Recognising excellence in the design, innovation and implementation of tax stamp programmes

Award Categories

The Excellence in Tax Stamps awards comprise three categories.

Best Design
This award acknowledges designers who embrace the challenge of combining authentication, track and trace and other features in a visually attractive way, on something often not much larger than a postage stamp.
Best New Innovation
This award includes new substrates, inks, coding techniques, readers, software or applications that enhance or make a step change in the way tax stamps are designed, secured, produced, applied, tracked or verified.
Best Tax Stamp Programme
This award covers the introduction of new or upgrades to existing tax stamp programmes. A variety of criteria will be taken into account by the judges – including objectives and specification, launch, education, enforcement and results (e.g. increase in revenues or reduction in illicit trade).

About the Judges

The judging panel comprises of five independent experts in different fields relating to tax stamp programmes.

Pierre Bertrand
(Ottawa, Canada)

Pierre Bertrand, a graduate of the University of Ottawa, has, prior to his retirement in January 2012, worked for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for 32 years.

His last position was Director General of the Excise and GST/HST Rulings Directorate, in the Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch of the CRA. As such, he was responsible for the GST/HST Rulings programme, and all matters that relate to the Excise Division, such as the federal taxation regime that applies duties to alcohol, spirit and tobacco products.

Pierre also took a leading role for the CRA in high profile issues, such as the Comprehensive Settlement Agreements between Canada and tobacco companies, and the government’s Contraband Tobacco Task Force. He also had a leading role in issues with an international dimension, such as the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, where he represented CRA at the International Negotiating Body (INB), responsible for elaborating the Protocol to eliminate illicit in tobacco products as well as the various sub-­‐committees put in place under the INB process.
John-Colledge III
(Montana, USA)

John Colledge is an independent consultant to businesses, governments, intergovernmental institutions, and non-governmental groups for trade fraud matters such as tobacco and liquor smuggling, trafficking in counterfeit merchandise, related money laundering and public corruption.

John has more than 33 years of law enforcement experience, with, among others, the US Customs Service and the Department of Homeland Security.

In the Fraud Investigations Branch of US Customs, John managed and directed worldwide investigative programmes, and was a frequent participant in the World Customs Organisation’s cigarette smuggling experts group and the former G-­‐8 Lyon Sub-­‐Group on Transnational Organised Crime.

John has experience in the drafting and review of illicit tobacco trade legislation at the state and national level, as well as legislation in other countries.
Alan Hodgson
(UK)

Alan has 30 years experience in printed hard copy and a background in photography and image science.

Alan previously managed R&D and Technical Services groups active in inkjet application development.

He has recently spent seven years at 3M, specialising in print solutions for high security documents such as passports and identity cards. He has since returned to his consultancy business, working on printing consultancy projects in security and brand protection.

Alan is also a Visiting Academic at the University of Manchester Centre for Digital Fabrication, investigating routes to bring new printing technologies into Secure Documents. Alan has a BSc in colorant chemistry and a PhD in instrumentation, both from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manchester.

He has contributed a number of articles to Authentication News on printing technologies.
Chander S Jeena
(New Delhi, India)

Chander Shekhar Jeena joined Authentication Solution Providers’ Association – ASPA (formerly known as Hologram Manufacturers Association of India) as Secretary in 2006.

Additionally, he has been Editor of The Authentication Times for the last eight years, as well as a member of the FICCI Committee against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying Economy, and member of the Bureau of Indian Standards Publication and Graphic Technology Sectional Committee, MSD 6.

He is also affiliated with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

Since 2006, he has represented ASPA at various national and international forums like The Holography Conference, High Security Printing Asia Conference, and several conferences organised by industries across the globe. Chander holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations.
Ian Lancaster
(London, UK)

Ian Lancaster is co-¬founder and former Managing Director of Reconnaissance. He stepped down from his full-time role with Reconnaissance last year, to be appointed as Associate.

He is leading the drafting of ISO’s new standard for tax stamps, having previously worked on ISO’s authentication solutions and security print and foil management standards.

He is Chairman of the Optical Document Security conference, which he has been associated with since the first event in 1996.

He is also now an independent consultant on authentication and optical security, serving as non-executive director to two start-up companies in this field.