CIFFA announces the winner of its Donna Letterio Award

CIFFA announced the winner of the 2019 Donna Letterio Leadership Award: Sally Richardson of Overseas Container Forwarding Inc. Richardson is the Executive Vice President of OCF Inc. and has been in this role since 2008. She received the award at CIFFA’s Western FCA gala dinner September 27, 2019 in Vancouver.

CIFFA introduced the annual Donna Letterio Leadership Award in December 2015 to commemorate 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. (more…)

CargoM quietly driving trade and logistics initiatives to benefit the Montreal area

CargoM quietly driving trade and logistics initiatives to benefit the Montreal area

By Brian Dunn

The Transport Logistic conference and trade show is held every two years in Munich. It is billed as the largest show of its kind in Europe, attracting over 2,375 exhibitors from 63 countries and some 64,000 visitors from 125 countries with over 125,000 square metres of exhibition space. This year’s event was held June 4-7. To promote itself on a global scale, CargoM, the Logistics and Transportation Cluster of Metropolitan Montreal, organized a mission to the show. (more…)

CargoM organizes E-commerce logistics industry conference

CargoM organizes E-commerce logistics industry conference

Quebec Minister of the Economy and Innovation Pierre Fitzgibbon opened the Innovation and the Impact of E-commerce on the Logistics Industry conference held on September 30 at Montreal Port Authority’s facilities.Co-organized by CargoM and CEFRIO, the event brought together some 100 stakeholders and decision makers interested in e-commerce for logistics companies in Quebec.

During the conference, private companies and public organizations including Canada Post, WIPTEC, Drakkar, City of Montreal and Jalon MTL shared with participants their experiences and outlined the challenges and issues they face in the e-commerce supply chain. (more…)

CN and CP quietly posted strong financial results and enhanced their networks even as economic storm clouds gathered

CN and CP quietly posted strong financial results and enhanced their networks even as economic storm clouds gathered

By Alex Binkley

Canada’s two major railways have quietly gone about their business in the past year turning in strong financial performances and building up their networks even as economic storm clouds gather. They overcame wicked winter weather to record a record grain haul for the crop year ending July 31. As of September, they were still enjoying overall traffic increases of about two percent compared to the same period last year while American railroads were suffering traffic drops.

CN’s and CP’s financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30 were both records. CN revenues increased by nine per cent to $3.96 billion while CP rose 13 per cent to $1.98 billion compared to last year. The growth in grain shipments came despite the restrictions on Canadian canola exports to China. CN moved more than 27 million tonnes, bettering its previous best of 26 million tonnes set in 2016-2017. CP hauled 26.8 million tonnes breaking its record set last year. (more…)

Fednav celebrates its 75th anniversary

Fednav celebrates its 75th anniversary

By Brian Dunn

Considering how closely they are linked, it seems fitting that at the same time the St. Lawrence Seaway is celebrating its 60th anniversary, Fednav is celebrating 75 years in business. The company was founded in Toronto by Ernest Pathy on Sept. 7, 1944, as Federal Commerce & Navigation Co. Ltd., Ship Owners, Operators & Agents. Two years later, it bought its first vessel, Federal Pioneer, and began trading. On Jan. 1, 1984, Federal Commerce and Navigation merged with Fednav to become Fednav Ltd. (more…)

Port balances growth with being a good neighbour

Port balances growth with being a good neighbour

The Port of Montreal is committed to fulfill its role as a responsible corporate citizen. In particular, it has strengthened this commitment by reinforcing its presence and ties with its neighbouring community.

“Overseeing the port’s growth and contributing to economic prosperity while integrating as harmoniously as possible into our surroundings and environment is a priority for the Port of Montreal,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA). (more…)