The Canadian Economy and the Freight Transportation Outlook for 2019
Canada’s economy remained strong during the initial stages of 2018 as the federal government sought to take a new direction in trade by negotiating a new NAFTA agreement, joining the TPP11 group (the original members of TPP minus the United States) and moving forward with an agreement with the European Union (CETA). Canadians watched carefully as the United States implemented its ELD mandate in December of 2017. Driver shortages led to rate increases. Ecommerce continued to gain market share as retail outlets continued to close.
This panel will discuss the Canadian and US economies in 2018 and share their expectations for 2019.
This track will first feature a panel discussion with a leading Canadian economist and investment analyst. The panel will also include the Director of Research for one of America’s leading transportation investment companies. Following this panel will be a discussion with a leading trucking executive and a major shipper who will provide their insights and outlook for next year.Presented by:
- Lou Smyrlis, Managing Director, Trucking and Supply Chain Group, Newcom Media Inc.
- Scott Smith, CEO, JD Smith & Sons Limited
- Paul Ferley, Assistant Chief Economist, Royal Bank of Canada
- David Ross, Research Managing Director, Global Transportation & Logistics, Stifel Financial Corp.
- Paul Roach, President & CEO, Belmont Meats
- Stephen Laskowski, President, Canadian Trucking Alliance & Ontario Trucking Association