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Overview

The BCIT Global Trade and Transportation Management diploma program provides the skills necessary to market products globally, import, export, transport goods, and manage an international team. You will analyze international markets, plan product entry strategies, and design optimum transportation strategies to grow global trade for Canadian and international companies. Graduates travel the world, establish trade partnerships, and improve the movement and distribution of goods and services in Canada and abroad.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the fall semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

BCIT Global Trade and Transportation Management students learn to:

  • Determine a product’s feasibility in a new market
  • Select optimal transportation options
  • Manage inventory and supply chains
  • Conduct effective international negotiations
  • Build relationships with international partners

Professional designations and accreditations

Portions of the program curriculum have been aligned and accredited with CITT, CILTNA, FITT, and SCMA. Graduates of GTTM can earn additional professional designations from the aforementioned industry accreditation institutes. See Program Details for more information. Detailed information can be found in the Graduating and Jobs session.

International study

BCIT offers a number of international study opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. You could participate in a summer field school or complete an international degree. Learn more about studying abroad.

Accredited program

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Entrance Requirements

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

Bring Your Own Device

Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.

Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

Courses

Program Details

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply the fundamental principles and techniques of operations management and business administration.
  • Effectively work with multiple functions within an organization.
  • Import and export effectively to and from Canada.
  • Analyze and improve business processes.
  • Conduct effective international negotiations.
  • Build relationships with international partners.
  • Determine new business feasibility in a potential market.
  • Select optimal transportation options.
  • Conduct effective market research.
  • Effectively export, source, and procure products and services in a global marketplace.
  • Create transportation logistics strategies.
  • Assess new technologies for logistics optimization.
  • Increase the efficiency of a firm’s logistics processes.
  • Effectively manage globally dispersed cross-cultural teams.
  • Apply high ethical and professional standards in the workplace.

Management skills

In addition to the specific knowledge taught about global trade and logistics, students will learn project management, computing, and business communication skills.

Major projects challenge students to develop their time management skills.  Business graduates are known for their efficiency.

Group work

Employers today are looking for people who work in teams just as well as they work individually. To meet this demand, the program provides many opportunities for teamwork – far more than you’ll find in a traditional university.

At the beginning of the program, you will be assigned to a team of four to six students. During the first year, your team will work on projects together.

Below is a small sample of projects that students will complete during the program:

  • International Business – Country Report (Year 1, Level 2)
    Students will complete a comprehensive country report that analyzes the conditions for business in a chosen nation. This project gives students an understanding of areas to focus on when entering an international market.
  • Transportation Systems Project (Year 1, Level 2)
    For his CITT course project, students find a company in the transportation industry to analyze. The company must provide one of the five modes of transport: Road, Rail, Water, Air, or Pipeline. It is the first opportunity to interact off-campus with an industry client.
  • Mini-Industry Project (Year 2, Level 3)

Industry connections

The Global Trade and Transportation Management program is guided by a Professional Advisory Committee composed of industry veterans and experts. The program regularly hosts industry events such as networking, guest speaker, field trips, and industry seminar to enrich student’s connection and engagement to the international business and logistics industry.

Graduating & Jobs

The market for graduates from the program is growing all the time. Over the past 10 years, Canada’s trade with the world has seen significant growth, and so has the demand for competent employees that are skilled in the activities associated with this new breed of global company. Being the Gateway to Pacific, the Greater Vancouver area sees increased demand for support services including transportation, logistics, and customs brokerage. New trade lanes, new ports, and port expansions offer grads a host of opportunities today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

International business and logistics jobs & careers

Graduates of the Global Trade and Transportation Management diploma program have strong international business and logistics skills that will lead to a wide variety of local and international job opportunities.

Global Trade positions:

  • International Business Analyst
  • International Marketing Specialist
  • Business Development Specialist/Manager
  • Logistics Sales Rep
  • Country, or Global Marketing Manager
  • International/Global Sales Manager
  • International/Global Business Advisor

Logistics positions:

  • Logistics Analyst
  • Freight Forwarder
  • Import / Export Clerk
  • Purchaser / Procurement Specialist
  • Shipping / Logistics Coordinator
  • Route Planner
  • International/Global Account Manager
  • Transportation Manager
  • Inventory Control Manager
  • Warehouse Manager

Professional Designations and Accreditations

Global Trade and Transportation Management offers additional world-recognized professional designations and industry accreditations. Upon graduate, students can earn the following designations with conditions:

  1. Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT), designation: CITT Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP)
    Graduates of GTTM can earn the CCLP designation by meeting the 3-year related industry experience requirement.
  2. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTNA), designation: Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (AMCILT)
    Graduates of GTTM can earn the AMCILT designation from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport North America (CILTNA).
  3. Forum of International Trade Training (FITT), designation: Certified International Trade Professional Certified International Trade Professional (CITP)
    Upon successfully passing two professional exams provided by the Forum of International Trade Training (FITT) and meeting the 1-year industry experience requirement, graduates of GTTM can earn the CITP designation.
  4. Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), designation: Supply Chain Management Professional Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP)
    Advance standing status is given to GTTM graduates for some SCMP modules.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Instructors of the Global Trade and Transportation Management program have extensive industry experience. Many of them remain active in the industry by working as consultants.

Additionally, most program instructors are members of professional institutes and organizations that relate to the areas of study. These memberships allow instructors to remain current on new industry standards and offer fresh insight to students on recent developments.

Advisory committee

The Global Trade and Transportation Management program is directly connected with the business world through faculty, community events, projects, and our graduates. Our advisory committee member talent pool of expertise keeps the program curriculum current and applicable as well as providing students with a network of contacts.

We produce top-level, employable students who continually strive to reach new levels of personal and organizational performance. Graduates gain the key skills, attributes, and characteristics that employers want in their employees.

Connecting students with jobs is one of the program’s advantages. The Global Trade and Transportation Management program attracts many companies in the industry, including several with personal connections to instructors. Our graduates are highly sought-after and regularly recruited.

Current members of our advisory committee include:

  • Bryan Price, Vice President – Aquatica Submarines Inc.
  • Brian Best, Director, Warehousing & Distribution – London Drugs Limited
  • Cindy Sonnenberg, Chief Procurement Officer – Argus Control Systems
  • Jack Heu, Operation Manager, Strategic Development – FLS Transportation Services Inc.
  • Randy Kahlon, VP, Sales and Marketing – ABC Recycling
  • Fazolah (Nima) Malayeri, Site Manager – Cardinal Healthcare
  • Wade Simmons, General Manager – Unitow Services
  • Rachael Radford, Director – OPTIS Consulting Network
  • Jane Pikulina, Director of Operations – Siber Facade Group Inc.
  • Paul Reichard, Remote Site/Environmental Director – SEI Industries Ltd

Business Consulting Project

A BCIT Business Consulting Project provides second-year Global Trade and Transportation Management students the opportunity to work over a 10 week period with an organization to solve an international business problem or challenge. Students work in a team of two or three to identify potential opportunities, conduct research, and recommend effective solutions. Students complete a comprehensive written report and present an oral presentation to the sponsoring organization outlining the student team’s recommendations and solutions.

Business Consulting Projects are different from traditional co-op and internship programs. Students are not assigned to actual positions, but rather fill a consulting role for businesses and organizations. Each project has a BCIT faculty member that serves as an advisor for the student consulting team. Exit surveys from participating companies show that the completed strategic business solutions have a value that far surpassed their expectations.

View a complete list of past Business Consulting Projects students have completed in a wide variety of industries.

Contact Us

Sue Wong
Administrative Assistant
604-456-1155 | swong516@bcit.ca

Jackie Li
Program Head, Global Trade and Transportation Management
604-451-6772 | JLi257@bcit.ca

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