-Article by Peter Hurme, Show Director & Editor, Cargo Logistics Expos
Those who move, warehouse, and distribute freight descended upon the Vancouver BC Convention Centre, en masse, Feb 7-9 for the 4th Cargo Logistics Canada Expo + Conference.
Over 2,600 delegates, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers from around North America, and internationally, representing many different supply chains, converged upon the largest Multimodal show in Canada to engage, learn, network, and source a wide variety of logistics services and solutions.
The inaugural CLC17 VIP Shipper Pass program was a success, attracting over 300 cargo owners to Vancouver, including Wal-Mart, Best-Buy, Home Depot, Electrolux, Loblaws, London Drugs, Toyota, Tech Resources, Viterra, High Liner Foods, Stemcell Technologies, and many more.
Conference highlights included two well-attended lunch keynote fireside chats with Bjorn Vang Jensen, vice president, global supply chain for global appliance giant, Electrolux, and Jean-Jacques Ruest, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Canadian National Railway.
Popular conference panels and presentations featured several popular tracks within the Shippers, Distribution, Port Productivity, and Commodities & Cold Chain summits, plus the Professional Development series. Some of the seminars were standing-room only. The first-floor conference level also featured the busy CN Media Lounge that was courtesy of one of CLC17’s largest sponsors: Canadian National Railway.
Other major CLC sponsors included: Vancouver International Airport, MercuryGate, Calgary Regional Partnership, Macropoint, Halifax Gateway, and Port of Vancouver.
The CLC17 exhibition floor featured 150 + exhibitors, that included: JB Hunt Transport, Transport, Leavitt Machinery, Williams Machinery, G.N. Johnston Equipment, and Hub Group.
This year’s CLC expo floor also featured the new Main Stage series of content that became part of CLC Live. The Main Stage helped kick off the opening of the show with a packed audience for The Outlook for the North American Economy by two noted economists: Dan North, chief economist for Euler Hermes, and Jock O’Connell, international trade advisor for Beacon Economics.
Other popular Main Stage panels included: Future Technologies Available Right Now; Deloitte’s Disruptive, Necessary, or Both? The impacts of evolving logistics technologies on your supply chain; The Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Guide; and Is Privatization of our National Ports and Airports in Canadians’ best interests?
The CLC Main Stage, VIP Shipper Program, and much more will return to Vancouver Convention Centre West, Feb. 6-8, 2018, for the 5th Cargo Logistics Canada Expo + Conference, which promises to be the largest show yet.
If interested in attending, exhibiting, sponsoring, or speaking at CLC18, please visit: cargologisticscanada.com.