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CITT honours its top achievers

TORONTO, Ont.–CITT has announced the 2016 winners of its prestigious academic awards. The 6 awards, which are given to those who receive top marks in CITT’s specialized logistics courses towards the CCLP (CITT-Certified Logistics Professional) designation, will be presented at Canada Logistics Conference 2016 in Saint John, New Brunswick, on October 26-28, said the release.
“This year’s award winners have a great mix of backgrounds and roles, really representing the diversity of professionals who work toward and hold the CCLP designation” said Catherine Viglas, CITT President & CEO.

“Some are newer to the industry, looking to take their careers to the next level. Others have decades of experience, and have looked to the CCLP designation as further proof of their expertise, or to become familiar with aspects of Canadian supply chain logistics they haven’t encountered elsewhere in their careers. We’re proud to be chosen as a source of career development for talented, driven professionals across the sector.”

One of the rising stars, Pam Humphries, has been in the sector for 6 years, starting with Avalon Customs Brokers after completing her degree at Memorial University.

“The work has really helped fine-tune my abilities in supply chain logistics. In an industry as complex as ours, every bit of knowledge is valuable” she said.

Management at Avalon Customs Brokers were eager to note the value she brings to their team: “Pamela, besides being our logistics lead, is also a Certified Customs Broker and a fully qualified Ships Agent who can multitask quite efficiently between all three disciplines. It gives us a great sense of pride to see how confident and successful she has become in her time with us.”

Another award winner, Jennifer Fowlow, CCLP, now holds the CCLP designation in her 7th year in the industry. Starting her career at Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing working in various departments, Fowlow was drawn to the pace and complexity of her work in logistics. After getting a permanent role in transportation at Hitachi, she and decided to earn her CCLP designation at the recommendation of a manager.

“The course work has really helped give me knowledge that I could use every day at work. And, it’s given me the confidence and abilities to create a proposal that management was very impressed with and willing to act on.”

Other award winners are senior veterans with deep experience, who came to CITT to build their already impressive careers.

Gary Newbury, CCLP, entered supply chain logistics as a CFO in the UK before serving as interim CEO, COO, or CFO in many different companies. Newbury specialized in turning around underperforming supply chains and businesses for 17 years before coming to Canada. “I saw the need for more formal training to quickly get up to speed with the terminology here in Canada. The program absolutely accelerated my learning process. CITT is a great professional association and they’re doing an important job of raising the profile of the sector here”.

Adrian Fenech, CCLP, is another professional with strong industry experience abroad who came to CITT to quickly build his familiarity with the Canadian supply chain logistics environment. “I’ve been in supply chain management for more than 30 years in Europe. As a newcomer to Canada, I immediately recognized the importance of attaining my CCLP designation. It’s increased my knowledge and confidence in Canadian logistics and helped me gain respect and recognition from individuals working in the industry.

Said Adada, CCLP, came into supply chain logistics from finance after realizing how critical supply chain is to the survival of many businesses. In his 15 years of experience, Mr. Adada has worked for distributors and 3PL providers of leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods. “I’ve made a very positive impact at work with the knowledge I’ve gained from CITT. It filled all the gaps that I wasn’t learning on the job in my day-to-day responsibilities. The CCLP designation was by far the best designation I could find because of the depth of the materials and the professional education methods. “

Another industry veteran winning a CITT award is Jacqueline Muzia, CCLP, Client Service Lead – Ocean Imports at DB Schenker Canada. Mrs. Muzia has 18 years of international and domestic transportation across modes. “I’ve always believe in the importance of continuous education to grow personally, and in your career” she said. “I knew earning my CCLP was the best way to become a more valuable employee and to further my career in logistics. The knowledge from the courses has given me the solutions to help my clients make their supply chains more efficient. “

The full list of award winners is:

Charles Laferle Memorial Award
Pamela Humphries, Logistics Lead, Avalon Customs Brokers, a Division of A. Harvey & Company Limited

Robert A. Hains Memorial Award
Said Adada, Supply Chain Manager

Thomas J. McTague Memorial Award
Jennifer Fowlow, CCLP, HR/ISO Coodinator, Hitatchi Construction Truck Manufacturing

Stuart Robertson Memorial Award
Jacqueline Muzia, CCLP, Client Service Lead, Ocean Imports, DB Schenker Canada

Charles D. Edsforth Memorial Award
Adrian Fenech, CCLP, Ocean Specialist – International Transportation, Canadian Tire Corporation

James T. MacKenzie Memorial Gold Award
Gary Newbury, CCLP, Last Mile Project Lead, Gordon Food Service