June 18 - 20, 2018
Toronto, ON
President; and Former Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing and Import Logistics
Triple S Supply & Sourcing Solutions; Sears Canada
President and CEO
OEC Group
Vice President, Growth and Development
Port of Montreal
Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

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.

Senior Editor, Trucking
JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as executive editor, managing editor and associate editor. Based in Washington, D.C., Bill has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He also has covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress and federal agencies. Bill speaks regularly to industry groups, is a regular participant on Sirius XM Radio's "Road Dog Trucking" program and chairs the programming committee for the annual JOC Inland Distribution Conference.

Managing Director, Canada
SEKO Logistics

Jeff is the founding shareholder and CEO of Rodair International, as well as Managing Director of Seko Canada. Jeff was one of the founding shareholders of the Bellville Rodair (BRI) Group globally, and helped expand Bellville Rodair International to 27 offices in 17 countries over a 15 year span while holding board positions, as well as the position of CEO for North America, until 2012.

Rodair operates offices across Canada, offering International Freight Forwarding, customs brokerage and 3PL services operating from a base of 335,000 square feet.

Jeff is the past President of CIFFA, having served for just over 2 years, and continues to participate as a member of the National Board of Directors over the past several years.

Jeff is an active member within YPO (Young Presidents Organization), as well as being a member of the Board with the YPO Toronto Chapter. Jeff has held additional board positions with the following organisations: Junior Achievement of Peel, Marilyn Van Stone Cancer Care Foundation, Innovator's Alliance and the Princess Margaret Golf to Conquer Cancer Foundation.

Jeff is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and has done graduate work at the UofT Rottman school of business' EMBA program. Jeff has done further executive training and development in the fields of leadership and strategy at the Queens School for Business, York University, Babson College, Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

Davies Transportation Consulting

Philip Davies is a transportation economist who has over thirty five years of experience in market research, freight planning and intercity passenger transportation.

He is Principal of Davies Transportation Consulting Inc., a Vancouver-based firm providing a broad range of transportation consulting services in diverse fields including industrial economics, drayage, port operations, goods movement and land use, intermodal facilities, shortline railways, economic analysis and program review.

Mr. Davies' experience spans the public and private sectors, and he has managed major comprehensive studies on freight transportation in Western Canada.

Mr. Davies holds an MA in Economics and a BA Hon. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan, and received a CITT Diploma in Transportation Management in 1995.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum from 2009 to 2016, and is Past President of the Vancouver Transportation Club.

Chief Economist and Director General of Transportation and Economic Analysis
Transport Canada
Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist
Royal Bank of Canada

Dawn Desjardins joined the RBC Economics team in January 2006. She is a key contributor to the macroeconomic forecasts for Canada and the U.S. and is part of a team that is responsible for the interest rate forecasts for both countries.

Dawn delivers economic analysis to RBC's clients through a variety of publications and presentations. She is often interviewed by media from across North America to discuss developments in the economy and financial markets.

Prior to joining RBC, Dawn worked as a reporter for Bloomberg Financial News in Toronto covering the Canadian bond and currency markets and was the Canadianbond market strategist for a major U.S. bank for ten years.

She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Founder and CEO

Matt is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FourKites. He founded FourKites in 2014 after recognizing pain points in the logistics industry and designing elegant and effective systems to address them.

Prior to founding FourKites, Matt spent 7 years in the enterprise software space working for market leaders such as Oracle Corp and i2 Technologies/JDA Software Group. Matt has led high-impact teams that implemented logistics strategies and systems at P&G, Nestle, Kraft, Anheuser-Busch Inbev, Tyco, Argos and Nokia across North America, Western Europe and Latin America. Matt is passionate about logistics and supply chain management and has a keen sense for how technology can disrupt traditional silo-based planning and execution.

Matt holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy, an MS in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University, and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. He lives in Chicago.

Managing Director, Canada Operations
FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage (Canada)
Associate Vice President, Domestic Transportation and Operations
Canadian Tire
Director, Trade Development and Communications
Port of Prince Rupert

Brian graduated from McGill University in 2003 with a degree in international relations and history, going on to hold various sales and marketing positions in the hospitality sector. In 2010 Brian completed a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Victoria, and he gained further experience as an entrepreneur in British Columbia's tourism industry.

Brian joined the Port of Prince Rupert in 2013 to manage the port's marketing and trade development portfolio. In his current role Brian is responsible for overseeing the port's full marketing and communications activities, working with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to advance the Port's corporate objectives.

He also serves on the board of directors for Tourism Prince Rupert, and enjoys exploring Northwest British Columbia with his fiancé Ceilidh and labradoodle Sunshine.

Managing Director, Sales and Marketing
Canadian Pacific Railway
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).

Maersk Line Canada

Jack Mahoney took on responsibilities for Maersk Line in Canada in October 2015.

Prior to that he was head of the Maersk Line's forwarder sales group in the USA, starting inMay 2013, who are spread across various USA locations. Before then, he had been responsible for USA Trade Management. That followed three years at Maersk Line's headquarters in Copenhagen and two years in Maersk Line's North American head office when he was responsible for the Pacific Eastbound trade.

That was preceded by positions in sales and sales management in a variety of USA markets including the Northeast, the Pacific Southwest, the South Atlantic, the Mid Atlantic, and the Midwest.

Jack joined Maersk Line from Sea-Land as part of the 1999 acquisition. He graduated from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. He is married to Emily, and they have two children, Will (20) and Ellen (19).

Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
Globe Tracker ApS

Don Miller is an industry leader and expert in intermodal transportation markets. His ex­tensive network is unsurpassed in the industry. He is a frequent speaker and author on pertinent supply chain topics relating to key market trends. Mr. Miller has developed new product concepts and applications for smart containers, smart chassis, smart trailers and other smart logistics equipment. His expertise lies in global business development, channel development, and marketing initiatives.

President and CEO

Madeleine Paquin has been President and CEO of Logistec Corporation since 1996. Prior to becoming President and CEO of Logistec, Madeleine held various positions in the marine sector.

In her current role, Madeleine Paquin is dedicated to using innovation and sustainability as powerful catalysts for change in the Canadian economy. For the past two decades, Madeleine Paquin has led Logistec's effort to create trade-enabling infrastructure and services such as specialized cargo handling and port logistics services delivering competitive supply chain gateways to its customers. Under her leadership, Logistec's network has grown to some 30 ports and 40 terminals strategically located across North America. Madeleine also plays a strategic role for key industry associations such as the St-Lawrence Gateway initiative, Cargo M, MEA, and the Marine Transportation Advisory Council – just to name a few.

In 1992, under Madeleine's guidance, Logistec acquired a young and innovative environmental company. Today, Logistec provides innovative environmental services via its subsidiary, Sanexen which includes Aqua-Pipe and Niedner. Sanexen has completed more than a billion dollars of work in the areas of site remediation, trenchless rehabilitation of water mains, and regulated materials management. Sanexen's team offer unique expertise and has become a solid provider in the environmental sector. Madeleine and her team are poised to continue their commitment to the environmental sector with the latest acquisition of Fer-Pal Infrastructure – a leader in water main rehabilitation in NA. This new partnership will deepen Logistec's role in this vital industry. Madeleine presently holds directorship in Air Canada. In December of 2017, Madeleine was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for her role in leading innovation in supply chain practices and environmental protection, two major drivers of change in the Canadian economy.

Director, Global Maritime

Andy Penfold is a shipping economist with experience in market and financing studies for the port and shipping industries. He has over 30 years' experience focussing on commercial market studies in the shipping and port industries at a global level. He founded Ocean Shipping Consultants and sold the company in 2011. He is now a Director of Global Maritime in at WSP in London and, amongst other engagements, consults to Lloyds Register of Shipping. Andrew has been responsible various cargo market sectors and has specialized in container shipping and port investment projects for the past twenty years. He is a specialist in transport cost chain analyses and modal shift reviews. He also has extensive direct experience in the region having worked on recent projects in Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Montreal, St. Lawrence and Halifax. The development of Canadian gateways for US traffic has been central to several of these projects.

Professor, Department of Global Studies and Geography; and co-author of the tentatively titled book
Hofstra University; “Is the Neopanamax Era Pushing for a New Dynamic for Canadian East Coast Container Ports?”
Interim President and CEO, and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Canadian National Railway

Jean-Jacques Ruest was appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2018, in addition to retaining his position as Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, to which he had been named in January 2010. As CMO, he has responsibility for providing the strategic direction and leadership for CN's Sales, Marketing and CN Supply Chain Solutions groups.

Mr. Ruest joined CN in 1996 as Vice-President, Petroleum and Chemicals. He was appointed Vice-President, Industrial Products in 2003, Vice-President, Marketing in 2004, and Senior Vice-President, Marketing in June 2006. Prior to this, Mr. Ruest worked for 16 years at a major international chemical company.

Mr. Ruest holds a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from HEC Montréal (Université de Montréal) and a Bachelor of Science degree in applied chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke. He also completed the executive program of the University of Michigan Business School, and CN's Railroad MBA program.

Director, Procurement
Crane Supply
Senior Vice President and Practice Lead, Industrial
Jones Lang LaSalle
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 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.

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 roundtables, and chairs JOC's Canada Trade Forum.

GCT Canada

Eric joined the executive group at GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. as President, GCT Canada in August 2009.

He leads the Canadian division and is responsible for the strategic management and day-to-day operation of two container terminals in Port of Vancouver – GCT Vanterm in the Burrard Inlet and GCT Deltaport at Roberts Bank, the largest container terminal in the country.

Prior to joining GCT, Eric was Chief Operations Officer at APM Terminals in Cape Town, South Africa with overall responsibility for the performance of all terminals in the Africa Region.

His operational and managerial career with APM has taken him from Tacoma to Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Malaysia.

Eric was a Lieutenant and Platoon Leader in the United States Army and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Industrial Engineering from West Point in New York.

Vice President, Transportation and Supply Chain
Hudson's Bay
Vice President, Planning and Operations
Port of Vancouver

In his role as vice president, planning and operations, Mr. Xotta is responsible for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's long term planning, operations, security, and trade development activities.

Mr. Xotta joined the port authority in 1995, and has held diverse portfolios including business development and leading strategic port projects.

Mr. Xotta's experience has included acting as president of Modalink Distribution Hub Ltd., a multi-modal logistics facility in South Richmond, British Columbia and a 50 per cent joint venture with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. He is the former chair of Canada Place Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and currently sits on the board of directors of the Van Horne Institute.

Mr. Xotta has a Masters in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University's Segal Graduate School of Business and is an active mentor in the program.