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CIFFA elects new President at Montreal AGMCIFFA elects new President at Montreal AGM

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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 or 416-234-5100 x5228.


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.