June 18 - 20, 2018
Toronto, ON

2017 SPEAKERS

Vice President
Triskele Logistics

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.

CEO
SalSon Logistics
Executive Editor, JOC Events, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Chris Brooks is executive editor of 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, Brooks' 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.

Vice President, Operations
Port of Montreal

Daniel Dagenais brings more than 25 years of shipping industry experience to his position as vice president of operations. 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.

In 2014, Dagenais was promoted to the position of vice president of operations. He oversees the following departments: environment, infrastructure management, port logistics, marine operations, and security and fire prevention.

Dagenais holds a management undergraduate diploma from McGill University specializing in transportation and logistics and a certificate of training for executives exercise from HEC. He is president of the Groupe Conseil Maritime-Quebec region, a member of Initiatives for the Future of Great Rivers (IFGR), the Association Québécoise des Transports board, and the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation, where he also served as national board director for three years.

Senior Consultant, Vice President, Commercial
Halifax Port Authority

As senior consultant and commercial vice president for the Halifax Port Authority, Paul DuVoisin manages the development of the port's cargo business. He has more than 35 years of industry experience in international shipping and logistics.

DuVoisin began 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. He was also responsible for all vessel operations in North America.

He is an industrial management graduate of La Salle University, completing post-graduate courses and Harvard executive courses.

Senior Research Director, Global Economics
IHS Markit

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.

General Manager
DP World (Canada)

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.

Senior Editor, West Coast, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

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.

President
Canadian Importers and Exporters Association

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).

President and CEO
Port Saint John

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.

Vice President, Intermodal and Automotive
Canadian National Railway

Keith Reardon was appointed vice president of intermodal and automotive for CN in January 2017, based in Toronto. Reardon oversees all aspects of the company's domestic and international intermodal and automotive activities.

In 2012, he was named vice president of intermodal services. In 2009, Reardon was made 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. He also directed many supply chain and business development initiatives for CN, working closely with 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, Reardon has more than 25 years of experience in the field, having held senior positions with outside logistics-industry companies for a number of years. He holds a B.A. in marketing and an MBA from the University of North Florida.

Associate Vice President, eCommerce Fulfillment
Canadian Tire

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.

Executive Director
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association

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 Snowden'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 multinational logistics service provider organizations to small and medium-size 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.

Vice President, Commercial Import
Mediterranean Shipping Company Canada Inc.

Najim Shaikh joined Mediterranean Shipping Company (Canada) in 2011 and is responsible for MSC's import trade and business development activities in Canada.

Since joining the maritime industry in 1998, Shaikh has held responsibilities in customer care, business development, marketing, and trade activities during his tenures at Hapag Lloyd, P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Line, and MSC. With 20 years of experience in Canada, he continues to reshape the way in which MSC delivers value for Canadian businesses.

Originally from Montreal, Shaikh holds a bachelor's degree in commerce from the John Molson School of Business and currently lives in Montreal with his wife and three children.

Vice President, Trade Development and Public Affairs
Port of Prince Rupert

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.

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

Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team, consisting of a global team of journalists and researchers covering the container shipping industry. His analysis and work have been quoted in general news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, South China Morning Post and USA Today. He is a sought-after speaker who helps plan and moderate JOC events, leads JOC's shipper round tables, and chairs JOC's Canada Trade Conference.

Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Intermodal and Automotive
Canadian Pacific Railway

Jonathan Wahba has been vice president of sales and marketing, intermodal and automotive at CP since February, 2017 and is currently vice president of sales and marketing for intermodal and auto.

Wahba brings to CP extensive experience and knowledge in the North American intermodal and trucking industry.

Prior to CP, he held a number of progressively responsible executive positions at Canadian National Railway (CN), Schneider National, and most recently, as chief operating officer at the Kriska Transportation Group.