Thursday, February 9, 2017

Seminar Legend:

T01 – Goods Movement Strategies & Projects Part II: Intermodal Rail Projects in North America


The second part of the goods movement strategies focuses on the need for, and ongoing development of, intermodal rail connectivity in Canada and the U.S., as well as this sector’s important role in helping supply chains become more productive.


Sponsored by

Sponsor - CN

Mark Szakony - Round

Mark Szakony

Matthew Hoag - Round

Matthew Hoag

Patrick McCrory - Round

Patrick McCrory


Paul Martin


Jim Quinn

Keith Reardon - Round

Keith Reardon

Mark Szakony
, Executive Editor,
Matthew Hoag,
Americas Region Operations and Commercial Director, DP World 
Patrick McCrory
, Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Palmetto Railways
Paul Martin, President, Melford International Terminal
Jim Quinn, President & Chief Executive Officer, Port Saint John
Keith Reardon, Vice President, Intermodal Services, CN


As executive editor, Mark Szakonyi leads, the world’s most visited news, analysis and data portal serving the container shipping and international supply chain industry. The team of more a dozen editors and global correspondents provides business-critical news and data-heavy analysis nearly 24/7. Szakonyi also reports on a variety of issues ranging from liner consolidation to shipping alliances. His analysis and work have been quoted in mainstream news media, including the BBC, The Economist, NPR, and USA Today. Szakonyi, a Chicago native now living in Washington D.C., is an avid reader, traveler and vinyl record collector.

Matthew Hoag is Director, Operations and Commercial for the DP World Americas Region, where he is responsible for leading operations strategy and commercial relationships for 6 port facilities throughout the Americas, including: Vancouver, Canada; Caucedo, Dominican Republic; Paramaribo, Suriname; Santos, Brazil; Callao, Peru and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matt has over 20 years of proven leadership, terminal management, and terminal global consulting experience. Educated as a U.S. Merchant Mariner, he began his professional career as a supervisor of marine operations and advanced to manager of terminal operations. He has experience managing container terminal operations with Maersk Pacific and Sea-Land. His most recent position was General Manager for DP World Canada, Inc., which comprises of three business units: DP World Vancouver marine container terminal, DP World Stevedoring, a bulk, ro-ro and general cargo stevedoring provider, as well as DP World Nanaimo, a multi-purpose terminal located on Vancouver Island. Prior to that, Matt was Chief Executive Officer, Laem Chabang International Terminal Co., Ltd in Thailand and General Manager for DP World’s container terminal business in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.

Patrick McCrory transitioned into the Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer role at Palmetto Railways in 2015, where he is responsible for all sales & marketing, business development, strategic planning and intermodal development for the organization. Upon being hired at Palmetto Railways in February 2013, Patrick assumed the role of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to being employed by Palmetto Railways, Patrick held the positions of Terminal Superintendent, Atlanta/Charlotte and Terminal Manager, Northwest Ohio at CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. Patrick began his career in marine terminals and longshoring with APM Terminals in 2005, serving in a number of management positions, including operations, training, safety, and human resources throughout the APM Terminals North American network. Transitioning into the railroad industry in 2010, Patrick was a member of the team responsible for the operational start-up of CSX’s Northwest Ohio Intermodal Transshipment Hub, where he carried a specific focus on lift equipment commissioning & training, and terminal operating & automation systems operational integration. Patrick holds a United States Coast Guard Third Mate Oceans, Unlimited Tonnage License for Merchant Mariners, and was formerly an officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He holds membership in the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, Intermodal Association of North America, and the Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Charleston.

Paul Martin started his professional career as an attorney practicing with the Halifax, Nova Scotia law firm Cox Downie, where he practiced corporate, commercial and banking law and became a partner in 1987. In 1996, Paul left the practice of law and since that time has held a number of senior management positions in Canadian and American corporations. Mr. Martin is currently the President of Melford International Terminal Inc. Melford International Terminal is developing a container terminal, rail intermodal facility and logistics park at Melford, Guysborough County on the Strait of Canso, Nova Scotia. Melford Terminal intends to capitalize on the opportunities created by the deployment of large ships by the world’s major shipping lines. Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a combined Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws Degrees from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Jim Quinn was appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer of Saint John Port Authority in September 2010. Jim brought over 30 years of experience in the marine and public sectors to Port Saint John and he began his career on ships out of the port of Saint John in the mid 1970s. In 1981, he re-joined the Canadian Coast Guard, where he was promoted to leadership positions, including Regional Director of the Central and Arctic Region and Director General, Marine Programs. Jim’s Coast Guard experience took him to ports across Canada and around the world. After 23 years with the Coast Guard, Jim joined the Privy Council Office’s Machinery of Government Secretariat and Social Development Policy Secretariat as a Senior Advisor. In 2002, Jim joined Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as Director General of Lands and was promoted through several leadership positions, culminating in the Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Deputy Minister role. Jim also held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Canadian International Development Agency before leaving government to work at Port Saint John.

Keith Reardon was appointed Vice President of Intermodal Services in May 2012, based in Toronto. Mr. Reardon oversees all aspects of the company’s domestic and international intermodal activities. In 2009, Mr. Reardon was appointed Vice President of CN Supply Chain Solutions, where he was responsible for the automotive and iron ore business units and CN’s non-rail transportation services including transloading, freight forwarding and warehousing, just to name a few. He also directed many supply chain and business development initiatives for CN – working closely with CN customers and partners. Previously, he was Assistant Vice President of CN Transloading Operations, where he managed more than 80 CN-owned warehousing and distribution facilities. Passionate about logistics, Mr. Reardon has more than 20 years of experience in the field; he also held senior positions with outside firms in the world of logistics for a number of years.

T02 – Seafood Logistics: Nothing Fishy Here


Consumer demand for seafood sourced from fertile fishing grounds like Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and Alaska continues to rise, and so does the need for enhanced logistics and speed to market of these commodities from the sea. A group composed of seafood companies, buyers, and multimodal service providers share their respective experiences and outlooks for these unique supply chains.


Sponsored By

Pacific Fishing - Web

Presented By

Informa Economics

Rob McInnes - Round

Rob McInnes

Jan Koslosky - Round

Jan Koslosky

Darcey Mckay - Round

Darcey McKay


Dirk Peters

Ravelle Snyder -Round

Ravelle Snyder

Rob McInnes, Manager, Business Development, Port of Halifax
Jan Koslosky
, Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Ocean Beauty Seafoods
Darcey McKay, International Transportation Manager, High Liner Foods
Dirk Peters, Commercial Director, CMA CGM
Ravelle Snyder, Cargo Sales Manager, Alaska Airlines


Rob McInnes has been with the Port of Halifax since 2004 and has focused his efforts on containerized cargo business development with an emphasis on growing the port’s retail and consumer products volumes. Rob also heads the HPA’s Research & Statistics division, ensuring that internal and external port stakeholders receive timely, accurate and reliable information about the port. Rob holds the Certified Logistics Professional designation from the Canadian Institute of Traffic & Transportation, a P.Log designation from the Canadian Professional Logistics Institute, and has completed the Schulich School of Business’ Executive Program in Supply Chain and Logistics Management.

Jan Koslosky began his transportation career in Anchorage, Alaska when he joined the largest U.S. Flag containership carrier at the time, Sea Land Service, Inc. Subsequent management responsibilities and promotions took him to Seattle, Vancouver, BC, Toronto, London and New York over a twenty three year career. He then started an airfreight and NVOCC business in Seattle that led to managing a refrigerated break bulk fleet of 10 vessels operating from Seattle to Westward Alaska serving coastal communities on the Aleutian Chain, the Bering Sea and the Russian Far East. Jan transitioned to a five year stint in beverage distribution as V.P Operations, managing warehouse and fleet operations in three states and a soft drink production facility in Idaho. He operated a private consulting business for three years specializing in organizational development and strategic planning for a Puerto Rico carrier based in Jacksonville, FL. Jan joined Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC over twelve years ago as Director of Supply Chain Management and was promoted to Vice President in 2010 with corporate responsibility for global logistics, inventory control, demand planning, customer service and project management. Jan has been at the forefront of developing quality programs to preserve the attributes of fresh wild Alaska seafood shipping via air cargo out of Alaska for domestic distribution and oversees a significant export program to support international commodity sales.  His team is responsible for providing logistics support for 6 Alaska shore-based production facilities, two value-added facilities in Washington State, and seven fresh seafood distribution centers. The inventory duties include oversight of 23 domestic and off-shore inventory locations. He also functions as Corporate Security Coordinator to Homeland Security for Ocean Beauty’s four seafood production and distribution facilities enrolled in the certified shipper self-screening TSA cargo program for fresh shipments nationwide. All multi-season TSA audits have resulted in top ratings since the program began in 2009.

Darcey McKay is the International Transportation Manager for High Liner Foods Inc., the leading North American processor and marketer of value-added frozen seafood. Darcey has a strong background in international logistics, having spent six years with a major container shipping line, most recently as the General Manager of Atlantic Canada. Darcey brings this experience to High Liner Foods to take control of the company’s international supply chain of frozen seafood from over 25 countries around the world into North America.

Dirk Peters joined the logistics industry in his native Germany in the late 1980s and worked as trade manager and owner’s representative for ocean carriers in Europe, Canada and Brazil. He immigrated to Canada in 1998. In 2009, he joined CMA CGM Canada as General Sales Manager and is in charge for import and export sales.

Ravelle Snyder has worked in the airline industry for 13 years, the last 10 of which she has spent with Alaska Air Cargo. At Alaska Airlines, she has worked as a Cargo Lead in the Seattle warehouse, as a supervisor for Alaska Airlines Load Planning department, and for four years as a Senior Policy and Procedures Specialist. Ravelle is Lean certified and has used her passion and expertise to improve Alaska Air Cargo’s business processes in many ways. She enjoys the challenge and responsibility of moving perishable goods safely and in pristine condition for her customers. Alaska Airlines ships over 170 million pounds of cargo a year, a majority of that is seafood and perishables to and from the state of Alaska. While in Policy and Procedures, Ravelle was part of the team that put together the policies and training for Alaska Air Cargo’s cold chain training program. Alaska Air Cargo was the first US carrier to require all cargo employees to be cold chain trained on an annual basis. Ravelle became a Regional Sales Manager, focusing on perishables and seafood for Alaska Airlines, in 2012.

T03 – The Nexus of Economic Development & Logistics

Find out if either your economic region fits into the logistics picture, or if your supply chain fits into a respective economic region.


Chris Steele - Round
Christopher Steele
Paul Derksen - Round
Paul Derksen
Chris Hartman - Round
Chris Hartman

Christopher Steele, COO & President, North America, Investment Consulting Associates
Paul Derksen
, Associate Vice President, Black Watch Property Ltd.
Chris Hartman, Chief Executive Officer, TFN Economic Development Corp.


Chris Steele has over twenty years of business, economic development, and location strategy experience. His background in a small city planning firm, a Big-Four consulting services firm (Ernst & Young LLP), and a world-class engineering and supply chain company (TranSystems Corporation) have resulted in a unique perspective on how the concept of place impacts business and community success around the globe. Chris earned his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and began his career in urban planning and location strategy as a land use planner with Kasler Barovick & Associates in Hackensack, NJ. Chris gained a significant background in land use planning, real estate development, environmental preservation, and affordable housing, which he has subsequently used as a foundation for advising his corporate and public sector clients. His later experience in diverse industries, service areas, and countries has given him the ability to build networks that cover a wide variety of client needs. Mr. Steele is an active member of the Industrial Asset Management Council, the International Economic Development Council, a frequent presenter at CoreNet’s global summits, and is on the Massachusetts Chapter of NAIOP’s Program and Growth Committees. Mr. Steele has also been a past presenter at the annual summits of the Economic Development Association of British Columbia and the Economic Development Association of Canada.

Paul Derksen is an industrial land and development consultant and a licensed real estate broker. In addition to specialising in industrial real estate at Black Watch Property Ltd., Paul is the Development Manager for GWL Realty Advisors for a 100 acre industrial park in St. Albert, AB. From 2006 to 2013, Paul was the Regional Partner for Verus Partners in Western Canada. With Verus, Paul completed construction of over 2 million square feet of distribution warehouse space in Calgary and Edmonton and developed 500 acres of industrial land. Paul has been a specialist in commercial real estate for 25 years. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics, he joined Royal LePage Commercial Real Estate as their head of research for Calgary. He later joined CB Richard Ellis as an industrial real estate broker. Focusing on corporate real estate and land development, Paul has completed over 20 million square feet of assignments and developed more than 2000 acres of land.

T04 – Motivation: Getting the Most from Yourself and Your Team

This can’t-miss workshop pulls together the leading research on motivation and delves into the specific tools leaders can implement as soon as they return to the office, including:

  • Understanding the specific components of motivation
  • How-to tools to motivate high and low performers
  • Your own self-motivation tools

Tara Landes - Round
Tara Landes

Tara Landes, President & Founder, Bellrock


An experienced and engaging speaker, motivator and leader, Tara Landes is the President and Founder of Bellrock, a Vancouver-based boutique management consulting firm. Tara earned an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2000 and returned to her native Vancouver in 2008 to offer a fresh perspective and lasting results to business owners. Currently, Tara is a mentor in the Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow Mentorship Program, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs HSBC Mentor Program, and YWCA Connect to Success.

Networking Break on the Show Floor

Join us for the show floor opening! Meet CLC exhibitors and enjoy a coffee, juice, or espresso from different beverage/food stations throughout the show floor.

T05 – The Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Guide


Cargo Logistics Canada’s supporting partner, the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), part of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), will lead a special workshop on its recently released, landmark Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Guide. The guide is aimed at assisting shippers in understanding and preparing qualified, attainable food safety plans and transportation requirements.


Sponsored by

IRTA - Web

Presented By

Informa Economics

Stephen Neel - Round
Stephen Neel

Stephen Neel
, Senior Technical Director, Global Cold Chain Alliance


Stephen Neel has been active in the food industry since 1985. Upon completion of his Ph.D. program in Meat Science & Muscle Biology from the University of Georgia in 1992, Stephen joined the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF), an international trade association promoting US meat products around the world. In 1997, he entered the private sector by joining ConAgra Beef Company (later to become JBS) in Greeley, Colorado, where he was responsible for the development of technical training and marketing programs for the domestic and international divisions of the company. In 2001, Stephen formed his own consultation company called Technical Solutions International (TSI), providing technical marketing solutions to the perishable food industry both domestically and internationally. Among his other responsibilities, he currently serves as the Senior Technical Director for the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), where he develops technical resource materials and works on international projects as a technical specialist.

T06 – Comply or Die? Untangling Compliance Issues that Impact Your Supply Chain


A special workshop you won’t want to miss led by experts in trade and customs compliance issues.


John Peterson - Round
John Peterson
Michael Sherbo - Round
Michael Sherbo

John Peterson
, Partner, Neville Peterson LLP
Mike Sherbo, Director of Appeals, Dominion Customs Consulting


John Peterson has practiced international trade and customs law since 1977, and has enjoyed every minute of it. His practice embraces all phases of trade law, from counseling and import planning, to representation of clients before government agencies, and litigation in the United States and foreign courts. John regularly represents foreign and domestic clients before the United States Customs and Border Protection, the United States International Trade Commission, the United States Department of Commerce, the Foreign Trade Zones Board, the Office of United States Trade Representative, the Bureau of Industry and Security, and the Departments of State and Treasury. He also assists clients with issues arising before foreign customs authorities and international organizations, including the World Trade Organization and the World Customs Organization. John has extensive experience in antidumping and countervailing duty matters, export controls, and protection of intellectual property rights in international trade. He has served as a United States Panelist under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, has written scholarly articles published in the United States and abroad, and is a frequent speaker on customs and trade topics.

Michael Sherbo has been in the international trade industry for over 25 years. During those 25 years, he has assisted importers of all sizes with their international trade needs. Michael started his career by implementing a computer system for a customs broker and progressed to the point of being one of the most successful trade consultants in Canada. He has argued over 70 appeals before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.

T07 – Is Privatization of Our National Ports and Airports in Canadians’ Best Interests?

A hot-topic discussion over Canada’s federal government review of private ownership options for the nations’ major ports and airports.


Presented by


Martin Crilly - Round

Martin Crilly

Brad Eshleman - Round

Brad Eshleman

Michael Tretheway - Round

Mike Tretheway

Martin Crilly, Director, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
Brad Eshleman, Chair, BC  Marine Terminal Operators Association
Mike Tretheway, Chief Economist and Chief Strategy Officer, InterVISTAS Consulting Group


Martin Crilly is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation with a 40-year career in transport planning and policy. He is a director of the Comox Valley Airport Commission. He served as the first BC Ferries Commissioner appointed by the BC government to regulate the fares and service quality of BC Ferries, which was quasi-privatized in 2003. As Regional Transportation Commissioner appointed by the Mayors’ Council, he oversaw TransLink, providing transit and roads/bridges in Metro Vancouver. Other jobs included President of the Western Transportation Advisory Council of labour/business/government members in Western Canada; VP of R&D for Johnston Terminals, a port operator on BC’s Fraser River; and Project Director of Transport 2021, a 30 year regional-provincial plan for Greater Vancouver.

Brad Eshleman joined Western Stevedoring in 1986 and was appointed Vice President, Finance and Administration in 1992 and President in 2011. Mr. Eshleman is a Chartered Accountant and a business graduate of the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining the company in 1986, he worked for the accounting firm of KPMG. As President, he is responsible for the Western Group of Companies, including; Western Stevedoring Company Limited, Associated Stevedoring Company Ltd., Coast 2000 Terminals Ltd., Tidal Harmony Holdings, and CVS Cruise Victoria. The Western Group is the largest and most diversified stevedoring and terminal operator in British Columbia, providing professional stevedoring services to a worldwide customer base. Mr. Eshleman also serves on a number of industry associations and government relations groups, including: Chair, BC Terminal Operators Association; Vice Chair, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council; Director and Executive Committee, BC Maritime Employers Association; Director, Western Transportation Advisory Council; and Chair, BC Ports Competitiveness Committee.

Mike Tretheway is the Chief Economist and Chief Strategy Officer with the InterVISTAS Consulting Group. He is a co-founder of the InterVISTAS Consulting Group and has served as its Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Tretheway earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin and served for 14 years as Associate Professor of Transportation and Logistics in the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. He is frequently an expert witness in regulatory hearings, court cases, competition tribunal hearings, and in arbitrations. He was a member of the Board of Experts of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Before co-founding InterVISTAS Consulting, he served as Vice President of the Vancouver International Airport Authority, on the Minister of Transport’s Airport Transfer Task Force Advisory Board, and as Director of Research of the Ministerial Task Force on International Airline Policy. Dr. Tretheway has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Air Transport Management, the Quarterly Journal of Finance and Accounting, and Logistics & Transportation Review. He is noted for his research on aviation costs and productivity, airport economics, aviation policy development and analysis, and antitrust issues in aviation.

T08 – The Alaska-Canada Rail Link Project

A presentation on the economic benefits to be derived from the proposed development of a railway linking central Alaska (Delta Junction), through the Yukon Territory, to the current North American railhead in northwestern British Columbia (Fort Nelson, BC).


Presented by

Supporting Partner - Van Horne Institute

Peter Wallis
Teresa Watts - Round
Teresa Watts

Peter Wallis, Senior Advisor, Van Horne Institute
Teresa Watts
, Owner, Shirocca Consulting


Peter Wallis’ career has included senior positions in the transportation industry. He is the recently retired President and CEO of the Van Horne Institute, Vice-President of Canadian Airlines, Legal Counsel for the Canadian Transport Commission, and Executive Assistant to two federal ministers of transport. Mr. Wallis is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and serves on the Board of the Calgary International Film Festival, Tourism Calgary, and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. He is a Past Chairman of the Calgary Airport Authority, Past President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and Past Vice-Chair of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. He serves as Honorary Consul for Mongolia in Alberta. Peter Wallis was awarded an honorary life membership by the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC). He was born in Toronto, Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall and a Master of Laws from the University of London (England).

Teresa Watts is a project manager, planner and economist with over 40 years of professional experience in Canada, the US and internationally in both the public and private sectors. Over her career, she has developed a thorough understanding of the sensitivities of both sectors to risk and cost/return on investment as well as the processes and rigors of government reporting and approval requirements. She is also an expert in transportation and land development integration and has published several papers on this subject. She has led and participated in a wide variety of feasibility, planning, design, construction and implementation projects in transportation, land development and resource management. Some examples include: Project Manager for the Calgary-Edmonton High Speed Rail Pre-Feasibility Study; Deputy Project Director for Vancouver’s $1.2 billion rapid transit project; and, Manager, Design and Strategic Planning for the $200 million West Coast Express commuter rail project. The latter two projects are two of British Columbia’s largest infrastructure projects that were both completed in record time and under budget. She was awarded the Professional of the Year in 2000 for her work by the Institute of Transportation Engineers. In recent years, her professional activities have increasingly focused on project management and providing strategic and technical advice and review of major projects for senior management, boards and oversight agencies, such as the Auditor General of British Columbia. She has collaborated with the Van Horne Institute since 2003 on several projects, including the Alaska-Canada Rail Link project.

T09 – Responsible Procurement & Sustainable Supply Chains


Factories collapsing, child labour, and dangerous working conditions are all serious risks in your global supply chains. They not only threaten the well-being of a worker but they can also harm our business by delaying (or destroying) orders or maligning your company’s reputation. This highly interactive workshop will explore the significant challenges facing workers, their root causes, how leading companies have responded, and how you can better understand the social issues within your supply chain while taking away tools and best practices to manage these pressing risks.


Presented By

Supporting Partner - FMA

Harvey Chan - Round
Harvey Chan

Harvey Chan
, Principal, ESP Global Consulting Ltd.


Harvey Chan is a Principal of ESP Global Consulting Ltd. His expertise is in responsible sourcing and sustainable supply chains, especially in developing and implementing initiatives that manage and improve environmental and labour conditions in the supply chain. Harvey has trained over 250 retailers, brands and importers in Europe to implement and advance their responsible sourcing programs. He also directly led the quality assurance and responsible sourcing programs for a global retailer (HBC) and a Canadian outdoor retailer/brand (MEC). Harvey has spent considerable time on the production floor working closely with apparel and hardgood factories across Asia to implement codes of conduct and improve working conditions. Harvey has lived in Brussels, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and across North America. He currently resides in Vancouver with his loving wife and daughter.

T10 – The Shortage of Logistics Land and the Evolving Warehouse


Discussion and case studies on logistics land site development and next generation warehousing as projections indicate that Canada’s international trade will continue to grow. This panel of experts will delve into industrial land capacity and the potential impacts on the economy.


Sponsored By


Tim Renshaw - Round

Timothy Renshaw

Ron Emerson - Round

Ron Emerson

Bob Landucci - Round

Robert Landucci

Heather McNell - Round

Heather McNell

Paul Tilbury - Round

Paul Tilbury

Timothy Renshaw, Managing Editor, Business in Vancouver
Ron Emerson, 
President, Emerson Real Estate Group Inc.
Robert Landucci, President & CEO, Ashcroft Terminal
Heather McNell, Division Manager, Growth Management, Metro Vancouver
Paul Tilbury, Chief Operating Officer, Dayhu Group of Companies


Timothy Renshaw has spent the past 33 years in the news business, 22 of which have been in newspaper and magazine editing roles. Renshaw, who became Business in Vancouver’s managing editor in January 2004, has won 15 writing and journalism awards over the past 33 years. In 2013, he and the rest of the newspaper’s editorial team won the Jack Webster Award for Business, Industry and Economics journalism for BIV’s coverage of the 2013 provincial election. In addition to his managing editor’s duties, Renshaw writes on energy and ports and logistics for Business in Vancouver.

The president and founder of Emerson Real Estate Group, Ron Emerson, has been an active force in the lower mainland real estate market since 1975. Only two years after emigrating to Canada from Australia, Mr. Emerson became a licensed real estate agent with a small company that specialized in industrial sales and leasing. From there, he joined Royal LePage Commercial Inc., where he consistently earned the title first of top producer in Vancouver, and then the top salesman in Canada in 1994. With expertise concentrated primarily in the area of industrial real estate, Mr. Emerson has been involved in the majority of significant industrial transactions in the lower mainland, many of which include properties in transition from industrial to residential or commercial use. Mr. Emerson has worked with many municipal jurisdictions in order to effect a change in zoning of key properties to a higher and better use.

Robert (Bob) Landucci is CEO & President of Ashcroft Terminal, a 320-acre rail transloading and storage terminal located in Ashcroft, British Columbia. Mr. Landucci secured the Ashcroft Terminal property in 1999, with final purchase in 2005. Bob is also CEO & President of CrescentView Investments Ltd. (CVI), an investment company incorporated in 1968. Prior to owning and operating Ashcroft Terminal, in 1976, Mr. Landucci founded Landucci Lumber, a re-manufacturing lumber business, and merged it to become the largest independent custom re-manufacturing business in Canada (Imperial Lumber). Since 1997, Mr. Landucci has concentrated his business interest in the industrial real estate and other development sectors, with the main focus on the growth of Ashcroft Terminal. Mr. Landucci’s companies have been involved in a portfolio of projects and partnerships throughout BC and the US. He has been involved in operating mining operations, start up ventures in retail, manufacturing, seniors housing, and educational facility development.

Heather McNell is Metro Vancouver’s Division Manager of Growth Management in Regional Planning. Metro Vancouver is a federation/partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for regional growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing. The regional district is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority. Heather has eighteen years of planning experience in research, consulting and government. Her expertise is in regional land use planning and policy development. She manages a talented team of professional planners and technical staff responsible for developing and implementing Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy, Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future, and for conducting applied policy research focused on coordinating land use and transportation to create a more livable and transit-oriented region.

Paul Tilbury was educated in England. Paul moved to North America in 1982 spending several years in hospitality and tourism before joining the Dayhu Group of Companies, a family-owned, real estate investment business. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Paul is responsible for the day to day management of 4.2 million square feet industrial and commercial property portfolio, as well as targeting growth and development opportunities across all real estate categories. Most recently, Paul oversaw the delivery of Dayhu’s latest project, the Boundary Bay Industrial Park, a two-phased development of close to 1 million square feet of state of the art distribution warehousing.

T11 – Dock Safety: Where Trucks and the Warehouse Meet


The loading and unloading of freight at warehouses can be a key pain point for safety. This panel will discuss ways to safely navigate this tricky area.


Emily Atkins - Round

Emily Atkins


Garry Crawford

Greg Laurin - Round

Greg Laurin

Steven Picco

Michael Reimer - Round

Michael Reimer

Emily Atkins, Editor, MM&D
Garry Crawford
, Occupational Health & Safety Manager, SafetyDriven – Trucking Safety Council of BC
Greg Laurin, President, Conestoga Cold Storage
Steven Picco, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Western Plastics
Michael Reimer, Occupational Safety Officer, WorkSafeBC


Emily Atkins is editor of MM&D magazine and principal of Emily Atkins Group, a communications consultancy. She is an award-winning writer and editor, with clients in the diverse worlds of supply chain management, insurance and automotive. She has an extensive background in communications, including working overseas in Hong Kong and in Saudi Arabia. She holds a Masters degree in international relations and a BA in political science.

Garry Crawford joins the SafetyDriven – Trucking Safety Council of BC team with a strong background in occupational health & safety program development, training and implementation. Since completing his Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety from BCIT in 1994, Garry has developed safety programs, training programs and instructional manuals for construction, manufacturing and heavy equipment industries. Garry believes the secret of a truly successful program of any kind is in the training, understanding and participation from upper management to those on the ground. By drawing on his experience initiating safety programs, he offers insightful recommendations to help assist companies through initial implementation to eventual maintenance stage.

Greg Laurin is the President of Conestoga Cold Storage. Greg started full time at Conestoga Cold Storage after graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 1995 and has been involved in the rapid expansion of the company ever since. Conestoga Cold Storage operates 5 warehouses across Canada with over 30 million cubic feet of temperature-controlled space. In his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey, squash and spending time with his 3 sons.

Steven Picco brings a wealth of sales and marketing experience to WP Innova, thanks to previous roles at Procter & Gamble, Workopolis and Microcell/Rogers. Steven’s career hallmarks include bringing transformational change to companies’ sales and marketing capabilities through the introduction of technology-driven process standardization, and leading the transformation from product to solution-driven customer-centricity. In his spare time, Steven enjoys exercise, healthy eating and indulging his passion for travel to exotic, far-flung destinations.

Michael Reimer is a Canadian Registered Safety professional with 21 years of experience in the construction and heavy manufacturing industries. For the past 10 years, Michael has been working as an Occupational Health and Safety Officer with WorkSafeBC, specializing in heavy manufacturing. Michael also is an executive member with the Fraser Valley Chapter of the CSSE.

T12 – Keynote Luncheon with Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN


Join us for lunch and a fireside chat with Jean-Jacques Ruest, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Canadian National Railway, one of the largest rail networks in North America. JJ will be interviewed by Wendy Cox, BC Bureau Chief, The Globe & Mail.


Wendy Cox - Round
Wendy Cox
Jean-Jacques Ruest

Wendy Cox, BC Bureau Chief, The Globe & Mail
Keynote Speaker: 
Jean-Jacques Ruest, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, CN


Jean-Jacques Ruest was appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer in January 2010, with responsibility for providing the strategic direction and leadership for CN’s sales, marketing and CN’s supply chain solutions groups. Mr. Ruest joined CN in 1996 as Vice-President, Petroleum and Chemicals. He was appointed Vice-President, Industrial Products in 2003, Vice-President, Marketing in 2004, and Senior Vice-President, Marketing in June 2006. Prior to this, Mr. Ruest worked for 16 years at a major international chemical company. Mr. Ruest holds a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from HEC Montréal (Université de Montréal) and a Bachelor of Science degree in applied chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke. He also completed the executive program of the University of Michigan Business School, and CN’s Railroad MBA program.

N04 – Happy Hour on the Show Floor

Join us on the show floor for the final networking event of CLC 2017! Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to continue discussions from conference sessions, visit the exhibits, and discover ways to stay engaged until next year’s conference. Who’s coming? Delegates, VIPs, speakers, and you!


Sponsored by

Sponsor - Neville Peterson