Forum for International Trade Training Inc.

Forum for International Trade Training Inc.

May 26, 2009 07:34 ET

Canada's International Competitiveness Set to Grow : Newest Certified International Trade Professionals Will Lead the Way

MISSISSAUGA, CANADA--(Marketwire - May 26, 2009) - Members of Canada's international trade community came together last night at FITT's 12th National Conference to celebrate the accreditation of 63 newly designated Certified International Trade Professionals (CITP).

These individuals join the prestigious group of over 370 CITPs from across Canada and around the world who are bringing a new level of expertise and accountability to the field of international trade. CITPs possess the necessary skills and experiences required in today's unique business environment and have the credential to prove it.

"Besides adding value to my current career, the FITT Diploma of International Trade (the educational requirement for the CITP) has also educated me to become more capable of critical and independent thinking towards opportunities, inefficiency, complexity and solutions at the industry and national economic levels," said Dehua Pan, CITP, Business Development Manager, Mathias International Limited, who is among the newly recognized CITPs.

Rafi Moradians, Advisor to Deputy Minister's Office, Iran, Ministry of Industry and Mines, who has been a CITP for 13 years, said the accreditation is a tremendous career enhancing asset. "The FITT Diploma and the CITP designation (have) opened lots of doors for me and given me the ability to move up in my career at a faster pace," said Mr. Moradians. "I had the privilege of meeting my peers, exchanging ideas and discussing issues," adds Moradians.

FITT's highest educational honours, the FITT Educational Awards, were also presented to four students who participated in the FITTskills program, a practical, hands-on series of courses that focus on the fundamental aspects of international business. The EDC-FITT Internship recipient was also recognized during the event. This program, established by EDC, was created in recognition of the importance of international trade to Canada's economic prosperity.

"The commitment of our partners-Export Development Canada, Scotiabank, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and Georgian College-for these awards helps us to promote quality international trade training", said Caroline Tompkins, President of FITT. "International trade training benefits the individual, their employer, and ultimately, the Canadian economy."

About FITT:

FITT equips individuals and businesses with the practical skills they need to succeed in today's competitive global marketplace. FITT sets the standards for international trade practitioners and designs the certification and accreditation programs for the professional designation Certified International Trade Designation (CITP). Centered on best practices and delivered by a broad network of educational partners, FITT certification and accreditation programs provide international trade professionals with a competitive advantage, elevating their position in world markets. FITT and CITP: strengthening your hand in international trade.

The 2008 FITT Educational Award Winners:



Todd MacDonald, Georgian College
International Business Plan Award
Presented by FITT's supporting partner, Georgian College

Caitlin Pauze, Georgian College
International Marketing Plan Award
Presented by FITT's strategic partner, Scotiabank

Igor Yarantsev, British Columbia Institute of Technology
Student of the Year Award
Presented by FITT's strategic partner, Export Development Canada

Ashley McCulloch, Sheridan College
FITT Achievement Award
Presented by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada


The 2009 EDC-FITT Internship Recipient:

EDC-FITT Internship Recipient
Heather Stokes
Graduate, International Business Management, Georgian College


2008 - 2009 Certified International Trade Professionals (CITPs):

Suhayb Al-Harash, Jana Business Services
David Archer, International Business Trainers
Visar Bajra, S.A. Armstrong Ltd.
Molly Jo Beauchamp, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Miran Bek, Bek Group Ltd.
Jeffrey Bielmann, GEOS Corporation
Ramiro Castaneda, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Doreen Conrad, Global Links Network
Joseph Conti, Media-Hosts
Christopher Corman, Industry Canada
Remi Cote, Sotrem Maltech Groupe
Mario Cotic, TST Overland Express
Nicole Daigle, MDS Nordion
Sukhdeep Singh Deol, Deolexim
Alexandra Dostal, Finance Canada
Dilek Duman, Wyecroft Lumber & Trim Ltd.
Catherine Ehlers, Automotive Finishes Corporation
Mamoun El-Khatib, Doha Bank
Frederic Fournier, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Felipe Gajardo, Government of Chile
Mauricio Gamboa, Encore Art Group
Valya Georgieva, Global Bulgarian Business Network Association
Peter Giffin, Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Barry Goldberg, YMCA
Ruth Grady, Northern Abrasives Inc.
Jatinder Singh Gulati, Raysim Ventures Incorporated
Jing Hu, Kuehne and Nagel Logistics Incorporated
Brian Jervis, Algonquin College
Kathleen Keating, Keating Communications
Mozammel Khan, MDI Canada
Martin Lutereau, Consulate General of Argentina
Stacy MacWilliams, West Isle Enterprise Limited
Alexander Malaket, OPUS Advisory Services International Inc.
Andrea Mandel-Campbell, Veteran Journalist
Marcela Mandeville, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
Nelly Martinez Fonseca, Trade Office of Costa Rica
Ashley McCulloch, 2008 FITT Achievement Award Winner
Alain Meere, Export Development Canada
Holly Metropolit, Government of Alberta
Abel Mharapara, Canada Revenue Agency
Karl Miville de Chene, Consultation Contacts Monde
Hilda Namu, Elizabeth Fry Society of Toronto
Peter Ohonsi, Royal Bank of Canada
Omaira Ospino, Nova Scotia Department of Energy
Roy Palaco, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Dehua Pan, Mathias International Limited
David Pastirik, Niagara College
Steve Razmovski, Cushman and Wakefield LePage Inc.
Ehab Shalayel, Canada Link
Doron Shwaizer, CrimsonLogic (North America) Inc.
Debby Sung, Mountain Equipment Co-op
Michel Tapiero, World University Service of Canada
Bradley Thorne, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Mariya Vaneva, Ango Mode Inc.
Krishna Kumar Varma, Vancouver Career College
Jagdeep Virk, Virk and Virk
Martin Wanzala, Delmar International
Karen Williams, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage
Berni Wood, Berni Wood & Associates and Reel Media
Ann Worth, Worth Consulting Group
Juzer Ebrahim Yusufali, Export Development Canada
Gustavo Zentner, InterPOC - International Point of Commerce
Limei Zhou, Scotiabank


Contact Information

  • FITT (Forum for International Trade Training)
    Scott C. Ferris, CITP
    Director, Business Development
    613-230-3553 or 800-561-3488
    scott@fitt.ca
    www.fitt.ca