FDFA announces management change: Executive Director Laurie Karson leaves Canadian Association

FDFA logoThe Board of Directors of the Frontier Duty Free Association has announced the departure of Executive Director, Laurie Karson, in September. Karson joined FDFA in April 2005.

The FDFA will continue to move forward in a positive direction and will organize a successful FDFA Convention in Montreal in November 2017, says the official announcement.

In addition to the convention, the Board will be actively involved in ensuring an active dialogue with all government stakeholders, including CBSA.

“We are optimistic and enthusiastic for our industry’s future as we prepare for a new chapter to capitalize on all opportunities within our collective businesses. The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Laurie for all her efforts and wish her all the best in her future endeavors,” said the statement.

Speaking with TMI, FDFA President Abe Taqtaq said that the Board is currently evaluating the Executive Director office and commitments to better understand the position and they will take steps to fill the position at the annual meeting in November.

In the meantime, the Board will take a more active role in running the Association.

“Our operations manager, Allison Boucher, is here and will provide continuity. Allison is well briefed on all the files,” said Taqtaq.

The Board will also discuss the Association’s strategic plans going forward with the full membership at the Annual Meeting during the convention in Montreal,” he said.