PBB president achieves a Canadian first during trade mission to China

by Canadian Shipper

Mike Scott, President and CEO of PBB Global Logistics, is the first Canadian to be awarded an Honorary Professorship at one of China’s leading universities.

The honor, in recognition of PBB’s leadership facilitating trade with Asia, was bestowed during a ceremony held before two hundred students and faculty at Guangxi University. It coincides with the PBB-led China Trade Mission 2001, now visiting the country.

In presenting the Professorship,Scott and PBB were cited for leadership in fostering trade with China. Among the notable achievements: PBB’s two privately-led trade missions to China (2000 and 2001), a newly-opened Beijing office, introduction of regularly scheduled weekly consolidated shipping services from China to North America and PBB’s hosting of several high level Chinese trade delegations to North America.

Guangxi University is the largest in the province and home to some 15,000 students. It is one of the first universities in China to recruit foreign students, who now represent an important part of the campus student population. Since 1962, Guangxi University has trained several hundred students from 40 countries in a wide variety of academic subjects and qualifications.

PBB’s China Trade Mission 2001 arrived in China April 5th. Mission delegates include executives and corporate leaders from a variety of North American small and medium-sized enterprises seeking to build important business relationships and enhance existing opportunities in China. The Mission has already visited Hong Kong, holding key briefings and meetings with government officials, trade representatives and business leaders.

While in Nanning, the group is conducting high-level talks with private business leaders and others. Delegates will also visit Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing prior to returning home April 21st. The Mission, led by PBB, is supported by Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Team Canada Inc. and Ontario Exports.

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