The Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is to launch its paramilitary uniformed group for high-school students, called the Caribbean Merchant Marine Cadet Corps (CMMC), early in 2019.In an interview with JIS News, President of the CMU, Professor Fritz Pinnock, explained that the group (which is an outreach of the university), was formed to have a positive impact on the behaviour of students at the high-school level, while teaching them about the maritime conscience.“We wanted to take the successes of the discipline in our tertiary institution and replicate it in the secondary-school system” he said, adding that the CMU is now going through the registration process to make it an official uniformed group in Jamaica.“We took it into the high schools as another offering because it is connected to life, so this cadet corps is teaching young Jamaicans to appreciate the maritime space within which we live and operate,” he explained.The President said that the CMMC currently has more than 1,600 cadets in high schools across the island and that the team has been given a mandate from the Minister of Education to double the number in the coming year.“I am very pleased with this group, because we are actually changing attitudes. We are not just teaching about the maritime conscience. It is also about holistic development. You have to care about the environment, and we teach about the new and emerging opportunities,” he added.He explained that the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based approach is being channelled through the CMMC as the university attempts to foster a shift in the teaching and learning methodologies for STEM.“Right now, we are working with Women in Maritime Association of the Caribbean (WiMAC) to introduce technology programmes such as underwater robotics and the building of underwater drones, so they are doing exciting things. In allowing them to make things, we are transforming the minds of these youngsters and helping to make that shift,” Professor Pinnock said.He informed that the young people are gravitating very quickly towards CMMC. “In fact, they are actually wearing our uniform. The only difference is the epaulette, so if and when they decide to come in to CMU, those who decide to will only need to change the epaulette, so it’s a great opportunity. We connect them with reality and introduce new options,” the President said.He pointed out that being a part of the CMMC is not necessarily about attending the CMU eventually, but rather learning about the maritime environment, which, he said, is 20 times the land space of Jamaica.“We have so many resources in our waters, and we have been doing an injustice to it through pollution,” he added.Professor Pinnock commended the move by the Government to ban plastic bags and said that the university fully supports and endorses it. He added that the university is now putting the necessary measures in place to make it a zero-plastic environment. In an interview with JIS News, President of the CMU, Professor Fritz Pinnock, explained that the group (which is an outreach of the university), was formed to have a positive impact on the behaviour of students at the high-school level, while teaching them about the maritime conscience. Story Highlights The Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is to launch its paramilitary uniformed group for high-school students, called the Caribbean Merchant Marine Cadet Corps (CMMC), early in 2019. “We wanted to take the successes of the discipline in our tertiary institution and replicate it in the secondary-school system” he said, adding that the CMU is now going through the registration process to make it an official uniformed group in Jamaica.
Advertisement Canadians heading to Cannes will be in good hands this year with Telefilm Canada’s delegation who will be present at the Festival de Cannes to facilitate networking; particularly when it comes to export and coproduction, participate in events and represent in all the right places.From May 14 to 23, 2019, please join us at the Canada Pavilion at the festival’s Marché du Film market. Always action-packed with productive networking events, film screenings and other activities to help you make the most of your time on the Croisette, the Canada Pavilion is the perfect meeting spot! For updates, details, and all the Cannes news you need, please keep your eyes on our programming page. Meanwhile, here are 5 of our business events you won’t want to miss.And now, meet Telefilm’s delegation at Cannes: Facebook Christa Dickenson, Executive DirectorChrista Dickenson is the Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. She has over two decades of experience spanning broadcast television, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media, having worked at CTV, CPAC, Rogers and Interactive Ontario. Ms. Dickenson possesses an unparalleled talent for innovation coupled with a strong business acumen. With brand advocacy expertise honed over many years, she is a highly effective screen-based industries advocate and spokesperson. In addition to a professional background spanning both the creative and business sides of the broadcast, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media industries, Ms. Dickenson has a BAH and Masters of Fine Arts in Film Studies.Marielle Poupelin, Specialist, International Business DevelopmentAfter completing a degree in administration at the University of Angers in France, Marielle Poupelin immediately began working in film production. In 1990, Ms. Poupelin moved from France to Canada, where she continued her career working in film and TV production. In 2004, she joined Telefilm Canada as an investment analyst. She was part of the team that selected projects to be financed as feature films. In 2010, Ms. Poupelin was appointed Deputy Director, Coproduction. In this role, she is in charge of managing the team responsible for evaluating coproduction projects submitted by Canadian producers in film and television. She also assumed the interim leadership of the International Promotion sector from 2016 to 2019.Marie-France Godbout, Interim Director, Project FinancingMarie-France Godbout joined Telefilm Canada in 2002 as Specialist, Distribution – Feature Films, responsible for managing requests for commercialization, dubbing, alternative distribution, and international marketing support. She has a wide range of experience as a film industry professional, having held various management positions at C/FP, Motion Int’l, and Ciné-Entreprises, among others. In her role as National Director, Feature Films, Ms. Godbout leads the team responsible for decisions on French-language feature films at the national and regional levels and is in charge of industry relations with her counterparts in the English-language market.Mélanie Hartley, Advisor, New InitiativesMelanie Hartley has held a number of positions at Telefilm Canada since her hiring in 2002, including Deputy Director of the Feature Film Unit, Regional Director of English Production, Regional Director of Business Development and Project Manager for National Promotion in Quebec. She is currently Advisor, New initiatives, International Promotion. Prior to joining Telefilm, she worked in distribution for more than seven years on many aspects of the field, including development of marketing strategies, media relations, communications and international and television sales.Clémence Bradley, Advisor, Promotion – Event ManagementA graduate in marketing communications from the Université du Québec à Montréal, Clémence Bradley has more than a decade of experience in the cultural and advertising sectors. She has held various positions in event and project management with organizations like Just for Laughs, Infopresse, and Radio-Canada. Clémence has been with Telefilm Canada for over five years as an advisor in Promotion – Event Management, where she’s responsible for the organization and implementation of activities in major film industry markets, including Cannes and TIFF. She is currently completing a Specialized Graduate Diploma in Management – Organizational Development at the HEC Montréal.Danielle Bélanger, Advisor, Promotion – Event ManagementAfter studying film and communications at Concordia University, Danielle Bélanger spent nine years running an international distribution company, handling marketing, sales, acquisitions and promotion at markets and festivals. She then headed distribution and circulation for an artist-run centre specialized in museum videos before joining Telefilm Canada’s international sector as Project Leader in 2005. Danielle currently holds the position of Advisor, Promotion – Event Management.Come and meet our dedicated team at the Canada Pavilion ready to welcome you!CLICK HERETo stay up to date on all our networking activities and programming! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement