CSCSC e-Newsletter

August 13, 2007

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New-format Newsletter

This is the CSCSC’s first e-newsletter. We launch it with our new logo and a mandate from the Council’s Marketing and Communications Committee to focus more on the Council than on industry happenings. This is not a source for information about companies in or products for the supply chain; such information abounds in other places. Instead, we’ll provide you with news about the Council’s activities and plans, and coming educational events in the sector. Stories that you likely won’t see elsewhere about interesting practices in education and HR will also feature here. We hope you find the newsletter easy to read and worthy of reading.

CSCSC’s Annual Report is Available Online

The Council’s 2007 annual report (for our fiscal year, April 2006 to March 2007) is a record of the Council’s history and an overview of our goals and achievements. It’s available in the Publications and Resources area of the CSCSC website.

June AGM and Board Meeting Held in Winnipeg

Council Board members and numerous guests participated in our June 22nd meetings in Winnipeg.
Regular Council business was on the morning's agenda, including the appointment of Winnipeg's Darren Christle (Executive Director of Motor Carrier Safety & Regulation for Manitoba Infrastructure & Transportation) to the Executive Committee, replacing John Chipperfield (Founding Partner of Bellville Rodair International in Mississauga, Ont.), who has left the Board. The Board welcomed two new members: Craig McKay (VP of Rutherford Global Logistics/Adanac International Forwarders in Richmond, B.C.), who replaces Robert Walker (VP, International Freight at Carson International, and CIFFA's newly appointed President) as CIFFA's representative on the Board, and John McPherson (Program Manager of Global Trade Management at Export Development Canada), who joins as a replacement for the departing John Chipperfield.
Starting at lunchtime, things became, perhaps, a little more interesting. Several hours of presentations were kicked off by Richard Danis, Director of Transportation Policy & Service Development for Manitoba Infrastructure & Transportation. Richard spoke about Manitoba's international gateway strategy.
Because of its location, Manitoba has long played an important role in trade and transportation, as both a gateway and a hub. The Province's goal is to establish itself as a transportation and distribution gateway for North American mid-continent global commerce and international travel. Six initiatives are part of its international gateway strategy:
  • Manitoba International Gateway (MIG) Council
  • Inland Marine Container Terminal
  • International Mid-continent Trade & Transportation Corridor
  • Churchill Gateway Development
  • Winnipeg Global Air Traffic Development
  • Winnipeg Inland Port

Through these integrated initiatives, Manitoba is working to become a logistics centre of excellence and a hub for innovative, value-added activity.

Four speakers in succession provided sterling examples of approaches to getting students interested in and prepared for careers in the supply chain. Given the apparent and growing shortage of workers in the sector, these efforts, and others like them, are essential. Speakers represented the following organizations:
  • BC Supply Chain Career Network (Vancouver) – Alison Csanyi,
    The BCSCCN is a not-for-profit society created by supply chain associations and professionals across B.C. The society's purpose is to benefit supply chain employers by promoting, under a single umbrella, the many career avenues of the supply chain sector (transportation, materials handling, logistics, purchasing, for example), to potential recruits.
  • Joint Learning Initiative (Calgary) – Linda Lucas, JLI Project Lead,
    JLI's mission is to demonstrate the power of broad, cross-sectoral partnerships that i. connect all levels of education, industry and government; ii. combine individual partner efforts, knowledge and resources; iii. create a shared purpose, collective action; and, iv. build a skilled Canadian workforce through an articulated, lifelong learning continuum.
  • Career Internship Project, Windsor Park Collegiate (Winnipeg) – Adriano Magnifico,
    Adriano Magnifico is a high-energy, committed teacher who has created and heads Windsor Park Collegiate's Career Internship Program, an innovative partnership program designed to build transferable skills in youth, and to better prepare them for an economy that demands a variety of skills and the ability to move between different jobs. CIP's 3 R's for the high-school experience – to engage relevant curriculum, participate in real experiences, and be responsive to the needs of the world beyond high school – prepare students for successful high-school transitions. The program was honoured in June this year by the Canadian Council on Learning at its first Sharing the Flame: Recognizing Excellence in Learning conference.
  • TASC/Toronto District School Board Pilot Project (Toronto) – Gary Greenman,
    Project purpose: to develop a replicable model of partnership between sector councils and school boards, which leverages engagement, learning, skill development and career opportunities for all students, and to collaborate in teams locally, provincially and nationally to build the best possible model. Thirty-seven project initiatives are currently underway. The CSCSC is to be matched with a school to develop a partnership.

Watch for more information about these initiatives in coming newsletters.

To close out the day, representatives of CIFFA, PMAC and CITT provided brief updates on their associations' current activities.
CITT's Manitoba Council welcomed 24 members of our contingent to its ceremony on June 21 for this year's CITT graduates in the province. Tying our meetings in with local sectoral events in the cities in which we gather is part of the planning involved in scheduling and locating our Board meetings. Our next Board meeting, on October 26, is arranged to immediately follow SCL's fall symposium in Montreal, on October 24 and 25. We hope that, by timing the meeting this way, participants will be able to also take part in some portion of the SCL event; at least, we hope to get together with conference delegates for drinks or dinner.
As always, our October Board meeting will be open to guests. If you'd like to attend, be sure to contact the Council to receive further meeting details. Our agendas feature information well beyond Council business; we want attendees to gain valuable insights by making time to be at a CSCSC meeting.

Air Cargo Security Program

Securing Air Cargo throughout the Supply Chain
The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) reported at the recent CSCSC Board meeting about the impacts of Transport Canada¡¦s new Air Cargo Security Program (ACSP), which requires freight forwarders and their third-party service providers to increase their security measures to match those of air carriers. The program is intended to enhance aviation security in Canada, facilitate the flow of international and domestic air cargo, and harmonize Canadian standards to those in the U.S. and elsewhere. Each Regulated Agent and their third-party service providers must appoint a primary Cargo Security Coordinator (a CSC), who is responsible for air-cargo security corporately, including procedures and facilities. The CSC, in turn, must appoint Authorized Cargo Representatives (ACRs) in each facility, in accordance with their operational needs and procedural requirements. An ACR is defined as someone who physically handles air cargo or has access to air cargo (or may influence its movement). In order to work with air cargo, CSCs and ACRs must undergo criminal background checks. CSCs, ACRs and other staff must complete two types of training:
  • Generic ACSP training, according to requirements of their work responsibilities
  • Company/location-specific training

Training must be done on an annual basis, and companies must ensure that subject-matter knowledge is tested, training certificates are issued to successful employees, and training records are kept. CIFFA has developed three training programs to meet Transport Canada's air-cargo-security requirements:

  • Cargo Security Coordinator – an 8-hour classroom workshop for senior-leadership representatives of companies in the supply chain, including freight forwarders, warehouse operators, truckers and shippers/manufacturers who are responsible for air-cargo movement in Canada;
  • Authorized Cargo Representative – a 3-to-4-hour e-Learning program for personnel physically handling or having access to air cargo; and
  • General Awareness – a 1-to-2-hour e-Learning program for others in the supply chain who need basic and generic information on air-cargo security.

For more information, contact Doug Burek, CIFFA's Director of Education, at 416-234-5100, ext. 224 or


Can You Help?

Books and Videotapes
Ghana's Centre for Logistics and Supply-Chain Excellence is a new organization, struggling with the challenges that doing business in Africa can entail. With limited funds, it is trying to assist Ghanaian companies to improve their supply chain operations. The Centre is looking for donations of supply chain management books and videos. If you have learning materials that your organization no longer needs, please contact Kim Biggar at the Council office or to find out how you can support the professional development of your counterparts in Ghana.
Aviation Security Training Needs Analysis Survey
The Security Education and Training Division of Security Operations at Transport Canada is conducting an aviation security training needs analysis of all categories of personnel involved in the implementation of aviation security measures. This initiative is intended to harmonize aviation security training requirements for industry in general, and ensure that personnel involved in the implementation of aviation security measures receive the required aviation security training to carry out their duties. As part of this project, Transport Canada would like to poll the opinions of personnel involved in the implementation of aviation security measures, and has developed a survey to do so. The following individuals are encouraged to complete the survey:
  • Employees who receive aviation security training
  • Managers/supervisors of those who receive aviation security training
  • Aviation security training instructors/providers

This survey is the first step in gathering information on aviation security training needs for industry. Focus groups will be used to validate the information gathered and determine more specifically what industry's needs are in terms of aviation security training. A final report will be available. Click here to complete the survey.

Coming Events

Check these out if a fall conference is in your plans:

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