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CILTNA at Cargo Logistics Canada Trade Show and Conference 2019

Marian Robson, Chair, and Wafaa Barakat, Executive Committee member, at the CILTNA (Pacific Chapter) booth at Cargo Logistics Canada Trade Show and Conference February 6-7, 2019 in Vancouver, BC.   

Visitors learned about the benefits of a CILTNA membership through literature provided at the booth along with chats with CILTNA members and student volunteers from Capilano University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Two draws were made for prizes donated by the Port of Vancouver.

CILTNA Conference Session: What it takes to be Big Ship Ready

Interest was high for the CILTNA Pacific Chapter’s session: What it takes to be Big Ship Ready, at the Cargo Logistics Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre February 7, 2019. A four-person panel, moderated by Session Chair Robert Lewis-Manning, addressed a sold-out room on the issues facing the cargo transportation chain in preparation for Ultra Large Container Ships arriving at Canada’s sea ports. Among challenges facing port terminals, rail and truck stakeholders, and inland destinations were common themes of expansion: terminal ship berths and container yards; increased rail and trucking capacity; increased labour; and information technology solutions. Tony Boemi, Vice President, Growth and Development at the Port of Montreal, said the port was now focused on developing artificial intelligence to predict port activity. Jordan Kajfasz, Assistant Vice President of International Intermodal and Automotive at CP Rail, identified the need to have sufficient land reserved at inland destinations to avoid failure in the supply chain. Tabare Dominguez, Commercial Director for DP World’s ocean terminals in British Columbia described expansion plans at ports in Vancouver and Prince Rupert.  Jude Correa, Vice President, Risk and Insurance, Seaspan Ship Management Ltd., Jude Correa, Vice President, Risk and Insurance, Seaspan Ship Management Ltd., provided the audience with a detailed examination of the engineering and design changes that have taken place in recent years to develop the new Ultra Large Container Ships, some of which carry more than 22,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units).

CILTNA (Pacific Chapter) member, Harbour Link Container Services Inc., donated a grand prize for a draw at the end of the panel session: a sight seeing airplane flight over Vancouver’s port facilities on the Pacific Coast and the Burrard Inlet waterway.

Photos courtesy of Cargo Logistics Canada

Pacific Chapter Winter Luncheon on December 6th was a success!

On Thursday, December 6th the Pacific Chapter (CILTNA) hosted its Winter Luncheon featuring Guest Speaker, Mark Collins, President and CEO,BC Ferries. Guests, including sponsored students from Capilano U, UBC and BCIT, enjoyed a lively presentation from Mark. He talked about major investments in new ships, the adoption of clean technology throughout the ferry system, and the underwater noise mitigation plan to protect whales. He pointed out that BC Ferries is taking a lead in GHG reduction through it’s new LNG powered ferries and its plans for electrification of vessels in the future. Mark praised the company’s workforce, noting prolonged management/labour peace and the employees’ commitment to the ferry service.

To sign up for membership in CILTNA, or to get information about future events, please email Pacific Chapter Chair, Marian Robson

UN/CEFACT and CILTNA – A guest speaker event with Colin Laughlan and Marian Robson to the IBMP students

Mrs. Marian Robson is giving speech about CILTNA


Written by Jackie Li, IBMP Program Head at BCIT

On Oct 5th, 2018, we have the pleasure to invite Mr. Colin Laughlan, former Vice Chair of UN/CEFACT and Mrs. Marian Robson, Chair of CILTNA Pacific Chapter to be our special speakers to discuss global trade and logistics with our IBMP students.

Mr. Laughlan, an expert in international trade and global affair offered a summarized history and functionality about UN/CEFACT. UN/CEFACT stands for United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business. This organization is a subsidiary of UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission Europe), headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland. Originally founded in 1957, UN/CEFACT has recommended standards, international forms and procedures to all participating members of UN in the many domains of global trade. It introduced utilization of cutting edge technologies such as EDI, Blockchain and Data pipeline into multi-lateral trade practice around the world. The presentation was warmly welcomed by the IBMP students with lots of curiosity and heart-felt questions about global trade.


Mrs. Robson, former Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transport Agency, a long term senior government official offered a presentation about CILTNA (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, North America) for her royal charter history, student benefits and industry connection. CILTNA is an educational partner of IBMP BCIT. All IBMP graduates met the academic requirements for the designation of MILT (Member of CILT). Students are amazed by the long history of CILT and its rich connection to the senior level industry leaders. Many students signed up to be the Student Member of CILTNA. This is a benefit provided by CILTNA for free, so that students can utilize the abundant resources at the CILT industry library.


It was an informative and inquisitive presentation and exchange. I want to thank my friends Colin and Marian to volunteer their time to enlighten the next generation of logisticians and globe-trotters. I look forward to having them at many more industry events in future.

Pacific Chapter Luncheon on October 18th was a success!

We were delighted to welcome over 60 guests at our CILTNA Pacific Chapter Autumn Reception at the Terminal City Club on October 18. One third of the guests were students from BCIT: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Maritime Campus, BCIT School of Business and Transportation, and UBC Sauder School of Business. All of the students were sponsored by our generous members.

A special thanks goes out to our student sponsors, Harbour Link Container Services Inc., Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia, ILWU, Joe Sulmona, Martin Crilly, KPMG, AeroEdge Consulting, Port of Vancouver. Our event sponsors were Hatch and BC Marine Terminal Operators Association (BCMOTA) and we appreciate their financial support.

Our guest speaker was Michael Henderson, Managing Director, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council. His theme was “Asia-Pacific Trade: How is the Gateway Responding to this Burgeoning Wave of Traffic?”

To receive copy of Michael’s presentation, to sign up for membership in CILTNA,or to get information about future events, please email Pacific Chapter Chair, Marian Robson



Upcoming Chapter Events

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Past Chapter Events

Date Time Event
May 29, 2019 All Day Pacific Chapter and the CTRF - "The Asia Pacific Corridors: Challenges and Future Directions"
Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, Vancouver British Columbia
May 6, 2019 7:15 am - 4:00 pm PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE: Annual Spring Outlook Conference
Apr 25, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CITT Social Networking Event
Eagle Creek at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course, Burnaby British Columbia
Feb 7, 2019 8:30 am - 9:45 am Cargo Logistics Canada & Pacific Chapter of CILTNA - Expo + Conference February 7th, 2019, 8:30-9:45am
Vancouver Convention Center West, Vancouver British Columbia
Dec 6, 2018 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Pacific Chapter Winter Luncheon
KPMG, Sea to Sky Rooms, 11th Floor, Vancouver British Columbia
Oct 18, 2018 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CILTNA Pacific Chapter: Networking and Learning
Terminal City Club, Vancouver British Columbia
Jun 11, 2018 11:30 am - 2:00 pm SOLD OUT - The Pacific Chapter Luncheon Meeting
KPMG Meeting Rooms, Vancouver British Columbia
Aug 29, 2017 All Day CILTNA Pacific Chapter Breakfast Meeting
Feb 9, 2017 All Day CILTNA Pacific Chapter Seminar
Oct 9, 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Kevin Desmond, President & CEO, TransLink

Board of Directors of CILTNA Pacific Region

Chairman: Marian Robson (FCILT)

Services and Membership

International recognition of designations: MILT, CMILT, FCILT
Periodic forums and Conferences on transportation issues
National and international network of transportation professionals
Monthly luncheon meetings
Transportation education
CSL gold medal for student achievement

Becoming a Member of CILTNA

Membership in CILT is by designation including Student, Associate, Member, and Fellow on the basis of education, experience in transportation and/or contribution to the industry or CIT.

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