Steve Banks is the Vice President of Triskele Logistics and is a supply chain solution expert with 22 years of experience working with clients to develop railway and overall network solutions that cost effectively meet their needs. Steve has also worked for Canadian Pacific Railway, Trican Well Service Ltd and Altitude Publishing with a career that includes Sales & Distribution, Senior Business Analyst, Train Planning, and Logistics Specialist. Steve is currently a founding Partner with Triskele Logistics Ltd and is a North American Railway expert. He has extensive supply chain experience moving products from production to final delivery in Grain, Agri-Products, Intermodal and Oil and Gas shipments.
Steve is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a B.A. and volunteers as a coach for volleyball at various levels.
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.
Mr. Daniel Dagenais brings over 25 years of shipping industry experience to his position. Before joining the Montreal Port Authority as Director of Operations, in March 2007, he accumulated a wealth of experience as a terminal operator, for bulk, non-containerized and containerized terminals.
On January 27, 2014, Mr. Dagenais was promoted to the position of Vice-President, Operations. He oversees the following departments: Environment, Infrastructure Management, Port Logistics, Marine Operations and Security and Fire Prevention.
Holder of a management undergraduate diploma from McGill University specializing in transportation and logistics and a certificate of training for executives exercise from HEC, Mr. Dagenais is President of the Groupe conseil maritime – Quebec region, member of Initiatives for the Future of Great Rivers (IFGR), member of the Board of Directors of the Association québécoise des transports and member of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation where he also served as director on the National Board for three years.
Senior Consultant and Commercial Vice President for the Halifax Port Authority managing the development of the port's cargo business. Over 35 years of industry experience in international shipping and logistics. Paul 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. Paul was also responsible for all vessel operations in North America.
He is an Industrial Management graduate of La Salle University, completing postgraduate courses and Harvard executive courses.
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.
Mr. Maksim Mihic, General Manager, DP World (Canada) Inc.,
Maksim Mihic was appointed General Manager, DP World (Canada) Inc. in January 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.
Maksim joined DP World in 1996 as an Electrical Engineer and has assumed senior leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including Director, Container Operations.
Prior to joining DP World, Maksim 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.
Maksim lives in Vancouver with his wife Jovanka and their three children: Aleksandar, Anastasija, and Stefan.
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.
Joy Nott is President of the Canadian Importers and Exporters Association (I.E.Canada). Joy brings over 30 years of experience in customs compliance to the I.E.Canada team. Joy started her career in Montreal and worked for over 10 years for well known customs brokers/freight forwarders giving her hands on operational experience.
Prior to joining I.E.Canada, Joy was a Vice President and Managing Consultant for JPMorgan Global Trade Management Services based in the Toronto, Ontario area and specialized in matters of customs and international trade for both Canada and the U.S. based clients.
Prior to the above, Joy spent a number of years developing her expertise employed as a Senior Manager with public accounting firms of KPMG LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP as a Customs and International Trade consultant. The accounting firm environment provided her with extensive experience related to advising multinational clients in terms of meeting import and export requirements while minimizing costs. Her experience with professional tax and supply chain advisers has given her a background rich in understanding how customs and trade issues play an important role in developing corporate strategies. Her experience in advising how matters such as income tax transfer pricing and customs valuation fit into complex international restructuring plans have been key to her success as a consultant.
Joy sits on various committees as advisors to Federal Ministers and has testified before both the House of Commons and Senate Committees on International trade on matters directly impacting Canadian importers and exporters.
Joy’s credentials include a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec in 1987. She later sought and received honours when writing for her qualified customs brokers’ status in 1990. In 1993, Joy gained her professional customs brokerage status. In 2011, Joy gained her P.Log designation (Professional Logistician).
Jim was appointed President & CEO of Saint John Port Authority in September 2010. Jim brought over 30 years of experience in the marine and public sectors to Port Saint John.
After 23 years with the Coast Guard, Jim joined the Privy Council Office's Machinery of Government Secretariat and Social Development Policy Secretariat as a Senior Advisor. In 2002, Jim joined Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as Director General of Lands & was promoted through several leadership positions culminating in the CFO/Assistant Deputy Minister role. Jim held the position of CFO at Canadian International Development Agency before leaving government to work at Port Saint John.
Jim is a graduate of Dalhousie University (BSc), and holds the professional designation of Certified Management Accountant (CMA)-Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Jim has served as past Chair of the Canadian Delegation American Association of Port Authorities and was appointed Chairman of the Board 2015-2016 at the American Association of Port Authorities, a position which has not been held by a Canadian Chairman since 2005-2006.
Keith Reardon was appointed Vice President of Intermodal and Automotive in January of 2017, based in Toronto. Mr. Reardon oversees all aspects of the company's domestic and international intermodal and automotive activities. In 2012, Mr. Reardon was appointed Vice President of Intermodal Services. In 2009, Mr. Reardon was appointed Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions, where he was responsible for the Automotive and Iron Ore business units and CN's non-rail transportation services including transloading, freight forwarding and warehousing, just to name a few. He also directed many supply chain and business development initiatives for CN – working closely with CN customers and partners.
Previously, he was Assistant Vice President of CN Transloading Operations, where he managed more than 80 CN-owned warehousing and distribution facilities.
Passionate about logistics, Mr. Reardon has more than 25 years of experience in the field; he also held senior positions with outside firms in the world of logistics for a number of years.
Mr. Reardon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and an MBA from the University of North Florida.
Steven Van Roestel is the associate vice president of e-commerce fulfillment for Canadian Tire. In this capacity Van Roestel is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of e-commerce fulfillment capabilities to meet current and future demands of Canadian Tire Corp. Since assuming this role, he has successfully led the implementation of foundational e-fulfillment capabilities and transformational capabilities across all company banners.
Previously, Van Roestel was the associate vice president of reverse flow finance. He was responsible for CTR's national returns programs, defective vendor agreements, disposition strategies, and enterprise shortfall recoveries. Previous roles with Canadian Tire included directing operations for three express auto parts distribution centers in Calgary, Vaughan, and Montreal, as well as operations for the 1.4-million-square-foot Brampton distribution center. Van Roestel has also managed forecasting and replenishment lines of business, production and daily planning, and designing a balanced enterprise delivery model.
Prior to joining Canadian Tire, he worked in manufacturing and as a high school mathematics teacher. Van Roestel holds a B.Math from the University of Waterloo.
Adam Sherriff-Scott joined JLL in the fall of 2014 to help grow the Agency Leasing and Sales presence of JLL Industrial in the GTA West market. Since joining he has been integral in winning several noteworthy listing assignments and has brought to market over $690 million dollars' worth of Industrial assets for sale.
Over the past 17 years Adam has represented owners, both private and institutional, across the Greater Toronto Area, Canada and North America which has enabled him to develop a strategic approach to solving client challenges with respect to facilities throughout the entire life-cycle of a real estate transaction. Adam's main focus is assisting industrial and corporate users in the areas of agency leasing, portfolio acquisition/disposition, documentation review, site selection/comparison, financial analysis and lease negotiations.
Prior to joining JLL Adam spent six years as a Vice President of Industrial at Avison Young in the GTA West working on industrial agency leasing and sales assignments. Adam and his team won the largest leasing and disposition assignment in company history of over 2 million square feet.
Prior to that he spent over five years working in Prague, Czech Republic, and Moscow, Russia working for two international real estate firms as Senior Director managing teams in both office and industrial leasing.
Adam attended the University of Guelph where he graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Adam was also a 4 years letterman on the varsity football team.
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.
Originally from Montreal, Najim started his career as a Junior with Hapag-Lloyd in 1998. Shortly after graduating from the John Molson School of Business in 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce, Najim joined P&O Nedlloyd. Between 2003 and 2011, Najim moved between Montreal, QC, East Rutherford, NJ, and Toronto, ON, for both P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk Line. His tenure included roles in Customer Service and Export, before being appointed General Manager and then Director of Customer Service. During this time, Najim was also a member of several North American and Global Project initiatives and is well versed in Project Management, Six Sigma and Lean Management techniques.
Najim joined MSC in 2011 as Director of Sales. In 2012, Najim started MSC Canada's Marketing department, and in 2015 took over responsibility for MSC Canada's Customer Service teams. In September 2015, Najim was appointed as Vice-President Commercial Import. With over 15 years of experience in the shipping industry, Najim continues to re-shape the way in which MSC Canada's Commercial team operates and delivers value to the Canadian market.
Mr. Stevenson joined the Prince Rupert Port Authority in 1997 assuming progressive roles in helping lead the Port of Prince Rupert in its transformation and growth as a global trade gateway. He currently leads the Prince Rupert Port Authority's Trade Development and Public Affairs team in the growth and diversification of the Port of Prince Rupert through work with shippers, marine carriers and development proponents investigating new bulk, container, break-bulk and general cargoes terminal projects. Mr. Stevenson has participated in the planning and development of numerous port projects and related infrastructure working extensively with proponents advancing expansion projects at the Port of Prince Rupert.
Mr. Stevenson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Diploma of Marketing Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and is currently completing his Master's Degree in Business Administration at Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business.
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.
Mr. Jonathan Wahba has been Vice-President of Sales & Marketing, Intermodal & Grain at Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) since February, 2017. Jonathan brings to CP extensive experience and knowledge in the North American intermodal and trucking industry. Prior to CP, Jonathan held a number of progressively responsible executive positons at Canadian National Railway, Schneider National, and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer at the Kriska Transportation Group.
Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree from Queen's University, and currently resides in Toronto with his wife and their 4 children.