June 18 - 20, 2018
Toronto, ON

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


8:00 AM — 1:30 PM


Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer



8:00 — 8:45 AM

Networking Breakfast

Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer


8:45 AM

Welcome Remarks

Location: Victory Ballroom North


8:45 — 9:45 AM

View From the Top:
A Conversation With Industry Leaders

Location: Victory Ballroom North

It’s going to take more for Canada to be just a trading nation to meet the stiff challenges that come from rapid developments in technology, new geopolitical paradigms redrawing trade policies, increasing speed-to-market demands created by e-commerce and fierce export competition. It will take vision, flexibility, and most of all collaboration among shippers and transportation providers for stakeholders of all types to be highly successful. Moving past the fuzzy buzzwords, industry leaders will share what they’re watching closely, and what technology will drive the supply chain of the future and how.

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


— Panelists —
Jack Mahoney
Maersk Line Canada


Marc Bibeau
President and CEO,
OEC Group


Jean-Jacques Ruest
Interim President and CEO,
and Executive Vice President
and Chief Marketing Officer,
Canadian National Railway


Eric Waltz
GCT Canada 
Peter Xotta
Vice President,
Planning and Operations,
Port of Vancouver

9:45 — 10:45 AM

Inland Distribution:
A Challenging Truck and Rail Market Is About to Get Tougher

Location: Victory Ballroom North

Even as increasing demand and a stubborn driver shortage tightens trucking capacity, another challenge looms for Canadian shippers: new national regulation similar to what has dramatically transformed the US market. A proposal being considered in Canada would require federally regulated truckers to switch from recording work time in paper log books to electronic logging devices by 2020, mostly mirroring the US ELD rule that took effect in December. Like in the US, Transport Canada’s proposal will affect long-haul truckers within Canada and may impact longer drayage hauls. That will put additional pressure on railroads to handle more intermodal volume and put more demands on door delivery. Tightening truck capacity also is requiring a rethink on distribution strategies as warehouse space in major markets recedes. Executives from the trucking, intermodal rail, and industrial real estate industries will detail the landscape for trucking capacity and ways shippers can optimize their network to mitigate tightening capacity.

— Session Chair —
William Cassidy
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit


— Panelist —
Adam Sheriff-Scott
Senior Vice President and Practice Lead,
Jones Lang LaSalle


Joe Lombardo
Director of Transportation
and Network Performance,


Rob Nichols
Managing Director,
Domestic Intermodal,
Canadian Pacific Railway

10:45 — 11:15 AM

Networking Break

Location: Victory Ballroom Foyer


11:15 AM — 12:15 PM

Navigating a Convoluted Customs Regime: Best Practices for Importers and Exporters

Location: Victory Ballroom North

As Canada reworks its system of cargo clearance, it’s critical that shippers and forwarders are part of the process and keep engaging on present concerns, namely sluggish examinations -- sometimes with little explanation of “why” a container was pulled aside for a closer look. Those costs mount. The average cost of a container exam including demurrage is about C$2,964.55, according to a 2017 study conducted by the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association. Meanwhile, the Canada Border Services Agency is reworking its cargo clearance to uncouple the payment of duties from the process so importers can get their goods out of the terminal faster. As part of this effort, a new program eManifest will require all carriers, freight forwarders, and importers to send advance commercial information about their shipments electronically to the CBSA. In a lively format, get actionable information on existing and coming regulation and be part of the envisoning of a new 21st century process of cargo clearance with industry experts.

— Panelists —
Ruth Snowden
Executive Director,
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association


Joy Nott
Canadian Importers and Exporters Association

12:15 — 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Location: Victory Ballroom South


1:30 — 2:30 PM

Accelerating Visibility:
Putting Technology to Near-Term Use

Location: Victory Ballroom North

The growing potential for technology to offer greater visibility into the end-to-end movement of containers is forcing shippers and logistics providers to drill down into how much they need to see and how to overcome obstructions blocking their view. Shipment tracking and cargo monitoring is at the top of shippers’ and carriers’ agenda,” with about 40 percent of inquiries made to carrier customer service centers relating to shipment tracking,” according to insights by research and consulting firm Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. Poor data and siloed information don’t help, but it’s the high costs and limited resources, both in capital and staff, that truly informs what shippers can implement in the short and medium-term. Moving beyond drone and other whiz-bang musings, industry experts will discuss what is within shippers and logistics’ providers reach.

— Panelists —
Don Miller
Vice President,
Global Sales and Marketing,
Globe Tracker ApS


Matt Elenjickal
Founder and CEO,


Najim Shaikh
Vice President,
Commercial Import,
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co. (Canada)

2:30 — 3:30 PM

Mitigating Headwinds:
Strategies to Weather Tighter Air Cargo Capacity

Location: Victory Ballroom North

Air cargo volumes are soaring, and it’s more than just a rally but a new paradigm for global supply chains driven by faster time-to-market whether they serve the automotive, apparel, heavy manufacturing, or perishables markets. Global air cargo volume rose 9 percent last year, more than double the 3.6 percent growth of 2016, while freight capacity rose 3 percent, the slowest rate of expansion since 2012, according to the International Air Transport Association. The tightening of supply and demand in North America was just as stark, as demand increased 7.9 percent year-over-year, while capacity grew just 1.9 percent. Airlines have expanded their passenger capacity, providing more belly capacity, but few freighters have been brought back into service. Managed capacity and surging volume in the 2017 peak season gave shippers a less-than-friendly reminder of the downside of the growth. Shippers in the December peak shipping period saw delays of 15 to 20 days out of Chinese airports. Air freight rates on the busy China-North America routes have hit highs of $12 per kilogram. Air cargo, forwarders and shippers will discuss major challenges taking wing and share strategies on securing capacity and lessening price pain.

— Panelists —
Jeff Cullen
Managing Director, Canada,
SEKO Logistics


Kyri Fabios
Managing Director,
Canada Operations,
FedEx Trade Networks Transport &
Brokerage (Canada)

3:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Location: Victory Ballroom North




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