In June 2021, Michael Woods completed his fourth term and final term on the Board of Directors of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) [ | Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) (fittfortrade.com) ]. FITT is a Canada-based not-for-profit (NFP) organization dedicated to providing international business training, resources and professional certification to individuals and businesses. It provided the only international business training programs and related professional designation (CITP/FIBP) endorsed by both the World Trade Centers Association and the Government of Canada. [ FITTskills Online Courses | Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) (fittfortrade.com) ].
Membership on the FITT Board is limited to four terms and Michael is honoured to have been elected for the maximum number of terms and serving since 2008. Among the many highlights of his work on the Board was the work process that led to FITT’s formal partnership arrangement with Export Development Canada (EDC) aimed at delivering enhanced trade education to Canadian companies and trade professionals. At the core of the partnership is the EDC-FITT International Trade Learning Centre (Centre) – a digital platform from which EDC and FITT that offers information, learning modules, and other knowledge-based resources focused on helping small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) go, grow and succeed internationally. [ https://fittfortrade.com/