Commencing in April of this year, I.E.Canada, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, and the Canadian Professional Logistics Institute will deliver a joint Executive Leadership Program in 2012 that will combine a customs and international trade designation with the Professional Logistician (P.Log.)

“Trade is becoming more complex and the skills required by those responsible for trade regulations and compliance continue to grow,” says Joy Nott, President of I.E.Canada. “This joint program will set a new benchmark in the logistics community by positioning import and export trade as integral to competitive success in global markets. The time has come to recognize publicly the skills of importers and exporters that are essential to lead in international markets.”

This new program will build an international trade focus onto the six-day in-residence program currently delivered annually by the Logistics Institute. It will now include a trade stream that will focus on customs compliance and international trade issues. Program participants will have the opportunity to earn a designation matching their area of expertise in logistics and trade.

“Expertise in international trade is a much needed addition to the Executive Leadership Program,” said Victor Deyglio, founding President of the Logistics Institute. “Today, supply chains and logistics are global by nature. Without a thorough familiarity with international trade issues, such as customs, individuals cannot provide the leadership needed in today’s complex world of business. Public recognition of such expertise in the form of a professional designation is an idea whose time has come. The P.Log is enhanced greatly by this joint approach.”

The joint program will feature sessions on leadership, professionalism and ethics, supply chain strategies, and international trade issues, including customs compliance. In the interactive format characteristic of this program, break-out sessions will deal with issues that are unique to supply chain logistics and international trade with a specific focus on world customs. At the end of the weeklong program, participants will earn designations appropriate to the specific expertise they practice as professionals.