ePortal Newsletter: Aug. 16, 2023

August 16, 2023

In this Issue:

  • B.C. ports: Terms of new contract that resolved dispute are released
  • IAM Members Respond to Devastating Fire in Hawaii
  • The Annual Meeting is almost here; Are you ready?
  • More 2024 Industry Events Announced
  • Top Five News Stories You Might Have Missed
  • Invisible Champions: Recognizing the Unsung Heroes Who Drive Organizational Success from Behind the Scenes
  • Cindy Hennigan Named FMC Deputy Managing Director
  • IAM Staff Speak at Flagship Conference for Association Professionals
  • IAM Podcast: Get to Know Mike Richardson, the Chair of IAM's Executive Committee
  • Mark Greene Joins GSA Subcommittee
  • Christiaan van der Ent named to Core Members Management Board
  • Upcoming Industry Events
  • IAM Membership Updates

B.C. ports: Terms of new contract that resolved dispute are released

The Canada Industrial Relations Board has released the new terms of the agreement that resolved British Columbia's port dispute, including a commitment by employers to train workers to perform maintenance on new equipment.


Contracting out of maintenance work to third parties had been one of the most contentious issues during the months-long dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada and the BC Maritime Employers Association.

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IAM Members Respond to Devastating Fire in Hawaii

Maui Wildfires. By the Hawaii National Guard.

IAM members are helping significantly in the recovery after the wildfires in Maui, Hawaii.


ALAN is helping as well:

As fires on Maui and Big Island continue to burn, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) is gearing up to provide support – and calling on members of the logistics community to be on long-term alert for opportunities to do the same.


Effective immediately, the organization has expanded its Disaster Micro-Site to include key details about the fires and their related logistics needs. And late yesterday the organization received its first request for logistics assistance – moving communications equipment to support shelter facilities near Lahaina.

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The Annual Meeting is almost here; Are you ready?

Watch the recent webcast: Tips and Tricks to Maximize Your ROI at the IAM Annual Meeting & Expo


New! Tickets and Sponsorships Available for the DAB After Party!

Get your tickets for IAM's Official After Party, hosted by the Domestic Asset-Based Mover group and benefiting Move For Hunger and Street Line Percussion. It's an all-inclusive evening and not only meant for the DAB community but for all registered attendees! Tickets are $50 USD each. Lots of companies are already sponsoring, but there are some great opportunities left. Questions? Contact Christopher Lantz or IAM's Daniel Bradley.


You can buy tickets when you register for the Annual Meeting. If you have already registered, you can use the unique URL sent to you in your registration confirmation to edit your registration and add this important event. Contact IAM@mmsmeetings.com with any questions.


Conference Agenda

Review the preliminary conference agenda today to select the learning labs and special sessions you wish to attend. Download the Schedule-at-a-Glance as well for easy reference.


Get Your Visa

Visit the Government of Canada website for official information on entry regulations and to check if you need a visa. If facing issues with the application, please reach out to us for assistance at membership@iamovers.org.


Be Careful—Scams are Afoot

Every year, IAM hears from members that they are approached by third parties attempting to sell attendee lists. IAM does not sell attendee or member lists to anyone. If you receive an email offer like this, please delete it.

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Please contact IAM's Matthieu Odijk at matthieu.odijk@iamovers.org with questions about the IAM Annual Meeting and Expo.

More 2024 Industry Events Announced

OMNI Conference in Dublin

The OMNI 2024 conference will take place in Dublin, Ireland from 17-21May, 2024. The conference will be held at the Carton House Hotel, about 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of the city. OMNI conferences are always held in venues that contribute to the style of the event and are in keeping with the organisation’s brand.

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Young Movers Head to Malaga

FEDEMAC have announced the dates for the 2024 Young Movers Conference (YMC) that follows the European Federations’ General Assembly. Following the successful conference in Tallinn, Estonia earlier this year, the Young Movers will meet in Malaga, Spain, from April 25-28, 2024. The FEDEMAC General Assembly will be held the day before the YMC on April 24.

FIDI Goes to Edinburgh

The 2024 FIDI conference will be Edinburgh, Scotland from May 12-15.

Top Five News Stories You Might Have Missed

Invisible Champions: Recognizing the Unsung Heroes Who Drive Organizational Success from Behind the Scenes

Sept. 12, 10 am EDT


Join us for an enlightening webinar as the IAM Leadership Alliance Council highlights the indispensable contributions of employees who work behind the scenes in member companies. These unsung heroes play a vital role in the success of their organizations.


In this webinar, we will explore how these unseen employees contribute to their organizations and uncover what strategies their companies employ regarding talent development and training. Recognizing and investing in the professional growth of these employees is essential to unlocking the full potential of an organization.


Take advantage of this opportunity to gain insights into the hidden champions driving organizational excellence and discover actionable strategies to elevate your workforce. Register now and join us for this transformative webinar experience.


Register now!

Cindy Hennigan Named FMC Deputy Managing Director

Cindy R. Hennigan has been designated as the Deputy Managing Director and appointed to be a member of the Senior Executive Service. As Deputy Managing Director, Ms. Hennigan will serve as the operating director for the Commission’s administrative functions and as the primary technical advisor to the Managing Director. She assumes her new duties effectively immediately.

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IAM Staff Speak at Flagship Conference for Association Professionals

IAM Vice President Brian Limperopulos and Director of Membership Julia O’Connor presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in Atlanta, GA, last week.


Learning from the experiences of the past few years, Brian spoke on a panel focused on global membership recruitment and retention in turbulent times. Julia shared IAM’s experiences on how to restructure member categories to serve members better and adapt to the shifting industry.

IAM Podcast: Get to Know Mike Richardson, the Chair of IAM's Executive Committee

Many thanks to Mike Richardson of Senate Forwarding Inc., who has been serving as Chair of IAM's Executive Committee since 2020. Mike reflects on his history in the industry, his 20 years of service to various boards and committees at IAM, and most recently, his time leading the association through the pandemic. He will be stepping down from his Chair role this October at the IAM Annual Meeting & Expo. Get to know some of what he has learned and experienced over the years.

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Mark Greene Joins GSA Subcommittee

We are delighted to introduce Mark Greene from Arpin International as the newly appointed Chair of IAM's GSA (General Services Administration) subcommittee. This subcommittee aims to provide an organized avenue for industry engagement with the GSA and the move programs it administers.

Christiaan van der Ent named to Core Members Management Board

Thank you for your service to the association, Christiaan! Read his submitted bio:


I always joking around by saying that “I am born in a box.”  I am in the logistics and moving industry for over 17 years now.

After succeeding my higher education, I started my journey as expediter in Rotterdam. After two years I made my first entrance in the family-owned company. 

The first 5 years I worked as a foreman and drove through Europe to deliver household goods. From there I fulfilled different roles as dispatcher, surveyor, and general manager. In the meantime, I updated my skills by following my FIDI MIM, did different sales seminars and getting my entrepreneurial transport papers.


Finally, I become owner (4th generation) of the Van der Ent Group, a 100% family-owned company located in Rotterdam and The Hague ( the Netherlands ) Last year we had the pleasure to celebrate our 100 years anniversary (1922 – 2022) and this year we were appointed as Purveyor to the Royal Household! A recognition of having a good and solid reputation over the last decade.

It`s a pleasure to enter the CMMB board as representative for Europe.

I am looking forward working together with Barbara Savelli within our region.
My goal is to improve the visibility of the IAM and translate the needs and ideas in our industry to the IAM table.

Therefore, feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas.
We need your (critical) feedback, to make things happen!

Portal Magazine

In every issue of the Portal, we invite our authors to share their experiences, success stories, learning experiences, and vision with others in the moving and forwarding industry. In addition to our regular columns, feature articles for each issue are united by a central theme.


The theme: "Think globally, act locally" chosen by the IAM-YP Management Board encourages considering global consequences and making a positive impact in local communities.


Submit your story today for the upcoming edition of the Portal Magazine. Contact Portal Editor Will Kohudic if you have any questions or want to send him your article.

Upcoming Industry Events

Is your calendar up to date? See IAM's Events Calendar to stay abreast of the various conferences and industry meetings. Want to add an event? Contact IAM's Carl Weaver.

IAM Membership Updates


Member News

Gosselin acquires long-term partner Frey & Klein Internationale Spedition GmbH in Simmern, Germany

Gosselin is proud to announce its acquisition of Frey & Klein Internationale Spedition GmbH, including its newly built warehouse in Simmern, Hunsrück, Germany. Stefan Klein will continue in his role as Managing Director of the company.

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Industry Veterans Team Up To Offer Assistance to Moving Companies

With over 120 years’ combined experience in moving services, Georgia Angell, Maarten van Zutphen, and Mark Oakeshott, have founded the new service to provide a simple and easy way for owners and staff at moving companies around the world to get quick answers to any issues that they face from sales and marketing to operations, disputes, insurance, and claims.

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