Bob has a B.A.Sc. (Bachelor of Applied Science) degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. During his 40-year career with Canadian Pacific Limited, he worked in the engineering, signal, operating and marketing departments of Canadian Pacific Railway and was Vice-President at Canadian Pacific Consulting Services.
In 1988, Bob was assigned by Canadian Pacific to The Railway Association of Canada as President, where he served until his retirement from the CPR in 2000.
In 2003, the Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA) appointed Bob as President of the Association. Bob is a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC's six annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. A 30-year company veteran, Chris's career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. He also oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. He holds a bachelor's in journalism from Lock Haven University.
Sara Johnson is Senior Research Director, Global Economics with IHS Markit. In this role, she helps clients assess worldwide business opportunities and risks. IHS Markit provides economic forecasts of over 200 countries. Ms. Johnson co-authors the Global Executive Summary and US Executive Summary, manages the Executive Strategy Council, and presents the economic outlook to international conferences. She was previously North American Research Director with Standard & Poor's DRI and Managing Director of Global Macroeconomics with Global Insight, predecessors of IHS Markit Economics.
Ms. Johnson holds a B.A. degree in economics and mathematics from Wellesley College and an M.A. in economics from Harvard University.
Ms. Johnson is a former director of the National Association for Business Economics and the NABE Foundation, and was named a NABE Fellow in 2014. She serves on the Executive Committee of The Boston Economic Club.
Based in Long Beach, California, Bill Mongelluzzo is senior editor for the trans-Pacific at JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. Bill joined The Journal of Commerce in 1980 as New Orleans correspondent. He moved to Long Beach in 1985 and opened the Los Angeles-Long Beach bureau. He served as maritime editor of The Journal of Commerce in New York in 1992-93 before returning to Southern California. Bill began his journalism career in 1972 as a reporter with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He is a native of Chicago and has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's in history from the University of New Orleans. Bill speaks regularly to industry groups and serves leading roles on the programming committees for the JOC's TPM, Inland Distribution and Port Performance North America conferences.
When freight forwarding gets in your blood, it stays in your blood. Such is the case with Ruth Snowden, who held several senior operational, sales and executive roles during her 27 years as an international freight forwarder. In 2008 she became CIFFA Executive Director, and has since represented her industry in the Canadian and global arenas. Helping build a vibrant community of professionals is just one of Ruth's passions, with a strong focus on sector education, networking and promotion of the industry.
The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) represents some 260 regular member firms from the largest of global multi-national logistics service provider organizations to small and medium sized Canadian companies. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.
As executive editor of JOC.com, Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC reporting team from Washington, D.C. His interests and coverage range widely, from global maritime regulation to import sourcing migration. Before joining the JOC in 2011, he reported on logistics in Jacksonville, Florida, and at various daily newspapers across the country, where he covered local business, politics, and crime. A Chicago native, he speaks regularly to industry groups, and is instrumental in development of JOC Events programming. His analysis and work have been quoted in mainstream news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, the South China Morning Post and USA Today.