Steve Simmerman is a Senior Director with JDA Software. Simmerman has more than 25 years of experience in the supply chain industry, including software, consulting, and material handling. He has focused his efforts on working with clients to achieve high performance supply chain results through partnerships and creative solutions. He is a member of CSCMP, WERC, and MHIA and is a regular contributor to several industry publications and events.
Cedomir Bekic is among the industry’s most highly qualified developers of high-end solutions for customs clearance, utilizing over 40 years of experience along with extensive education and training in software engineering and customs brokerage. Before joining WiseTech Global in 2015, Cedomir owned and operated Imanet, where he was the chief architect of the ITMR4 system. He has represented Canada in EDIFACT development, and he lectured at Lincoln Institute of Harvard University on the use of software in customs departments. As WiseTech Global’s VP of Canadian Customs Development, Cedomir now focuses his extensive industry knowledge on developing universal and global customs platforms at the enterprise level.
Brian Best is Director, Warehousing & Distribution for London Drugs Limited. He has spent 34 years in senior supply chain operations: 7 with Fed Ex & Purolator, Toronto; 27 years with London Drugs, based in Richmond, BC. Brian’s technology focus encompasses design & build of a proprietary warehouse management system for London Drugs, regular system upgrades, mobile and conveyable material handling systems, RF barcode technology, complex order management, information & asset tracking technologies, such as Vocollect, Remstar, Nova, Dematic, Hytrol Conveyor sortation, Smartsort Controls, Honeywell mobile computers, and Info Link technology for forklifts & rider jacks. London Drugs also has robust store-centric technology developed to facilitate stock representation, store replenishment and customer loyalty info tools to deliver an uncomplicated, superior shopping experience, both in store and online.
Nick Klein Schiphorst joined Dematic Limited of Canada in the summer of 2014 as District Sales Manager. In this role, Nick is responsible for sales of the entire Dematic product line in the provinces of Quebéc and Atlantic Canada, as well as a special focus on Integrated Systems across Canada. Nick has 20 years of experience in logistics and material handling with a focus on convey and sort applications, automatic storage and retrieval of pallets, cases and pieces, as well as goods-to-person systems.
John Siddell has been active in the Supply Chain Management software and consulting market since the late 80′s. Prior to co-founding New Course, John was a co-founder of ESYNC, an industry leading Supply Chain Execution (SCE) consulting firm, as well as an executive with multiple SCE software vendors. John is well known within the Supply Chain marketplace as an active member of the seminar, roundtable and speaking circuit, as well as advisory board positions for several firms. He is a popular speaker and has given many presentations at industry events, including MHIA, CSCMP Annual Conference and various Supply Chain Software User conferences. Additionally, he has authored many articles on the topics of supply chain optimization, supply chain execution technologies and systems deployment, and has been frequently quoted in industry periodicals. John is a member of the CSCMP and MHIA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and has been inducted into BGSU’s Business School Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was honored as a regional winner for the Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.