Tuesday, 2 June 2020

7:30 AM — 6:00 PM

Registration

Location: Ballroom Foyer

8:00 — 8:45 AM

Networking Breakfast

Location: Ballroom Foyer

8:45 — 9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

Location: Ballroom

Executive Editor,
JOC.com and
The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Introduction

Mark Szakonyi

9:00 — 9:45 AM

Keynote Address

Location: Ballroom

As president and CEO, Sylvie Vachon is helping the Port of Montreal to meet some of the largest challenges facing Canada’s broader container shipping industry: growing stakeholder pressure, limited investment capital, environmental pressure, and talent scarcity, to name but a few. Her keynote address will address how to move beyond just opening dialogue with socioeconomic and industry stakeholders to pushing change through trust and collaboration that lead to innovation that resonates far beyond Montreal. The results of her leadership reverberate throughout Canada’s second-largest container port: Montreal’s marine terminals have together have fought bouts of congestion caused by cargo surges, slashing rail dwell and truck turnaround times. At the same time, Montreal is attracting new talent, investing in AI and other technology, and teaming with some of the city’s hottest startups. Despite space and stakeholder pressures, the port is proceeding with plans to expand its Contrecoeur terminal, balancing environmental responsibility and social acceptability and working with the private and public sectors to deliver more capacity for rapidly growing container volumes. It hasn’t been easy, nor is it over, but Vachon’s challenge to the industry will echo throughout the Canada Trade Conference and beyond. The keynote address will be followed by a fireside chat between Vachon and Mark Szakonyi, JOC executive editor and chairman of the conference.

Executive Editor,
JOC.com and
The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Keynote Chair

Mark Szakonyi

President and CEO,
Port of Montreal

Featured Speaker

Sylvie Vachon

9:45 — 10:20 AM

Canada Trade Outlook:
It All Comes Back to Exports

Location: Ballroom

Executive Editor,
JOC.com and
The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Mark Szakonyi

Chief Economist
and Vice President,
Export Development Canada

Featured Speaker

Peter Hall

Accounting for roughly a third of Canada’s economy, exports of goods and services are a critical element of the country’s health. The rate of growth of containerized exports through Canada’s four largest ports decelerated to 4 percent through the first three quarters of 2019, from 5 percent growth in the same period of 2018, according to ports’ data. Total Canadian exports — including bulk shipments — rose just 1.8 percent as trade tension and slowing global demand took a toll, according to IHS Markit research. Export growth is set to become even more lackluster this year, with IHS Markit forecasting 1.6 percent expansion. Against this backdrop, Peter Hall, chief economist and vice president of the Export Development Council, will share his outlook for Canadian exports and imports and the national and global economies.

10:20 — 10:50 AM

Networking Break

Location: Ballroom Foyer

10:50 — 11:30 AM

Canadian Freight Network:
How’s it Flowing?

Location: Ballroom

Executive Editor,
JOC.com and
The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Mark Szakonyi

Chief Economist,
Transport Canada

Featured Speaker

Christian Dea

11:30 AM — 12:00 PM

Canadian Container Shipping Outlook:
Global Forces, Domestic Pressures

Location: Ballroom

Executive Editor,
JOC.com and
The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Mark Szakonyi

Managing Director,
Canada,
Hapag-Lloyd

Featured Speaker

Wolfgang Schoch

12:00 — 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

Location: Ontario and Niagra

1:15  — 2:00 PM

Importers Speak Out

Location: Ballroom

Executive Editor,
JOC.com and
The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Mark Szakonyi

Senior Vice President, Operations,
Dorel Home

Panelist

Michael Grier

Logistics and Customs Specialist, Orchard Custom Beauty

Panelist

Audrey Ross

2:00  — 2:45 PM

Exporters Sound Off

Location: Ballroom

Executive Editor,
JOC.com and
The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Mark Szakonyi

President and CEO,
Raymont Logistics

Panelist

Charles Raymond

2:45  — 3:15 PM

Networking Break

Location: Ballroom Foyer

3:15  — 3:45 PM

LogTech 2.0:
The JOC View of Innovation

Location: Ballroom

Senior Editor,
Technology,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Featured Speaker

Eric Johnson

3:45  — 4:30 PM

Demanding Visibility:
Are Shippers Getting a Better View?

Location: Ballroom

Senior Editor,
Technology,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Eric Johnson

4:30  — 5:15 PM

Change Management:
Resetting Expectations in the Age of Disruption

Location: Ballroom

Host of Let’s Talk Supply Chain and CEO of Shipz

Session Chair

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey

5:15 — 6:45 PM

Networking Reception

Location: Ballroom Foyer

 

 

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