2019 Conference Program

2019 Conference information is currently posted on this site.

2020 Conference Program details will be posted at the end of July 2020.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 • 12pm–5pm 

Hudson’s Bay Company’s Scarborough Distribution and E-Commerce Center

  • 12:00 pm-5:00pm Distribution & Warehousing Tour

    Hudson’s Bay Company’s Scarborough Distribution and E-Commerce Center

    A comprehensive tour hosted by one of Canada’s leading retailers, Hudson’s Bay Company, at HBC’s Scarborough Distribution Center which is at the forefront of e-commerce distribution technology, featuring a state-of-the-art robotic fulfillment system. The highly innovative distribution center was the first of its kind in Canada and showcases some of the most advanced automated technology in the retail sector.


Sponsored By 

DSV Warehouse – Brampton

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

  • 12:00pm-5:00pm Distribution & Warehousing Tour

    A tour of the DSV Warehouse in Brampton that has recently undergone an e-commerce fulfillment redesign that features new automated solutions for the health and beauty business segments.


Sponsored By 

Sponsored By 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 • 5pm–7pm 

Welcome Reception and exhibits open in MercuryGate Distribution Hub

Join your fellow delegates from all over Canada and North America in the MercuryGate Distribution Hub or food, beverages, networking, and the chance to visit exhibitors and experience some interactive demos.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 7:45am 

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 8:30am - 9:25am 

Welcome & Leaders Briefing: Distribution Logistics Market Update and Forecast

A group of industry leaders, experts, representing key sectors of the market, share their state-of-the distribution logistics sector trend perspectives and forecast outlooks.

Discussion Leader:

Emily Atkins, Editor, Inside Logistics


John McKenna, President, McKenna Logistics

Gord Cook, Executive Vice President, Colliers

Prashant Hurrynag, Senior Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers


Emily Atkins

John McKenna

Gord Cook

Prashant Hurrynag

Presented By 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 9:30am - 10:00am 

“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.


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


Alan Taliaferro

Presented By 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:00am-10:40am 

Morning Networking Break in MercuryGate Distribution Hub

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:40am-11:10am

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.

Matthew Sly

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 11:15am-12:00pm

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

Learn how the once-embattled retailer is again thriving, having reinvented its distribution model by leveraging some of its existing warehouses into metro e-commerce centers and speeding to market without the cost of a membership.


Wes Whalberg, Director Innovation & Field Operations, Best Buy

Greg Connor, Vice President, Bastian Solutions - a Toyota Advanced Logistics Company

Marvin Logan, Vice President, Bastian Solutions - a Toyota Advanced Logistics Company


Wes Whalberg

Greg Connor

Marvin Logan

Presented By 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 12:00pm-1:30pm

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

Is there more than one way to fulfill the Last Mile? Let’s ask key supply chain executives active in developing responses to emerging consumer demands for convenience.

Gary Newbury, a Retail Supply Chain and Last Mile specialist, will lead an engaging fireside chat-style keynote discussion with leading supply chain executives faced with the advent of the digital age where consumers are increasingly defining what, when, how and where they fulfill their needs and wants. Consumers expect fast, efficient, frictionless responses from retailers' supply chains.

Find out how some leading supply chain executives are developing supply chain and last mile strategies to provide competitive advantage in the current retail landscape.

Discussion Leader:

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


Jon Ratnasamy, Director, Distribution & Logistics, Wolseley Canada

Marrick McDonald, President, APICS Toronto Chapter & Fmr Terminal Manager, Large Parcel/Final Mile Delivery, Wayfair


Gary Newbury

Jon Ratnasamy

Marrick McDonald

Presented By 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 1:30PM-1:40PM  

Exhibitor Networking Break in the MercuryGate Distribution Hub

1:40PM-5:00PM – Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 -• 1:40PM-2:45PM  

Site Selection to fit your Supply Chain.

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

Discussion Leader:

Chris Steele, Vice President – Advisory, Conway


Kyri Fabios, Managing Director, Fedex Trade Networks (Canada)

Lance Trumble, Managing Director and Founding Partner, Tribal Partners

Bianca Gilbert, Senior Associate, Colliers


Chris Steele

Kyri Fabios

Lance Trumble

Bianca Gilbert

Presented By 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 • 1:40PM-2:45PM  

Next Gen Warehousing Part I

Automation, robotics, distributed order management, predictive analytics, blockchain, augmented reality, and replacing the traditional shopping center – what will the next iteration of warehousing look like?

Discussion Leader:

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


Nick Klein, Director Business Development, Canada, Bastian Solutions - a Toyota Advanced Logistics Company

Tom Napier, Product Manager, Automated Pack Station Solutions, PSI Engineering

Chris Capshaw, Executive Director, SSI Schaefer Systems International North America

Kim Baudry, Market Development Director, Dematic


Nick Gaganiaras

Nick Klein

Tom Napier


Chris Capshaw


Kim Baudry


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 • 2:45PM-3:10PM  

Afternoon Exhibitor Networking Break in MercuryGate Distribution Hub

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:10PM-4:00PM  

Labor: Fulfilling the Next Generation

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.

Discussion Leader:

Julia Kuzeljevich, Public Affairs Manager, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association


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

Ryan Susteras, Owner, ZiggyJobs

Derek Lynch, Director - Sales, Dematic


Paul Jan

Ryan Susteras

Derek Lynch

Presented By 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:10PM-4:00PM  

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

Urbanization combined with E-commerce has changed the supply chain landscape for both retailers and distributors. Your end consumers are located in high-density cities and no longer will they wait weeks, or even days, to receive online and in-store orders. You need to move goods fast. 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.


Sid Handa, Director, Strategic Supply Chain Initiatives, Meijer

Matt Inbody, Chief Disruptor, Dematic

Bernard Tremblay, Director USA and Canada, Miebach Consulting


Sid Handa

Matt Inbody

Bernard Tremblay

Presented By 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 4:10PM-5PM  

The Bionic Supply Chain

Bionic Supply Chain: The human, robotics, drones inventory management workforce.

As markets demand not only efficiency but agility and flexibility from supply chains, next-generation models are successfully combining robotics, automation, and digital technologies to drive superior performance. This group of panelists will discuss how robots and advanced technologies are merging into day-to-day operations and helping organizations understand what it means to have a Bionic Supply Chain, and how this will affect you moving forward.


Matt Yearling, CEO, PINC Solutions

Fergal Glynn, Vice President, Marketing, 6 River Systems, Inc

Sean Seymour, Digital Lead, Ernst & Young

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


Matt Yearling

Fergal Glynn

Sean Seymour


Adrian Kumar

Presented By 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 5PM- 6:30PM  

Closing Exhibitor Reception in the MercuryGate Distribution Hub