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Via Grow Trade Consulting
In 2012, the Canadian federal government began modernizing the countries food inspection system to ensure the food on Canadian shelves will be safe, regardless of origin, and to include criminal charges for tampering or non-compliance. Currently, Canada has eight inspection programs; the goal is to replace those with one comprehensive system - the Safe Foods for Canada Act - which will align with trading partners' systems, such as the United States' Food Safety Modernization Act ( currently scheduled for implementation in April 2018 ).
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Via Cision PR Newswire
GLENSIDE, Pa., Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a national search, Arcadia University is proud to announce that Ajay Nair, Ph.D., has been named the institution's 22nd president. A nationally recognized expert in student affairs issues and an accomplished social justice, race, and ethnicity scholar, Dr. Nair assumes his role at Arcadia on April 2, 2018.
"Dr. Nair is a proven leader who has had success at several of the top universities in the country," said Alison (Aaron) Madsen, Esq., chair of the Board of Trustees and an Arcadia alumna. "As an international scholar, social justice practitioner, and first-generation college student, he demonstrates a distinct understanding of the complex issues currently facing universities and their students. We have complete confidence that Dr. Nair will move Arcadia forward as a leading liberal arts institution."
Dr. Nair is among the first American-born university presidents of Indian descent nationwide, and he will be the first person of color to serve as president of Arcadia.
"It's a blessing to return home to the Philadelphia area to lead an institution with the potential to transform delivery of a liberal arts education to produce work-ready and life-ready students," said Dr. Nair, Arcadia's incoming president. "I look forward to working with our stakeholders to build a compelling vision for Arcadia that creates best practices in higher education."
Since 2012, Dr. Nair has served as senior vice president and dean of Campus Life at Emory University, where he leads nearly 1,300 employees and provides strategic financial oversight for an annual budget of more than $79 million. Dr. Nair oversees a wide variety of departments, including Athletics, Center for Civic and Community Engagement, Belonging and Community Justice, Career Center, Student Health, Racial and Cultural Engagement, Residence Life, and International Student Programs, in addition to holding a faculty appointment in the Department of Sociology. He is also the most successful fundraiser in the history of Emory Campus Life; the organization's fundraising tripled during his tenure.
At Emory, Dr. Nair has tackled some of higher education's most formidable challenges. Under his leadership, Campus Life has become a national pacesetter on issues of social justice. He has served on a wide range of university and civic boards and organizations, including currently as editorial board member of INSIGHT into Diversity magazine and director of the Division for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice for NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education).
Dr. Nair's current book project focuses on the state of multiculturalism in higher education and aims to present a new model for diversity and inclusion in higher education. His co-edited book, Desi Rap: Hip-Hop in South Asian America, focuses on the complexities of second-generation South Asian American identity.
Prior to his work at Emory, Dr. Nair held executive leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and the University of Virginia. There, he led offices and services charged with supporting the intellectual, social, personal, and professional development of students. In his distinguished career in higher education, Dr. Nair has held faculty positions at each of the aforementioned universities, as well as the World Language Institute in Kwangju, South Korea.
"Dr. Nair's creative vision and energetic leadership made an immediate impression on the Search Committee," said Joycellen ("Jey") Y. Auritt, Ph.D., an Arcadia alumna who served as chair of the Presidential Search Committee and currently is vice chair of the Board of Trustees at Arcadia. "He has the passion and expertise that our search committee sought and that our University needs, and we look forward to working alongside him."
A native of the Philadelphia region, Dr. Nair earned his Doctor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Nair is married to Paayal Nair, a school psychologist and graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. They have a 15-year old son, Krishna Nair, and a 12-year-old daughter, Rani Nair.
About Arcadia University
Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in Greater Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The Institute of International Education has named Arcadia University #1 in the nation for undergraduate students studying abroad for eight consecutive years (2010-17), while U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia among the top regional universities in the north. The University's Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs are nationally ranked in their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. Visit www.arcadia.edu.
A Message from Our President
When you think about a non-profit organization that helps small to medium sized businesses grow their international presence what types of companies comes to mind?
Do you think about...
And the list continues...
These are the types of companies we help to grow, companies that enhance lives around the world.
The WTCGP works with over 350 companies every year, companies who make a significant contribution to the communities and citizens of Southeastern PA, Southern New Jersey and the world.
Since 2002, the WTCGP has served as a catalyst for regional economic growth and job creation, helping area companies generate over $1.6B in incremental export sales, supporting over 20,200 jobs.
As one of over 318 World Trade Centers in 88 countries around the globe, the WTCGP accelerates global business growth by providing customized one-on-one trade counseling, market research, educational programs, trade mission support, business networking events, and powerful connections to customers and partners worldwide.
As a non-profit organization, we rely on a combination of government funding, membership, sponsorships and donations from folks who believe in our mission.
Help us so that more companies become part of our region's global success. Help us support peace and prosperity through trade.
On this Giving Tuesday, we ask you to consider a donation to our organization.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Linda Mysliwy Conlin - President, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
Going global with your mobile apps, SaaS, and cloud solutions requires translation and localization for multiple languages. Software developers and digital project managers may be the most tech-savvy people around, but if you aren't familiar with the localization process, it can look like a black box.
In this meetup, we’ll break open the black box and unpack the tools and workflows used by software localization experts.
· Computer Aided Translation (CAT) software. We’ll discuss how these tools capture and parse translatable text, increasing speed, accuracy, and efficiency.
· Quality Assurance software. These use algorithms to flag potential errors in any language.
· Emerging tools for agile workflows. These allow for ongoing changes to source code and continuous delivery of localized versions without disrupting workflows.
You’ll come away with a better understanding of how the decisions made by digital project managers and software developers impact the translation process. A look inside the localization black box prepares your team for efficient, cost-effective software localization.
The Business Innovation in Chile: A Case Study of the Wine Export - Deadline to Register November 17th
As an innovation-driven economy, the United States prides itself on developing and delivering innovative goods and
services domestically and globally through high-tech exports, creative branding, and in-demand services. Among
those exports is our growing wine sector, led by Napa Valley but recently expanding into other parts of California,
Oregon, Virginia, and other lesser known wine producing regions of the United States. Despite this expansion, the
United States remains behind old world wine producers in Europe. Recently Chile and Australia are also outpacing the
United States in terms of wine exports and have been leading the way in innovative production and marketing
On this faculty-focused immersion experience, participants will visit a number of innovative businesses in the wine
export sector and related industries in Chile to better understand how innovation in a highly-regulated sector can
disrupt the traditional approaches taken by Old World producers in Europe and provide a comparative advantage for
Some of the key learning outcomes will include:
• An understanding of how innovation is utilized to drive growth in emerging markets;
• A comparative perspective of an innovative sector active in the home and target market;
• A better sense of the supply chain for a commodity such as wine and how innovation can accelerate movement
along that supply chain and;
• Tools that can be used to leverage enhancements in innovation for U.S. exporters.
For details, click here.
Consulmex Filadelfia is pleased to present the new edition of the 'Consular Magazine', where you can find useful information on the work undertaken by the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia. As you will see, this work is characterized by strong promotion and protection of the rights of the Mexican community in our jurisdiction (Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey). Click here.
Via U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Program is now available in some of the busiest Global Entry enrollment areas and will continue to expand through the remainder of 2017 and into 2018
WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today the expansion of Global Entry Enrollment on Arrival to 11 additional international airports. Enrollment on Arrival enables conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants to complete their interview, the final step of the Global Entry enrollment process, while clearing CBP processing. The program is currently available at nine new locations including Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), San Diego International Airport (SAN), Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), and will launch later this week at Denver International Airport (DEN) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
“Global Entry continues to be one of CBP’s most successful and popular programs and we have made it a priority to improve the enrollment process for those looking to join the ranks of Trusted Traveler,” said Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “Last month, we launched a modernized, mobile-friendly application website making the initial step of the process more user friendly and now with these additional Enrollment on Arrival locations we have added greater flexibility for those looking to complete the enrollment process.”
Since the program’s launch in July, more than 5,200 conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants have completed the final step of the enrollment process at an Enrollment on Arrival location. Enrollment on Arrival is also available at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Conditionally-approved applicants looking to utilize Enrollment on Arrival do not need to schedule an interview appointment ahead of time.
Once a traveler is conditionally-approved, instead of scheduling an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center, the traveler can complete the enrollment interview during CBP primary inspection at a participating airport. Upon arrival, travelers will be directed to a primary booth designated specifically for Enrollment on Arrival. A CBP officer will conduct both the primary processing and Global Entry interview and collect the traveler’s biometrics to complete the enrollment. The traveler will then be cleared for entry into the United States and, if approved, will be a Global Entry member.
Currently available at 54 U.S. airports and 15 Preclearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the international arrivals process at airports for trusted travelers. The more than 4.7 million Global Entry members bypass traditional CBP inspection lines and use an automated kiosk to complete their admission to the United States. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening program.
U.S. citizens, U.S nationals and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for Global Entry as well as passport holders from Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in NEXUS may also use the Global Entry kiosks.
Interested travelers apply through the Trusted Traveler Programs website. The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100 and applications must be submitted online. Once the applicant successfully passes a background check, a CBP officer will conduct an interview with the applicant at one of the more than 100 Global Entry Enrollment Centers located throughout the U.S., Canada, and Qatar or at an Enrollment on Arrival location and then make a final eligibility determination.
While the goal of Global Entry is to speed travelers through the process, members may be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions will result in appropriate enforcement action and may result in the revocation of the traveler’s membership privileges.
Visit CBP’s Global Entry website for more information on the Global Entry Program and the Enrollment on Arrival website for an updated list of available locations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
Via Philadelphia Business Journal
By John George – Senior Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal
Nov 8, 2017, 1:39pm
Fifteen years after joining her family’s Plymouth Meeting-based company as a product manager, Julie Charlestein in 2016 took over as Premier Dental Products Co.’s CEO — a position previously held by her father. Founded in 1913 and led by the family for four generations, Premier sells dental products, from drills to cheek retractors, in 75 countries around the world. Charlestein sat down with the Business Journal recently to talk about her first year in the chief executive’s chair.
Was your first year as CEO what you expected?
Charlestein: It was not at all what I expected.
I naively thought it wasn’t going to be much different. I was already basically running the company, but the minute that day came and I became CEO everything absolutely changed. There was a much heightened level of responsibility, accountability, urgency, excitement and fear. I was not anticipating that.
How did you react?
I just kept going. I just thought, ‘OK this is what the landscape is and this is what my role means,’ and I am very privileged and ecstatic to have it.
What’s been the toughest decision you’ve have had to make?
I don’t know that there has been one paramount, difficult decision. I’ve have been making changes, and sometimes it’s been at speeds people are not used to. I want to say to them, ‘I’ve been here for 15 years and I have been thinking about this forever.’
One of your major initiatives has been a rebranding of the company; can you explain why you’ve embarked on that?
We’ve been in business for more than 100 years. In order to stay successful and relevant in any business in any industry you need to constantly be revolutionizing and re-inventing yourself. Another part of it has been looking to have a closer relationship with our end users. We don’t sell directly to dentists. We sell to our distributor partners who sell to dentists. We want to garner a closer relationship and greater loyalty with the end user.… My grandfather always said, ‘Remember who you are.’ We’ve always known who we are, but we were never able to succinctly say, in a quick statement, who we are. With our rebranding we created that. We are “Premier...inspired solutions for daily dentistry.’ That tagline clearly explains who we are. Along with that, there have been a lot — operational and system changes, bringing in new people, marketing automation, CRM [customer relationship management] changes — that we’ve done to build the brand and build more recognition not just in the industry, but with dentists worldwide.
How has your relationship with dentists changed?
We are seeing a lot more connectivity with them. They are looking at the videos we are positing in greater numbers. We are being interviewed a lot in industry journals and we are seeing people react to that. We are doing podcasts now on other people’s platforms and we are getting huge responses.
You are the fourth-generation of your family to lead the company, but the first female CEO. Has that created any issues?
To me it has not been challenging on the business front. More of a challenge is being in the family, as opposed to being a women. That’s why I am glad before I came to Premier I worked outside of the company and outside of the industry [in lobbying, polling and telecommunications]. It is very important to be validated by people other than your family.… I want to make sure I am not being judged simply for being a family member, but instead for the work I do and the value I bring.
How has the industry changed during your time at Premier?
The industry has consolidated a great deal among the manufacturers. All of our main competitors are multibillion-dollar public companies, for the most part. On the distribution side, the distributors are garnering more and more power and control. There has been a growth in [dental service organizations] and corporate dentistry. There are also technological advancements, nothing that has revolutionized the industry in any great way, but more incremental change.
How do you compete with the larger publicly traded manufacturers?
In meetings I say, ‘Don’t forget for every dollar we have, they have $500,000.’ But the size we are and being privately held gives us many advantages. We are able to take a longer-term view and we are able to spend and utilize our money the way we believe is the most correct. Also important is the brand, It is well known and has a wonderful reputation in the industry. Dentists do ask for our products. We are also always bringing on new products. That will always drive the relevance. As long as we are bringing new, needed technology to the marketplace, and our name is out there, we are driving the relevance. We are able to compete with these large companies because we know what we are doing. We’ve been in this business for a very long time. We have outstanding relationships and we keep strengthening those and growing others.
What’s on your drawing board for year two?
Right now it’s strengthening the branding and marketing processes. We have the look and feel. We have the messaging. Right now we are looking at what processes we have to elevate that and ensure it is being translated into our work in the marketplace in terms of market share and loyalty. We recently hired a [chief marketing officer], a position we never had before, a gentleman named Chris Helle, to help us do this.
So are you having fun?
I love it. I totally, totally love it.… It’s unusual for businesses to get to a fourth generation, especially a successful business. I am so lucky for the stewardship and vision and leadership of my father and his father.
Was there ever any doubt in the family you would one day be taking over as CEO?
There was never pressure on me. There were never expectations. I always knew who I wanted to be, but not what I wanted to be. I knew I wanted to be fiercely independent and a leader. I didn’t know what that would look like.… I was the only [sibling] who was ever in the business, so it was a natural progression. I had been here 15 years full time. I started as a product manager and worked my way up. I worked through all areas of the business. About two years ago or so, my father started talking about not wanting to be in the CEO role much longer and from there the transition planning began.
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