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Fifteen colleges from east to west offer CIFFA programs

Fifteen colleges from east to west offer CIFFA programs

By Keith Norbury

Leading up to his appointment as Executive Director of Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, Bruce Rodgers decided to get some schooling in his longtime profession. So, he enrolled in all four of CIFFA’s educational programs “because I didn’t have that desk level understanding that this really starts with,” said Mr. Rodgers, who became Executive Director in November 2018. “And I learned a significant amount that I didn’t know before. Not that I had a negative turn on the CIFFA training,” he added. “But now I’m a strong advocate that everybody should go through these programs because it really gives you a very good understanding of how the entire supply chain process works.” (more…)

CIFFA ponders 2030 vision

by Keith Norbury

Canada’s freight forwarders are looking forward to the future — the year 2030 to be more specific. The Board of Directors of Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association at a meeting in September agreed upon three priority goals for the next decade, said Bruce Rodgers, CIFFA’s Executive Director. Those goals are membership value and engagement; education; and advocacy.

“Then from that there’s a list of working priorities that have been assigned to achieve those goals,” said Mr. Rodgers, who became Executive Director in November 2018. (more…)

More tenants move into Dartmouth, N.S. COVE facility

Jim Hanlon, CEO of The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) announced that RBR, Precise Design and Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA) have moved into COVE. “RBR is one of Canada’s well-established ocean instrumentation companies headquartered in Ottawa. Precise Design has been a key partner for us as we build COVE, and they are an important part of the existing supply chain for ocean tech companies in the region. NSBA provides a key linkage between the vibrant Nova Scotia boat building industry and the technology capabilities of many of the other COVE tenants.” (more…)

New training methods and technologies: Paving the way to success

The MEA: an indispensable player at the Port of Montreal

The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) is made up of about 40 companies involved in the maritime shipping sector (ship owners, operators and agents of vessels, stevedoring contractors and terminal operators). It acts on behalf of its members to negotiate and manage collective agreements for more than 1,200 active longshoremen and checkers at the Port of Montreal. On a daily basis, it also recruits, trains and dispatches workers according to the provisions contained in the current collective agreements, and plays an advisory role regarding occupational health and safety issues with terminal operators.

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B.C’s General Fusion next target is to develop a prototype of the world’s first commercially viable fusion power plant

B.C’s General Fusion next target is to develop a prototype of the world’s first commercially viable fusion power plant

R. Bruce Striegler

Michael Delage, Chief Technology Officer at Burnaby, B.C.’s General Fusion Inc. explains that the founder, Dr. Michel Laberge is, “a scientist, an engineer and a physicist who had a passion about fusion.” After nine years with Vancouver-based CREO Products, Laberge decided to start a company whose purpose was the development of economically viable fusion energy generation. “This was an audacious idea, this is a very technically challenging thing, but he felt the private route might not only offer a way to do things differently, but also move at a pace that is faster than government-led efforts. So he started General Fusion in 2002.”

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Business development and mentoring

By Guy M. Tombs

I recently stayed at the Rex Hotel in central Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, attending the excellent CLC Projects Logistics Conference. It was a time to take stock, not only of the vast changes in the world since April 30 1975, when the U.S. Government pulled out of Saigon in dramatic fashion, but also of changes in my own life since that period. I lunched one day at the nearby Hotel Continental, vividly described in Graham Greene’s great 1955 novel The Quiet American.

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