June 18 - 20, 2018
Toronto, ON

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

 

 
7:30 AM — 6:00 PM
 

Registration

Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer

 

 
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8:00 — 8:45 AM
 

 Networking Breakfast

Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer

 
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8:45 — 9:00 AM
 

Welcome Remarks

Location: Victory Ballroom North

 
Stuart Strachan
Senior Vice President,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

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

 

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

 
9:00 — 9:45 AM
 

Keynote Address

Location: Victory Ballroom North

Madeleine Paquin, president and CEO of Logistec Corp., 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 what's in store for the Canadian shipping industry in a "fireside chat" setting with JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.

 
— Keynote Speaker —
Madeleine Paquin
President and CEO,
Logistec
  

 
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 networks. 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 Canadian economic outlook. Complementing her forecast will be a review of the Canadian freight system's performance by Christian Dea, chief economist and director general of transportation and economic analysis at Transport Canada. He will outline how western Canadian volume growth, along with shippers' increased demands for reliability, is providing unique challenges to the market. Pascal Hirn, vice president of North American lines for CMA CGM, will share his perspective on the global container market with a focus on volume growth and other trends on the trans-Pacific, trans-Atlantic, and north-south trades connecting to Canadian ports.

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

 

— Panelists —
Christian Dea
Chief Economist and Director General
of Transportation and Economic Analysis,
Transport Canada

 

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

 

Pascal Hirn
Vice President,
North America Lines,
CMA CGM

 
10:45 — 11:15 AM
 

 Networking Break

Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer

 
 

 
11:15 AM — 12:15 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, in addition to those provided by Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Bahri. Port leaders will discuss how they're meeting demand by boosting capacity and visibility for shippers and working with rail and trucking partners.

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

 

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

 

Curtis Doiron
General Manager,
DP World Saint John

 

Paul DuVoisin
Senior Consultant,
Vice President, Commercial,
Halifax Port Authority

 

 Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue
Professor,
Department of
Global Studies and Geography,
Hofstra University

 
12:15 — 1:30 PM
 

 Networking Lunch

Location: Princess Gate

 
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1:30 — 2:30 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.

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

 

 — Panelists —
Philip Davies
Principal,
Davies Transportation Consulting

 

Brian Friesen
Director,
Trade Development and Communications,
Port of Prince Rupert

 

Keith Reardon
Vice President,
Intermodal and Automotive,
Canadian National Railway

 

Brian Wright
Vice President,
Transportation and Supply Chain,
Hudson's Bay

 

Peter Xotta
Vice President,
Planning and Operations,
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

 
2:30 — 3:30 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, 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.

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

 

— Featured Speaker —
Andrew Penfold
Director,
Global Maritime,
WSP

 
3:30 — 4:00 PM
 

 Networking Coffee Break

Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer

 
 

 
4:00 — 4:45 PM
 

Maximizing the Export Rally:
The Shippers’ Perspective

Location: Victory Ballroom North

Canadian exports have regained their swagger. Outbound containerized shipments through Vancouver jumped more than 10 percent in 2017, while other major ports Montreal, Halifax and Prince Rupert are also enjoying a rebound. Leading the rally is a global pick up 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.

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

 

— Panelists —
Jason Gerrard
Logistics Manager,
Huron Commodities

 

Jonathan Hébert
Vice President, Finance and
Corporate Development
Ray-Mont Logistics

 

Jordan Kajfasz
Managing Director,
Sales and Marketing,
Canadian Pacific Railway

 

Tom Schnull
Commercial/Logistics,
Glencore Canada Corporation 

 
4:45 — 5:30 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.

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

 

— Panelists —
Raffi Bedikian
President,
Triple S Supply & Sourcing Solutions,
and Former Senior Vice President,
Global Sourcing and Import Logistics,
Sears Canada

 

Gary Fast
Vice President,
Transportation and Operations,
Canadian Tire

 

Ross Hurst
Regional Vice President,
Canada,
Expeditors

 

Jeff Russell
Director,
Procurement,
Crane Supply

 
5:30 — 7:00 PM
 

 Networking Reception

Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer

   

 

 

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