Networking Events



Wednesday, February 5 • 11:15am–11:30am • Trade Show Floor

Trade Show Floor Networking Break


Wednesday, February 5 • 12:15pm–12:45pm • Trade Show Floor

Trade Show Floor Networking Break


Wednesday, February 5 • 12:45pm–2:00pm • Main Stage #1

W08 – Keynote Luncheon

Innovation Leadership in Traditional Supply Chains

Supply chain disrupters and how Canadian logistics professionals need to respond to changes in the industry by leading and foster innovation in business models are at the forefront of strategic decision making for both emerging and established firms. Senior business executives will offer expertise, perspective and insights that will enhance your organizational capacity to grow your business, develop your staff and better serve the customer.

Session Leader:
Darryl Anderson, Manager, Conference and Programming

Key Note Speaker:
Don Krusel, Managing Director, Container Terminal, Quebec Port Authority

Darryl Anderson

Don Krusel

Don Krusel is a 30 year veteran of the Canadian port and cargo logistic Industries. During that time, he has witnessed many dynamic shifts in the industry. Mr. Krusel has played a leading role in many of the transformative changes that have taken place. During his long tenure as President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, he was credited as being the architect behind the creation of a new and innovative North American intermodal trade corridor through the northern gateway that transformed west coast logistics. He is now on the east coast, working on a similar project with the Port of Quebec that promises to innovate the St. Lawrence logistics chain. In September 2018, he was appointed the Managing Director of the Port of Quebec’s “Laurentia” initiative to promote and develop a new deep-water container terminal. Before that, he served as an Advisor to the Port of Quebec as well as several other transportation organizations.

Mr. Krusel holds an MBA degree from the Ivey School of Management at the University of Western Ontario, is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Krusel is currently a Director of the British Columbia Assessment Authority and Ocean Networks Canada and is a past Director of the Western Transportation Advisory Council, the Business Council of British Columbia, the British Columbia Trade Development Corporation, and several other industry associations.


Wednesday, February 5 • 2:00pm–2:15pm • Trade Show Floor

Trade Show Floor Networking Break


Wednesday, February 5 • 3:00pm–3:15pm • Trade Show Floor

Trade Show Floor Networking Break


Wednesday, February 5 • 4:00pm–5:30pm • Tradeshow Floor 

N01 – YVR Networking Reception

Don't miss the biggest networking reception in Canada's supply chain sector in the Cargo Logistics Hall, and brought to you by Vancouver International Airport

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Wednesday, February 5 • 5:30pm–7:45pm • Mahoney's Pub

N02 – Halifax Social

After the YVR Networking Reception, make your way to the popular Halifax Social, and have a beer on us!

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Thursday, February 6 • 11:00am–11:15am • Trade Show Floor

Trade Show Floor Networking Break


Thursday, February 6 • 12:10pm–1:40pm • Main Stage #1

T08 – Closing Keynote Luncheon

Export Award Winners - Master Class

It has never been more important for Canadian companies to master the global supply chain successfully. In this Keynote Luncheon Session, export award winners will share how their firms grow and compete in an ever-changing North American and global trade and transportation environment.

Session Leader
• Andrew Wynn-Williams, Division Vice-President British Columbia, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

Keynote Speakers:
• Niel Van Zyl, Logistics Supervisor, VMAC Global Technology Inc.
• Carly Fryer, Manager Global Logistics, STEMCELL Technologies
• Mike Battistel, President, Cascadia, Windows and Doors

Andrew Wynn

Niel Van Zyl

Carly Fryer

Mike Battistel

Mr. Niel van Zyl started his career in logistics in 1994 and has been with VMAC Global Technology Inc. for over 12 years. Niel leads the distribution of VMAC products throughout the world. Due to this strong international aspect of VMAC's business, Niel obtained his Certified Customs Specialist designation through the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers in 2013. He is currently studying to achieve his MBA in Operations Management and Logistics through the Barcelona Executive Business School. Originally from South Africa, Mr. van Zyl immigrated to Canada in 2005.

Carly Fryer, manager of Global Logistics at STEMCELL Technologies was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in 2005 at Simon Fraser University and returned in 2014 to complete her Master of Business Administration from the Beedie School of Business. Carly started her career in Logistics with Loomis/DHL Courier Service in 2001, as part of their Customer Service team. She later worked in the public sector in demand-side management and program management. Carly worked at both the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of the Logistics Management team at the Athletes Villages with operations running 24 hours a day during the games. She has been with STEMCELL Technologies for four years, first as the Customer Service Manager for the North America team and now as the Global Logistics Manager.