Raffi Bedikian serves as president of Triple S Supply and Sourcing Solutions and is a consultant to retailers, importers, and manufacturers of consumer goods.
Bedikian is a proven retail leader with experience in strategic merchandising, product development, global sourcing, and import logistics. He most recently held the position of chairman of the Canadian Retail Shipping Association. He has also served as a senior vice president with a number of large retailers in Canada such as Hudson's Bay Co. and Marks & Spencer.
Recognized as a passionate expert who brings value to organizational and operational excellence, Bedikian has extensive knowledge in consumer goods private-brand development and manufacturing to engineer products that generate profit margin.
He has an in-depth understanding of the product life cycle management and highly regarded team management skills. Bedikian has an honours bachelor of science degree in knitting and textile technology.
Marc D. Bibeau has been successfully innovating global supply chain solutions and specialized cargo programs, dedicated to the business-to-business, e-commerce, and vertical market segments throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East for more than 30 years.
He founded Overseas Express Consolidators in 1984 and is currently president and CEO of OEC Group, where he serves on the board for several of the company's subsidiaries.
Known for his passionate engagement with customers, carriers, and government, he is committed to improving processes and bringing together industry stakeholders, to facilitate open dialogue with the goal of maintaining the fluidity of Canada's global supply chains.
In addition to his executive roles, he is on the board of directors for the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) where he served as president from 2009 to 2012.
He is also a vice president on the extended board of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), headquartered in Zurich.
OEC Group provides fully-integrated transportation and logistics services as well as IT solutions to global multinational corporations.
From inception to end-mile, OEC Group delivers flexible, efficient strategies complimented by leading edge business intelligence tools that support clients' growth strategies and supply chain objectives.
Tony Boemi joined the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) as vice president of growth and development in May 2008. Prior to joining the MPA, his entry into the maritime industry dates back to 1975, when he first joined Canadian Pacific Ships (CP Ships).
He completed his studies in information technology from Control Data Institute, and also obtained management, and marketing certificates from Concordia University.
Throughout his tenure with CP Ships, he held several senior management positions within the company's different brands, and gained extensive experience in the areas of IT, sales management, marketing, and commercial trade services.
Following the acquisition of CP Ships by Hapag-Lloyd AG in 2005, Boemi was appointed director of sales and marketing, Canada, for Hapag-Lloyd, a position he held until May 2008, when he joined the Montreal Port Authority's management team.
His current responsibilities with the MPA include developing the commercial strategies in the sectors of containers, general cargo, liquid and dry bulk commodities, and the cruise sector. He also oversees the Port of Montreal's representatives based in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Boemi is a board member of the Chamber of Marine Commerce and is president of the St. Lawrence Cruise Association. He is an active participant in several other industry associations.
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.
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, DC, Cassidy 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. Cassidy 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.
Jeff Cullen is the founding shareholder and CEO of Rodair International, as well as managing director of Seko Logistics Canada. Cullen 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.
In 2013, Cullen was elected president of CIFFA, a position he held for just over 2 years. For the past several years he has continued to participate in the organization as a member of the national board of directors.
He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), as well as a board member of the YPO Toronto chapter. He has held additional board positions with the following organizations: Junior Achievement of Peel, Marilyn Van Stone Cancer Care Foundation, Innovator's Alliance, and the Princess Margaret Golf to Conquer Cancer Foundation.
Cullen is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and has done graduate work at the UofT Rottman school of business' EMBA program. He 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
Philip Davies is a transportation economist who has over 35 years of experience in market research, freight planning, and intercity passenger transportation.
He is principal of Davies Transportation Consulting., a Vancouver-based company 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.
Davies' experience spans the public and private sectors, and he has managed major comprehensive studies on freight transportation in Western Canada.
He 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.
Davies 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.
As chief economist and director general of the transportation and economic analysis group at Transport Canada, Christian Dea is responsible for providing advice to the minister and the senior management of TC on the impact of economic and societal trends in Canada and around the world on the resilience and performance of Canadian supply chains and the transportation system in general.
During his career, Dea has held various positions in the federal and provincial public sector (i.e., Department of Finance federal and Quebec, Bank of Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development) and the private sector (National Bank of Canada), where he was responsible for economic forecasting, tax policy reforms of the federal-provincial sale tax, reform of the taxation regime of the financial sector, intergovernmental relations and development/implementation of new Transfer Agreement with provinces, and development/implementation of departmental knowledge and data management strategy, and economic services.
Dawn Desjardins joined the Royal Bank of Canada economics team in January 2006. She is a key contributor to the macroeconomic forecasts for Canada and the US and is part of a team that is responsible for the interest rate forecasts for both countries.
Desjardins 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, she worked as a reporter for Bloomberg Financial News in Toronto, covering the Canadian bond and currency markets and was the Canadian Bond market strategist for a major US bank for 10 years.
She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
Curtis joined DP World Saint John as General Manager in October of 2016 and was responsible for the launch of DP World's first Eastern Canadian terminal operation.
Prior to joining DP World he entered into the maritime industry in 2004 where he spent 10 years working in commercial roles with Logistec Stevedoring, most recently as General Manager of Sales based in Montreal.
In 2013 he joined JD Irving Limited as General Manager of their Logistics and Marine Division where we had full P&L responsibilities for three diverse transportation companies specializing in marine construction and dredging, marine agency and husbandry, as well as a third party non-asset based logistics company (3PL).
Curtis holds a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary's University and a Business Degree from the University of New Brunswick.
He has completed several executive development programs including Western University Ivey Leadership Foundations program and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Saint John Seafarer's Mission as well as several other community non-profit organizations.
Curtis has an extensive experience applying lean management concepts through adopting Six Sigma principles and has been fortunate to lead teams through many successful change management exercises.
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.
Kyri Fabios is a managing director at FedEx Trade Networks, responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the transportation and customs brokerage division in Canada. He is based in Mississauga, Ontario.
Fabios joined FedEx Trade Networks in 2002 as a manager of British Columbia. He was promoted to managing director in 2014.
With 28 years of experience in the customs brokerage and international transportation business, he has been a professional licensed customs broker and freight forwarder since 2001.
Fabios is a designated Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) by the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers and holds a professional certification in supply chain logistics (P.Log) from The Logistics Institute as well as a bachelor of commerce degree in transportation and logistics.
Brian Friesen graduated from McGill University in 2003 with a degree in international relations and history, and he went on to hold various sales and marketing positions in the hospitality sector. In 2010, Friesen completed an MBA at the University of Victoria, and he gained further experience as an entrepreneur in British Columbia's tourism industry.
He joined the Port of Prince Rupert in 2013 to manage the port's marketing and trade development portfolio. In his current role, Friesen 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.
Jason Gerrard is logistics manager of Huron Commodities, a privately held Canadian agri-trading company based in Clinton, Ontario. Huron processes and distributes wholesale agricultural commodities to global feed and human consumption markets.
Huron is a family-owned business with 30 years of international success as global marketers of grains and feeds.
With customers in Asia, Europe, and North America, Huron utilizes various modes of transportation.
Jonathan Hébert joined Ray-Mont Logistics in 2009 as finance director and assumed progressive roles in helping lead the company in its growth from a single, Montreal-based agricultural transloading terminal to a North American integrated logistics company. As vice president of finance and corporate development, he currently heads the strategic and financial planning process, evaluates the value creation potential of each business in Ray-Mont's portfolio, and develops the strategy for capital allocation and evolution of the portfolio. Hébert graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a bachelor of commerce.
As CMA CGM's vice president of North American Lines, Pascal Hirn manages operations, sales, marketing, and pricing on 31 trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic services. In this capacity, he oversees the commercial performance of agencies in Canada, the US, China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. His area of responsibility represents a significant portion of CMA CGM's contribution to the Ocean Alliance, the largest operational agreement ever made among shipping companies.
Hirn joined CMA CGM in June 2000, and has held various leadership positions in contracting, trade, and line management. Among his many achievements, he played a key role in negotiating the Ocean Alliance.
Hirn graduated from Marseille Business School (Kedge) with a master's in financial engineering.
In his role with Expeditors, Ross Hurst is regional vice president responsible for all aspects of the Canadian subsidiary of Expeditors International of Washington Inc., which is known as Expeditors.
Hurst joined the company in September 1991, when Expeditors had a Toronto office with 10 people. He now overseas offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver, along with a 24/7 operation for customs in Windsor, Ontario, and more than 400 employees nationwide.
Hust is a 1986 graduate of the University of Western Ontario.
Expeditors is both a strong logistics provider and a strong customs broker with a truly global network of company owned and operated offices. In nearly 27 years with the company Hurst has focused on helping importers and exports alike to succeed in the global marketplace.
Jordan Kajfasz is the managing director of sales and marketing for CP's international intermodal and automotive lines of business. In his current role, Kajifasz is responsible for leveraging CP's best-in-class service and network to grow its business and develop lasting relationships with customers. Kajifasz joined CP in 2017 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.
His career has been focused on the international supply chain with time spent working at the Vancouver Port Authority and more than 10 years at Maersk Line, with postings across Canada, in the US, and in West Africa. He held roles in Maersk's liner shipping, trucking, terminals, and logistics divisions.
Kajifasz holds a master's from University of Denver's Transportation Institute and a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Toronto.
Karen Kancens is vice president of the Shipping Federation of Canada — the industry association that represents the interests of owners, operators ,and agents of ocean ships carrying Canada's imports and exports to and from world markets.
Kancens is responsible for developing and coordinating the association's positions on policy and legislative initiatives related to the ocean shipping industry, and providing input and advice on border management, intermodal, and trade-related issues. She also represents the ocean shipping sector in various government-industry committees, including the Commodity Supply Chain Table and CBSA's Border Commercial Consultative Committee, and she represents the federation before parliamentary committees on relevant issues.
She has held a number of previous positions with the federation, including director of policy and trade affairs and director of customs, and she has served as the organization's corporate secretary for over two decades.
Kancens is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal.
As the director of transportation and network performance at Purolator, Joe Lombardo leads Ontario and Quebec freight operations, the company's national control center activities — which run 24/7, all linehaul, rail, ground cartage operations, and transportation processes.
Since joining Purolator in 2005, Lombardo has held roles that focus on network planning, design, and transportation operations.
His current portfolio includes multi-year strategy development, leading the design and execution of a new transportation management system, benchmarking and setting operational targets, crisis management, business continuity, and facility and network modeling.
He is two-time winner of Purolator's Circle of Excellence program for his work to improve transportation processes and network design and optimization for the organization.
Lombardo is a graduate of the Rath & Strong Management Consultants Lean Six Sigma Green Belt process-improvement program and recently completed his masters certificate in supply chain and logistics management at York-Schulich Executive Learning Centre.
Jack Mahoney took on responsibilities for Maersk Line in Canada in October 2015.
From May 2013 until he became president, Mahoney had been head of Maersk Line's US forwarder sales group, who are spread across various US 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.
This was preceded by positions in sales and sales management in a variety of US markets including the Northeast, the Pacific Southwest, the South Atlantic, the Mid Atlantic, and the Midwest.
Mahoney joined Maersk Line from Sea-Land as part of the 1999 acquisition. He graduated from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Don Miller is an industry leader and expert in intermodal transportation markets. He is a frequent speaker and author on pertinent supply chain topics relating to key market trends. 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.
Madeleine Paquin has been president and CEO of Logistec Corp. since 1996. Prior to this, she held various positions in the marine sector.
In her current role, Paquin is dedicated to using innovation and sustainability as powerful catalysts for change in the Canadian economy. For the past two decades, she 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. Paquin 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 Paquin'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 1 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 it has become a solid provider in the environmental sector. Paquin 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 North America. This new partnership will deepen Logistec's role in this vital industry.
Paquin presently holds directorship in Air Canada. In December 2017, she 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.
Andy Penfold is a shipping economist with experience in market and financing studies for the port and shipping industries. He has over 30 years of 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 director of global maritime at WSP in London and, amongst other engagements, consults to Lloyds Register of Shipping. Penfold has been responsible for various cargo market sectors and has specialized in container shipping and port investment projects for the past 20 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.
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.
Paul Ritchi recently retired as senior manager of strategy and growth for the GTAA at Toronto Pearson Airport. He has 40 years of experience from both from an airport operator and air carrier perspective. At the GTAA, he was responsible for supporting the overall corporate strategic business plan development and implementation.
Ritchi previously lead the development and operation of the world's largest central deicing facility and later playing a key role in the testing and opening of the then-new T1 at Pearson Airport. He is currently general commissioner and founder of a youth movement known as the Federation of North-American Explorers and chair of the board of directors of the International Association of Airport Executives.
Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue has been a professor at Hofstra University since 1999. His research interests mainly cover the fields of transportation and economics as they relate to logistics and global freight distribution. His research about port regionalization and the development of port/hinterland supply chains is among the world's most cited in the domain.
Dr. Rodrigue developed a widely used online reference source about transportation that became a textbook, The Geography of Transport Systems, now in its fourth edition. He is a senior member of the PortEconomics.eu initiative, which is regrouping the world's leading maritime transport academics and performs advisory and consulting assignments for international organizations and corporations.
Between 2011 and 2016, Dr. Rodrigue sat on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Manufacturing. In 2013, the US Secretary of Transportation appointed Dr. Rodrigue to sit on the advisory board of the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, a position he held until 2018.
Jean-Jacques Ruest was appointed interim president and chief executive at CN in March 2018, in addition to retaining his position as executive vice president and chief marketing officer, which he has held since January 2010. As CMO, Ruest has responsibility for providing the strategic direction and leadership for CN's sales, marketing, and CN Supply Chain Solutions groups.
He joined CN in 1996 as vice president of petroleum and chemicals. He was then appointed vice president of industrial products in 2003, vice president of marketing in 2004, and senior vice president of marketing in 2006. Prior to this, Ruest worked for 16 years at a major international chemical company.
He holds an MBA 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.
Jeff Russell is in his 14th year as the director of procurement for Crane Supply — a Canadian national wholesaler and distributor of pipes, valves, and fittings. He has 21 years of progressive experience in procurement and supply chain management, having previously worked with such companies as Honeywell ES&S (Aerospace), Pratt & Whitney Canada, ABC Group of Companies (Tier 1 Automotive) and NPB-Melville Software. Russell currently holds three professional designations in purchasing and supply chain management, two degrees from Carleton University, an accounting diploma from Algonquin College, as well as specialized training in customs.
In his currently role, Russell is directly responsible for all global sourcing initiatives, global ocean freight, Canada customs, and managing the direct material spend of $145-150 million.
Tom Schnull has moved through several commercial and logistics roles at Noranda, Falconbridge, Xstrata Canada Corp. and Glencore Canada Corp., working closely with company-operated mines, smelters, and metal fabricators while managing supplier, customer, and service provider relationships in North America, Europe, South America, and the Far East. His responsibilities have included the sale of copper, zinc, and lead metals; the purchase and sale of zinc, lead, silver, gold, and copper concentrates; the sale of a variety of copper, lead, silver, antimony, bismuth, and tellurium by-products; the purchase of secondary/recyclable smelter feeds including spent batteries and e-scrap; price risk management for the copper, zinc, and lead business units; and truck/rail/ocean logistics supporting the worldwide movement and storage of bulk materials and packaged/metal products.
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.
Adam Sherriff-Scott joined JLL in the fall of 2014 to help grow the agency leasing and sales presence of JLL Industrial in the GTA West market.
Since joining he has been integral in winning several noteworthy listing assignments and has brought to market more than $690 million dollars worth of industrial assets for sale.
Over the past 17 years Sheriff-Scott has represented owners, both private and institutional, across the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, and North America, which has enabled him to develop a strategic approach to solving client challenges with respect to facilities throughout the entire life-cycle of a real estate transaction.
Sheriff-Scott's main focus is assisting industrial and corporate users in the areas of agency leasing, portfolio acquisition/disposition, documentation review, site selection/comparison, financial analysis, and lease negotiations.
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.
Stuart Strachan is Senior Vice President, Maritime & Trade. In this role he is responsible for leading the business line within IHS that delivers shipping and international trade data, analytics, insight and events to commercial and government customers around the world. The Maritime & Trade business line was formed in December 2013 and includes 2014 acquisitions Global Trade Information Services and JOC Group.
Previous to leading the Maritime & Trade business line Stuart held commercial, product management and marketing leadership positions in the Technology, Energy, Chemicals and Automotive business lines, having begun his career at IHS as Head of Global Marketing at Jane's Information Group, acquired in 2007.
Prior to joining IHS Stuart held marketing leadership and management positions in the educational publishing (Pearson plc) and telecommunications (Cable & Wireless plc) industries. Stuart holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics and Economics from the University of London and a Master's in Business Administration from Warwick University, UK.
With I.E. Canada since 2011, James Sutton brings more than 25 years of experience in customs brokerage as well as trade compliance and operations.
From start-ups to multinational importers and exporters and their supply chain partners, Sutton has been involved in continuous improvement matters, overcoming challenges and enhancing international trade activities. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of valuation, tariff classification, duty relief, rules of origin, and free trade agreements.
He engages and facilitates several of I.E. Canada's committees and represents the association on multiple American and Canadian government consultative and joint industry forums, helping to shape the international trade landscape.
I.E. Canada is a national, non-profit organization representing Canadian importers and exporters for over 85 years. Committed to ensuring that trade regulations, policies, and processes allow business to import and export efficiently, I.E.Canada's aim is to advance the interests of Canada and Canadian companies in the international trade arena and to ensure that Canadian importers and exporters have the appropriate Canadian legislative, regulatory and policies tools in place needed to succeed globally.
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.
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.
Eric Waltz joined the executive group at GCT Global Container Terminals as president of GCT Canada in 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, Waltz 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.
Waltz was a lieutenant and platoon leader in the US Army and holds a B.S. in environmental studies and industrial engineering from West Point in New York.
Brian Wright joined HBC as Vice President of Transportation in April 2015. Based in Toronto, Mr. Wright oversees all aspects of transportation for HBC's North American banners including The Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th, and Lord & Taylor.
Mr. Wright's experience spans the North American transportation and logistics spectrum where he was worked in progressive leadership capacities with large Parcel and Rail providers.
Brian is a graduate of the McMaster University Commerce program.
In his role as vice president, planning and operations, Peter Xotta is responsible for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's long-term planning, operations, security, and trade development activities.
Xotta joined the port authority in 1995, and has held diverse portfolios including business development and leading strategic port projects.
His experience has included acting as president of Modalink Distribution Hub, a multimodal logistics facility in South Richmond, British Columbia, and a 50 percent joint venture with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. He is the former chair of Canada Place Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and currently sits on the board of directors of the Van Horne Institute.
Xotta has an MBA from Simon Fraser University's Segal Graduate School of Business and is an active mentor in the program.
Peter is the Senior Director of Strategic Alliances for FourKites, a company providing global shipment visibility over the roads, rails and seas. In his role, he is works with the company's alliance partners to position the company's products with large shippers and 3PLs. Prior to joining FourKites, Peter was responsible for the global partner program at Kewill, now called BluJay Solutions. Prior to that, Peter was responsible all marketing and partner programs at MercuryGate and had a similar role at Descartes prior to that. Peter lives and works out of Atlanta, GA where he lives with his wife of 32 years and 2 sons.