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  • 23 Dec 2015 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Debra Robinson, our friend and co-worker, on Thursday 10th December.

    Fondly known as Debs to staff or as Debbie amongst our clients, she was a constant at James Cargo Services for over 14 years, working in other areas of the company before finding her calling in the JCS Livestock team. With an eye for detail and passion for customer service Debbie was at the heart of easily over a thousand exports for the company and countless imports, helping thousands of furry friends find their way to their new home.

    Debbie's particular love was for cats and she kept a number at home, including the famous "Skitz", although she did have a soft spot for dogs too and is likely to be just out of shot in a number of photos on this site where someone is getting a pre-flight hug. Pets were second only to her two children, Sean and Sophie, and her family, a number of whom we are proud to call part of the JCS family.

    It was after a short period of illness that she was taken from us, far too soon, and she will be remembered fondly. We know that she will have been a main point of contact for so many of our Facebook friends, so we felt that we should let you know.

    We'd like to note her passing by contributing to a charity. Her family would like to support the Stroke Association, so we have set up this Just Giving page or please feel free post your memories of Debbie here:-

  • 05 Dec 2015 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    On 19 November, ATA member JCS Livestock was awarded the Specialist Freight Award at the Global Freight Awards, held at a gala ceremony at the esteemed five-star Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.

    In the Global Freight Awards' own words:

    "The Specialist Freight Award aims to recognise and reward high performance, a drive for innovation, customer centricity and demonstrable expertise. Most importantly it rewards excellent results for both the customer and the provider.

    The winner of this category provides animal transport solutions for everything, from anteaters to zebras, and pampered pooches to prized pigs. Its services include collection, delivery, flights, customs clearance, and bespoke crates for all shapes and sizes of animals.

    Congratulations to JCS Livestock for its specialist work with conservation bodies and the public to transport pets, livestock and zoo animals around the world."

    This award is very important in the freight forwarding industry- and JCS Livestock was so pleased to be recognised at this level this year, as it means a lot to all of our hard working staff, past and present who have built the company's reputation over the years.

    The JCS Livestock management would like to thank these staff as well as all of our customers and the judging panel for the awards, which this year included: Dorothea Carvalho, Project Director, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK; Andy Cliff, Director, Straightforward Consultancy; Robert Keen, Director General, British International Freight Association (BIFA); Paul Kelly, Founder and Lead Consultant, Actualis Marketing; Melanie Longman, Supply Train Director and Associate Consultant, LCP Consulting; Peter MacLeod,Editor, SHD Logistics; Marco L. Sorgetti, Director General, International Federation of Freight Forwarders' Association (FIATA); Dr Andrew Traill, Principal Technologist- Logistics and Freight, Transport Systems Catapult; Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General, CLECAT; Will Waters, Editor, Lloyd's Loading; Susanna Whawell, Managing Director, Auxilium Management.

  • 04 Dec 2015 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    We are very sad to announce that Eddie McMullen passed away on the 19th November, at 66.

    Eddie serviced the Air cargo industry over a career spanning more than 40 years, most notably as Owner of Air Charter Specialists Intradco. He was diagnosed with Brain cancer in early February of this year, and in true 'Eddie style' he battled until his final days, and never let his illness slow him down from enjoying the things he loved.

    As messages of condolence have poured in from all over the world, the words; Honest, Old School, Maverick, and of course 'Fun loving' all appear hundreds of times.

    We remember Eddie as someone who always went the extra distance to make animal transport safe and to find solutions in times of late flight arrivals or problems that were faced with authorities or just with meddlers.

    Eddie was dedicated to safe animal transport and always put the safety of animals first.

    Eddie will be missed by the many who knew him. He was an exceptional human being, Eddie and I did a few charters together and we became good friends. He told the funniest jokes, he had tremendous foreign accents and used them to ease the tension when transports mishaps occurred.

    People often say that a great man is judged that way by his peers. As tributes poured in from the industry, there is a selection of great comments made from people within our industry.


    "Eddie was a man who laughed at any seemingly impossible challenge and then set about conquering it. Successfully. A fine man with a heart as big as a lion"

    "Eddie was quite daunting but once I got to know him it was obvious he was a very humble human being, always willing to help and give advice"

    "I loved the fact that he was 'old school' and didn't give a toss about all that 'politically correct crap"

    "Safe Journey Eddie, I'll always remember your support and the handshake that was as good as your word"

    "I loved the way he would be so interested in anyone he met. He made everyone feel special."

    "He was a true wheeler/dealer who virtually always delivered one way or other. The mould was definitely broken the moment he graced us with his presence on this earth"

    "He was was one of those old generation "one of a kind" with his own unique style and presence. I so enjoyed the talks that we had, through which his experience, his intelligence, and mostly his wisdom were prominent. His humour was classic, and yes, he was also a judge of fine whiskey. I'll miss him."


    Eddie leaves behind his son Charlie, daughter Megan, and wife Bunni and hundreds of friends whom will truly miss him.

    Funeral services were held on 3rd December at Worth Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation to Cancer Research in Eddie's honor. Donations are accepted here.

  • 04 Dec 2015 1:14 PM | Anonymous

    John Good, former ATA Treasurer, passed away earlier this Autumn.

    It is no exaggeration to say that John helped rescue the ATA. John took over as Treasurer when we were in a pretty desperate financial situation because of some unfortunate occurrences. John took a disciplined, realistic, no-nonsense approach and was able to get us back to solvency in short order. John was committed to the ATA and was an active sponsor and participant at conferences along with his duties as Treasurer. John was serious about business but he had his fun side as well. I'm sorry I missed seeing him dancing in Amsterdam at our 2006 conference (Anna Melino remembers)!

    John retired around 2009 after a long career at Flying Tigers and then FedEx as FedEx Charter Sales Manager to take care of his aging parents. He was a great Treasurer, a good man and a great friend. He will be missed.

  • 22 May 2015 6:06 PM | Anonymous

    Warrenton, VA - Calgary continued to show attendees the best it had to offer at ATA's 41st Annual Conference on Tuesday, 5 May. Tuesday's sessions got underway again at 9:00AM, but this time started with our species breakout sessions. Livestock/Equine track attendees got to hear different perspectives on the importance of driver training, how far ground horse transport has come (and where it needs to go next), what CFIA government officials look for during inspections, and how the LIS and RCMP work together to keep track of livestock in transit. Zoo/Companion attendees listened to sessions on how the EU comes up with its live animal regulations, how to handle the day-to-day logistics of zoo transport during a natural disaster, and how an airline manages endangered species transport. Lab/Research attendees learned how leading pharmaceutical companies are ensuring the welfare of research animals, and how different lab/research association groups are working together to address issues around transport of research animals.

    General sessions opened after lunch with Jordan Harpur, Harpur Companies, sharing how current export markets play into animal welfare from the perspective of the largest red deer farm in North America. The day's sessions concluded with Mark Sutherland, Sutherland Racers, regaling attendees with both information and wild stories on how his outfit handles the transportation and welfare of over 50 horses during the Chuckwagon Racing season.

    Later that afternoon, attendees headed out on a tour of YYC's newly expanded cargo facilities, ending with a reception at its newly constructed animal facilities. Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Stephan Poirier, YYC and Kenneth Serrien, Overseas Horse Services officially opening the facility,group tours were conducted giving attendees a first-hand look at the facilities. After the conclusion of the tours, attendees returned to the Delta Bow Valley and were joined by participants for the CLT/ATA Livestock Transport Conference for an evening dessert reception and keynote speech by Dr. Temple Grandin.

    On Wednesday, our final day's events included our co-located full day Livestock Transport Conference with the CLT group, a closed working session for the Lab/Research group,and a Behind-the-Scenes tour of the giraffe exhibit at the Calgary Zoo.

    Overall it was a great conference and we would like to thank all of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors for their time and partnership in making this annual conference come together. We look forward to seeing you in Lisbon in April 2016!

  • 15 May 2015 5:52 PM | Anonymous

    Warrenton, VA - ATA's 41st Annual Conference took place last week in Calgary, and we kicked it off as you do in Calgary - with a "White Hat" Ceremony at our Sunday Evening Icebreaker & Welcome Reception. Raymond Tilburg, President-Elect and Conference Program Chair, received the ceremonial "White Hat" - Calgary's "Keys to the City" - on behalf of the ATA board, while attendees enjoyed drinks, appetizers, and some great conversation to kick off the conference!

    With a 9:00AM start, Monday launched right into our educational sessions, with the first presentation presented by Kurby Court, Vice President, Spruce Meadows. Kurby walked attendees through the logistics and details of how Spruce Meadows charters its flights and transports its high performance athletes from the air to the show grounds.

    Following Kurby, Dr. Sandie Black of the Calgary Zoo regaled attendees with what to do with your animals when your zoo gets hit by a historic flood, in her presentation, "Come Hell or High Water." Next Dr. Jan-Willem de Gooijer, DVM, KLM Airlines, shared his research that connected dots between animals, humans, transport, the transmission of diseases, and the increasing need for bio-security in transport. And to conclude the general sessions, Dr. Cindy Buckmaster, President, AALAS, informed attendees on the importance of taking back the public discourse from extremists and educating the public on all that is being done to ensure the welfare of animals by different constituents in the animal transport industry.

    After a myriad of breakout sessions during the afternoon, attendees headed to Spruce Meadows for an Evening Reception, Awards Dinner, and Annual General Meeting (many thanks again to our dinner & reception sponsors, Cathay Pacific and Aviagen!). After visiting with the Spruce Meadows equine athletes (and new foals) during the reception, attendees headed over to Congress Hall for a lovely evening of food & celebration. The ATA Public Service Award was given to the Hawaii Cattlemen's Council Health & Well-Being Committee for their work and leadership in long-haul and short-haul ocean livestock shipping, accepted on their behalf by Dr. Ashley Stokes. Dr. Sharon Cregier was awarded the Robert D. Campbell Memorial Award for her long-lasting, outstanding, and consistent work to improve horse trailer conditions worldwide.

    Lastly, Geoffrey Robinson of Sea Air International was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. Over 20 nominations were received across the industry on behalf of Geoffrey. His inherent personality traits of a lifelong commitment to innovation, hard work, self-determination, attention to detail, and creativity are widely recognized amongst his peers in the industry, and it was the pleasure of the ATA Board to recognize and honour this body of work by presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to one of our long-standing - and outstanding - members.

    Also during the dinner, the ATA board conducted its Annual General Meeting, where we voted on and welcomed two returning board members - Judy Franco, Pfizer and Faruk Berberovic, GRADLYN - as well as welcoming three new members: Kenneth Serrien, Overseas Horse Services, Filip Vande Cappelle, European Horse Services, and Gabriella Tamasi, IAG Cargo/British Airways. Additionally we announced our 2016 Annual Conference location: Lisbon, Portugal! More information about our new board members and 2016 conference will be coming soon.

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