June 18 - 20, 2018
Toronto, ON

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


8:00 AM — 5:00 PM


Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer



8:00 — 8:45 AM

Networking Breakfast

Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer


8:45 — 9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

Location: Victory Ballroom North

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


Chris Brooks
Executive Editor,
JOC Events,
IHS Maritime & Trade

9:00 — 9:30 AM

Keynote Address

Location: Victory Ballroom North

Madeleine Paquin, president and CEO of Logistec Corporation, will highlight the importance of attracting and developing Canadian logistics talent and spurring innovation. As director and vice president of CargoM, the logistics and transportation cluster of metropolitan Montreal, she will also outline how the Canadian logistics market needs to harness the technological revolution. Following her keynote, Paquin — who last year was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada for driving supply chain innovation and environmental protection — will discuss in a “fireside chat” setting with JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi what’s in store for the Canadian shipping industry.

— Keynote Speaker —
Maleleine Pacquin
President and CEO,

9:45 — 10:45 AM

Market Review and Outlook:
The Canadian Container Network

Location: Victory Ballroom North

Canadian economic growth, partially fueled by a global upswing, is driving growth in containerized import and export volume and revealing strains on port and inland network. Dawn Desjardins, deputy chief economist at Royal Bank of Canada, will detail the micro and macroeconomic forces shaping Canadian container shipping and provide a global and Candian economic outlook. Complementing her outlook will be a review of the Canadian freight system's performance by Louis-Paul Tardif, director of economic analysis and research at Transport Canada. He will outline how western Canadian volume growth. along with shippers' increased demands for reliabllity, is providing unique challenges to the market.

— Session Chair —
Mark Szakonyi
Executive Editor,
JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit


— Panelists —
Dawn Desjardins
Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist,
Royal Bank of Canada


Louis-Paul Tardif
Economic Analysis and Research,
Transport Canada

10:45 — 11:15 AM

Networking Break

Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer


11:15 AM — 12:00 PM

Maximizing the Export Rally:
The Shippers’ Perspective

Location: Victory Ballroom North

Canadian exports have regained their swagger. Outbound containerized shipments through Vancouver jumped 10.6 percent in the first 11 months, while other major ports Montreal, Halifax and Prince Rupert are also enjoying a rebound. Leading the rally is a global rebound in commodity demand, a string of free trade agreements, and the country’s Gateways and Trade Corridor strategy comprising transportation infrastructure, systems, operations, technology and regulatory policy related to the ocean, trucking, rail and air cargo sectors. IHS Markit forecasts Canadian exports to increase 1.8 percent this year and 2.7 percent in 2019. To capitalize on the momentum, Canadian exporters, including agricultural and manufacturing shippers, need reliability from the containerized supply chains. Agriculture exporters are increasingly turning to transloading to lower rail shipments and better secure ocean container capacity. This panel of Canadian exporters will discuss the challenges and opportunities the upswing in demand provides, while sharing strategies for more efficient inland transportation and securing slot capacity.


12:00 — 12:45 PM

Importing Through Canada:
Improving Efficiency Under the Strains of a High-Growth Market

Location: Victory Ballroom North

The strengthening Canadian economy helped drive imports up in the high single-digits in 2017, testing ports, marine terminals, and railroads. IHS Markit’s forecast for GDP calls for 2.2 percent growth this year, a slight deceleration from the 3 percent expansion in 2017 but not enough to derail growing containerized imports. With demand building, Canadian importers are turning their attention to rail and terminal fluidity, which encountered challenges in 2017 as volumes grew and ocean carriers deployed larger vessels. That’s better informing importers’ decisions on which ports and marine terminals to route their cargo through. Consumers’ e-commerce demands also are increasing pressure for more visibility through the supply chain and the need for more door-delivery capacity. Large and medium-sized shippers and the forwarders serving them will discuss their challenges, what they need from their transportation providers, what technology holds the most promise for short-term adoption, and other issues.


12:45 — 2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Location: Victory Ballroom South


2:00 — 3:00 PM

Route Optimization:
A Strategic Forum

Location: Victory Ballroom North

Growing volumes, new markets, and inconsistent reliability in services offered by transportation providers require a fresh look at routing by shippers. Andrew Penfold, director of global maritime at the New York-based engineering and design firm WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, will model various routing options through western and eastern Canadian ports to and from Asian, European, and Latin American markets. Shipper attendees also will have the opportunity to have their current container supply chain routes analyzed — and hear proposed options — by anonymously sharing their origin and destination port pairs with Penfold prior to the conference.

— Panelist —
Andrew Penfold
Global Maritime,

3:00 — 3:30 PM

Networking Coffee Break

Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer


3:30 — 4:30 PM

Eastern Ports and Networks:
Preparing for Growth

Location: Victory Ballroom North

The Canada-European Union free trade agreement, new Asian service connections, and a growing Canadian economy are driving volume through eastern Canadian ports to new highs. Montreal’s volume rose 6.2 percent to 1.5 million TEU in 2017, while Halifax’s volumes soared 16 percent to a record 559,000 TEU. The ports, along with fellow eastern gateway Saint John, avoided the congestion that bedeviled their western counterparts, but that’s not stopping them and their rail partners from boosting capacity, particularly during shipping peaks. Montreal, for example, is tapping predictive analytics to speed up truck turns at its gates and pushing forward on a new terminal. For Halifax, new rubber-tire gantries and other improvements are helping the port boost capacity, but the port has larger ideas in mind as it furthers its master planning. Meanwhile, Saint John is enjoying a new CMA CGM service with transshipment connections in Kingston, Jamaica, giving New Brunswick importers and exporters more connections. Port leaders will discuss how they’re meeting demand by boosting capacity and visibility for shippers and working with rail and trucking partners.

— Panelist —
Tony Boemi
Vice President,
Growth and Development,
Port of Montreal

4:30 — 5:30 PM

Western Ports and Networks:
Relieving the Choke Points

Location: Victory Ballroom North

For the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert and their rail partners, the surge in peak shipping volume provided a boon and operational challenge. Container volume through Prince Rupert rocketed 26 percent year over year in 2017, to 935,000 TEU, while traffic through Vancouver, the country’s largest port, rose 10.8 percent year over year in the first 11 months of 2017, to nearly 3 million TEU. Following delays that hit Canadian and US shippers alike, the ports and railroads are beefing up their on-dock capacity and locomotive and crew power. At the same time, Vancouver is looking at ways to improve its truck appointment system to allow drivers to get more dual transactions by moving forward with a single portal and considering a tiered drayage system. Vancouver also is testing a pilot program to help it better identify rail and road bottlenecks, prioritize infrastructure projects, and optimize existing operations.


5:30 — 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer




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