Bob Ballantyne, president of the Freight Management Association of Canada, has been involved in freight transportation issues for the past 59 years. After graduation from the University of Toronto with a B.A.Sc. in civil engineering, he joined Canadian Pacific Railway in the track engineering department in Schreiber, Ontario. Early on, he was transferred to the signal engineering function and then appointed as the first systems engineer in the office of the chief engineer, where he led a team developing an early computer simulation model of railway operations. Ballantyre gained marketing and sales experience within CPR before transferring to CP Consulting Services as vice president, where he was involved in various railway projects in a number of countries around the globe. During his last decade at CP, he was seconded to the Railway Association of Canada where he served as President until his retirement in 2000. After retirement, he and two associates started their own association management company and in 2003, they were contracted to manage the shipper lobby group, the Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA), of which Ballantyre is currently president. In 2011, he was elected as the first chairman of the newly incorporated Global Shippers Forum. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.


Bob Ballantyne

Freight Management Association of Canada

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey is a logistician turned supply chain marketer, passionate about bringing stories to life in an industry that has traditionally been about stats and numbers. As the host of the popular Let’s Talk Supply Chain (LTSC) podcast and blog and The Trade Squad on YouTube, she helps tell the stories and bring awareness to brands and hot topics in the industry which includes her infamous Women in Supply Chain series. Recently named one of the Top 100 Most influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain by SCMA, Barnes-Humphrey has spent the past 20 years in logistics and supply chain learning everything she can, and recently ventured off on her own to grow the LTSC brand including a new YouTube Channel called “The SC, supply chain tv” where you can learn from real people talking about real supply chain topics. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Shipz Inc., a new technology platform encompassing her industry experience and knowledge and bringing innovative, collaborative ideas together in one place.

Co-Founder and CEO

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey

Shipz Inc., and Founder and Host, "Let's Talk Supply Chain" Podcast

David Bennett returned to Globe Express Services in 2016 as president of the Americas region with responsibility for the US, Canada, Chile, Peru, Brazil markets. Bennett has held executive level positions as vice president, USA business development at LF Logistics, a Li & Fung Group Co.; regional vice president, Pacific Coast sales and administration at “K” Line America; vice president, North America, at Globe Express Services; and vice president, global logistics sales and Asia trade development, at Schneider Logistics. He has more than 25 years of experience in the logistics industry and has contributed to various trade publications including speaking at various industry related conferences in the US, Canada, and Asia.

President, Americas

David Bennett

Globe Express Services

Burnie Berry is director of supply chain management for Sto Corp., a world leader in wall cladding, air barrier, panelization, coating, and restoration solutions. He joined Sto in 1993 as corporate purchasing manager, and has held various management positions within the company’s operations and supply chain group, assuming his current role in 2015. Berry led the machine application technology group for 10 years before returning to the supply chain as manager of corporate purchasing and logistics in 2010. During his tenure with Sto, Berry has led logistics initiatives that have improved the distribution of products from its three manufacturing plants to locations throughout the US and Canada. Some of these strategic improvements included the use of 3PL warehousing, B-Train motor freight, and intermodal transport. He has been a member of APICS (now the Association for Supply Chain Management) for more than 30 years.

Director, Supply Chain Management

Burnie Berry

Sto Corp.

Landon Bibeau is currently the chief marketing officer at OEC Group in Toronto and is also the vice president of global sales and development for the Canadian Retail Shippers Association (CRSA). The OEC Group is an international leader in the supply chain industry and helping global businesses with white-glove service in ocean, air, ground and contract logistics. Landon started his career in China and after working at Credit Suisse AG for nine years, he moved to Hong Kong in 2016 and took on the position as CRSA’s vice president of global sales and development. After 12 years in Asia, he returned to Toronto in 2018.

Vice President

Landon Bibeau

Canadian Retail Shippers Association

With over 30 years’ experience in the trade and transportation sector, Paul applies the company’s information products and models for clients who need to understand freight and logistics. He analyzes and forecasts freight transportation and supply chain logistics, including cross-border commodity flows between Canada and the U.S. Paul’s primary focus is on North American transportation, including the international supply chains which serve North America. He has provided market analysis to Canada’s Class 1 railroads, seaports and the national government, including original market analysis and forecasting for Canada’s Gateway & Corridors Initiative. Paul rejoined IHS Markit this year after having worked at IHS Markit-predecessor firms Global Insight, Data Resources Incorporated (DRI), and Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (WEFA). Paul serves as an appointed member of the U.S. Federal Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, a group which provides industry advice to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation on policies affecting supply chains in the U.S. Paul is former Chair and current Emeritus Member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB) Freight Systems Group. He is also a past National Council Member of the Transportation Research Forum.

Director, Economics and Country Risk

Paul Bingham

IHS Markit

As assistant vice president of international intermodal based in Toronto, Dan Bresolin is responsible for all sales and marketing components of CN’s international book of business, which includes all relationships with ocean carriers and port stakeholder relationships on all three coasts that CN serves. Previously, Bresolin was the director of marketing for international intermodal, managing all aspects of pricing, strategy, new product development, and contract analysis for all of CN’s intermodal international business. He has also held leadership positions in sales at CN including director of sales in international and director of strategic sales in domestic intermodal. Bresolin joined CN in April 1999 as an intermodal account manager based in Toronto. Bresoline is a qualified rail conductor and intermodal crane operator and graduate of Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario.

Assistant Vice President, International Intermodal

Dan Bresolin

Canadian National Railway

Dr. Mary Brooks, professor emerita at Dalhousie University’s Rowe School of Business, is a founding editor of Research in Transportation Business & Management. From 2016-2018, she served as chair of the Marine Board of the US National Academy of Sciences and chaired the 2015-2017 Council of Canadian Academies’ assessment of “The Value of Commercial Marine Shipping to Canada”. Her research focuses on competition policy in liner shipping, port strategic management, and short-sea shipping. She has authored and published more than 25 books and technical reports, more than 25 book chapters, and more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. In 2018, she was recognized for her lifetime contribution to the field and awarded the Onassis Prize in Shipping. Brooks received a PhD in maritime studies from the University of Wales and an MBA in international business and finance from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

Professor Emerita, Rowe School of Business

Dr. Mary Brooks

Dalhousie University

Barbara (Barb) Bryer joined adidas-Salomon Canada in 1999 as a traffic coordinator for the Salomon Ski and Snowboard brand. By 2002, Bryer transitioned to customs manager to establish a dedicated focus on customs within the supply chain team. She established import customs databases and established audit and compliance procedures, experiences that she shared with the import and export community in an IE Canada Speaking engagement. By 2005, Bryer moved into the new role of supply chain manager, logistics, encompassing both transportation and customs workstreams. In 2017, Bryer assumed a new role of senior manager of supply chain global operations, logistics. In her almost 19 years with adidas, Bryer has grown-up with the brands, actively participated as a member of global customs and transportation teams providing exposure to design, development, legal, international insurance, participation in global contract negotiation and carrier/3PL management. She started her career in 1995 as a sales coordinator with Savage Arms Canada Ltd. (formally Lakefield Arms) located in her hometown of Lakefield, Ontario, while working full time to obtain her diploma in international trade at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario.

Senior Manager, Supply Chain and Logistics

Barbara Bryer

Adidas Canada Ltd.

Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as executive editor, managing editor, and associate editor. Based in Washington, DC, Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He also has covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress, and federal agencies. Cassidy speaks regularly to industry groups, is a regular participant on Sirius XM Radio's "Road Dog Trucking" program, and chairs the programming committee for the annual JOC Inland Distribution Conference.

Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC, Maritime & Trade

William Cassidy

IHS Markit

Marie-Chantal Savoy, vice president of strategy and communications, joined Logistec in 2016. In this role, Savoy champions purpose-driven growth for its customers in the marine and environmental sectors as well as within Logistec’ own walls. For more than 25 years, Savoy has partnered with visionary leaders to build great brands. Her passion is helping them transform their organizations through brands with distinct purpose and experiences that combine the power of storytelling with insight and the magic of technology, to motivate and inspire people towards change. She had the opportunity to be a part of the impressive journey CN went through from 1997 to 2017 and before that work for Air Canada, Avenor, and Cossette Publicité.

Vice President, Strategy and Communications

Marie-Chantal Savoy

Logistec Corp.

Barry Conlon is the CEO and founder of Overhaul, an Austin-based supply chain integrity solutions company that allows shippers to connect disparate sources of data into the first fully transparent situational analysis engine designed for the logistics industry. Conlon is a dedicated supply chain security professional with more than 30 years of experience within that discipline. Founder and former CEO of FreightWatch, he is considered one of the originators of modern-day supply chain security standards and best practices which have been adopted by shippers of high-value freight worldwide. Conlon also has a military background, which includes over a decade of Tier-1 Special Operations experience.


Barry Conlon


Andreea Crisan, as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Andy Trasnport Group. She is responsible for the strategy and the overall management of its transport, warehousing, maintenance, and real estate business units, which include operations, process implementation, acquisitions, and growth opportunities. Crisan is a board member of the Traffic Club of Montreal and second vice president and chair of the governance and HR committee. She is a lawyer by profession and a graduate (cum laude) of the University of Ottawa. Under her leadership, Andy Transport witnessed a remarkable growth of its overall activities and was included in The Growth 500 of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies for five years in a row, published by Maclean’s magazine and Canadian Business. Andy Transport made the 2018 GROWTH 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 217 percent. Crisan has been awarded several prizes, including a laureate of Women's Executive Network's (WXN) 2017 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President

Andreea Crisan

Andy Transport

Daniel Dagenais, vice president of operations for the Port of Montreal, brings more than 25 years of shipping industry experience to his position. Before joining the Montreal Port Authority as director of operations, in 2007, he accumulated a wealth of experience as a terminal operator for bulk, non-containerized, and containerized terminals. On Jan. 27, 2014, Dagenais was promoted to his current position, where he oversees the following departments: environment, infrastructure management, port logistics, marine operations, and security and fire prevention. He holds a management undergraduate diploma, specializing in transportation and logistics, from McGill University and a certificate of executive training rom HEC. Dagenais is president of the Groupe Conseil Maritime – Quebec region; a member of the Initiatives for the Future of Great Rivers (IFGR), the board of directors of the Association québécoise des transports (AQTR) and the St.Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES), as well as a member of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation, where he served as director of its national board.

Vice President, Operations

Daniel Dagenais

Port of Montreal

Corey Darbyson is director of Transport Dsquare. He is an experienced leader delivering change and building teams. Darbyson is passionate about leveraging technology to create a streamlined process connecting ocean, trucks, and warehousing to deliver a great customer experience.


Corey Darbyson

Transport Dsquare

Dean Davison is technical director of maritime for WSP in the United Kingdom. He previously gained 10 years of direct experience within the port operating business at the Port of Tilbury in the United Kingdom with Forth Ports, together with time spent as a trade write for Informa PLC, followed by more than 18 years as a specialist port and shipping consultant for a diverse range of companies. At WSP, Davison is responsible for the management and provision of a range of commercial, financial, and due diligence projects for both private and public clients. He specializes in projects in North America and has previously lived and worked in New York and New Jersey. WSP’s Maritime Advisory team is a dedicated maritime consultancy team, providing commercial, financial, operational, technical and environmental consultancy services in the port and shipping sector and has completed over 300 projects in more than 65 countries for 200 different clients.

Technical Director, Maritime

Dean Davison


Jacques has an extensive background in technology management and information systems. He holds an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique, as well as Master’ degree in Computer Science (UC Santa Barbara) and an MBA from the French Business school Essec. He joined Traxens at a very early stage, in 2015, coming from CMA CGM, the world's 4th largest shipping line, where he was VP Information Systems. Prior to his experience in shipping, Jacques was CIO at Credit Agricole, the French largest retail bank, and GEMALTO (now THALES) the world leader in smart cards. He also held senior responsibilities in technology management at the French Ministry of Defense.

General Manager

Jacques Delort


Dawn Desjardins joined the RBC Economics team in January 2006. She is a key contributor to the macroeconomic forecasts for Canada and the United States and is part of a team that is responsible for the interest rate forecasts for both countries. Desjardins delivers economic analysis to RBC’s clients through a variety of publications and presentations. She is often interviewed by the media from across North America to discuss developments in the economy and financial markets. Prior to joining RBC, Desjardins worked as a reporter for Bloomberg Financial News in Toronto covering the Canadian bond and currency markets and was the Canadian bond market strategist for a major US bank for 10 years. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist

Dawn Desjardins

RBC Royal Bank

Paul DuVoisin is senior consultant and commercial vice president for the Halifax Port Authority managing the development of the port’s cargo business. He has more than 35 years of industry experience in international shipping and logistics. DuVoisin started his shipping career at Sea Land Services. The majority of his business experience was with P&O and P&O Nedlloyd in senior executive and general manager roles for North America, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, and South American trade lane business units. DuVoisin was also responsible for all vessel operations in North America. He is an industrial management graduate of La Salle University and has completed postgraduate courses and Harvard executive courses.

Vice President, Commercial

Paul DuVoisin

Port of Halifax

As general manager of Termont Montreal Inc., Julien Dubreuil leads all of the company’s activities. He joined Termont in 2006 as a vessel planner. In 2009, he moved to the position of project manager, where he oversaw the modernization of the Maisonneuve terminal, as well as planning the development of the Viau terminal. He began his career as a vessel planner. Dubreuil received an MBA in management and technology and a bachelor’s in operations management from the University of Quebec in Montreal.

General Manager

Julien Dubreuil

Termont Montreal Inc.

Brian Friesen joined Prince Rupert Port Authority in 2014 as manager of marketing and was promoted to his current position of vice president of trade development and communications in 2017. Friesen leads a team focused on enabling the growth and diversification of cargo at the Port of Prince Rupert. He is responsible for business development, strategic planning, marketing, corporate communications, business analysis and investment attraction. Prior to joining the Port Authority, Friesen held various roles in sales, marketing, and business development. He holds an MBA from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and a BA from McGill University in Montreal.

Vice President, Trade Development and Communications

Brian Friesen

Port of Prince Rupert

Hilary Garner is sitting president of Garner Enterprises, a third-party, family-owned freight forwarding and transportation logistics business based in Toronto, Ontario. She was appointed to this position in 2015. Garner’s 12 years of experience in the industry include handling high-value proteins, time-sensitive perishable goods across multiple platforms in the multi-modal shipping labyrinth. Her skills as an innovative leader and team player continue to earn the company a solid reputation in the perishable commodities industry. Garner holds a master’s degree in peace and conflict negotiations from the University of Sydney, Australia, and worked a two-year contract in Belfast, Northern Ireland with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Awarded a USPTO patent in 2018 for innovative solutions in warehousing and transportation, Garner connects sustainability with clean tech. Her start-up is part of Waterloo’s COMMUNITECH as well as Silicon Valley’s Plug And Play accelerators.


Hilary Garner

Garner Enterprises

Eric Johnson is the JOC's Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, DC, area.

Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade

Eric Johnson

IHS Markit

Zoran Knezevic, president and CEO of Port Alberni Port Authority, has more than 30 years of diverse, global experience in the shipping industry, starting in his youth working with a merchant marine company in his home country of the former Yugoslavia. Knezevic sailed as a ship’s nautical officer on various ships ranging from passenger to large container ships. Zoran moved to Canada in 1992 and, over a 20-year period, worked in many aspects of the transportation industry including container terminal, towage, trucking, and port operations. Concurrently working as an industry consultant, Knezevic provides focused expertise on operational efficiencies within the container transport industry, as well as new terminal development and design. He received a bachelor’s in nautical science from Maritime University in Kotor, Yugoslavia, as well as a master mariner certificate.

President and CEO

Zoran Knezevic

Port Alberni Port Authority

Don Krusel is a seasoned and well-respected executive within the Canadian port and transportation industries. In September 2018, he was appointed managing director of the Port of Quebec’s initiative to create and develop a new deep-water container terminal on the St. Lawrence Corridor. Prior to that, he served as an advisor to the Port of Quebec as well as a number of other transportation organizations. For 25 years (1992-2017), he served as president and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority and shepherded Britich Columbia’s northern port through a transformative change into one of the leading trade corridor gateways for international container traffic and the fastest-growing port in North America. Krusel holds an MBA degree from the Ivey School of Management at the University of Western Ontario, is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a director of the British Columbia Assessment Authority and Ocean Networks Canada and is a past director of the Western Transportation Advisory Council, British Columbia Trade Development Corporation, Green Marine Management Corporation, Association of Canadian Port Authorities, and Association of American Port Authorities. He was also a board of governors member of the Business Council of British Columbia. In 1996, Krusel was appointed by the Minister of Transport to co-chair a task force on the Northwest Transportation Corridor, which led to the creation of the NW Transportation Corridor Development Corporation.

Managing Director

Don Krusel

Port of Quebec

Julia Kuzeljevich is the public affairs manager of CIFFA, (The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association). She handles all communications and advocacy/regulatory issues for the association and manages quarterly seafreight, airfreight, and Customs committees. Kuzeljevich has more than 22 years of experience in transportation, beginning in the airline industry, followed by 16 years working in the trade media covering supply chain and logistics. She is a graduate of York University and Humber School of Journalism in Toronto.

Public Affairs Manager

Julia Kuzeljevich

Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association

Kleo Landucci is chief commercial and corporate affairs officer at Ashcroft Terminal Ltd. – a member of the PSA Group of Companies. She moved into this role in July 2018, when PSA purchased a majority stake in Ashcroft Terminal, an inland rail transloading and storage terminal located in Ashcroft, British Columbia. Prior to the joint venture, Landucci served in various capacities with Ashcroft Terminal and was the managing director from 2015 up to the time of the merger. She is also managing director of CrescentView Investments (CVI) a family investment and development company operating since 1968. Landucci manages assets, acquisitions, investments over a range of industries including real estate development. She held the role of vice president of business development and operations of CVI from 2004 to 2016. Prior to joining CVI, from 2000-2004, Landucci worked at Canada’s largest independent investment company, primarily with the Equity Capital Group in the analysis and sales of new issue products. Landucci is one of five members of the board of directors of Ashcroft Terminal Ltd. She is on the board of the Freight Management Association (FMA) where she is the vice chair. She is actively involved in Transport Canada’s Collaborative Forward Planning initiatives, serving as co-chair of the Congested Areas Committee. She serves on several industry and association committees including both the Trade & Transportation and Ottawa Liaison committees at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; the Environment and Energy & Climate Policy Committees at the Business Council of British Columbia; as well as the Regional Transportation & Infrastructure Committee at the Greater Vancouver Board Trade. Landucci regularly presents and participates in industry panels and discussions at trade, transportation, and infrastructure conferences throughout North America. In 2012 and 2016, Landucci participated in the executive business programs at Harvard Business School. She studied at Simon Fraser University from 2006-2007 and received a diploma from Capilano University in 1999.

Chief Commercial and Corporate Affairs Officer

Kleo Landucci

Ashcroft Terminal Ltd

Robert Lewis-Manning is the president of the Chamber of Shipping, a leading Canadian marine transportation industry association championing responsible international marine trade. He is intimately involved with the development of international and national marine trade, safety, and environmental policy. He is also a member of the National Species at Risk Advisory Committee. A former senior officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, he served in various sea-going and staff positions in Canada and internationally. Upon departing the Navy, Lewis-Manning joined the Canadian Shipowners Association as president, where he was instrumental in progressing the interests of Canadian ship owners and promoting short-sea-shipping. He is passionate about promoting solutions related to environmental stewardship, sustainability, and the innovation of technology in the transportation sector.


Robert Lewis-Manning

Chamber of Shipping

Grace Liang joined OOCL at the Hong Kong head office in 1980 and began her career in container shipping following her two bachelor degrees from the University of Western Ontario and University of Windsor in Canada. After two years, she returned to Canada to pursue her MBA degree and upon completion of her post-graduate education rejoined OOCL in Hong Kong and worked in the trans-Pacific trade marketing department. This role in the trade department gave her an excellent opportunity to build a strong foundation and knowledge base in container shipping, which greatly helped to shape her career path in both the company and industry. Liang is an officer of OOCL Logistics Canada and Maritime Delivery Services (the trucking arm of OOCL) and also serves on the boards of Maritime Employers Association and Shipping Federation of Canada.


Grace Liang

OOCL (Canada) Inc.

Patrick Lo graduated from UBC with an Honors Science degree and obtained his MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2002. He started his career working in the logistics industry in the early 1990s, primarily focusing on supply chain and logistics between Canada and Asia. In those 10 years, he has worked in various roles including sales, operations, and finance. In 2002, he assumed the role as President and CEO of Canaan Group. Since then, he has grown the company from a small family business to now a logistics conglomerate. There are several divisions under the Canaan Group umbrella: freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution, custom brokerage, real estate, trucking, and venture capital. Through these divisions he has worked with many different companies and commodities sector including forestry, agricultural, oil and gas, mining, retail, food, and general merchandise. Patrick is also one of the executive directors and shareholder of the Tandem Global Logistics Network with 76 offices globally. Most recently, he has been focusing on technology especially in the logistics space.


Patrick Lo

Canaan Group

Maksim Mihic was appointed general manager of DP World (Canada) Inc. in 2013, with responsibility for leading all aspects of the container and stevedoring divisions in Western Canada. He brings with him over 20 years of marine terminal experience specializing in industry controls, equipment design and acquisition, process improvements and project management. Mihic joined DP World in 1996 as an electrical engineer and has assumed senior leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including director of container operations. Prior to joining DP World, Mihic worked in the electric power industry as a system control engineer and was also a member of a research team for Western Canada that investigated the question of whether there was any link between power lines and leukemia. Maksim graduated from the University of Sarajevo, with a degree in electrical engineering before moving to Canada in 1991.

General Manager

Maksim Mihic

DP World (Canada)

Hugh Morley joined the JOC in 2016 from the Bergen (New Jersey) Record and covers ports in the US Northeast and Mexico, including the terminals, unions, port authorities, and shipping associations. He also reports on the trans-Atlantic trade. A journalist for 25 years, Morley has written on business for 15 years, reporting on a range of topics from government oversight to corporate legal battles and the fierce interstate competition for jobs and investment. He holds a bachelor’s in management and operational research from the University of Leeds and a master's in management and global business from Rutgers University.

Senior Editor, US Northeast and Mexico, JOC, Maritime & Trade

Hugh Morley

IHS Markit

Upon resigning from the Canadian prime ministership, Brian Mulroney rejoined the Montreal law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright as a senior partner. He is chairman of the board of directors of Quebecor inc. (Montreal), and serves as a director of The Blackstone Group L.P. (New York) and Wyndham Worldwide Corp. (New Jersey). He also serves as chairman of the International Advisory Board of Barrick Gold Corporation (Toronto). Mulroney is a trustee of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation and the International Advisory Board of HEC Montréal.

Former Prime Minister

Brian Mulroney


Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Chris Ng

GCT Canada

Christopher Plaat, senior vice president and general manager of BlackBerry Radar, has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry. Platt’s career has been focused on advanced technology solutions that help companies improve operational efficiencies, manage compliance, and reduce costs. He spent over 18 years in strategic technology sales and leadership roles for Fortune 500 companies, including Qualcomm and Lockheed Martin. Plaat previously led sales and operations units for organizations including Overnite Transportation Co. and Emery Worldwide. Prior to joining BlackBerry, Plaat was vice president of strategic account sales at Omnitracs. He earned a bachelor’s in business and economics from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

Senior Vice President and General Manager

Christopher Plaat

Blackberry Radar

With a decade of experience in the logistics industry Landen Rodemeyer started as an entry-level truckload broker and fleet dispatcher learning transportation from the ground level. He eventually moved into global logistics by holding several positions managing the import, export and customs compliance for large companies such as Land O’Lakes and Toro Co. at times being involved with logistics distribution in up to 15 countries. Currently Rodemeyer’s role involves overseeing global and domestic logistics for one of Canada’s largest brewing, wine, and distilling ingredient supply companies. This position involves utilizing 20 distribution centers and 2 manufacturing plants in the US and Canada to provide ingredients to the growing number alcoholic beverage producers in North America and the world. He coordinates shipments daily throughout every province in Canada ranging all modes of transport including single less-than-truckload pallets, import and export ocean containers, bulk grain pneumatic and hopper bottom, and intermodal rail.

Canadian Logistics Specialist

Landen Rodemeyer

Brewers Supply Group (Canada) Ltd.

Greg Rogge brings more than 20 years of transportation and logistics experience to his role as director of land operations at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. In this position, Rogge is responsible for all areas of land operations, supply chain optimization, cruise operations and Canada Place operations. He provides senior leadership to a team of 25 people, developing and overseeing programs that support the efficient movement of cargo and people through Canada’s largest port. Prior to joining the port authority in January 2014, Rogge held several leadership roles in the transportation and trucking industry at organizations such as Reimer Express, Roadway Express and YRC Corporation. He has served on the board of various associations since 2001, including the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Trucking Safety Council of B.C., and the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA). From 2006-2013, he served on the BCTA executive committee and held a term as chairman. In recognition of his 12 years of volunteer efforts and dedication to the industry, Rogge received the BCTA Service to the Industry Award for his contributions in June 2013.

Director, Land Operations

Greg Rogge

Port of Vancouver

Jeff Russell is a procurement and supply chain professional, with extensive experience in global sourcing and logistics, trade compliance and importing into Canada. Russell currently holds several professional designations in procurement and supply chain and two university degrees from Carleton University. He has worked as the director of procurement at Samuel Son & Co Ltd and Crane Supply, and has previously worked for Honeywell, ABC Group of Companies, and Pratt & Whitney Canada.

Independent Procurement and Sourcing Strategist

Jeff Russell

Wolfgang Schoch, managing director at Hapag-Lloyd Canada, began his career at Hapag-Lloyd Italy in 1997. From 2001-2007, Schoch was head of finance, Asia, for hapag Lloyd in Singapore, and between 2007-2012 was managing director, Hapag-Lloyd South America East Coast, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2013, he moved to Hamburg as global head of customer service before relocating to Montreal and his current position. Schoch received a master’s degree in mathematics from Paris VI.

Managing Director

Wolfgang Schoch

Hapag-Lloyd Canada

Najim Shaikh joined Mediterranean Shipping Company (Canada) in 2011 and, as vice president of commercial import, is responsible for MSC’s import trade and business development activities in Canada. Since joining the maritime industry in 1998, Shaikh has held responsibilities in customer care, business development, marketing, and trade activities during his tenures at Hapag Lloyd, P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. With 20 years of experience in Canada, he continues to re-shape the way in which Mediterranean Shipping Co. delivers value for Canadian business. Originally from Montreal, Shaikh holds a bachelor’s in commerce from the John Molson School of Business.

Vice President

Najim Shaikh

Commercial Import, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (Canada)

Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team, consisting of a global team of journalists and researchers covering the container shipping industry. His analysis and work have been quoted in general news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, South China Morning Post and USA Today. He is a sought-after speaker who helps plan and moderate JOC events, leads JOC’s shipper round tables, and chairs the JOC Canada Trade Conference.

Executive Editor, and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade

Mark Szakonyi

IHS Markit

As assistant director of the commercial transformation division with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Cathy Toxopeus is responsible for cargo preclearance and e-commerce. Her division supports the border of the future direction through innovation, stakeholder engagement, and collaboration. Toxopeus has worked in a variety of roles at the CBSA for over 10 years, and has made notable contributions to eManifest, Public Service Renewal, and Beyond the Border files. She began her career with the National Parole Board in 2002, and has held positions at Agriculture Canada, and Health Canada. She has a political studies degree from Queen’s University.

Assistant Director, Commercial Transformation Division

Cathy Toxopeus

Canada Border Services Agency

Jonathan Wahba was appointed vice president of sales and marketing, intermodal and automotive, for Canadian Pacific Railway in December 2017. Before that time, he served as CP’s vice president of sales and marketing, intermodal and grain, from February 2017, when he joined the company. Wahba started his career as a sales representative with UPS. He held a director, business development role with Canadian National that he left in 2010 to join truckload transportation provider Schneider National as general manager for Canada. His most recent role prior to joining CP was chief operating officer with Kriska Transportation Group, where he oversaw a doubling of the organization's revenue through a series of acquisitions. His extensive general management experience in the transportation industry, from trucking to rail, supports CP's strong intermodal business. Wahba holds a B.A. (honours) from Queen’s University.

Vice President, Intermodal and Automotive

Jonathan Wahba

Vice-President Sales & Marketing, Intermodal and Automotive