Continuous learning is a cornerstone of CIFFA services

By Alex Binkley

A wide variety of training and professional upgrading courses have long been a cornerstone of the services Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association has offered its members.

In keeping up with the times, and taking advantage of modern communications technology, CIFFA has teamed up with Schulich School of Business at York University to offer an online version of courses for its Professional Freight Forwarder designation, says Stephen McDermott, CIFFA’s Director of Education and Marketing.

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Nova Scotia’s Nautical Institute has been training young men and women for careers at sea for over 140 years

By Tom Peters

Part of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), the Nautical Institute, originally started in Halifax in 1872 as the Halifax Marine School, is located in Port Hawkesbury on the Strait of Canso and draws students from all over the world.

The face of the commercial marine industry has changed drastically in the past several years with ships’ sizes of both container vessels and bulk carriers reaching levels not anticipated 30 years ago, and with the constant evolution of technology.

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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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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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