Master Mariners of Canada develops compulsory courses for work in Polar waters

Master Mariners of Canada is pleased to announce that new model training courses for ice navigation certification have been approved by International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Maritime Safety Committee, and will become mandatory components of the Polar Code. The course development effort, under the sponsorship of Transport Canada, was undertaken by Captain Anthony Patterson, Captain Andrew McNeill, Captain Glenn Fiander and Captain Christopher Hearn – all members of Master Mariners of Canada.

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Marine Emergency Duties Centre opens at Georgian College

The new Algoma Central Corporation Marine Emergency Duties (MED) Centre has been officially opened at the Owen Sound Campus of Georgian College. The $7.5 million, 13,600-square-foot facility is a key part of the college’s Centre for Marine Training and Research. It will be used extensively by students enrolled in Georgian’s postsecondary marine programs as well as by working mariners who require certification or refresher training.

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B.C. marine trades and marine engineering education to benefit from commitments for future donations

The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Seaspan, announced multi-year, multi-million dollar donations to benefit the future of British Columbia’s marine industrial sector.

The commitment totals $2.9 million and includes a three-year, $900,000 donation by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to three institutional trades training programs in Canada. This donation has been given in support of the Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy program under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). The donation recipients include the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to support Aboriginals in trades, Camosun College to support women in trades, and the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation for both new welding equipment and teacher professional development.

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Maritime training remains a selling job

By Alex Binkley

Employment in the maritime sector is low on the radar of most high school students and, as a result, Georgian College in Owen Sound brings a navigation simulator to job and trade fairs to attract attention.

In surveys of what would rank as the top 50 job areas for graduating students, “no one picks shipping,” says Colin MacNeil, Coordinator of Marine Programs at the Owen Sound campus of Georgian College, the only community college in Ontario that offers marine courses. Many students and career councillors “don’t know the industry is there.”

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Freight forwarders association partners with university

By Keith Norbury

Partnering with institutions of higher learning to deliver educational programs is nothing new for the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association. For years, CIFFA has arranged with community colleges, such as Seneca College in Ontario, Brighton College in B.C., and Eastern College in the Maritimes to deliver programs in international trade, business, and logistics.

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Opinion – Does spending on infrastructure generate the greatest bang for the buck?

By Theo van de Kletersteeg

It is important to note that some of the world’s highly successful economies, such as Switzerland and Japan, have achieved their well-known success despite suffering from present-day low labour productivity growth. An explanation of this apparent contradiction lies in the fact that both countries were and are significant drivers of global innovation.

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The productivity crisis: a global trend, a real Canadian problem

By R. Bruce Striegler

The Conference Board of Canada’s Deputy Chief Economist Pedro Antunes, about to begin a web presentation on Canada’s competitiveness and productivity problems says, “We can think of the national economy in a similar way we think of the operation of a small business, and we can think of productivity as the supply-side of the business.

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CITT logistics courses just available with mobile-friendly anytime, anywhere access

CITT has made it that much easier for busy, on-the-move professionals to build their supply chain logistics abilities through the specialized online courses in the program of study towards the CCLP® designation. Available for courses starting September 2nd, CITT’s learning platform is now fully optimized for smartphones and tablets, in addition to laptop and desktop computers.

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