Doug Waldie Continuing Education Bursary Award

The Doug Waldie Continuing Education Bursary was created in the Fall of 2011. The objective of the Bursary is to provide all land border duty free full time employees the opportunity to apply for a continuing educational bursary in the amount up to $2,000. This award will be granted by the FDFA and will require those applicants to identify how a continuing educational course could enhance their current position within the land border duty free store that they are currently employed at.

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

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 responsibility  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.

Doug Waldie Continuing Education Bursary Award Winners

2012 – Cameron Bissonnette, Osoyoos Duty Free Store