June 27, 2017
Toronto, ON

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 

 
8:00 AM — 3:00 PM
 

REGISTRATION

Location: Courtyard Foyer

 

 
 

  STATEMENT OF JOC CONFERENCE EDITORIAL POLICY:All JOC conference programs are developed independently by the JOC editorial team based on input from a wide variety of industry experts and the editors' own industry knowledge, contacts and experience. The editorial team determines session topics and extends all speaker invitations based entirely on the goal of providing highly relevant content for conference attendees. Certain sponsors may give welcoming remarks or introduce certain sessions, but if a sponsor appears as a bona-fide speaker it will be because of an editorial invitation, not as a benefit of sponsorship. Sponsorship benefits do not include speaking on a program.

 
8:30 — 9:30 AM
 

WELCOME BREAKFAST

Location: Courtyard Foyer

 

 
 

 

 

 
9:30 — 9:45 AM
 

WELCOME REMARKS

Location: Courtyard A&B

 
Mark Szakonyi
Executive Editor,
JOC.com, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

 

 
9:45 — 10:30 AM
 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Location: Courtyard A&B

 
— INTRODUCED BY —
Mark Szakonyi
Executive Editor,
JOC.com, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

 

Sara Johnson
Senior Research Director,
Global Economics,
IHS Markit
 
10:30 — 11:00 AM
 

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Location: Courtyard Foyer

 
 
 
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
 

WHAT THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK MEANS FOR SHIPPERS, CARRIERS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS

Location: Courtyard A&B

As the Canadian economy recovers, beneficial cargo owners and the transportation and warehouse providers they serve must not just prepare for growth but also for a changing landscape. Statistics Canada, for example, reported fourth-quarter 2016 GDP growth of 2.6 percent, beating the consensus economist estimates of 2 percent, and far exceeding Bank of Canada’s most recent forecast, in January, of 1.5 percent. Solid exports of goods and services, strong household consumption and a brisk pace of residential construction and renovation drove the growth. Early 2017 indications point to sustained growth, with IHS Markit forecasting 2.3 percent growth for the full year.Rising industrial real estate costs near ports, e-commerce demand and higher trucking rates are coming at beneficial cargo owners fast -- even if their transportation spend budgets aren’t keeping up. Major freight stakeholders will discuss how they see the economy faring, how technology can mitigate pinch points and what strategies are helping them balance growth with reliability in an environment of volatility.

 
— PANELISTS —
Sara Johnson
Senior Research Director,
Global Economics,
IHS Markit

 

Keith Reardon
Vice President,
Intermodal and Automotive,
CN Railway

 

Najim Shaikh
Vice President, Commercial Import,
Mediterranean Shipping Co. (Canada) Inc.

 

 
12:00 — 1:15 PM
 

NETWORKING LUNCH

Location: Courtyard Foyer

 
 
 
1:15 — 2:15 PM
 

CANADIAN CUSTOMS: THE LONG ROAD TO MORE EFFICIENT CARGO CLEARANCE

Location: Courtyard A&B

As they grapple with cargo clearance bottlenecks, forwarders are pressuring the Canada Border Services Agency to speed up examinations and divulge the costs of the cargo checks. But that’s just the tip of it. Canada is in the early innings in reworking its system of cargo clearance to allow containerized goods that don’t present a security, safety or health threat to move through ports and separate the payment of duties from the process so importers can get their goods out of the terminals faster. Until then, however, forwarders — and their BCO customers — must wrestle with frequent cargo-clearance delays. This session will examine the issues freight stakeholders are confronting with Canada’s new eManifest regulation — which promised to expose BCOs to fines and penalties in January, but has been marked by delays — and other cargo-clearance and regulatory challenges.

 
— PANELISTS —
Bob Ballantyne
President,
Freight Management Association of Canada

 

Joy Nott
President,
Canadian Importers and Exporters Association

 

Ruth Snowden
Executive Director,
Canadian International Freight
Forwarders Association
 
2:15 — 3:15 PM
 

PORT PERSPECTIVES: A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH CANADA’S CONTAINER PORT LEADERS

Location: Courtyard A&B

On the strength of the economy, containerized shipping volumes moving through Canadian ports increased 4.6 percent last year, led by an almost 11 percent increase at Halifax and 3 percent gain at Prince Rupert, although volumes were essentially flat through Vancouver and Montreal, according to The Journal of Commerce’s ranking of Top 25 North American ports. But growth in containerized volumes is only one of the changing dynamics transforming ports on both coasts, with new vessel-sharing alliances; major expansion projects at Montreal, Prince Rupert, and Vancouver; and the ports’ increasing share of US-bound goods putting additional pressure on ports and terminal operators to deliver service quality to beneficial cargo owners. At the same time, ports must help shape road and highway infrastructure enhancements in a tight fiscal environment and upgrade their technology. Those changes, coupled with BCOs’ increased demand for reliability, provide ports with a challenge and opportunity to strengthen the Canadian containerized supply chain for the short and long-term. This roundtable-type discussion will gauge how Canada’s major ports are addressing today’s supply chain challenges, how they’re planning for the future, and what they’re doing to improve service to BCOs.

 
— SESSION CHAIR —
Bill Mongelluzzo
Senior Editor,
JOC.com, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

— PANELISTS —
Paul DuVoisin
Vice President, Commercial, Halifax Port Authority

 

Jim Quinn
President and CEO, Port Saint John

  

Shaun Stevenson
Vice President, Trade Development and Public Affairs,
Port of Prince Rupert
 
3:15 — 3:45 PM
 

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Location: Courtyard Foyer

 
 
 
3:45 — 4:45 PM
 

PRODUCTIVITY AT THE GATE: A CRITICAL LOOK AT VANCOUVER’S PIONEERING TRUCK APPOINTMENTS SYSTEM

Location: Courtyard A&B

The Port of Vancouver’s truck appointment system may be influential and potentially market-altering, but it’s also a work in progress. Spurred by the need to provide improved efficiency to drayage drivers after a crippling March 2014 strike at the country’s largest port, the system has enhanced reliability in the three years since it went live. But poor visibility reduces the number of dual transactions — that is, exchanging an import container for an export container during the same visit — frustrating beneficial cargo owners and truckers. Further complicating operations are the growing container volumes and cargo-handling surges that result when ships capable of carrying 10,000 TEUs or more come calling. Although the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority envisions a single portal as the solution it’s not clear whether that’s enough, nor just how many changes can be made without reducing efficiency achieved through the system. This session will examine the Vancouver appointments system, how it’s working, and what BCOs and other freight stakeholders can expect in the future.

 
— PANELISTS —
Gary Fast
Associate Vice President,
Domestic Transportation,
Canadian Tire

 

 
4:45
 

CLOSING REMARKS

Location: Courtyard A&B

   
 
4:45 — 6:00 PM
 

NETWORKING RECEPTION

Location: Courtyard Foyer