2021 Program

For 3 days we brought 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.


The Logistics Institute Complete annual maintenance requirements for your P.Log. designation by attending a seminar and submitting your seminar’s certificate of completion. Receive 1 credit per 1 hour session attended for the entire program.

Webinar attendance can be counted towards the continuous professional development (CPD) credits for those holding the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation. Only select sessions identified below qualify for CPDs.





Day 1

Tues, May 25

Supply Chain Canada:
CPD Credits
The Logistics Institute: 1 Credit (P.Log. designation)

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.

Janet Drysdale, Vice-President, Sustainability, CN Rail 

Thiago Campos, General Manager, CMA CGM Canada
Daniel Dagenais, Vice-President, Operations, Montreal Port Authority
Gary Lalonde, Vice-President – Truck Sales, Lion Electric
Heather Wood, U.S. Director, Sustainability, CMA CGM Canada

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. 

Daniel Dagenais brings over 25 years of shipping industry experience to his position. Before joining the Montreal Port Authority as Director of Operations, in March 2007, he accumulated a wealth of experience as a terminal operator, for bulk, non-containerized and containerized terminals. On January 27, 2014, Daniel was promoted to the position of Vice-President, Operations. He oversees the following departments: Environment, Infrastructure Management, Port Logistics, Marine Operations and Security and Fire Prevention. Holder of a management undergraduate diploma from McGill University specializing in transportation and logistics and a certificate of training for executives exercise from HEC, Daniel is President of the Groupe conseil maritime – Quebec region, member of Initiatives for the Future of Great Rivers (IFGR), member of the Board of Directors of the Association québécoise des transports (AQTR) and of the St.Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES), member of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation where he also served as director on the National Board for three years. 

Gary Lalonde is Vice-President of North American truck sales. After spending almost 10 years in the transportation industry, he sought out and eagerly accepted the opportunity to join The Lion Electric Co. 2 years ago. Gary has been key in developing the electric truck market at Lion making him an active participant in the electrification of transportation. He has often been overheard quoting a colleague in stating that “we’re changing the world, one Lion electric truck at a time.

Heather Wood joined CMA CGM as the U.S. Director, Sustainability in April 2021. With over 25 years’
experience, Ms. Wood leads the Group’s Sustainability program for People, Planet, and Responsible Trade in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining CMA CGM, Ms. Wood provided management consulting services on sustainability to Norfolk Southern Railroad, and the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Houston, Massachusetts, and Virginia.

Ms. Wood comes to CMA CGM from The Port of Virginia, the third largest container port complex on the U.S. East Coast.  While with the Port, she served as Vice President of Government Affairs and Director of Sustainability. As Director of Sustainability, Ms. Wood developed and directed sustainability strategy, policy, and programming for the Port and was responsible for environmental
performance, public outreach, and regulatory affairs related to port operations and the Virginia maritime industry. She served as the Port’s representative and consultant on international and national issues and policies related to sustainability, transportation, navigation, and environment.

A nationally recognized sustainability executive in maritime transportation and the multi-modal logistics industry, Ms. Wood holds advanced degrees in maritime public policy and business administration. In 2019, she was re-appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to a four-year term as Chair of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s State Water Control Board, a position she’s held since 2011. Ms. Wood is a McDonnell CPE, Certified Port Executive and has served as Chairman of the Environment Committees for the American Association of Port Authorities and the Virginia Maritime Association.  She remains active in the leadership of those committees today.

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Supply Chain Canada: CPD Credits
The Logistics Institute: 1 Credit (P.Log. designation)

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?  

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

Liza Amlani, Principal and Founder, Retail Strategy Group
Ryan Ernst, Partner, Deloitte
Robert Lefler, General Manager of Delivery Transformation, Canada Post Corporation
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

Liza Amlani is the Principal at Retail Strategy Group; a consulting practice which helps companies in the retail space dramatically improve profitability. Liza has over 20 years of retail insider experience and industry knowledge in Merchandising, Buying, Product Development and Retail Operations. In her career, Liza has worked with familiar brands including Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, Nike, Walmart, and several others. Her experience encompasses brick and mortar, e-commerce and omni-channel in the areas of product creation, merchandising and product development. In shifting to consulting, she played an integral role in Accenture’s Retail Strategy group, where she was responsible for consulting with fashion brands and retailers, providing insight on relevant topics such as speed to market and future retail operating models, supporting several major business transformations across product creation, speed to market and materials management. She is a respected voice on topics such as responsible/sustainable retail, “The Future of Retail” and has led conversations on pertinent issues related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  

Ryan Ernst is a Partner in Deloitte’s Supply Chain offering and leader of the Planning & Fulfillment practice in Canada. Ryan is the national sub-sector leader for Cargo and Goods Movement in Transportation for Canada, driving the sale and delivery of complex supply-chain transformations. His work focuses on combining leading business strategy and processes with advanced technology to create operations that are flexible, scalable, and collaborative. Over the years, Ryan has worked closely with major rail, port and trucking companies, both inside and outside of Canada, supporting these clients through their strategy and transformation targets. 

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Day 2

Wed, May 26

Supply Chain Canada:
CPD Credits
The Logistics Institute: 1 Credit (P.Log. designation)

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.

Sam Starr, Independent Consultant, Supply Chain & Logistics

Kim Baudry, Market Development Director, Dematic
Bryan Hebor, Regional Manager, Canada, Bastian Solutions 
Chris Jarvis, Chief Logistics Officer, GoFor Delivers
Franklin Jones, CEO & Founder, B-Line Urban Delivery 

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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. 

Franklin Jones serves as CEO of B-Line Urban Delivery in Portland, Ore. B-Line offers a consolidated warehousing and last-mile logistics model that streamlines how local food producers and national suppliers get their products into urban markets. B-Line uses electric-assist freight tricycles that reduce congestion and pollution while providing a unique platform for out-of-home advertising. 

B-Line draws on Franklin’s combined interests in cycling, community, and sustainability. He earned a degree in history and environmental studies from Bowdoin College before working in transportation planning. Franklin taught English in Japan, traveled by bicycle around the globe, then continued his career as an educator at the Menlo School in California. To shift from teaching about pressing environmental and social problems to addressing them directly, Franklin founded B-Line in 2009. Recognized as a champion of the B-Corp movement, Franklin’s vision is to utilize the power of business to enhance a community’s well-being enabling them to become more livable and sustainable. 

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.

Bryan Hebor is the Regional Engineering Manager for Canada at Bastian Solutions, a Toyota Advanced Logistics company. Bryan has worked with a wide range of clients to develop and deliver customized industrial automation solutions. He has worked in engineering and project management roles and as manager of Bastian Solutions’ Canadian operations, has overseen exponential growth in the past few years, supporting more and more Canadian businesses leverage new technologies to help them grow and adapt to the ever changing marketplace. As a systems integrator, Bastian Solutions seeks out leading technologies in both material handling equipment and information systems coupled with proven operational strategies. Our experts combine the powers of scalable material handling systems, innovative software and custom automation engineering for complete, unique solutions. Our goal is to use these tools to help companies, across a broad spectrum of industry segments, become leaders in their industries.

The Logistics Institute: 1 Credit (P.Log. designation)

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?

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

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

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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.

The Logistics Institute: 1 Credit (P.Log. designation)

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.

Kim Baudry, Market Development Director, Dematic
Karl Ehmann, Project Manager,Landmark Omega DC Dubai

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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

The Logistics Institute: 1 Credit (P.Log. designation)

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?

Tom Pauls, Managing Director, SCL Search Consultants 

Dr. Alauddin Ahmed, Managing Consultant, ValueInfinity 
Maxine Campbell, Area Director, Human Resources, DHL Supply
Jon Ratnasamy, Vice President, Supply Chain (Interim), Wolseley Canada 

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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.

As Vice President, Supply Chain, Jon Ratnasamy oversees all aspects of supply chain planning, buying, logistics and distribution at Wolseley Canada. Prior to joining Wolseley, Jon was a Senior Consultant with Deloitte where he served clients in the public and private sectors, primarily focused on supply chain strategy, logistics and sourcing. A passionate, results-oriented business leader, Jon has a track record of delivering transformative supply chain and business results.

The Logistics Institute: 1 Credit (P.Log. designation)

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.

Dan Bresolin, Vice President, Intermodal, CN Rail

Tabare Dominguez, Commercial Director, DP World
Andy Herriott, Chief Commercial Officer, PSA Halifax 
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  rimary 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

Andy Herriott joined PSA Halifax early in 2013 as Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for Sales, Marketing and Business Development. The role is focused on the development of PSA Halifax’s value proposition for ocean carriers globally and for beneficial cargo owners in North America – the goal is to bring new business to the terminal and to engage the PSA Halifax team in recognizing and delivering on the needs of current and future customers.  Previously based in the United Kingdom, Andy worked across Europe and the Indian sub-Continent in Business Development, Operations and latterly Commercial, enjoying key client management responsibility for European and Asian customers, with commercial development responsibilities across UK and Mediterranean business units. Andy has built on a Maritime degree with executive training from Ivey Business School and Harvard Business School. 

Tabare Dominguez has over twenty years in key roles within the liner shipping, ports and logistics industries. He joined DP World in 2006 to head the commercial development at the port of Tilbury, England. In 2008 took part in DP World’s Global Organisation Leadership Development (GOLD) programme, where he experienced operations at several DP World terminals around the world including Dubai, Tarragona, Sydney and Hong Kong.  In 2009 he was appointed Port Commercial Manager of DP World London Gateway, one of the world’s most technologically advanced container ports and Europe’s largest logistics park.  Tabare joined DP World Canada in 2016 as Commercial Director with commercial responsibility for Vancouver, Nanaimo and Prince Rupert. Tabare holds an MBA from Vlerick Business School in Belgium and a Master’s degree in Container Terminal Management from Middlesex University in England. 

Chris Ng is responsible for GCT Canada’s commercial activities, securing contractual relationships, and mutually beneficial sales strategies to generate volume via new markets for container traffic through their marine terminals in Vancouver, BC and New York, New Jersey. With over 20 years of experience in marine operations and supply chain logistics in global trades, he oversees 85% of Vancouver’s terminal capacity (includes Deltaport, Canada’s largest marine terminal) - representing 70% of Port of Vancouver’s market share in container traffic.   Chris joined GCT Canada in 1999 and held various positions in terminal operations before transitioning to his commercial capacity. In 2013, Chris was appointed Vice President, Marketing and Sales.  He has developed a trust-based network and established cross-functional alignment between customers and terminal operations in growing the Vancouver Gateway. Chris received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. 

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