Upcoming Event: ‘Interesting Cocktails’ in September with Louise Yako

Canada-US flagsJoin AmCham Canada – Pacific Chapter for their upcoming event with an inspiring guest speaker, and a chance to network with like-minded business professionals.

Event: Interesting Cocktails

Admission: No registration fee

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Place: Pan Pacific Hotel – Pacific Room 1
999 Canada Place

Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

RSVP: amchamvancouver@gmail.com

Guest Speaker: Louise Yako, President and CEO, BC Trucking Association (BCTA)

About Louise Yako:

As President and CEO of a province-wide, non- partisan industry trade association Louise is responsible for the overall management and direction of BCTA. In more than 16 years with BCTA, Louise has played an increasingly significant role in growing its public profile and influence, promoting both its members and the industry to governments at all levels.

Louise is a Regional Vice President of the industry’s national association, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, and Treasurer of the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council. She serves on a number of industry-related boards and committees including the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table, the Lower Mainland Container Forum the Container Drayage Leadership Team, the Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Driver Shortage, and the federal Labour Minister’s Advisory Council on Workplace and Labour Affairs.

Who should attend:

Business owners, CEOs, senior executives, decision makers, entrepreneurs and business professionals in the import/export arena will find this of particular interest. This event is open to all Canadian and U.S. businesses, large and small with a vested interest in cross-border trade and forming new business relationships.

Please share this with colleagues who might be interested.

For more information, visit  www.AmChamCanada.ca.

What is ‘Interesting Cocktails’?

Interesting Cocktails’ is AmCham Canada – Pacific Chapter’s monthly networking event, featuring a guest speaker with expertise in foreign exchange. Speakers bring insightful presentations on various business topics and current business challenges.  It is a casual evening and a great opportunity to network and ask questions of industry professionals.


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Trade Compliance Education Program: 4 Fall Features

Pacific Customs Brokers is pleased to announce another season of trade compliance education. Our 2014 fall season is scheduled to run from September to November this year. Whether you are an importer or exporter trying to understand current trade regulations or planning your professional development this fall, we have some excellent seminars and webinars lined up to help you.


Four Fall Features:

One event every week

We have a great lineup of trade compliance sessions this fall. For a complete list and to mark your calendars check out our fall schedule online or download your copy here.


Two formats from which to choose

(i) Seminars and Workshops

At these in-person sessions, our experts share their knowledge on cross-border and international shipping. They will keep you current with Customs and other government department regulations. You will learn the best practices on being compliant as an importer and/or exporter, helping you expedite shipments rather than trigger costly delays. The benefits of attending a seminar or workshop in-person include:

  • All day access – Get our experts to answer your questions one-on-one
  • More session topics – Choose from a wider variety of seminar topics than webinar ones
  • Certificate of Completion – Receive a certificate for each session you attend
  • Case studies and real-life examples – Examine other attendees’ trade compliance issues
  • Networking – Connect with other like-minded professionals
  • Handouts – Take home your own set of printed material
  • Industry recognized sessions – Earn points towards maintenance of your industry designations

(ii) Webinars

Our webinars celebrate their one-year anniversary this fall. Designed to meet the demands of the global trade community, our live and on-demand webinars are a convenient way for trade professionals to stay ahead of new regulations with international trade and gain additional knowledge in key areas. The benefits of attending an online event include:

  • Global accessibility – Travel is removed from the equation for companies with multiple locations or branches
  • Cost-effectiveness – Half the cost of attending one of our seminars
  • Concise training – In a fast-paced industry, efficiency becomes just as important as staying compliant
  • Convenience – Attend from the comfort of your desk

Three new experts to the team

We are excited to welcome a few new experts to our roster of presenters this season.

(i) Patti O’Malley, CCS, CTCS
Patti has 30 years of experience in Canada-bound importations and holds both Certified Customs Specialist and Certified Trade Compliance Specialist designations. She is the Ocean Import Supervisor with Pacific Customs Brokers (Canada).

(ii) Breanna Leininger, LCB, CCS
Breanna is a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist with 10 years of experience in the import-export industry. She is a Trade Compliance Supervisor with Pacific Customs Brokers (USA).

(iii) Mandy Watters, CCS
Mandy is a Certified Customs Specialist with 6 years of experience in the import-export industry. She is a Customs Technical Trainer with Pacific Customs Brokers (Canada).

Four designations for which you can earn points

You can earn points towards maintenance of your industry designations by attending one of Pacific Customs Brokers’ seminars or workshops. For approved sessions, view the 2014 Fall Trade Compliance Seminar Schedule.

(i) CSCB Approved Professional Development

Many of our Canadian and U.S. sessions continue to be recognized by the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB) for points towards the maintenance of:

1. Certified Customs Specialist (CCS)
2. Certified Trade Compliance Specialist (CTCS)

(ii) NEI Continuing Education Credits

As of January 2014, the NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI) has also recognized a number of our sessions and will award points towards the maintenance of:

3. U.S. Certified Customs Specialist (CCS)
4. Certified Export Specialist (CES)

Topics Offered This Fall:

….American: ….Canadian: ….North American:
  • U.S. Customs Compliance
  • U.S. Customs Audit
  • FDA
  • Basics of Importing into the USA
  • Part II. Importing into the USA
  • Canadian Customs Compliance
  • Canada Customs Audit
  • CFIA
  • Basics of Importing into Canada
  • Part II. Importing into Canada
  • H.S. Tariff and Classification
  • Global Export



For more information or to register, visit the Trade Compliance Education section of our website. Be sure to subscribe to our weekly trade newsletter to receive the latest updates on our Trade Compliance Education Program.

Do you have questions about our trade compliance education program? Use the comments section below to leave us your thoughts or email Ask Your Broker.

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