Gary Fast

Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC)

Vice President, Transportation

Gary Fast started his career with Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) in 1995 and moved through a number of progressive supply chain positions within logistics, transportation, and operations planning. In 2006, Fast moved to the merchandising arena in a cross-functional assignment as the buyer for camping equipment for CTC. In 2008, Fast was appointed to the role of associate vice president, Domestic Transportation, whose department oversaw the flow of product from domestic suppliers to distribution centers as well as outbound shipments to retail (CTR) locations. In 2012, he was appointed to the role of associate vice president, International Transportation, whose department oversaw inbound international product flow across the globe including customs clearance, transloading, and equipment acquisitions and maintenance. In 2018, Fast assumed the role of vice president, Transportation, accountable for providing the resources and capacity to ensure seamless, cost-efficient transport of product both inbound and outbound for CTR and all affiliate banners. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Sessions With Gary Fast

Wednesday, 2 March

  • 09:00am - 09:45am (EST) / 02/mar/2022 05:00 pm - 02/mar/2022 05:45 pm

    Whatever It Takes

    As one of Canada’s largest importers, Canadian Tire faced a challenge shared by all major trans–Pacific BCOs over the past year: gaining access to and controlling capacity when traditional ocean carrier services were full to capacity and unable to fully support the company’s need to keep its 1,700 retail locations stocked with product. As 2022 begins, the company’s supply chain supporting imports of 100,000 TEU a year looks very different from just a year ago. Among other unconventional moves, it entered the vessel market as a charterer, securing multiple ships — including a breakbulk vessel that it successfully modified to safely move hundreds of loaded proprietary 53-foot containers from Asia. In August, it acquired a 25 percent stake in an inland container terminal 300 kilometers east of the port of Vancouver (Ashcroft Terminal Ltd.) operated by Singapore-based PSA Corp. It enabled container stacking at inland locations using reach stackers, expanding capacity. “It’s all about being creative and innovative and building resiliency,” said Gary Fast, Canadian Tire’s vice president of transportation. Gary will discuss how the company pivoted in the face of unprecedented challenges in this 45-minute one-on-one conversation at TPM.