SPEAKER BIOS


Kim Baudry, Market Development Director, Dematic

About Kim

Kim Baudry a Market Development Director at Dematic Corp., one of the world’s leading suppliers of logistics automation solutions, systems and service. She provides strategic global support to the sales, marketing, engineering and executive management teams and assists them in their efforts to effectively address the rapidly changing needs of customers in key vertical markets such as, retail, apparel, food and beverage, 3PL and eCommerce. Kim has worked in the logistics industry for 21 years with a focus on sales, business development and management. She has been a featured speaker at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and Australia’s SMART Conference. Her industry affiliations include NRF (National Retail Federation) and NACDS (National Association of Chain Drug Stores).

Session

Next Gen Warehousing Part I

Kim will be contributing the conversation on automation, robotics, distributed order management, predictive analytics, blockchain, augmented reality, and replacing the traditional shopping center, and what the next iteration of warehousing might look like.


Bianca Gilbert, Senior Associate, Colliers

About Bianca

Bianca Gilbert’s expertise in in industrial sales and leasing in Metro Vancouver for Colliers International. She has represented a variety of businesses across a wide scope of industries in the acquisition and disposition of their real estate.

Session

Site Selection to fit your Supply Chain.

Or is it the other way around? Bianca will join industry leaders and experts who will guide you through this most important step in the distribution logistics process.

Emily Atkins, President, Emily Atkins Group, Winning Writer for Hire, Magazine Editor

About Emily

Emily Atkins has been editor of Inside Logistics magazine and its predecessor MM&D since 2002. She has more than 20 years of experience in the supply chain and logistics field, having previously been editor of CargoNews Asia in Hong Kong. She is president of her own communications firm, supplying trade magazine editorial services, magazine and newspaper features, and corporate communications in a variety of fields including logistics, automotive, waste management and insurance.

Session

Welcome & Leaders Briefing: Distribution Logistics Market Update and Forecast

Emily Atkins will be one of the featured speakers in the opening briefing at DLS19 that will feature a group of industry leaders and experts representing key sectors of the distribution logistics supply chain.


Wes Whalberg, Director, Innovation & Field Operations Best Buy

About Wes

Wes Whalberg leads the Innovation & Field Operations team for the multinational consumer electronics retailer Best Buy, and the company’s North American supply chain. Here he has spent the last four years addressing key supply chain challenges with innovative technologies and capabilities. Prior to Best Buy, Wes spent 6 years working for Target as an engineering lead for several automated warehouse projects.

Session

Best Buy: Thriving in the Age of Two-Day Shipping

Wes will be featured in a case study panel where DLS delegates learn how the retailer is again thriving. Learn how Best Buy reinvented its distribution model by leveraging some of its existing warehouses into metro e-commerce centers, and goes to market without the cost of a membership.


Matthew Sly, Director of Logistics Canopy Growth Corporation

About Matthew

Matthew Sly is the director of logistics at Canopy Growth Corp., where he oversees all logistics and worldwide distribution of medical and recreational cannabis. During his 20 years of experience in the field, he has overseen one of the largest auto parts fulfillment centers in North America as well as managed Walmart’s Eastern Canada Distribution Center.

Session

Cannabis Logistics: How the world’s largest cannabis company set up its global distribution network

In this presentation, Matthew will discuss how he piloted the design of the world’s largest cannabis company’s logistics network, and how the company continues to seek improved efficiencies with state-of-the-art technologies and innovative solutions.


John McKenna, President McKenna Logistics

About John

John McKenna is the third-generation owner of McKenna Logistics Centres. His company runs warehousing operations throughout Canada, specializing in consumer electronics, food grade storage, hardware, housewares, sporting goods, e-commerce fulfillment, and more. John is on the board of directors of the International Warehouse Logistics Association.

Session

Welcome & Leaders Briefing: Industrial Logistics Market Update and Forecast

John McKenna will be one of the featured presenters in the opening briefing at DLS19 that will feature a group of industry leaders and experts representing key sectors of the distribution logistics supply chain.


Victor Anjos, Vice President of Engineering, Kindred AI

About Victor

Victor Anjos is Kindred’s Vice President of Engineering where he leverages his expertise in hardware, software, networking, AI, engineering and executive management. Prior to Kindred, Victor helped launch the AI engineering teams at DeepLearni.ng as their CTO and holds key advisory roles at several Canadian AI startups, as well as Board of Director seats at several companies. His leadership efforts have recently been recognized as Canada’s AI Leader of the Year and at Tech In Motion’s Timmy Awards, where he was named Top Tech Manager.

Session

Next Gen Warehousing

As the The Gap Inc is an example of a major retailer utilizing Kindred’s artificial intelligence robots in its warehouses, Victor will bring his, and Kindred’s, expertise in AI robotics in e-commerce and retail supply chains as part of a wider-ranging discussion that will also cover distributed order management, predictive analytics, blockchain, augmented reality, and more.


Gord Cook, Executive Vice President, Colliers International

About Gord

Gord Cook is the Executive Vice President of Colliers International, and leads a team in Canada that collaborates to manage projects in three key industry verticals: industrial investment, industrial big box development and infill redevelopment, including major industrial site projects for Home Depot and Prologis.

Session

Leaders Briefing: Distribution Logistics Market Update and Forecast

Gord will be one of the featured presenters in the opening briefing at DLS19 that will feature a group of industry leaders and experts representing key sectors of the distribution logistics supply chain.


Nick Gaganiaras, Vice President, Supply Chain and Logistics Consulting, Colliers International

About Nick

Nick Gaganiaras, is the Vice President, Supply Chain and Logistics Consulting, for Colliers International where he brings an extensive background designed, implemented, and operated supply chains for automotive, high tech, healthcare, and consumer goods organizations, in addition to extensive experience in the point-to-point courier market and mission critical service parts fulfillment operations. Before joining Colliers, Nick’s previous experience included stints as director of supply chain for Versacold, Director of Warehousing at 3PL Links, and several roles with SCI Group.

Session

Next gen Warehousing

Nick will be leading this forward thinking session that will features perspectives on AI, robotics, distributed order management, predictive analytics, blockchain, augmented reality, and more.


Alan Taliaferro, Partner Supply Chain Management, Retail Industry, Logistics and Distribution, Deloitte Inc

About Alan

Alan Taliaferro is a partner and the Canadian logistics and distribution leader in Deloitte Inc., based in Montreal, Canada. He has over 25 years’ experience in robotics and automation, distribution center design and implementation, as well as distribution network design. He is a leading industry speaker on automation and other logistics and distribution topics.

Session

“E” is for the Elephant in the warehouse: E-commerce

Alan will be presenting on what he terms the Art of the Possible – how to take advantage of the disruptive, digital supply chain innovations that are fueling the growth of the elephant in the warehouse: E-Commerce.


Greg Conner, Vice President, Global Sales, Bastian Solutions

About Greg

Greg Conner is Vice President, Global Sales, for Bastian Solutions. Greg joined Bastian in 2005 during his time with the company, has served as a project engineer, application engineer, national account manager, regional director and most recently was promoted to vice president in 2016. In his role as Vice President, Global Sales, Greg is responsible for Bastian Solutions’ sales in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and India. Additionally, he oversees the company’s e-commerce and marketing efforts.

Session

Best Buy: Thriving in the Age of Two-Day Shipping

Greg will be featured in a case study panel where DLS delegates learn how Best Buy is again thriving, and how Bastian was engaged in that effort. Learn how Best Buy reinvented its distribution model by leveraging some of its existing warehouses into metro e-commerce centers and goes to market without the cost of a membership.


Marvin Logan, Vice President, Consulting & Integration, Bastian Solutions

About Marvin

Marvin Logan is Vice President, Consulting & Integration for Bastian Solutions. He has held roles at Bastian as distribution system manager, operations manager, director of engineering, director of distribution, and vice president of distribution for several leading companies.

Session

Best Buy: Thriving in the Age of Two-Day Shipping

Marvin will be featured in a case study panel where DLS delegates learn how Best Buy is again thriving, and how Bastian was engaged in that effort. Learn how Best Buy reinvented its distribution model by leveraging some of its existing warehouses into metro e-commerce centers and goes to market without the cost of a membership.


Saif Sabti, Vice President, Sales and Operations, SSI Schaefer Systems International, North America

About Saif

With close to twenty years of international experience in automation and manufacturing, Saif has managed the Canadian hub for SSI Schaefer as the Vice President and Managing Director and oversees large automation system projects for e-commerce fulfillment for CPG, retail, and industrial projects.

Session

Next Gen Warehousing

Saif will bring his, and SCI Schaefer’s expertise in automation system projects for e-commerce fulfillment in a wide-ranging discussion over robotics, e-commerce fulfillment, distributed order management, predictive analytics, blockchain, augmented reality, and more.


Fergal Glynn, Vice President, Marketing, 6 River Systems

About Fergal

Fergal Glynn is Vice President of Marketing at 6 River Systems, Inc. where he is responsible for go-to-market operations, evangelism, awareness and branding. Before 6 River Systems, Fergal was a member of the leadership teams at Docurated (acquired by Quark Software), Veracode (acquired by CA), and BlueNote Networks (acquired by Aspect Software). Earlier in his career Fergal was a C++ programmer at Fidelity Investments and Oracle.

Session

The Bionic Supply Chain

Fergal will be participating in a discussion that focuses on the autonomous, and robotic complements in your supply chain, such as 6 River System’s perspective on robotics in the warehouse environment that draw upon autonomous technology, machine learning, AI, and more.


Matt Yearling, CEO, PINC Solutions

About Matt

Matt Yearling has been the Chief Executive Officer of PINC Solutions Corp. since March 2013. Previously, Matt served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Embarcadero Systems Corporation. Matt was responsible for the product development, technology operations and the delivery of services to many of the world’s largest transportation supply chain companies. Matt also spent over 15 years at Oracle Corporation holding several executive roles. Matt also served as Vice President and General Manager of Encryption Products at Symantec Corporation, and also held various engineering positions within UK Government’s Ministry of Defense that focused on the logistics of naval vessel overhauls.

Session

The Bionic Supply Chain

Matt will be leading and participating in a discussion that focuses on the autonomous, and robotic complements in your supply chain, such as PINC’s perspective on drone and related autonomous technology.


Prashant Hurrynag, Senior Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

About Prashant

Based in Montreal, Prashant is responsible for the logistics and distribution arm of the Supply Chain practice of PwC. Prashant’s specialty is helping PwC clients take the digital leap using enablers such as Digital Supply Chain and Internet of Things (IoT 4.0). Prashant’s previous experience includes stints with Deloitte, Wajax, and Electrolux.

Session

Leaders Briefing: Distribution Logistics Market Update and Forecast

Prashant will be one of the featured presenters in the opening briefing at DLS19 that will feature a group of industry leaders and experts representing key sectors of the distribution logistics supply chain.


Chris Steele, Vice President Advisory, Conway

About Chris

Chris Steele has over twenty-five (25) years of business, economic development, and location strategy experience. His background in a small city planning firm, a Big-Four consulting services firm (Ernst & Young LLP), and a world-class engineering and supply chain company (TranSystems Corporation) allow him to provide his clients with an unusually broad perspective on how place affects business success.

Session

Site Selection to fit your Supply Chain

Or is it the other way around? Chris will join industry leaders and experts who will guide you through this most important step in the distribution logistics process.


Kyri Fabios, Managing Director, Fedex Trade Networks

About Kyri

Kyri Fabios is the Managing Director for Fedex Trade Networks for Canada, where he is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the customs brokerage division of Fedex there. Kyri has 25 years of experience in the customs brokerage and international transportation business and has been a professional licensed customs broker and freight forwarder since 2001 and is a Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB) certified customs specialist (CCS) and certified as a professional logistician (PLOG).

Session

Site Selection to fit your Supply Chain

Or is it the other way around? Kyri will join industry leaders and experts who will guide you through this most important step in the distribution logistics process.


Sean Seymour, Digital Lead, Ernst & Young

About Sean

Sean Seymour leads the EY Mobile Technologies Teams, focusing on the mobilization of new and emerging technologies such as autonomous drones, mobile apps, augmented and virtual reality, AI, IoT and cross-platform development. Prior to EY, Sean lead digital strategy for several prominent technology and media organizations. A veteran of the Royal Navy, he specialized in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense before becoming qualified in Advanced Electrical and Electronic Engineering as part of his role as an Underwater Specialist.

Session

The Bionic Supply Chain

Sean will be participating in a discussion that focuses on the autonomous, and robotic complements in your supply chain, such as EY’s perspective on integrating emerging technologies in mobile environments.


Gary Newbury, Fmr Last Mile Strategy and Distribution Network Efficiencies, Gordon Food Services

About Gary

Gary Newbury is the former National Distribution Network Projects Leader – Last Mile Fulfillment, for Gordon Food Services – one of the largest food distributors in North America. Gary is a recognized as a thought leader in retail supply chain transformation and Last Mile fulfilment execution by the Retail Council of Canada. Prior to coming to Canada, Gary was a retail supply chain consultant in the UK where he provided expertise and leadership to organizations across the end to end retail value chain.

Session

Lunch Keynote Roundtable: There’s more than one way to the Last Mile

Gary Newbury, a Last Mile specialist, will lead an engaging fireside chat-style keynote discussion with leading retailers that are faced with the advent of the digital age as consumers are defining what, when, how and where they fulfill their needs and wants. Consumers expect fast, efficient, frictionless responses from retailers. Find out how some retailers are developing supply chain strategies to provide competitive advantage in the Last Mile landscape. .


Adrian Kumar, Vice President, Solutions Design North America, DHL

About Adrian

Adrian Kumar joined DHL Supply Chain in 2001 after working in operations at McDonald’s Restaurants and logistics design at Loblaw Companies Limited. Adrian is responsible for DHL Supply Chain’s Solutions Design department, servicing all market verticals including e-commerce, Automotive, Consumer, Life Sciences, Retail and Technology. He manages a team of more than 50 associates working upwards of 500 supply chain projects a year.

Session

The Bionic Supply Chain

Adrian will bring DHL’s perspective into an in-depth discussion of the Bionic Supply Chain: The human, robotics, drones inventory management workforce, as delegates will gain a greater understanding of how technology will enhance logistics productivity in the next 10 years.

Matt Inbody, Senior Director of Global Engineering and Technology, Dematic

About Matt

Matt Inbody has been involved in the development of software and distribution solutions for 25 years. He currently serves as “Chief Disruptor” for Dematic and has been changing the legacy environment, culture, and processes for the organization. His current team is focused on the emerging market of Micro Fulfillment in which digital intersects directly with supply chain.

Session

Next Gen Warehousing Part II: How to build your e-comm supply chain for the urban environment

Matt will lead a panel intensive focused on how urbanization combined with E-commerce has changed the supply chain landscape for both retailers and distributors. In this session, participants will learn how to build strategies to address the challenges of the changing consumer profile and how to grow business in our E-commerce-driven economic climate.

Ryan Susteras, Owner, ZiggyJobs

About Ryan

Ryan Susteras – has been recruiting for some of Canada’s leading transportation and logistics companies since 2001. He started Aztrix Solutions, a recruitment and staffing company in Mississauga that has been catering to the supply chain industry since 2006. In 2019 he is a part of the founding group that launched ZiGGY, Canada’s first On Demand Workforce for supply chain industries.

Session

Labor: Fulfilling the Next Generation

Ryan will bring a recruiting/staffing company’s perspective to the warehousing, and related, labor markets that are changing rapidly, including recruitment, retention, adaptability, and evolving skillsets, as e-commerce demands continue to push towards increased automation. This panel will also explore what’s next in the labor market, and what you need to know in order to keep up with your fulfillment, and supply chain needs.

Paul Jan, Fmr Senior Supply Chain Manager, Multy Home, Managing Partner, Tevah Adisory, and Supply Chain Stategy Instructor, UC Irvine

About Paul

Paul Jan is currently the managing director of Tevah Advisory. Paul has over 15 years of experience in transforming supply chain strategies, processes and systems for startup, midsize, and Fortune 100 companies. Prior to Tevah, Paul worked at Accenture, in the supply chain planning and strategy practice. In addition to consulting, Paul teaches supply chain strategy at University of California Irvine and spend time with his lovely wife and son.

Session

Labor: Fulfilling the Next Generation

Paul will participate in the timely discussion of how the warehousing, and related, labor market is changing rapidly, including recruitment, retention, adaptability, and evolving skillsets, as e-commerce demands continue to push towards increased automation. This panel will explore what’s next in the labor market, and what you need to know in order to keep up with your fulfillment, and supply chain needs.