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CITT looking to help members thrive at annual conference

TORONTO, Ont. – Why merely survive when you can thrive? That’s the thinking behind the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation’s (CITT) focus on “thrive-ability” at its upcoming national conference on...


TORONTO, Ont. – Why merely survive when you can thrive? That’s the thinking behind the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation’s (CITT) focus on “thrive-ability” at its upcoming national conference on supply chain and logistics in November.

The national conference, to be held in Toronto November 3-5, will explore strategies for more profitable and sustainable supply chains. Held at Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel,  it is quickly nearing capacity. CITT, an organization that emerged in 1958, is calling all interested participants to pre-register before the Oct. 18 deadline.

“Conference attendees are going to return to work engaged, refreshed and full of new ideas,” said Catherine Viglas, president of CITT.

The event is a great networking excursion that marries knowledge and ideas and brings together colleagues, competitors and partners, organizers said.

“Every year we look for cutting edge topics within the industry and blend technical aspects with business management in our sessions,” Viglas said. “The power of leadership skills helps you even if you are a coordinator. You can never be too smart in terms of leadership skills.”

This year, the Second City comedy group will present a session that instructs people how to use improvisational skills.

“Improvisation is a method of using your brain power. Everything we do is improvised,” said Viglas.

The session, led by veteran Second City actors, aims to coach people through panic attacks, being caught off guard or away from difficult questions.

“It is how you calm, compose and centre so the right words come out of your mouth. You want action, not just a reaction,” Viglas said.

The sessions aren’t just about testing your skills as a thespian; they also deal with topics that are relevant to the member-based organization.

The three-day conference will explore topics such as global trade compliance, fuel surcharges and ethical business practices, plus more.

“When we bring together these sessions, we make sure we have really top-notch presenters and we get through research,” Viglas emphasized.

“Nobody leaves our sessions. Everyone is enthralled. That’s our conference,” she said.

For details, visit www.citt.ca.


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