The 2024 Institute East and Institute West programs concluded with resounding success, marking a pivotal moment for the Cold Chain Institute Program. With close to 600 participants in attendance, these Institutes shattered previous records for overall attendance, student enrollment, and female participation, underscoring the growing significance of the program within the industry.

A notable highlight was the graduation of over 140 Year 3 students, marking the largest graduating class since the onset of the pandemic. The curriculum spanned a diverse array of subjects, ranging from leadership development and cyber security to labor relations and food preservation, ensuring participants received a comprehensive education in cold chain management.

The Institutes fostered an environment of dynamic learning, with participants engaging in enriching discussions both inside and outside the classroom. Attendees were encouraged to absorb valuable insights and adopt best practices to implement in their local facilities, thereby amplifying the impact of the Institute’s knowledge-sharing mission.

Instructors representing a spectrum of GCCA’s members, from large corporations to smaller enterprises, united to impart their expertise to the next generation of cold chain professionals. This collaborative environment facilitated not only learning but also networking opportunities, allowing students to forge connections with peers from across North America.

At both the Institute East and Institute West programs, attendees were inspired by keynote speaker Robyn Benincasa. A world champion adventure racer, firefighter, and motivational speaker, Benincasa shared insights on teamwork, leadership, and resilience, drawing parallels between extreme sports and the cold chain industry. Her engaging talks energized participants, adding an extra dimension to the Institutes’ comprehensive learning experience.

Looking ahead to the 60th anniversary of the Cold Chain Institutes, the GCCF is spearheading initiatives to enhance the program further. Planned improvements are all aimed at ensuring the program’s continued success for the future generations of the Cold Chain Industry.

Published Date

March 19, 2024




United States


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