The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) was established in the UK in 1919, and is today the leading international professional body for those who work with supply chains, logistics or transportation. CILT now has branches in over 30 countries worldwide and over 34,000 members.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in North America (CILTNA) is the North American division of CILT. Inaugurated in 1985, CILTNA is headquartered in Ottawa with regional chapters in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. Key benefits of CILTNA membership include:
• Invitations to regular luncheons, seminars and workshops at the chapter level• Invitations to regular luncheons, seminars and workshops at the chapter level
• Discounted pricing on two annual CILTNA conferences, focused on topical issues related to national and international transportation and logistics
• Networking opportunities with professionals across the industry, including government policy-makers, shippers, carriers, operations specialist, consultants and academics Access to CILT’s online resources and global reach, including opportunities to attend CILT-sponsored conferences across the world
• Post-nominal letters for your professional profile, illustrating a professional status that will be recognized wherever you go and wherever you work
The association is open to all those interested in the transport of passengers, movement of freight and management of North American domestic and international supply chains, from students to the most senior CEOs.
How We Began
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is the oldest international transportation and logistics organization in the world.
CILT was started in 1919 by a group of senior transport professionals who wanted to correct problems of moving goods and vehicles encountered during the First World War. They created a professional body to set new industry standards, calling it the Institute of Transport.
In 1926 it was granted a Royal Charter by King George V.
In 1971 the Institute of Transport was granted a new name by Queen Elizabeth II to reflect its Royal Charter – the Chartered Institute of Transport.
In 2001 CIT became the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, or CILT.
Interest in CILT in North America developed in the late seventies, with a formal territory being inaugurated in Canada in 1985*. A U.S. chapter was started in 1993 in Washington, D.C. From its initial 50 members, it today has six regional chapters across Canada, as well as one chapter, currently dormant, in Washington, D.C. CILTNA chapters can be found in Vancouver (Pacific), Edmonton (Prairie); Toronto; Ottawa; Montreal (Quebec) and Halifax (Atlantic).
Current CILTNA membership totals approximately 300.
Who We Are
Today, CILT is a ‘global’ transportation and logistics institute with over 30 Territories/Branches around the world. Its 34,000 plus members work in over 100 countries, including England, Ireland, Poland, Malta, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, U.A.E., Oman, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, North America, Australia and New Zealand to name a few
Being a member of CILTNA is to be recognized and accredited as a professional in the field of transportation and logistics. Membership carries with it post nominal letters based on one’s education and experience in the field of transportation and logistics. There are six different membership grades: Student, Affiliate, Member (MILT), Chartered Member (CMILT), Chartered Fellow (FCILT) and Honorary Chartered Fellow (FCILT). These are recognized internationally, evidence of one’s professional qualifications.
The Institute’s strengths include its chartered status as the largest and oldest of the principal transport professional bodies; its long established and high quality educational qualifications; its membership across all parts of passenger and freight transport; its extensive information resources including an excellent library; and its strong international reach, particularly in Commonwealth countries, where its qualifications are widely recognized and highly respected.
What We Do
CILTNA is focused on the original 1919 Institute aims of developing the science and art of transport and logistics. Here in North America we promote and encourage this in a number of ways:
- We provide conferences, seminars and workshops, to bring people in the transportation and logistics sector together to become informed and to network and discuss current issues in the field.
- We recognize, foster and encourage training and education in the field of transportation and logistics. We have partnered with a number of educational institutions across Canada to accredit courses and programs in logistics and transport, as well as promoting the field to students. Courses are also available online from CILT in the UK.
- We regularly provide members with information on emerging issues via an e-newsletter, the CILTNA website and social media. In addition, we offer members exclusive access to CILT’s ‘International Knowledge Centre’, a massive digital library of newspapers, journals and papers from around the world.
As a family of professionals, members are able to come together at an annual International Convention in a different global location each year. The 2019 Convention, in Manchester, United Kingdom, will mark the 100th anniversary of the Chartered Institute.
*Early champions of CILTNA: It all started in 1978 when Richard Lande, then of Montreal, was introduced to two CILT members from England living in Canada, one a seagoing captain residing in Montreal West and the other in Kingston Ontario. Richard Lande subsequently travelled to London to meet with CILT officers. He also made a few trips to Australia. Between 1978 and 1985. Canada became a CILT “Section”, with chapters established in BC, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. In 1993, a chapter was started in Washington, D.C. In 1985 we were inaugurated as a full CILT Territory. Richard Lande was the first national chair. He was succeeded by Fred Pietrie of Canada Steamship Lines and George Adams of Canada Transport in Vancouver.
Board of Directors
Regional & Chapter Directors/Advisors
Education Committee – Provides leadership in the creation, development, implementation, delivery and evaluation of education surrounding certification. With the assistance of staff, the Committee should plan cost effective, profitable events that further the professional goals of the organization’s membership.
Membership Committee – Targets audiences for membership, successfully enrolling new members while retaining current members. Specific, quantitative goals and deadlines for enrollment and retention are to be set by the Executive Director or the Committee Chairman. The Committee oversees chapter development and regularly reviews the organization’s membership strategies.
Certification Committee – Oversees the certification programs of the society. Annually reviews exam modules, supporting materials and exams. Exams and modules updates are revised every two years. The Committee members are the Board of Examiners, chaired by the Board of Examiners Chairperson.
Finance Committee – Oversees the treasury of the organization, as well as its financial instruments, budgets, controls and reports. It is chaired by the Secretary/ Treasurer. The Committee submits a proposed annual budget for board approval, and may undertake fund raising projects.
Nominating Committee – Reviews and makes recommendations about individuals who are qualified and willing to serve on the Board of Directors. It ensures that the organization continues to operate smoothly during transitions of the organization’s elected officials and is led by individuals who reflect the membership.
Marketing Communications Committee – Refers to the communication network developed by the organization to keep members and prospects abreast of the organization’s activities. It maintains newsletters, articles, marketing materials, press release and other communication tools that reach members and prospects. This includes communications to the targeted audiences of the organization, who are generally prioritized in the order of: (1) members, (2) prospects, (3) allied organizations, (4) government, and (5) general public. May be responsible for reviewing and updating publications and acquiring articles for the newsletters. This Committee reports to the Board via the Executive Director for oversight on all public statements.
Partnerships Committee – Develops leads for possible partnerships, sponsorships, and advertising by fostering ties with appropriate associations, businesses, and academic institutions. Monitors public positions of allied organizations and recommends appropriate responses that reflect the interest of the members.