EDC presents Student of the Year Award to Rachel Wisdom of Vancouver Career

OTTAWA, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Export Development Canada (EDC) presented the Student of the Year Award to Rachel Wisdom, the top performer in this year's Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) program.

"EDC continually looks for ways to help improve Canada's trade skills and education, and FITT has been a key partner in developing a generation that has trade in its DNA," said Tom Sloan, Vice President of Small Business and Commercial Markets, EDC, who presented the award during FITT's National Conference in Ottawa.

"Yesterday, we added Rachel Wisdom to the young leaders of Canadian trade, and we hope that she will go on to have a career that positively impacts Canada's trade and foreign investment."

Ms. Wisdom, originally from Surrey, B.C., completed the FITTskills program through Vancouver Career College and received her Diploma of International Trade from FITT.

The award is open to students attending an educational partner institution that delivers the FITTskills program and whose students complete all eight of the FITTskills national examinations. The award is given to a student who has attained the highest overall grade point average after having completed all 8 FITTskills courses, the last of which would have been completed during the specific calendar year. The award recipient is determined by FITT.

EDC has been involved in sponsoring and presenting this award for the full 11 years that it has been in existence.

FITT equips individuals and businesses with the practical skills they need to succeed in today's competitive global marketplace. A non-profit organization established by industry and government, FITT develops international business programs, sets competency standards, and designs the certification and accreditation programs for the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP*) designation. Our programs and services address human resource issues by, providing employers with resources to build their international business capacity; assisting individuals in developing their international business skills and knowledge; and providing international business training support for educators and students. Centered on best practices and developed by leading global business experts, FITT's resources are the standard of excellence for trade practitioners. FITT - The professional path to global markets.

EDC is Canada's export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,400 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining, a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis, and has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for nine consecutive years.

SOURCE Export Development Canada

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Phil Taylor, Export Development Canada, Tel: (613) 598-2904, BlackBerry: ptaylor@edc.ca

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