Warren Sarafinchan, Chair of Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT) National Board of Directors, recently announced that Ron Carter has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Award of Excellence.

The CITT Award of Excellence is presented annually to the member who best exemplifies a strong commitment to the logistics profession and to CITT. Nominees are selected by their peers.

For the past 17 years, Mr. Carter has been the Director of Logistics at Clearwater Seafoods, a vertically integrated seafood company that is a global leader in the harvesting, processing and distribution of shellfish based in Bedford, Nova Scotia. He leads a team responsible for arranging and managing the movement of frozen and live products 24-7 through the Clearwater value chain – from the time when vessels dock in Canada and Argentina to delivery across the globe by air, ocean and truck. He also monitors all imports and exports to ensure compliance.

Prior to moving to Canada, Mr. Carter was an Executive Officer in the British Department of Trade and Industry in London. After moving to Canada, he worked as the Warehouse Manager for House of Knives in Markham, Ontario and Purchasing & Logistics Manager for H.A. Kidd in Toronto.

Mr. Carter is well-known in logistics circles throughout Atlantic Canada. He was particularly proud to earn the Award of Excellence because it reflects the work of an entire career.

“It is a great honour to receive the recognition of my peers and be selected to be the recipient of the 2012 CITT Award of Excellence and to join the ranks of a list of very impressive previous winners,” said Mr. Carter. “The award is especially meaningful to me because it speaks not just to a single achievement, but to an accumulation of achievements gathered over time.”

Patrick Bohan, Manager of Business Development at Halifax Port Authority and has known Mr. Carter for many years. He can speak first-hand to Mr. Carter’s abilities and his influence on others. “Ron has coached and groomed young logistics professionals at Clearwater. And he does this while running one of the most challenging supply chains one can imagine,” he said.

Mr. Carter credits CITT for helping him learn along the way, and for providing him with a sense of community.

“For over 20 years, CITT has been an important part of my business life and of my personal life. I have learned so much from the wide variety of roles I have been involved in, and have made so many wonderful friends along the way.”

Since earning his designation from CITT in 1990, Mr. Carter has remained an active participant within CITT. He is currently an advisor for the Nova Scotia Area Council, and a Past Chair. He held the position of CITT Chair of the Board in 2000, and served as Vice Chair, Rules, from 1996-97 and Vice Chair, Administration, in 1998. Prior to relocating to Halifax in 1994, Mr. Carter served as Toronto Area Council Chair.