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January 16, 2020 For Immediate Release  NASCO Applauds U.S. Congress on USMCA Ratification Just moments ago, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 5430 with a bi-partisan vote of 89-10. The U.S. House had already voted 385 to 41 to approve the USMCA on December 19, 2019. Now, the deal awaits President Trump’s signature and Canada’s approval. The membership of North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO), consisting of industry, government, and academia from across North America, would like to congratulate the United States Congress for their ratification of the USMCA / CUSMA / T-MEC! The agreement will benefit all North Americans, and will ensure our continent’s competitiveness and dominance in the global marketplace for years to come. Thank you to the countless North American subnational government representatives, industry leaders, trade associations, academia, research organizations and individuals who tirelessly worked to educate our US Congressional members on the benefits of a trilateral trade agreement and insist on its ratification.  And, we would like to thank the three federal government agencies and administration officials for representing their countries’ needs and requirements in the USMCA / CUSMA / T-MEC with strength, patience and grace. The negotiation process has not been for the faint of heart, and we, at NASCO, are beyond thrilled to see partisan politics put aside to do what is right for the future of all North Americans.  We applaud, and are grateful for, the efforts of so many to ensure this iconic trilateral trade agreement is ratified and goes into effect.  It is, however, an agreement. We must not be complacent. We must work every day to insist North American governments and industry ACT on the platform provided by the new USMCA / CUSMA / T-MEC. We must continue to develop the relationships, trust, respect, shared ideas and opportunities to ensure our North American continent is the most competitive trading block on earth – and the benefits and prosperity are understood and realized by every North American.    NASCO has always been hard at work moving North America forward, and we are more committed than ever to our objectives and partnerships. We look forward to doing our part to turn the newly enacted agreement into positive, lasting, tangible results for our continent.  Congratulations, North America! Let’s get to work.  Sincerely, Tiffany MelvinPresident, NASCO

Government of Ontario News

Ontario Released its first regional transportation plan (click link to access the pdf document): Connecting the Southwest: A Draft Transportation Plan for Southwestern Ontario.  

The province is also consulting the public to gather feedback and explore strategies to implement actions in the plan. Ontarians can participate by completing the online survey until March 17, 2020.  Here is the link for the survey:  https://www.ontario.ca/form/survey-connecting-southwestern-ontario?_ga=2.169669410.2010983419.1579379328-1595718098.1571233176

Government of Canada News

Government of Canada Seeks Chairperson for Great Lakes Pilotage Authority

The Government of Canada has launched an open selection process to fill the Chairperson position (part-time) of the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (GLPA) board of directors.

The GLPA is a Crown corporation based in Cornwall, Ontario. Its mandate is to establish, operate, maintain and administer a safe and efficient marine pilotage within designated Canadian waters in the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes Region. The board is responsible for the organization’s strategic planning, including its business plan, finances, and overall stewardship, which involves the identification of major risks, succession planning and the setting up of an information system to meet its requirements. The Chairperson leads the board in planning and managing its activities and fulfilling its responsibilities, serves as a primary interface with the Chief Executive Officer and the Minister responsible for the Crown Corporation, and represents the board and the Authority to outside parties as appropriate. Further information on the organization can be found on the GLPA website.

The review of applications will begin on January 28. Interested candidates must apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website.  

If you require further information, contact the Policy Group, Crown Corporation and Portfolio Governance – Appointments of Transport Canada, at TC.PolicyGroupAppointments-GroupedespolitiquesNominations.TC@tc.gc.ca

CIFFA Industry Courses and Webinars

Webinars/Online Workshops

Incoterms 2020 – April 28 and 29

Protecting Your Business with CIFFA STCs – April 30 and May 1

Transborder: Shipping to the USA – May 28 and 29

Letters of Credit – June 25 and 26

International Freight Forwarding Courses

Certificate Program

International Transportation and Trade:

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Essentials of Freight Forwarding:

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International Freight Forwarding Advanced Courses

Advanced Certificate Program

Specialized Freight Services:

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Supply Chain Management and Marketing:

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CIFFA/Schulich Management Program – Virtual Classes

Building A Strong Customer Service Culture For Your Organization – April 9 to 30

Sales Strategies for the Non-Sales Manager – May 7 to 28

Air Cargo Security Training

Authorized Cargo Representative – Online On Demand

Cargo Security Coordinator, Initial – Online On Demand

Air Dangerous Goods Training

Air Dangerous Goods In Class Initial Training

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Toronto – Initial: May 12 to 14, Recurrent: May 13 & 14

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Business Ethics for the Global Logistics Professional

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