Doug Waldie Summer Student Scholarship

The FDFA is proud to sponsor this nationally recognized scholarship program for excellence in retail within the duty free industry.

The scholarship program was introduced in 2005, and was designed to recognize our industry’s summer students, since they play an integral role in one of our busiest seasons.

Doug Waldie

Doug was born and raised in Gananoque Ontario, a small border town in the 1000 Islands.d-waldie_3a

Doug joined the Canadian Government in 1976 as an Administrative Trainee after completing university. He joined the Department of Customs and Excise in the same year.

In 1979 he was assigned the task of developing a proposal and operational plan to introduce land border Duty Free Shops on the Canadian side of the Canada /US border.

This work involved: the establishment of a joint government and private sector Advisory Committee; visitations to some 40 potential sites across Canada; negotiations with all the Provincial Governments and the one Territory bordering the US; the development of a weighted scoring selection system; the development and production of a number of memorandums to the Federal and Provincial Governments defining the program and leading to its implementation.

The program was initiated in 1982 with the establishment of the first Duty Free Shop at Emerson Manitoba.

Following the establishment of the majority of the shops across Canada, Doug left the program to work on a number of major Federal Government initiatives for Customs and Excise including: the Canada /US Free Trade Agreement; the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Mexico; the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax; and Canada’s implementation of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

In 2003, as the Director of the Export Processing Division, Doug again resumed responsibilty for the Canadian Duty Free Program when it was incorporated under his mandate.

Doug retired in 2005, and he and his wife Nancy moved back to Gananoque. The FDFA established the Doug Waldie Summer Student Scholarship on his retirement. This scholarship is presented annually at the FDFA convention for excellence in retail within the duty Free Shop industry.

Student Scholarship Program:

Only Gold Standards participating stores are eligible to nominate a summer student. The participating stores will receive the summer student scholarship criteria with the Gold Standards documentation and should be completed by the summer student’s supervising manager.

Once all the forms have been reviewed, the Gold Standards Committee will identify which summer student will be awarded with the scholarship. The winners will be announced during the Gold Standards Award Ceremony, and the owner/operator of the student’s respective store will accept the award on their behalf.

2007 Winner – Karan Bola from West Coast Duty Free Store

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2008 Winner – Devan Orr from Importations Guay Ltée

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2009 Winner – Ann Gregson from Importations Guay Ltée

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2010 Winner – Courtny Becker from DFS Ventures Inc.

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