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Friday, March 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Networking: Key to Success

Air Cargo is a global business, which involves thousands of people from around the world. As such, all of us play a role in the needs of the supply chain, and must work together to make this industry as reliable as possible. Sometimes we stay connected through email and phone calls, and at other times it requires face-to-face meetings. As we individually crisscross the globe, we are each working to make our operations the best they can be. However, there is no substitute for human interaction.

The Air Cargo industry has no shortage of conferences, expos, and trade shows where we can network with colleagues and highlight our companies. However, few of these events truly bring together the entire supply chain like the Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition. This year, the event will be held in my home country of Canada, running from October 16 to 18 in Toronto. This year’s event includes thousands of air cargo leaders and hundreds of exhibitors, making it one of the best ways to network and showcase your business. Bringing the cargo industry leaders from around the world to Toronto, the event is a great opportunity to connect with new and existing customers, link with partners and suppliers, and promote your products and services.

For us, this event is also a chance to bring key economic development representatives from our own community to meet with companies from the supply chain, showcasing our city and region as we develop new relationships with professionals and experts from dozens of countries. Additionally, it’s an opportunity for us Canadians to welcome the industry to our vibrant nation.

This year’s event has an incredible line-up of speakers that are sure to educate, motivate, and inspire. It will also include the next CargoLinX meeting. These meetings are a tremendous way for forwarders, airlines, airports, and cargo service providers from across the world to convene with each other, discuss their priorities and issues, and seek opportunities to collaborate. 

Connection is at the heart of the cargo industry. Whether it is during a quick phone call, in a meeting at an airport lounge, or at our booth during Air Cargo Forum, I look forward to connecting with many of you over the coming year.

Pascal Belanger

Winnipeg Airports Authority

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