Distribution Logistics Summit


The Distribution Logistics supply chain runs straight through Cargo Logistics Canada!


At CLC’s Distribution Logistics Summit, industry experts will focus on the various logistics issues and solutions within a distribution center or warehouse and how they connect to the rest of the supply chain.

Below are the seminars within the Distribution Logistics Summit presented at our previous show:

W08 – Future Logistics Technologies Available Right Now!

The future is here! However, those technological applications of the future (that are now at your fingertips) require education and guidance. This group of experts will help navigate you through a potentially thorny landscape.


Steve Simmerman - Round
Steve Simmerman
Cedomir Bekic - Round
Cedomir Bekic
Brian Best - Round
Brian Best
Nick Klein - Round
Nick Klein
John Sidell - Round
John Siddell

Steve Simmerman, Senior Director, JDA Software
Cedomir Bekic, Vice President, Canadian Customs Development, Wisetech Global
Nick Klein Schiphorst, Director, Business Development, Dematic Canada


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.

W14 – Disruptive, Necessary, or Both? The impacts of Evolving Logistics Technologies on Your Supply Chain

Drone deliveries, robotic warehouses, e-commerce, and more, are bound to impact, and potentially disrupt, your supply chain. How will you manage these oncoming changes and what should your realistic expectations be? An expert from Deloitte will present on findings from the Deloitte-MHI industry report “Accelerating Change: How Innovation Is Driving Digital, Always-On Supply Chains.”


Ryan Ernst - Round

Ryan Ernst

Ryan Ernst
, Senior Manager, Deloitte


W15 – Multimodal Technology Trends

It’s a multimodal world out there and you need multipurpose technologies. This seminar will help guide you through the decision-making process for your own business.


Michael Dempsey - Round
Michael Dempsey
Mark Hong - Round
Mark Hong
Eric McGee - Round
Eric McGee

Michael Dempsey, Vice President, Container and Port Solutions, ORBCOMM
Mark Hong, Vice President, North America Surface Transportation, C.H. Robinson
Eric McGee, Senior Vice President, Transportation, J.B. Hunt Transport


Michael Dempsey is the Vice President, Container and Port Solutions for ORBCOMM, a leading global supplier of M2M/IoT technology solutions, GSM and satellite communications, and AIS systems (NASDAQ: ORBC). Mike leads the enterprise solutions team delivering solutions for the visibility and control of marine and intermodal transportation assets. He has more than 25 years of experience in process automation technologies and is an industry thought leader in the application of technology for shipping, intermodal container terminal, and port operations.

Mark Hong joined C.H. Robinson in 2003 as Director of Business Development, responsible for all M&A activities. During his first year, he worked on acquiring the China agent, obtained their Chinese NVOCC license (the first issued to a Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise in China), and opened C.H. Robinson China in 2004, at which time he became the Managing Director of the Asia region. From 2004 to 2013, Mark was based in Shanghai and Hong Kong and was responsible for developing the C.H. Robinson network from one location and 15 employees to more than 30 locations and over 1,000 employees across 8 countries in Asia, expanding the suite of services and leading a talented group of people. Mark relocated back to Minnesota in mid-2013 and became Director of North America Surface Transportation. In 2016, Mark was promoted to Vice President and is responsible for the North America Surface Transportation business in Canada, as well as leading emerging services in domestic air, reverse logistics, and special handling.

Eric McGee is a Senior Vice President of Transportation for J.B. Hunt Transport, a Fortune 500, publically traded (NASDAQ) company, and industry leader in supply chain solutions. He is currently responsible for J.B. Hunt’s 3PL/brokerage business unit – one of the fastest growing 3PL/brokerage units in transportation, growing to nearly $900 million in nine years – and specializing in truckload, intermodal, refrigerated, flatbed, less-than-truckload, expedited, and single source solutions. Prior to this role, McGee spent six years as Vice President of J.B. Hunt’s Intermodal division, responsible for pricing and finance. As a key strategic member of the intermodal leadership team, McGee strongly contributed to the development of J.B. Hunt’s intermodal business into the industry standard. With 18 years of transportation experience, including experience within all four divisions of J.B. Hunt covering nine distinct services, McGee has the ability to recognize and develop the fullness of opportunity within a customer’s supply chain.

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.


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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

Kirk LaPointe, Vice President, Audience & Business Development, Business in Vancouver
Eric Aderneck
, Senior Regional Planner, Metro Vancouver
Robert Landucci, President & CEO, Ashcroft Terminal
Paul Tilbury, Chief Operating Officer, Dayhu Group of Companies
Richard Wozny, Principal, Site Economics


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
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.