Logistics of a COVID-19 Vaccine for Canada

The CSCB and CITT are presenting a comprehensive two-hour webinar on the challenges across the supply chain of getting the COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of Canadians. It will feature the perspectives of professionals in customs, trade, security and logistics/distribution. The first panel will be moderated by CSCB President & CEO Carol West and will focus on international deployment - getting the vaccine into Canada. The second panel will examine the logistics challenges of distributing the vaccine in a timely and safe manner – deployment in Canada.

Webinar Details

Date: January 20, 2021 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Follow up Discussion & Virtual Networking: 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Cost: Free to attend
Points/credits: 5 CCS points/5 CTCS credits


Registration is being managed by CITT, and CSCB will ensure that our CCS and CTCS designates receive points/credits for attendance. 

Please note: spaces are limited on this webinar and we anticipate high demand, so please register early and please only register if you will be able to attend.

Registration is closed. The webinar is full.


Panel 1: International Deployment

Distribution of COVID-19 vaccines has already begun. With none being manufactured in Canada, the movement of shipments of vaccine into Canada has to be both expedited and carefully controlled.  International organizations have been hard at work identifying guidance of use to both business and governments, and these have been put into practice by border agencies worldwide. Hear about the work of the World Customs Organization (WCO) and IATA, and how that work has been reflected in the response of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to move vaccines across borders.    

Moderator: Carol West, President & CEO Canadian Society of Customs Brokers 


  • Vyara Filipova, Technical Attache, World Customs Organization 
  • Andrea Gruber, Head, Special Cargo, IATA  
  • Fred Gaspar, Director General, Commercial Programs, Canada Border Services Agency  

Panel 2: Deployment in Canada

Once a COVID-19 vaccine is in Canada, there is still much highly specialized work to be done from many different stakeholders. This part of the presentation will offer perspectives from organizations directly involved in various aspects of delivering the vaccine. You'll hear about the unique challenges - and their solutions - for the final leg of this extraordinary undertaking.

Moderator: To be announced shortly!


  • Anonymous CSIS speaker 
  • Deanne Morgan, PhD, Senior Intelligence Research Specialist, National Critical Infrastructure Team (NCIT), Federal Policing National Security (FPNS), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) 
  • Valerie Khalemska - Senior Account Manager, Drone Delivery Canada
  • Janet Wallace, Director, Cargo Transformation, Air Canada Cargo 

Discussion and Networking (4:15 PM EST - 5:00 PM EST)

Join us later in the day for a follow-up discussion and networking session with many of the speakers. It's a chance to pose questions, talk shop, and network with your industry peers.

If you have any questions, or need help registering, don't hesitate to let us know at cscb@cscb.ca and we’ll be sure to get you the help you need.