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.