Commodities & Cold Chain Summit

Commodities & Cold Chain Summit LogoInforma Economics is a world leader in broad-based domestic and international agricultural and commodity/product market research, analysis, evaluation, and consulting. Join this summit to learn more about the economic outlook in various commodity sectors, as well as the newest developments in cold-chain transport.

Below are the seminars within the Commodities & Cold Chain Summit presented at our previous show: 

W12 – Commodities Transport & Logistics Trends

An update on commodity developments and trade/transport flows steered by Informa Economics and a group of key stakeholders.


Presented By

Informa Economics

Ken Eriksen - Round
Ken Eriksen
Mark Hemmes - Round
Mark Hemmes
Jennifer Montgomery - Round
Jennifer Montgomery
Paul Tonsager - Round
Paul Tonsager

Ken Eriksen, Senior Vice President & Head of Client Advisory and Development, Informa Economics IEG
Mark Hemmes
, President, Quorum Corp.
Jenifer Montgomery, President, Chartering Broker, Pacific Rim Shipbrokers
Paul Tonsager, Director, Supply Chain Development & Optimization, CN


Ken A. Eriksen is the head of the Informa Economics IEG Client Advisory and Development group. In this capacity, he directs the group’s efforts in client advisory and development, risk management, consulting and events. Since joining IEG in 2001, Mr. Eriksen led IEG’s transportation, industrials and energy services team and co-led IEG’s project consulting practice. Mr. Eriksen regularly speaks on commodity, transportation and infrastructure issues and developments, and is an expert witness in the area of transportation, logistics and supply-chain matters. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Eriksen worked for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service as an agricultural statistician. In that capacity, he conducted national surveys and set national estimates in agriculture. Also while at USDA, he worked for the Agricultural Marketing Service on its transportation and marketing program, conducting research and analysis on domestic and international transportation issues. He also worked as an international longshoreman for the Pacific Maritime Association in Tacoma, Washington. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agribusiness and agricultural economics from Washington State University. While working on his master’s degree there, Mr. Eriksen was a transportation economist for the Department of Agricultural Economics, performing economic transportation data analysis and modeling.

Mark Hemmes is President of Quorum Corporation, an independent subsidiary of the Quorum Group of Companies, of which he is a founding partner. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Quorum Corporation has been responsible for monitoring Canada’s prairie grain handling and transportation system since June 2001. Quorum reports to the government and industry on changes in the efficiency, reliability, structure and operation of the grain handling and transportation system, as well as the impacts these changes have on producers. Quorum and its sister companies have also completed studies in the area of container movements and the role of inland container terminals in Western Canada, the provision of analytical and research services for the review of rail freight service in 2008 and 2009, and most recently (2015) an examination and assessment of the Canadian grain supply chain. Mark has extensive experience in the transportation industry. During his 23 years with the rail industry, he held a variety of senior positions in the fields of marketing, intermodal, and operations. Mark attended school in Edmonton at the University of Alberta and the University of Western Ontario.

Jennifer Montgomery graduated from Linfield College with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business. After college, she tried her hand at freight forwarding and the container business before relocating to Maine where she graduated with a Masters of Science in Logistic Management from Maine Maritime Academy. Jennifer returned to her home on Bainbridge Island and joined Pacific Rim Shipbrokers as a broker in 2005. Since that time, she has developed a solid relationship with many owners as well as developing a variety of new cargo accounts for Pacific Rim. Jennifer appreciates that every day in the shipping industry provides an opportunity to learn something new. Jennifer enjoys sailing, skiing, flying on the trapeze and exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young daughters.

In June 2012, Paul Tonsager was appointed Director of Supply Chain Development and Optimization at CN. He is responsible for CN’s non-rail businesses, including freight forwarding/NVOCC, aquatrain & cogema, customs brokerage, network optimization team. He is also responsible for marketing and sales for CN’s transload, warehousing and cargo flows. Paul was previously General Manager of CN WorldWide International in North America, responsible for operations and sales in Canada, the U.S and South America. He opened up CN’s office in Shanghai, China in 2004 as Chief Representative and General Manager for CN WorldWide Asia. Paul joined the former Illinois Central Railroad in 1996 as National Account Manager, International. He has been CN’s Senior Manager of Ports Marketing and Sales & Director of International Business Development & Ports. Prior to joining CN, Paul held sales positions at Maersk Line & Crowley American Transport. He also worked for the House Republican Conference in Washington D.C. Mr. Tonsager graduated from Miami University with a bachelor of science in business (marketing) and a minor in international business. He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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.

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.