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Canadian Alliance hosted Calgary Education Exchange Day

The Canadian Alliance of Business Travel, Canada’s premier association for corporate travel management, hosted its…

The Canadian Alliance of Business Travel, Canada’s premier association for corporate travel management, hosted its Education Exchange Day in Calgary. The event is the fifth in a series of one and two-day conferences held throughout Canada in 2005 focusing on corporate travel management and purchasing. The focus of this conference is global energy trends and their impact on corporate travel managers and purchasers. The event has attracted 33 attendees from 18 companies across North America.

“The energy sector is the lifeblood of the Calgary economy, so what better place to host an educational event that focuses on the travel management profession in energy regions around the world” said Canadian Alliance President Tanya Racz, CCTE. “As North American energy companies continue to expand their reach around the globe, it is imperative their corporate travel managers and purchasers understand the uniqueness of each region before implementing their travel policies and programs – this event provides them with the tools to do so.”

The event addressed topics of interest to U.S. and Canadian travel managers, purchasers and industry suppliers, including travel management in global energy regions, the usage of corporate aircraft in Canada, and travel risk management procedures. It also featured a sophisticated traveler tracking technology demonstration that informed attendees about the ways in which they can locate travelers in case of emergencies. During the event, the Canadian Alliance released the findings of its recent benchmarking study of the Canadian Travel Management Profession with Runzheimer International.

Speakers featured throughout event include Ian Flint, Head of Consultancy, Ian Flint & Associates – UK, Sue Swenson, Manager Travel & Aviation, EnCana Corporation, Armando Lara, Senior Vice President, Crisis & Security Management, Control Risk Group (CRG), and Victor Ferreira, Director Information Services, CRG,

As with other Canadian Alliance educational events, participants in this Education Exchange earned elective credit toward the industry’s only certification program, the Certified Corporate Travel Executive (CCTE), offered by the Canadian Alliance’s United States-based affiliate, the National Business Travel Association (NBTA). CCTE is the certification for business travel management professionals who want to enhance their knowledge, skills and productivity.

The Canadian Alliance’s Annual Conference and Exhibitor Showcase is March 22 and 23, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario.