Must to attend TIACA readies take off in Toronto
Metro Convention Centre October 16-18.
I have been thinking
a lot about The International Air Cargo Association
This week the TIACA
group and many air cargo industry stalwarts are
meeting at the Air Cargo Forum & Exhibition
at Toronto Convention Centre in Canada October16-18.
The birth of TIACA
took place after the Society of Automotive Engineers
(SAE) decided to withdraw their sponsorship of
the International Air Cargo Association’s
(IACA) biennial trade show called Air Cargo Forum
The last IACA ACF
that took place in New York City was in 1982 at
the Hilton Hotel.
I remember Bill
Boesch and the late Julie Kupersmit (right), the
container genius that headed up Containair, sitting
inside a can on the show floor debating the various
aspects of ULDs.
Shortly after that
a group of concerned air cargo executives started
the new organization TIACA, which held its first
board meeting at The In & Out Club in London.
We were there.
Air Cargo News booth at the IACA Air Cargo
Forum at the Hilton Hotel in New York City.
1994—Geoffrey Arend speaking
to His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al
Maktoum, Emirates Group Chairman and Chief
Executive in Seattle at the TIACA Air Cargo
A Genuine Hero
TIACA moved center
stage with its first Air Cargo Forum (ACF) 1992
in Luxembourg thanks to Bob Arendal and Cargolux.
That takeoff stalled
a bit when TIACA went to Seattle in 1994.
Ram Put TIACA Into The
It was Ram Menen,
who convinced Prince Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates
to sponsor the 1996 TIACA event in Dubai.
TIACA hit the big
time in the UAE as a money-making, landmark event.
Downs Along The Way
Fair to say, coming
in to 2018, the fortunes of this organization
that is largely supported by its ACF trade show
have moved up and down like an ocean tide coming
in and out.
Our Last Best Hope
As we have declared
here in the past and still today, we believe that
TIACA is the last, best hope for an impartial
air cargo industry organization to work, educate,
sponsor and put on a true industry-driven trade
show for the entire logistic supply chain.
TIACA was created
as a meeting place for people that are air cargo
TIACA may be a bit
messy for some, but that is because an international
and diverse organization of many peoples and cultures
from around the world will always have to work
to achieve a consensus.
exhibition companies, trade groups and publications
that seem to want to dominate trade shows today,
TIACA can truly say that it represents organized
Rest Are Pretenders
Right now air cargo
is awash with private interests that either espouse
their own vision for things in air cargo or, worse,
appear as quick buck artists that e-mail blitz
everybody nearly to death and then put on noise
events with all kinds of artificial, non-performing
meaningless stimuli like industry awards and over
the top gala dinners.
These quickie two
or three-day events deliver little value for money.
TIACA should be
attended and deserves industry support.
TIACA is not perfect
but neither is air cargo, or any of us, when you
think about it.
Expect In Toronto
Looking ahead to
the big week in Toronto, we asked Warren Jones,
TIACA Executive Director to share some compelling
goings on at the 2018 TIACA ACF and he replied:
ACF content is the most global, inclusive, multimodal,
thought-provoking program to date.
Good & Plenty
plenary includes a panel debate on digital transformation
with e-Bay and Unisys; as well as the founder
of SHE Blockchainers, based in Singapore, a collaborative
and collective community empowering women in technology;
and the founder of OMX, a Canadian technology
company, who is a dragon on the TV show Dragon’s
Den in Canada.
“We will do
it talk-show style, live stream it and have live
Q&A available for anyone to call in, not just
the people in the room at the time.
2018 includes 90 speakers.
are women and conferees are arriving from all
over the world – Asia, Europe, and, of course
“We will top
off the amazing Expo and Conference with a fun
event Wednesday night on the expo floor sponsored
by Miami International Airport, our host for the
2020 ACF with live dancing, food and drinks and
a tribute to our 2018 Hall of Fame winner, Chris
going to be a great week for air cargo and I hope
everyone can join us,” Warren Jones said.