- Anna Petrova is a Senior Supply Chain Leader with 20 years of Supply chain experience with multinational CPG companies like P&G, Wrigleys, Cadbury, Ferrero. Throughout her career in Europe and North America, Anna has managed different parts of Supply Chain including forecasting and production planning, procurement and MRP, warehouse management, transportation and customer service. In Anna's present role as Associate Director, Supply Chain, Ferrero Canada Ltd., she is in charge of commercial supply chain, which includes inventory management, planning, customer service and transportation.
- Brian Abel is a Freight Network Engineer with KSM Transport Advisors, LLC (KSMTA). Brian’s focus includes optimizing clients’ freight networks and operations strategies. He also has vast trucking management experience. Brian’s career in transportation management and consulting includes more than 30 years at executive levels. He has used optimization tools with multiple companies, both as a manager and consultant, and has found the tools to be most useful when integrated into the sales and operations plans and practices. EDUCATION Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degre
- Carlos manages the Industry Research Group at Scotia Economics, and is responsible for covering the transportation sector, as well as providing in-depth analysis on several other industries. He works closely with Global Risk Management to assess the outlook for industries key to Scotiabank’s loan portfolio. Carlos joined Scotiabank after receiving a Master's degree from York University, and has been with Scotiabank for more than two decades. During his tenure at Scotiabank, Carlos obtained a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
- Dan Goodwill is President of Dan Goodwill & Associates Inc., a transportation consulting company that he formed in 2004. Dan has held several executive level positions in the transportation industry including President of Yellow Transportation’s Canada division, President of Clarke Logistics, General Manager of the Railfast division of TNT Canada and VP of Sales and Marketing for TNT Overland Express. Dan’s consulting practice focuses on helping shippers more effectively manage their freight transportation and reduce costs. He also assists trucking companies and third party logistics co
- David Segal is an entrepreneur and retail thought-leader. He is best known for bringing radical innovation to a 5,000 year old product category with the launch of DAVIDsTEA, the company he co-founded in 2008. Segal takes audiences through his journey, highlighting how he combined his entrepreneurial passion and business savvy to take DAVIDSs Tea from a single store on Queen Street West to a $200 million retail giant. In June 2015, DAVIDsTEA became a publicly-traded company on the NASDAQ, and since launch, the brand has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily, The Globe
- Doug has been with Maritime-Ontario since 1983. Maritime-Ontario is a general freight and multi-modal transportation company headquartered in Brampton, handling shipments between Ontario, Quebec and both Atlantic and Western Canada. The Group of Companies employs approximately 1,200 staff, drivers and owner-operators and was recently recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. Doug is also President of Graham Munro Charitable Foundation, a private family foundation established in the mid 1980’s for charitable work.
- Eric is Vice President Business Development for Hercules. Hercules is a privately held LTL motor carrier with 26 terminals across North America, with a primary focus on cross border LTL between the USA and Canada. Hercules utilizes a no breakbulk model that reduces handling between origin and destination terminals compared with conventional cross border LTL carriers. Eric is responsible for the overall sales growth, marketing and M&A for Hercules and has worked with the company for 20 years. Hercules is a proud recipient of Canadian Shippers Carrier of Choice designation.
- Mr. Gérald Gauthier is the RAC Vice President Public and Corporate Affairs, since November 2013. Before occupying briefly this function on an interim basis he was Director, industry liaison for the RAC. He is responsible for communications (with the public, governments and other stakeholders), policy research and industry human resource planning. He joined the RAC in the fall of 2000, and quickly organized the first Canadian Short line and Regional Railway Conference, which led to the creation of the RAC Short line Committee that has been very active in promoting the interests of this secto
- In the Logistics and Distribution field for over 25 years, Hugh comes from a diverse logistics background having had the pleasure of working with and for a number of leading third party distribution and multi-national organizations including automotive aftermarket, consumer electronics, CPG and retail. His work experience includes the complete supply chain spiral from transportation, facilities / network design, change management and operations for a number of roles at a national and North American level. Hugh is excited to recently joined the Wajax team in the role of Director, Logistics and
- Isabelle Hétu is Director, Programs and Services at Trucking HR Canada, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the human resources challenges and opportunities in the trucking and logistics industry. In her current role, Isabelle oversees key initiatives including the nationally recognized Top Fleet Employers program, diversity programs and compensation benchmarking. She works closely with Canada’s leading fleets through various programs including the Women with Drive and Youth with Drive national advisory committees. Originally from St-Ambroise de Kildare (QC), I
- John G. Smith is the editor of Today’s Trucking — the business magazine of Canada’s trucking industry. The award-winning writer has reported on trucking for more than two decades, including a tenure as editor of Truck News and Truck West from 1995 to 2001. In 13 years as an independent communications consultant, he also supported a wide array of industry associations and initiatives, and was a contributing editor to trucking publications across North America.
John Larkin, CFA, Managing Director and Head, Transportation Capital Markets Research, Stifel Financial Corp.John Larkin joined Legg Mason* in October 2001 to form and lead the firm’s entry into the transportation markets. Mr. Larkin was recognized as an all-star analyst by Institutional Investor magazine in 2006 and as a Wall Street Journal all-star analyst five times, most recently for his stock picks during the year 2010. In addition, he was rated as #1 by Forbes Starmine in EPS estimate accuracy in the Road & Rail Category in 2008 and as #1 stock picker in 2003 by Forbes Starmine in both the Road & Rail and the Airfreight & Logistics categories. Mr. Larkin also placed 3rd in the 2004
- John Tenpenny is the Editor of Canadian Shipper, published since 1898 and written for buyers of transportation services. An award-winning writer and editor, John has more than 15-years of business journalism experience. An experienced communicator, John also instructs at George Brown College's Editing Certificate program, where he teaches students the practical skills required to effectively manage the editorial process in both print and digital media.
- Joy Nott is President of the Canadian Importers and Exporters Association (I.E.Canada). Joy brings over 30 years of experience in customs compliance to the I.E.Canada team. Joy started her career in Montreal and worked for over 10 years for well known customs brokers/freight forwarders giving her hands on operational experience. Prior to joining I.E.Canada, Joy was a Vice President and Managing Consultant for JPMorgan Global Trade Management Services based in the Toronto, Ontario area and specialized in matters of customs and international trade for both Canada and the U.S. based clients. P
- Justin Bailie is the co founder and president of a Silicon Valley based startup RoseRocket, a modern TMS for LTL carriers. Consistently recognized as a top industry influencer Bailie has been quoted and/or contributed to over 30 national and international publications including INC magazine, Huffington Post and the Globe and Mail. Bailie is recognized as a subject matter expert in the logistics industry and consults with businesses on business modernization and systems, marketing to the millennial economy and sales 2.0. He is also a published author, keynote speaker, and father of three.
- Justin Yang is the Vice President of HanM Transportation Management Services LTD – a Toronto-based company specializing in refrigerated transportation. He holds a B.Sci in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Justin moved to Canada in 1996. Having emigrated from South Korea – a country where respect for elders is the strong cultural norm - Justin offers a unique prospective in bridging generational gaps within the workplace and integrating newcomers into an unfamiliar country’s business atmosphere. Justin joined his father's Toronto-based business in 2003. During his time at HanM, Ju
- Kevin Huntsman is Senior Vice President of Mastio & Company, a 28-year-old firm specializing in customer value analysis, customer loyalty, retention and defection, customer satisfaction and marketing strategy. Mr. Huntsman has a proven track record of managing large and complex projects for clients over the last 21 years while at Mastio. He specializes in survey design and data collection in the transportation and logistics space as well as energy and chemical industries. Mr. Huntsman has successfully managed over 600 projects for 200 companies across the globe during his tenure with Mastio
- Lou Smyrlis is the Editorial Director of the Trucking Group properties with Newcom Business Media Inc. These properties include Canadian Transportation & Logistics, Truck News, Truck West as well as several online newsfeeds, directories, newsletters and the award winning Web TV show, Transportation Matters. Combined, these properties have a circulation of more than 150,000 providers and buyers of transportation services across Canada. Lou has been reporting on transportation issues for over 20 years and is a winner of several writing awards. A frequent speaker on industry issues, he is
- Marco Beghetto is VP of communications & new media for OTA and CTA, overseeing the associations’ public relations with media, the public and government. Marco previously served as senior editor of Today’s Trucking magazine for 11 years, before taking the role with OTA/CTA in 2011. Marco possesses a strong grasp of the issues and challenges faced by motor carriers – both in terms of the marketplace and the busy regulatory docket confronting the industry.
- Mike Buck is President of MCB Fleet Management Consulting, a company the specializes in fleet maintenance, procurement and safety. Mike has a BA and MBA. He spent 25 years with UPS as Director of Maintenance and 3 years as Director of Maintenance with Con-Way Freight. For the past 11 years he has been a business owner and consultant providing fleet maintenance analysis and recommendations for small, medium, and large Fleets in the transportation and service sectors.
- Mike Ludwick is Chief Administrative Officer at Bison Transport. He is responsible for HR, Accounting/Administration, Safety, IT and Corporate Services (including Customs, Licensing and Fuel). He also supports Britton Transport, Bison's American subsidiary. Before becoming a full-time employee in 1997, Mike worked for Bison as an independent IT contractor.
- Proven maverick Mike "Ace" McCarron is Chairman of the Board of Trucking HR Canada. Mike is a graduate of the University of Toronto, a 36 year industry leader, entrepreneur and founder of MSM Transportation (est. 1990) which was sold to the Wheels Group in November 2012. Under Mike's leadership, MSM won numerous business awards including the Top Canadian Motor Carrier, (7 years) Canada's Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies, (5 years) and Canada's 50 Best Managed Private Companies. (17 years) Mike is currently the President of Left Lane Associates a firm he founded that specializes in trans
- Volvo Trucks North America recently announced that Paul Kudla has been named regional vice-president for its Canada region. In his new role, he will oversee commercial sales and marketing operations. “Paul is very well-known within the industry, and we believe his experience will help drive the success of Volvo Trucks in Canada,” said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “I’m very pleased to welcome him to his new role within the company.” Kudla joined the Volvo Trucks organization in September 1999, first as fleet account manager and then as a fleet sales manager. He was
- Ray is the Co-Founder of StakUp Inc., an Online Performance Benchmarking service for the North American Trucking Industry. With a career spanning four decades, Ray has been involved in all facets of the North American Trucking Industry. Beginning in 1974 as an Owner Operator, Ray amassed 1 Million accident free miles before starting his own Trucking Company - Southwestern Express. From 1984 until 2000, Southwestern Express grew to 50 trucks, primarily focused on refrigerated freight. In 2000, Southwestern Express merged with MacKinnon Transport, at which time Ray became President and COO. Duri
- Rick has a long history of innovative and results-driven risk management. With more than 30 years of experience, Rick has worked with a wide variety of insurance products and services at both insurance companies and brokerages alike. As an engaging and persuasive leader, Rick is able to effectively envision and communicate with others. He has an exceptional ability to assess a client’s situation and help them to tailor a program specific to their needs to build truly customized solutions. Rick’s cutting edge expertise lead him to develop the Safety Service Management Report and the High Ris
Ritchie Huang, Manager of Engineering and Safety in the Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Division, Daimler Trucks North AmericaRitchie Huang is the Manager of Engineering and Safety in the Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Division at Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). Headquartered in Portland, Oregon DTNA is the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Ritchie’s responsibilities are focused on a wide range of areas from product engineering, defects and investigations, compliance, and regulatory affairs. His primary focus is on automated vehicles, crash avoidance, and driver assistance systems where his role is to ensure that safety and regulation are both engineering based and data driven. He is
- Rob joined CP early in 2016 with 16 years of progressing roles in supply chain and transportation. His experience includes roles in operations, integrated logistics management, business development, leadership and senior leadership. Rob started his career with UPS Supply Chain Solutions and prior to joining CP lead the sales and customer support teams for Calyx (National Fast Freight). Rob is a graduate of the international trade program at Sir Sanford Fleming College and lives north of Toronto with his wife and two children.
- Bob has a B.A.Sc. (Bachelor of Applied Science) degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. During his 40-year career with Canadian Pacific Limited, Bob worked in the engineering, signal, operating and marketing departments of Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1976, he moved to Canadian Pacific Consulting Services as Vice-President, where he had responsibility for marketing and supervision of railway and other transportation projects in various parts of the world. In 1988, Bob was assigned by Canadian Pacific to The Railway Association of Canada as President, where he served u
Robert James Armstrong, CITP, CMILT, President, Armstrong Trade and Logistics Advisory Services Inc. (ATLAS)Bob Armstrong, CITP, PLog, CMILT, is President of Armstrong Trade and Logistics Advisory Services Inc. (ATLAS). Bob has over 40 years of experience in the fields of Global Supply Chain, International Trade, Cross Border Logistics and Customs Regulations and procedures. Bob also served as President of Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Canada (SCL) from November 2007 to July 2012. Bob Armstrong further served as President and CEO for the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc. for nine years and as President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturer
- Ryan is a leader in Deloitte’s Logistics and Distribution practice within its Strategy & Operations service line. He specializes in leading complex supply chain transformations in the consumer and industrial products industry. His work is increasingly focused on global trade and logistics for North American importers and exporters including optimizing international supply. He helps clients leverage technology to increase collaboration with global service partners ranging from international shippers, 3PL’s, freight forwarders and brokers. Ryan has served leading brands such as Coca-Cola, N
- Stephen Laskowski is President with Canadian Trucking Alliance, which represents about 4,500 carriers across Canada. Laskowski is also the President of the Ontario Trucking Association. Steve joined OTA in 1994, and since 2000 he has also served the Canadian Trucking Alliance in various capacities. He has been involved in various files including environmental and cross border matters, domestic and international taxation of trucking activities and intermodal relations. He also oversees CTA’s commercial products line. Steve was a participant in the prestigious US State Department Leadership E
- Sylvie manages Transportation and Customs for IPEX, a manufacturer of plastic pipe and fittings. IPEX has a distribution network of more than a hundred sites throughout North America and uses tankers, flat beds, closed vans, LTL and courier companies for shipping raw materials and finished goods. In addition, Sylvie is responsible for the packaging and the Supply Chain Security programs. Her career in the transportation industry began in pricing for LTL carriers. She joined IPEX 17 years ago, after spending 7 years working as a Project Director for a consulting firm. An accredited
- Tim Hindes has more than three decades of experience in the trucking industry, ranging from owner-operator to president. His thirty-year career in transportation provides Tim with a unique understanding of and perspective about the trucking industry, its leadership practices, operations management, and, most importantly, its drivers. Most recently, Hindes and his long-term business partner co-founded Stay Metrics. As President, Tim oversees a team that serves more than 75 carriers and 20,000+ drivers with its industry-leading driver engagement platform. Stay Metrics has developed a uniq
- Tony Kermally is partner/VP at Freightcom Inc. Freightcom is an online portal that provides LTL and Courier pricing throughout North America. Tony has been instrumental in forming alliances with the company’s core carrier partners, building the company’s sales and operations capabilities, and leading its rapid growth over the past few years. Freightcom has recently released a new suite of apps for the eCommerce space.
- Tracy launched her business in 1995 with a website and continuous editorial coverage to quickly build brand awareness and recruiting success along with writing a monthly column in Materials Management and Distribution Magazine since 1998. Mentored by her entrepreneurial mother who founded a driver staffing company in 1976, along with family members in the trucking field, Tracy spent her growing up years around the business. After completing a Master of Social Work degree at University of Toronto, she reentered the trucking business bringing problem solving skills to fleet operators with driver
Victoria Armour, Vice President of Home Delivery & White Glove Services, Armour Transportation SystemsVictoria holds a BBA from Acadia University and an MBA from Dalhousie University. In her current role, Victoria’s day-to-day responsibilities include identifying and hiring new talent, company-wide recruitment & retention and marketing strategy. Victoria also works closely in business development, operations management and information technology. Prior to joining Armour, Victoria was with TJX Canada. Passionate about her work, Victoria, along with her brother Ralston, plan to carry the family business into the third generation.
- Walter is a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets and responsible for the firm's equity coverage of the Transportation Sector. His coverage includes companies operating in the railroad, airline, aerospace, trucking and logistics segments of the North American transportation industry. Walter has over 16 years of experience in equity research and over the course of his career has been consistently cited as the Transportation sector’s top-ranked analyst. Brendan Wood rates Walter #1 in Transportation research for the last seven years running and has been top ranked for his specific coverag
- Wes Armour is the CEO of Armour Transportation Systems, one of Canada's Best Managed Companies a leading transportation and logistics speacialist. Wes acquired the company from his father at the age of 22, a fleet of 10 straight trucks and 11 employees. Under his leadership, Armour has grown to include over 4,000 pieces of equipment, 2,000 employees, 26 terminals and more than 700,000 square feet of public warehousing. Wes is a member of the Order of Canada and has actively promoted the trucking industry in Canada through membership in both regional and national trucking associations. He