2021 Program

For 3 days we will be bringing together Cargo Logistics Canada and Distribution Logistics Summit. Join us for an educational webinar series discussing information and updates by leading companies in transportation, supply chain management, fulfillment, warehousing, and industrial real estate.

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Day 1

Tues, May 25

Building a Sustainable Future in Transportation and Logistics:
On the Road to Resilience

Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am ET

Prior to the pandemic, the industry was focused on sustainability and its impact. Over the past year, priorities have shifted to health and safety, technology, adaptation of work, and managing transportation and supply chain challenges in a pandemic. As we get on the road to recovery and back on track, there is an opportunity for the industry to rethink sustainability and look for alternatives to reduce operating costs and the impacts on our environment. This session will bring together a panel of experts from all modes of transportation, ocean, air and land. The speakers will address topics including fuel surcharges, zero carbon footprint, electrification of transportation, impacts on infrastructure, connecting to the last mile, day runs, port drayage, and more. 

Moderator:
Janet Drysdale, Vice-President, Sustainability, CN Rail 

Panel: 
Gary Lalonde, Vice-President – Truck Sales, Lion Electric

Janet Drysdale is a seasoned and versatile executive with twenty-five years of cross-functional leadership in the transportation industry. Janet was appointed Vice-President Sustainability in April 2021, following a decade of service in senior executive appointments of increasing scope and responsibility. Prior appointments included Vice-President Financial Planning, Vice-President Corporate Development, and Vice-President, Investor Relations.  She leads CN’s Sustainability and Safety groups. She is responsible for the Company’s integrated sustainability strategy, with associated goals designed to drive sustainable long-term business results, reduce risk, identify opportunities, encourage innovation, improve resiliency, and adapt to emerging mega trends. In collaboration with Operations leadership, Janet is also tasked with shaping and fostering a strong safety culture through programs, practices, training, systems and technology. Janet is an independent director of Rumo S.A., Brazil’s largest freight railway and logistics company, is Co-Chair of the CN Employees & Pensioners Community Fund and is the executive sponsor of the Women’s Employee Resource Group at CN. Janet has long been an advocate for the rail industry, Canada’s critical supply chains, women in transportation, and the transition to a lower carbon economy. In 2020, she was recognized by WXN as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the executive leadership category. Janet holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen's University and an MBA from McGill University. 


Last Mile Transformations in a Pandemic Environment

Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET

The goal posts for the last mile have changed drastically during the pandemic. Getting to the last mile has transformed for many companies. There has been an adaption due to the shift in the demand for online retail sales. The acceleration of e-commerce is a catalyst for the transition from store to door sales. How did some of the retail companies handle and build online infrastructure when their businesses were built on brick and mortar? How do you plan for the shift in space requirements? How do you adapt to the growth of the online distribution channel? How do hire for distribution centres or fulfillment channel changes? How do you maintain customer loyalty and experience or brand engagement for premier brands? What are you planning for in a post pandemic business?  

Moderator 
Nick Gaganiaras, Executive Managing Director, Supply Chain Consulting, Colliers International

Panel 
Charles Brewer, Chief Operating Officer, Canada Post / Poste Canada 
Jay Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Mountain Equipment Company

Nick Gaganiaras is the Executive Managing Director, Supply Chain Consulting at Colliers International where he brings an extensive background designing, implementing, and operating 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. Prior to joining Colliers, Nick’s previous experience included stints as Director of Supply Chain Solutions for Versacold, Director of Warehousing at 3PL Links, and several leadership roles with SCI Group.

Jay Taylor is a Canadian outdoor products executive with over 25 years of experience across the supply chain. Jay is a long-time MEC member. As CEO/COO was responsible for global P&L, sales, operations, and sourcing for this outdoor enthusiast footwear business. At Hoka One One BV / CV he was Global Brand President/COO running the worldwide P&L, sales, operations, product development of this high-performance hiking and running footwear brand. He was President and an owner of Soze, which is a Canadian outdoor goods distributor. Jay was President and an owner of SnowCovers Sports where he started his career running two retail locations in Vancouver and Whistler. At Quicksilver Jay was an advisor to the Global Brand President. He worked to develop turnaround strategy for Rossignol, Dynastar, Look, Lange, Karma and Risport brands while reporting to the Quicksilver executive team. Jay graduated from the University of British Colombia, Vancouver, BC with a degree in Human Kinetics, specializing in biomechanics and human performance

Appointed in February 2020, Charles Brewer leads all operational aspects of Canada Post’s business, including Plants, Delivery, Engineering, Network and Real Estate. He is responsible for ensuring Canada Post maintains a highly efficient network and a safe operation that provides reliable, market-leading service to our customers and Canadians. He is tasked with taking Canada Post’s Operations forward and delivering on strategic goals through employee engagement and collaboration with our partners. Charles is a global executive with more than 35 years of experience in the areas of post, parcel, international shipping and e-commerce, primarily with DHL. He has held senior leadership roles in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the United States. Charles holds an Advanced Logistics diploma from Cranfield University School of Management and completed the Advanced Senior Executive Management Program at Henley Business School, both in the United Kingdom. 


Day 2

Wed, May 26

Next Generation Warehousing: Distribution Strategies in Urban Centres 

Date: Wednesday, May 26
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am ET

Urbanization combined with e-commerce has changed the supply chain landscape for both retailers and distributors. The end consumers are in high-density cities and their expectation of delivery are no longer measured in weeks, or even days, to receive online and in-store orders. This panel will discuss strategies that address the challenges of the changing consumer profile and expectations as well as how to grow business in an e-commerce-driven economic climate.

Moderator
Sam Starr, Independent Consultant, Supply Chain & Logistics

Panel
Kim Baudry, Market Development Director, Dematic 
Chris Jarvis, Executive Vice President, Logistics, GoForDelivers 
Franklin Jones, CEO & Founder, B-Line Urban Delivery 
Bryan Hebor, Regional Manager, Canada, Bastian Solutions

Sponsored by:

Kim Baudry is a Market Development Director at Dematic, 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). 

Chris is currently the Chief Logistics Officer and holds a seat on the Boards of Directors at GoFor.  Chris brings more than twenty years of experience in supply chain operations across a number of industries. He has a successful track record of creating and delivering innovative solutions to win, retain and grow many Global Fortune 500 companies.  Chris is a futuristic and strategic ‘big picture’ thinker who is passionate about the pragmatic operational approaches needed to deliver commercially viable solutions that work in today’s increasingly complex business situations.  His strong communication skills, combined with change management leadership, work to achieve organizational alignment and the realization of value.  Corporate background includes Vice President, Customer Solutions & Operational Excellence with Metro Supply Chain Group and Sr. Director, Solution Designs with DHL Americans.  Prior to his work in logistics Chris held various leadership positions within Loblaw and Hudson's Bay Company focused on Store Operations & Retail Business Process Improvement.  As a Professional Industrial Engineer, he has worked throughout the supply chain to deliver cost saving and improved customer service.  Chris has lead numerous large teams through selling, design and implementation, ranging from highly automated solution to entire end-to-end network strategies. 

Sam Starr is a Vancouver, BC based consultant on a mission to advance sustainable transportation and supply chains across North America. He brings over a decade of experience in global and service logistics, and final mile delivery, including work for FedEx, Newgisitics, Flash Global, Axon, and US Pack Logistics. As a graduate of the Master of Engineering Leadership program in Urban Systems at the University of British Columbia, Sam is passionate about sustainable cities and mobility solutions.  Sam currently works for Corporate Courier Logistics in Vancouver, creating efficiencies and sustainability across their regional network. With a personal passion for cycling, Sam’s work experiences and interests have led him to pivot his career towards advancing sustainable transport and cargo cycles for urban logistics.


The Evolution of the Bionic Supply Chain and Its Impact on Efficiency, Agility and Flexibility

Date: Wednesday, May 26
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET

A bionic supply chain leverages the best of what both machines and humans have to offer and allows them to work together seamlessly. 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 the industry moving forward. What are the advantages of a bionic supply chain and how can it be best utilized and implemented?

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

Panel
Fergal Glynn, Vice President, Marketing, 6 River Systems 
John Ripple, Co-Founder, Esoteric Staffing

Sponsored by:

Fergal Glynn is Vice President of Marketing at 6 River Systems, Inc. (6RS) where he is responsible for demand generation 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.

John Ripple is co-founder of Esoteric Staffing, a veteran of the automated material handling industry, and industry advisor for robotics startups. He has led the startup of two robotics companies, building each to $20+ million revenue. His career spans the complete range: administration, sales, concept and design, project management, and after sales support. Ripple writes about the warehouse automation industry online.


Tour: How is Technology Reshaping the Next Generation of Warehousing

Date: Wednesday, May 26
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

The speakers will discuss and showcase the automated supply chain solutions at The Landmark Group, one of the largest non-food retail groups in the Middle East and India. This gigantic distribution center opens its doors, allowing you exclusive insight into to how Landmark has adapted through the pandemic and future proofed the business by taking control of their supply chain through efficient processes built using automated technology.

Speaker
Kim Baudry, Market Development Director, Dematic
Karl Ehmann, Project Manager, Dematic

Sponsored by:

Kim Baudry is a Market Development Director at Dematic, 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). 


Day 3

Thurs, May 27

Labour Availability & Issues: From Health & Safety Lessons of COVID-19 to the Impact of Increased Automation

Date: Thursday, May 27
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am ET

COVID-19 has increased the importance of workplace safety and sparked the issue of labour availability and labour costs. The social distancing guidelines and current outbreaks has impacted how facilities operate and the associated costs. What are some of the main issues impacting labour availability within the supply chain? How is automation impacting recruitment, retention, and adaptability particularly as e-commerce demand continues to rise? How are roles shifting and changing as a result of the pandemic, but also innovation and automation?

Moderator
Tom Pauls, Managing Director, SCL Search Consultants 

Panel
Dr. Alauddin Ahmed, Managing Consultant, ValueInfinity 
Maxine Campbell, Director, Human Resources, DHL Supply Chain 

Sponsored by:

Dr. Alauddin Ahmed comes with 25 years of experience in practical operations and consulting practices in USA, Canada, Australia and Japan. Passionate about organizational development, continuous improvement through customer-centric cross functional alignment of purpose, people and process. Strong track record of delivering results in complex environment with examples of 25% cost reduction in global supply chain, 15% savings in Operations and Maintenance, 30% reduction in lead time, and 30% hidden capacity. He provides leadership in bringing in cultural change while taking on a journey of innovation and digital transformation, and invariably identifies and develops new champions. 
 
He worked with Unilever, TATA, Accenture, and for past 8 years has been working as the principal at ValueInfinity, working closely with customers leadership teams in USA and Canada. He has been instrumental in creating and sustaining innovation platform in Supply Chain and Operations in multiple industries encompassing digital transformation, AI, predictive analytics and robotics. 

Tom Pauls is the owner and Managing Director of SCL Search Consultants Ltd., a recruitment firm focused exclusively in supply chain and logistics.  He completed his CCLP designation through CITT in 2008 and is heavily involved in the logistics community, currently Chair for the CITT Toronto Area Council.


Port Capacity: Expansion & Growth Challenges Across the Country

Date: Thursday, May 27
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET

Container port development is very active in Canada from east to west. What are the key factors driving the infrastructure growth and investments for the major ports along our shore lines. This session will address various port expansion and the challenges and solutions they have dealt with during the pandemic. The speaker will discuss issues such as land availability, community, labour issues and more.

Moderator 
Dan Bresolin, Vice President, Intermodal, CN Rail

Panel 
Tabare Dominguez, Commercial Director, DP World
Chris Ng, Vice-President Marketing & Sales, GCT Canada

As Vice President of Intermodal, Dan is responsible for all Sales and Marketing components of CN’s International, Domestic, Supply Chain Sales (Regional), CN Worldwide, and CN’s Asia Marketing Teams. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Consumer Product Supply Chain, Dan’s primary role is to enable CN’s customers to win in their markets and help create CN’s next generation of Railroaders. Prior to this role, Dan was responsible for the full scope of the Sales and Marketing areas of CN’s International book of business including managing all relationships with Ocean Carriers and Port Stakeholders on the three coasts that CN serves. Before that, he was the Director of Marketing, Intermodal International, accountable for all aspects of pricing, strategy, new product development, & contract analysis for CN’s entire Intermodal International business. Dan has also held leadership positions in Sales at CN including Director of Sales in International and Director of Strategic Sales in Domestic Intermodal. he joined CN in April, 1999 as a Domestic Intermodal Account Manager based in Toronto ON. Dan takes great pride in his knowledge and experience in rail operations and has taken full advantage of CN’s Management operations training programs. During his 20 years at CN, he has qualified as both a Rail Conductor and an Intermodal Crane Operator. Dan is a Graduate of Brock University in St. Catherines Ontario and currently lives in Stoney Creek ON with his wife and two children.