Patrick Bohan, Chair of the CITT National Board of Directors, is pleased to announce that Darren E. Christle, CITT, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Award of Excellence. The CITT Award of Excellence is presented annually to the member who best exemplifies a strong commitment to the logistics profession and to CITT. Nominees are selected by their peers. Mr. Christle is currently the Executive Director of the Motor Carrier Division of the Manitoba Department of Infrastructure and Transportation. He joined the department in 1992. He is responsible for commercial safety, regulation and enforcement programs for both highway and railway modes.
Although Mr. Christle has been involved in transportation for over 20 years in various capacities for both the private and public sectors, he considers the Award of Excellence to be a significant achievement. “I’m thrilled at being selected to receive the 2009 CITT Award of Excellence,” said Mr. Christle. “I am sincerely honoured that my peers consider me deserving to join with esteemed individuals such as Patrick Cullen, CITT, Doug Harrison, CITT and Paul Kurrat, CITT, as a recipient” Mr. Christle is a former five term chair of the Manitoba Executive Council and a seven-term member of the National Board of Directors. He served as chairman of the board in 2005. He is also a past chairman of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, (CCMTA), Standing Committee on Compliance and Regulatory Affairs. He has been a committee member for 13 years. In addition to his position with the government of Manitoba, Mr. Christle is also the International President of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance based in Washington, D.C. He is only the third Canadian to ever hold that position. He is also the vice chair of finance for the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. Mr. Christle has appeared before both the Canadian Parliamentary and the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation, and is a former member of the NAFTA Land Transportation Safety Committee.
In 2006, he had the distinction of being the keynote speaker at the World Transportation Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam. Mr. Christle has diplomas in Criminology and Business Administration from Red River College in Winnipeg. He graduated from the Queen’s University Leadership Development Program and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration through the University of Victoria. He earned his CITT designation in 1996. With a proven ability to rise to every challenge at all levels, Mr. Christle attributes much of his success to ongoing education, and to CITT. “My CITT designation has been and remains the key foundation on the path of lifelong learning. I believe there are no boundaries or limitations for anyone who is prepared to work hard towards a goal and are able to view every obstacle as an opportunity. ” Mr. Christle shares this award with his wife Kim and daughter Ashley. The CITT Award of Excellence will be presented during Reposition 2009 at the Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, November 6th to be held at the Queen’s Landing Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.