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Flying Fresh Air Freight: 25 Years of Service Excellence

Jul 09, 2015
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“We had to make a choice – fold to the multi nationals or to compete. Our CEO chose to make a significant investment and it has paid off,’ recalled Flying Fresh Air Freight Senior Vice President Pablo Rodriguez.

From its beginnings as a family-owned low-cost carrier back in 1989, Flying Fresh Air Freight has soared to new heights to become Canada’s leading forwarder of perishable goods. 

Headed by CEO and Founder Brendan Harnett, the company has managed to compete with multinational forwarders in the country by remaining agile and swift in its operations.

“Domestically, we are the leaders. We move about 80 percent of Canada’s perishable domestic air freight,” Rodriguez said.

With expansion already underway in U.S. cities, such as Seattle and Boston, Flying Fresh Air Freight is determined to further widen its network to at least 15 more locations in the next three years.

As demand for Canadian Dungeness crab, lobsters, cherries, pine mushrooms, oysters and salmon increase in Asia, the region has become a critical part of the company’s international growth plans.

“Our CEO, Mr. Brendan Harnett and Vice President for Corporate and Government Affairs, Mr. Sandy Moreland, spend considerable time in Asia as the focus has been to increase our market share in the region. We are also extremely open to developing partnerships and opportunities, and outsourcing like-minded companies,” said Rodriguez.

Flying Fresh Air Freight aims to step up its business in dry cargo and other fast-moving goods, such as machinery and medical devices, while not losing sight of its hold on and expertise in the shipment of perishable cargo.

“Our passion is perishables. That is something we will not deviate from. We want to be known as a global leader in perishables,” he stressed

Canadian Icewine Captures Taste of Growing Asian Market

Jul 09, 2015
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Richard Slingerland of Pillitteri Estates Winery examines Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine during harvest.

Pillitteri Estates Winery is a family–owned and –operated winery established in 1993 by Gary and Lena Pillitteri. Today, Pillitteri has grown to become the world’s largest estate producer of Icewine and produces more than 100,000 cases of wine per year.

Over the past 20 years, Pillitteri Estates Winery has been honored with more than 750 wine awards, at both domestic and international competitions, the most recent being ‘Red Wine of the Year’ for the 2010 Appassimento Cabernet Franc at the Ontario Wine Awards and a gold medal for Riesling Icewine at Decanter World Wine Awards.

For more than 15 years, Pillitteri has been dedicated to promoting Canadian wines around the globe, making it one of the world’s most widely recognized Canadian wine brands.

Currently Pillitteri exports to 32 different countries in Central and South America, Australia, Europe and Asia, with a large focus on China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Malaysia.

Pillitteri has been working in the Chinese market since 1999, establishing itself as the world’s premier brand of Icewine in the country.

 As a VQA (Vinters Quality Alliance) winery, Pillitteri takes pride in what they do and recognize that there is still much more room for growth.

Sartrex: Climbing the ranks and engineering success

Jul 09, 2015
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Jay Sarkar, P. Eng. , Founder, President and CEO of Sartrex Power Control Systems

Jay Sarkar, CEO of Sartrex Power Control Systems, is an inspiration to many, having worked his way through the ranks as an engineer. He has since gone on to nurture the company into a multimillion-dollar operation.

Bangladeshi-born Sarkar recalled: “I had one vision. Who could have thought that from initially working for a company that you could go on to buy it? I did and it’s the absolute truth.”

Based in Ontario, Sartrex is a high technology instrumentation company that supplies custom–designed control and safety equipment for nuclear power generation, military and security-related markets.

Sarkar said: “Success does not come without hard work. You need perseverance, discipline, desire and commitment. It is important to believe in yourself and hold a positive attitude. This is a cutthroat industry as you know.”

The CEO is a member of various nuclear associations and societies, and takes part in trade missions of the Canadian government to promote the Canada Deuterium Uranium brand, a Canadian-made reactor used for generating electric power.

Sarkar has strategically shaped the company to become profitable over the last decade, through strong leadership and diversification, as well as entering other business projects.


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