Networking Events

CLC 2017 - Welcome Reception

CLC 2017 - Coffee Break

CLC 2017 - Email - Halifax Social

CLC 2017 - Email - Happy Hour

CLC 2017 - Networking Reception

CLC 2017 - Email - Seminar - 3

TOUR – Off-site Tour

Back by popular demand! CLC’s off-site tours sold out quickly in past years and for 2017 we have expanded it. Tour marine terminal operations at the Port of Vancouver on a hassle-free executive coach with pick up and drop off service at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This tour is available exclusively for Cargo Logistics Canada delegates.

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N01 – Welcome Reception

This industry reception will be held the evening before the show starts. It is a widely-attended networking reception, during which attendees will enjoy beverages, hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues.


Peter Xotta

Keynote Remarks by:
Peter Xotta, Vice President, Planning and Operations, Port of Vancouver


In his role as Vice President, Planning and Operations, Mr. Xotta is responsible for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s long term planning, operations, security, and trade development activities. Mr. Xotta joined the port authority in 1995, and has held diverse portfolios including business development and leading strategic port projects. Mr. Xotta’s experience has included acting as president of Modalink Distribution Hub Ltd., a multi-modal logistics facility in South Richmond, British Columbia and a 50 per cent joint venture with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. He is the former chair of Canada Place Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and currently sits on the board of directors of the Van Horne Institute and Crossroads Hospice Society. Mr. Xotta has a Masters in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business and is an active mentor in the program.

Networking Coffee Break on the Show Floor

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

W10 – Keynote Luncheon: Bjorn Vang Jensen, Electrolux

Join us for lunch and a fireside chat with Bjorn Vang Jensen, Vice President, Global Logistics at Electrolux, the second largest appliance manufacturer in the world. Bjorn will be interviewed by Barry Horowitz, Principal of CMS Consulting Services and former Logistics Director for Nike.


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Bjorn Vang Jensen - Round

Bjorn Vang Jensen

Barry Horowitz - Round

Barry Horowitz

Bjorn Vang Jensen, Vice President, Global Logistics, Electrolux
Barry Horowitz, Principal, CMS Consulting Services


Bjorn Vang Jensen joined Electrolux in 2004 as Vice President in charge of Supply Chain for Electrolux Major Appliances in Asia/Pacific. Today, he is the head of Global Logistics in the Electrolux Group, where he oversees an annual logistics spend in excess of US$ 1 billion, including the shipment of over 160,000 TEU annually. Bjorn and his team are solely responsible for procurement and operations of ocean freight, air freight, courier services, and associated logistics services for the entire Electrolux Group. Additionally, Bjorn manages the group that purchases road and rail freight, as well as warehousing services. A 1988-graduate of the A.P. Møller/Maersk Shipping School, Bjorn has lived in Asia for the past 28 years, during which time he has been based in Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore. In addition to his roles at Electrolux, Bjorn has worked in management roles within vessel and terminal operations, warehouse management, sales, key account management, and logistics network design for Maersk Line, Thyssen Haniel Logistics, Exel, and TNT Logistics. Bjorn is a very experienced supply chain practitioner, whose background spans all aspects of the supply chain, including forecasting, S&OP, supply chain design, modelling and re-engineering, warehouse management, transport management, customs clearance, project logistics, ocean freight, air freight, courier services, and consolidation.

Barry Horowitz is the Principal of CMS Consulting Services. Since its beginning in 1970, Mr. Horowitz’s long career has spanned the full range of international logistics and trade activities. As Principal at CMS Consulting Services since 2003, he has managed projects for organizations as diverse as Marks and Spencer (UK); LAGear (USA); GESeaCo (USA/UK); Simplot (USA); Kesko (Finland); the Government of Canada; Port of Prince Rupert (BC); Monsanto (USA/Europe Asia S.Amer); HannaAnderson (OR); SoloPower (USA); Fall Creek Nursery (OR); Ban Mai Logistics (Vietnam) and many others. After serving as General Manager, Marketing at the Port of Portland from 2005-2009, Barry has continued to work on behalf of the Port under the terms of a consulting agreement. His major focus is to serve as the Port’s representative to both public and private sector agencies and organizations with various types and levels of involvement in international trade. He has taught and written on international logistics and trade topics for many years, and continues to speak at numerous international trade, transportation and logistics events and conferences. Over the years, his opinion columns have appeared in Containerisation International, The Journal of Commerce, Cargo Business News and other industry publications. Barry is the current Chairman of the Export Council of Oregon.

N02 – Networking Reception on the Show Floor

This industry reception starts immediately at the end of Day 1. It is an energetic and widely-attended networking reception, during which delegates, speakers and exhibitors will enjoy beverages, hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues.

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N03 – Halifax Social

This evening social is a fun and laid back event for all delegates to celebrate a successful first day at CLC. The first 100 delegates to arrive will receive a free pint of Nova Scotia’s own Alexander Keith’s! Join the fun and meet representatives from “Canada’s Atlantic Gateway to the World”.

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Halifax - Combo - Web

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.


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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!

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