Speakers 2018

    • Andrew Fuller, Assistant Vice President, Domestic Intermodal, CN Rail

      Andrew Fuller, Assistant Vice President, Domestic Intermodal, CN Rail 

      Andrew Fuller is Assistant Vice President, Domestic overseeing the Sales and Marketing activities for CN’s Domestic Intermodal segment with operations across Canada, United States and Mexico generating over $1.1B in annual revenue. Over his 25 years in the Rail industry Andrew has developed a passion for coaching a strong team of professionals and working with clients from a diverse group of industries including retail, trucking, food and beverage and forest products. Success is driven by working with new clients to offer innovative ways to improve supply chains, reduce cost and grow our sha

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    • Brian Hodgson, VP, Transportation Strategy, Descartes Systems

      Brian Hodgson, VP, Transportation Strategy, Descartes Systems 

      Brian has over 20 years of sales and business development experience. He has worked with hundreds of companies to apply enterprise software and process improvements to drive value and cost savings in their supply chain and logistics functions. In 2012, Brian joined Oz Development, now part of Descartes, and has since rejoined the team to increase customer value, expand our product offerings and drive growth. Brian has held executive positions in sales and marketing with Kewill, SupplyWorks, Eleven Technology and Computer Network Technology. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Eng

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    • Brian Taylor, President, Liberty Linehaul

      Brian Taylor, President, Liberty Linehaul 

      Brian began his trucking career as a driver, driving locally at first and then cross-border for various companies. After six years, he purchased his own truck and became an owner-operator. He began Liberty Linehaul in 1988 as a minor partner and became the sole owner in 1997. He has served on the Board of the Ontario Trucking Association and Canadian Trucking Alliance. He and his wife Lorna have four children and nine grandchildren.

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    • Charles Fallon, LIDD Supply Chain Intelligence

      Charles Fallon, LIDD Supply Chain Intelligence 

      Charles Fallon has been working as a supply chain consultant since 1998. Charles helps clients make capital investment decisions in supply chain infrastructure and improve the cost effectiveness of existing supply chains. He has worked with retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers across a broad spectrum of industries from food, pharma and apparel to spare parts and building materials. He has extensive experience in supply chain strategy, technology and facility design. Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from McGill University in Montreal.

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    • Dan Einwechter, Chairman and CEO, Challenger Group of Companies

      Dan Einwechter, Chairman and CEO, Challenger Group of Companies 

      Founder/Chairman and CEO, Challenger group of companies Dan Einwechter is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Challenger group of companies headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario. Currently an Executive Member of the Board of Directors for both the Ontario Trucking Association and the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Dan got his start in transportation by driving trucks as a teenager. This experience ultimately led to the formation of a transportation company in 1975 as a means to support his University endeavours. Dan has an honorary business degree from Wilfred Laurier University. Over

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    • Dave Brajkovich, Chief Technology Officer, Polaris Transportation Group

      Dave Brajkovich, Chief Technology Officer, Polaris Transportation Group 

      As Chief Technology Officer, Dave will have key accountabilities for leading and maintaining a robust technical ecosystem for the Polaris Transportation Group. One of the first steps will be to enhance Polaris’s current technical foundation and align with a newly formed road map for scalable growth. The ultimate objective is to provide Polaris the foundation to be a uniquely different provider of freight services with enhanced digital product capabilities in the future. Emphasis will be placed on bleeding edge technologies such as Robotic Process Automation, AI, and Blockchain. Mr. Cox exp

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    • David Ross, Research Managing Director, Stifel Financial Corp.

      David Ross, Research Managing Director, Stifel Financial Corp. 

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    • Devlin Fenton, CEO, Go99

      Devlin Fenton, CEO, Go99 

      About Devlin Fenton: The CEO of Go99 has had two decades of entrepreneurial experience in a variety of industries; from heavy equipment and industrial moving to heavy civil construction, from healthcare to information technology. Now happily resident in Vancouver Canada, he leads an exceptional team of technologists and business operators with the singular intent of building a Platform that Empowers Professional Truck Drivers and at the same time raises the quality of service and experience that Shippers demand in the gig-economy. Mr. Fenton’s first significant role in heavy civil construct

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    • Eric Beckwitt, President, Freightera

      Eric Beckwitt, President, Freightera 

      Eric Beckwitt is the Founder and CEO of Freightera, the North American platform for automating and reducing emissions from freight transport. Mr. Beckwitt is a specialist in software development and business automation, developing global business systems and preparing reports to Congress and the President of the U.S. Mr. Beckwitt is an internationally recognized author and speaker on emissions reduction from freight transport, authoring “A Green Future for Freight” in the 2016 G7 Summit version of Climate Change: The New Economy, speaking at COP22, the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakes

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    • Iliana Oris Valiente, Certified Bitcoin Professional, Accenture

      Iliana Oris Valiente, Certified Bitcoin Professional, Accenture 

      Iliana Oris Valiente, CPA, CA, CBP (Certified Bitcoin Professional) is widely credited for being a trailblazer in the blockchain space, having been among the first to recognize the tremendous impact of this traditionally "hacker" technology on the enterprise world. Her focus has been on exponential technology, entrepreneurship and bridging the gap between the corporate world and the start-up communities. In her current role as a Managing Director and Global Blockchain Innovation Lead at Accenture, Iliana is responsible for strategy initiatives and overseeing projects to conceptualize and build

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    • Jack Bradley, Vice President, Supply Chain, Strongco Corporation

      Jack Bradley, Vice President, Supply Chain, Strongco Corporation 

      Jack Bradley, B.A, CCLP, P.MM is the Vice President, Supply Chain for Strongco Corporation. Strongco is a major multiline mobile equipment dealer with 27 branch operations across Canada. As a member of the Strongco Corporation leadership team Jack’s goals are to develop an organized, strategic approach to purchasing, logistics, inventory and fleet management through better processes, accountability and disciplines. Previously Jack worked in senior logistics and supply chain management positions with a number of large Canadian corporations in the manufacturing, infrastructure and cons

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    • James Menzies, Executive Editor, Truck News magazine

      James Menzies, Executive Editor, Truck News magazine 

      James Menzies is the editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 16 years and holds a commercial driver’s licence.

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    • Jim Bonsteel, Vice President of Transportation, Customs and Compliance – Global, Anixter

      Jim Bonsteel, Vice President of Transportation, Customs and Compliance – Global, Anixter 

      Jim has been in the transportation, customs and compliance industry for over 26 years. Previous to Anixter, Jim was in Transportation and Customs Sales for eight years. He held various levels of sales management including National Account Manager of Transportation Services. Jim was able to learn the Transportation Carrier side in-depth while also calling on/working directly with many manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors. This experience has allowed him to bring the best transportation, customs and compliance program in the industry to Anixter. Jim is a motivated positive leader tha

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    • Jim McKay, President, Loomis Express

      Jim McKay, President, Loomis Express 

      Jim McKay joined TFI International in October 2017 as President of Loomis-Express. Prior to joining TFI International Jim was President of The Avleca Group and held leadership roles in supply chain with both Walmart and Praxair. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario and an Executive MBA from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Jim is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA), Six Sigma Blackbelt and Certified CITT Logistics Professional.

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    • John E. Ferguson, President and CEO, Purolator Inc

      John E. Ferguson, President and CEO, Purolator Inc 

      John Ferguson is President and CEO of Purolator Inc., Canada’s largest courier company. Previously he was President and CEO of SCI Logistics. a leading Canadian based supply chain solution provider servicing clients in the Retail, E-Commerce, Technology and Healthcare sectors for over 30 years. Previously, John served as Vice President and General Manager of Schneider Logistics. John has over 25 years of experience in logistics, transportation and international trade.

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    • John G. Smith, Editor, Today’s Trucking

      John G. Smith, Editor, Today’s Trucking 

      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.

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    • John Tenpenny, Editor, Canadian Shipper

      John Tenpenny, Editor, Canadian Shipper 

      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.

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    • Kerry Rambalie, Senior Manager, Gap Inc.

      Kerry Rambalie, Senior Manager, Gap Inc. 

      Kerry Rambalie is a Senior Manager at Gap Inc., where he owns overall service and budget responsibility for Canada Domestic Transportation, which includes Port Transload Operations, and Outbound Retail Store Delivery Operations, including managing the Campus Transportation Team. During his almost four years at Gap, Kerry has led three major 3PL market startups across Canada. In his over 20 years in the industry, Kerry has held leadership positions at Home Depot Supply, FedEx Ground and Exide Technologies, where he managed a $20 million budget and led major cost savings initiatives in Logis

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    • Lou Smyrlis, Group Publisher, Trucking Group, Newcom Business Media Inc.

      Lou Smyrlis, Group Publisher, Trucking Group, Newcom Business Media Inc. 

      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

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    • Marco Beghetto, VP of Communications & New Media, OTA  & CTA

      Marco Beghetto, VP of Communications & New Media, OTA & CTA 

      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.

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    • Mark Hong, VP, North America, CH Robinson

      Mark Hong, VP, North America, CH Robinson 

      Mark Hong is the Vice President of Strategy and Analytics for C.H. Robinson’s largest division, North America Surface Transportation. Mark’s team brings together the core functions of finance, analytics, strategic planning, project management, R&D and technology prioritization to ensure the division has the tools and resources needed for successful planning, execution and innovation within our business. Mark joined C.H. Robinson in 2003 as director of Business Development responsible for merger and acquisition (M&A) activities. In addition to M&A, he spent much of his first year

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    • Martin Abadi, Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

      Martin Abadi, Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP 

      Martin Abadi is Counsel in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP where he provides legal advice on transport, international trade, insurance, and commercial disputes and transactions. Martin’s multimodal transport law practice includes litigation, regulatory compliance, risk management, and corporate commercial advice specific to transportation services contracts, transportation mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Martin routinely helps companies set up and develop business operations in the transport industry and assists with international transactions and trade and custo

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    • Paul Ferley, Assistant Chief Economist, Royal Bank of Canada

      Paul Ferley, Assistant Chief Economist, Royal Bank of Canada 

      As Assistant Chief Economist, Paul is responsible for the analysis and forecasting of macroeconomic and financial market developments in Canada, the United States and key overseas economies and is a regular contributor to a number of RBC publications. A graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Manitoba, Paul joined the Economics Department of RBC in 2007 after working for twenty years at another major financial institution where he was responsible for generating the macroeconomic outlook for the United States, Canada and Canadian regional economies. Paul started his professional

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    • Paul Roach, President & CEO, Belmont Meats

      Paul Roach, President & CEO, Belmont Meats 

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    • Ray Haight, Co-Founder & Partner, StakUp Inc.

      Ray Haight, Co-Founder & Partner, StakUp Inc. 

      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

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    • Robert H. Ballantyne, P.Eng., President, Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA)

      Robert H. Ballantyne, P.Eng., President, Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA) 

      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

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    • Robert James Armstrong, CITP, CMILT, President, Armstrong Trade and Logistics Advisory Services Inc. (ATLAS)

      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

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    • Scott Smith, CEO, JD Smith & Sons Limited

      Scott Smith, CEO, JD Smith & Sons Limited 

      Scott is the third generation President of J.D. Smith and Sons Ltd., a Toronto area, asset- based provider of third party integrated logistics solutions. In 2007 J.D. Smith and Sons was named the first recipient of the Supply Chain and Logistics Association’s “Green Supply Chain Award”, sponsored by Transport Canada, to recognize outstanding environmental leadership. Scott is currently Chairman of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, is a Past Chairman of both the Ontario Trucking Association and the Toronto Trucking Association, and is currently Chairman of the OTA’s Education Foundation. Sc

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    • Tracey Raimondo, CCLP,  Vice President, Sales and Logistics for Normandin Transit Inc.

      Tracey Raimondo, CCLP, Vice President, Sales and Logistics for Normandin Transit Inc. 

      Tracey has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. She started working for over the road carriers and a Freight Forwarder before joining her brother to create and manage a Third Party Logistics company for 17 years. In 2007, She and her brother sold their company to Normandin Transit Inc, a cross border LTL and FTL over the road carrier, where she joined as Vice President Sales and Logistics. She holds her CCLP designation as well as a certificate in Logistics from the Université du Québec à Montreal, and certificates from the CIFFA. From 2003-2007, she held different roles

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    • Valerie McSween, Vice President, Eastern Region, Mactrans Logistics Inc.

      Valerie McSween, Vice President, Eastern Region, Mactrans Logistics Inc. 

      Valerie McSween, MBA, CCLP is the Vice President, Eastern Region at Mactrans Logistics Inc. She is also the Vice Chair Finance for the CITT Board of Directors. Over the last 20 years, Valerie has worked with both asset-based and non asset-based transportation providers in various strategic business development functions. She holds her CCLP designation as well as an Executive MBA in Logistics. Passionate about her work, Valerie understands the power of collaboration and uses her network to create customized solutions to any logistics challenge for her clients.

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    • Walter Spracklin, CFA, Equity Research Analyst - Transportation Sector, RBC Capital Markets

      Walter Spracklin, CFA, Equity Research Analyst – Transportation Sector, RBC Capital Markets 

      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 coverage

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