional activity. As the association approaches its 70th anniversary in 2018, Steve will also be responsible for introducing the exciting new logo.

About CIFFA

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) represents some 260 regular member firms from the largest of multi-national global logistics provider firms to small and medium sized Canadian companies. CIFFA member companies employ tens of thousands of highly skilled international trade and transportation specialists. As a vital component of Canada’s global supply chain, CIFFA member companies facilitate the movement of goods around the world. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and an essential partner in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.

For further information contact: Communications@ciffa.com