Joyce Hammock has been publisher and editor of Canadian Sailings and Cruise North America magazines since 1998. During her tenure, she has overseen many changes and additions to the editorial product as well as a graphic redesign of the magazine. Mrs. Hammock created Cruise North America magazine (a special publication of Canadian Sailings), upon realizing the need for a product to promote North American cruise destinations to the International Cruise Lines. Cruise North America ceased publishing in 2013.
Prior to joining Canadian Sailings, Mrs. Hammock was founder, publisher, and managing editor of Calla Fashion and Beauty magazine, which was distributed by major newspapers in Texas and Florida.
Prior to Calla magazine, she worked for 23 years at The Gazette newspaper in Montreal, Quebec. As retail advertising sales manager and manager of new product development, she was instrumental in creating and implementing new initiatives and products for the newspaper.
Mrs. Hammock takes particular pride in having initiated the development of new advertising revenues for The Gazette from the cosmetics industry through the creation of a high-end beauty and fashion magazine entitled CHIC, which was distributed by major newspapers in the three major markets in Canada: Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Mrs. Hammock has been a guest lecturer on newspaper advertising at Concordia University and the McGill Management Institute. She was featured in a six-part, educational television series entitled “Professor Rubinstein on Advertising”, and has been guest speaker at newspaper conferences in Canada and the U.S.
Outside her career, Mrs. Hammock’s major passion is classical music and opera. A voice major at the McGill Conservatory of Music, she was the recipient of many musical awards including a Ford Foundation Scholarship.
Terence F. Bowles
President & C.E.O - St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
Terence F. (Terry) Bowles was appointed President and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation as of November 1, 2010. This private, not-for-profit corporation was created in 1998, pursuant to the Canada Marine Act, to operate and maintain the Canadian Seaway.
Terry Bowles graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from Laval University in his home town of Quebec City. He later completed his Masters in Business Administration at Montreal’s McGill University.
Prior to joining the Seaway, Terry Bowles was President and CEO of the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), a position he held from 2001 to 2010. IOC’s major shareholder and operator is the international mining group Rio Tinto, which has activities in more than 40 countries worldwide.
Earlier in his career, he spent many years at Rio Tinto’s Quebec Iron and Titanium (QIT), a fully integrated mining and smelting company with activities ranging from mineral extraction to the manufacturing of steel and related products. At QIT, he started in the Technical and Operations areas of the organization and, ultimately, assumed the position of President.
Deputy Administrator - St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Craig H. Middlebrook serves as the Deputy Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
A member of the Senior Executive Service since 2006 and a career employee of the SLSDC since 1995, Mr. Middlebrook was the agency’s Chief of Staff from 1996 to 2000, before becoming Deputy Administrator. He served as the agency’s Acting Chief Counsel from 2004 to 2008, as well as Acting Administrator in 2006 and in 2012-2013.
Prior to coming to the SLSDC, Mr. Middlebrook worked on surface transportation issues at the Interstate Commerce Commission and worked for a merchant bank in the City of London. Mr. Middlebrook holds Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Northwestern University. Mr. Middlebrook was the recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship in 1984 and studied at the University of Münster, Germany (1984-85), he is fluent in French and German. In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service by President Barack Obama.
Director, Market Development - St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
Bruce Hodgson is the Director of Market Development for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. In this position, he is responsible for initiatives to attract more traffic, including both traditional and new cargoes, into the Great Lakes / Seaway system and positioning Hwy H2O as a key component of the North American intermodal transportation system.
Mr. Hodgson has extensive marine industry experience in British Columbia. Prior to joining the Seaway, he ran his own company, and he previously held management and senior sales positions with Norasia Container Line Canada Ltd., Wheels Pacific Freights Systems Inc., Westwood Shipping Lines and International Sea-Land Shipping Service Ltd. Having worked for a variety of organizations, Mr. Hodgson has a wide knowledge of inter-modal shipping, both nationally and internationally.
Module 1: Economic and Commodity Outlook
Aron Gampel provides economic and geo-political insights into the performance of the Canadian, U.S., as well as relevant countries around the world. His wide-ranging experience is based on over 42 years as an economist in both the private and public sectors in Canada.
Mr. Gampel retired as Scotiabank's Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist at the end of 2016 after a 32-year tenure with Canada's most international financial institution. He provided senior management and business clients with economic research and strategic views, and was actively involved in the organization's regulatory commitments both at home and abroad. Aron also provided frequent economic briefings to the firm's diverse clients internationally, was a featured speaker at business conferences and symposiums, and gave expert testimony. For many years, he was also a regular commentator on various media platforms.
Prior to joining Scotiabank in 1984, Mr. Gampel was the Vice-President and Chief Economist with the investment firm of Pitfield Mackay Ross Ltd. for six years. He began his professional career as a Research Assistant with the public-policy directed Ontario Economic Council for four years. Mr. Gampel recently retired from the Board of Directors of the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce after serving as an active member for almost 14 years, and Chair of its Audit Committee. The Chamber is a non-profit organization which helps to facilitate investment and trade flows between Germany and Canada.
Mr. Gampel received a Master of Arts in Economics in 1975 from York University in Toronto, ON , where he was a recipient of an Economics Research Scholarship. He also earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Computer Science in 1974 from Brock University in St. Catharines, ON. Aron was born, raised, and received his early education in Niagara Falls, ON.
President - Quorum Corporation
Mark Hemmes is President of Quorum Corporation, an independent subsidiary of the Quorum Group of Companies, of which he is a founding partner. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Quorum Corporation has been responsible for monitoring Canada’s Prairie Grain Handling and Transportation System since June 2001. Quorum reports to the Government and industry on changes in the efficiency, reliability, structure and operation of the grain handling and transportation system as well as the impacts these changes have on producers. Quorum and its sister companies have also completed studies in the area of container movements and the role of inland container terminals in Western Canada, the provision of analytical and research services for the review of rail freight service in 2008 and 2009 and most recently (2015) an examination and assessment of the Canadian Grain Supply Chain.
Mark has extensive experience in the transportation industry. During his 23 years with the rail industry he held a variety of senior positions in the fields of marketing, intermodal, and operations. Mark attended post-secondary schools in Edmonton at the University of Alberta and the University of Western Ontario.
Wheat Product Line Manager - Global Grain Marketing, CHS INC.
Roger Baker leads the wheat product line for CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. He is responsible for all wheat merchandising, including support of the Ardent Mills joint venture supply agreement, and is a member of its guidance committee. He also manages the grain marketing central hedge desk, central research and trade, and business development in Canada. Baker joined CHS in 1994 as procurement merchandiser and relocated to the CHS Europe office at Geneva, Switzerland, in August 2011, where he was vice president and general manager for CHS Europe. He has been instrumental in building relationships with domestic shippers and international buyers, and executing programs that helped grow the company’s wheat customer base and sales. Baker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business from Iowa State University at Ames.
Tina Potuto Kimble
Director of U.S. Governmental and Regulatory Affairs - Tata Steel Europe
Ms. Kimble is the Director of U.S. Governmental and Regulatory Affairs for Tata Steel Europe (TSE). In this capacity, she advises TSE about the commercial impact of any North American governmental action. Prior to joining TSE, Ms. Kimble was the Clerk of the Court for the US Court of International Trade. Her career performing roles in international trade started as an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the US International Trade Commission and continued while she was an associate at Steptoe and Johnson. Ms. Kimble began her career as an Honors Graduate Attorney at the US Department of Justice. Ms. Kimble received her law degree from American University in Washington, DC. She also obtained an MBA from Seton Hall University and a Master’s Degree in Law and International Affairs from American University. Ms. Kimble’s undergraduate degree in economics with an Asian studies minor is from Boston College.
Lunch Keynote Speaker
Strategy in the Word of Disruption
Shawn Kanungo is a strategist who operates at the intersection of creativity, business, and technology. He has been recognized nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space after 12 years of working at Deloitte — as an innovation strategist, he shows organizations how to disrupt before they are disrupted.
At Deloitte, Shawn’s mandate was to help corporate executives to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation. Now, as General Partner of Queen & Rook Capital, he is focused on applying exponential technologies and new business models to mature businesses.
Shawn has worked hand-to-hand with hundreds of organizations on their journey to digital transformation, and he has adopted the concepts of behavioural economics, user-centered design, crowd-sourcing, artificial intelligence, drones, and film to help leaders and teams best position themselves to keep up, and keep ahead, with the rapid state of change.
Shawn’s work and interviews have been featured in Forbes, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, CBC and CTV. In 2016, he was recognized as Avenue Magazine‘s “Top 40 Under 40”. He spoke at TEDx in 2017, and was named to Inc‘s “100 Most Innovative Leadership Speakers” in 2018. His podcast, The Remix with Shawn & Wang, can be currently found on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Module 2: Technology & Innovation: Advancements in Shipping
Jan Matthé (MODERATOR)
VP Transportation & Logistics - Ausenco
Jan has a Civil Engineering Masters degree with a specialization in marine coastal engineering and has over 23 years of engineering and contracting experience in the ports and marine terminals sector. Jan is currently responsible globally for the consulting practice in Ausenco that design and offers services on multimodal transport solutions. Jan has extensive project experience in Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America and Jan has been involved with creating green port guidelines for a mega-port in China and worked on a number of LNE bunkering projects. Jan has managed different phases of port engineering design, including the dredging component and establishment of the procurement and contracting strategy, preparation of tender packages, evaluation of tenders, negotiation and preparation of contract documents. He presently heads up Ausenco’s global Transportation and Logistics Consulting Business.
VP, Business Development & Marketing - Distributed Gas Solutions Canada LP
Andrew Wilkins is currently Vice President, Business Development & Marketing at Distributed Gas Solutions Canada (DGSC), an innovative turnkey Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) solutions provider. He joined the company in 2017 after realizing the significant environmental, economic and energy security benefits of displacing high carbon fuels with LNG in Canada.
After graduating from McGill University (B.Sc. physics, minor management) in 1997, he began his career in asset/product management in the electronics and telecom industries. He pursued his passion for sustainable development in 2006 when joining Matrix Energy as technical sales manager, a provider of solar and wind power systems to OEM, commercial and government customers. During his time in the renewables business, he acquired a solid expertise in the application of solar PV and battery energy storage in off grid, micro grid and hybrid power systems with diesel fueled gensets. He was the first Canadian to become PV Technical Sales certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Andrew continued his career in sustainable development when he joined ABB’s Rail Infrastructure group in 2012. At ABB, he was responsible for strategy and execution of business development for DC traction power substations and energy storage systems with rail transit authorities in Canada and the United States.
Monica Swanson MA
Business Manager Digital Development - Port of Rotterdam International
Monica Swanson is an experienced IT/IS professional who has, among other things, previously been in charge of the successful market introduction of innovative software and who has advised companies on the best way to organise their IT. She now works for PoR's International department (PORint), where she has been hired to support corporate aims for the digital portfolio of Port of Rotterdam. PORint is the department of the Port Authority that provides board level advice about port development and port management and that initiates and manages participations in new or developing ports in countries strategically important to Rotterdam. Monica has a special interest in promoting the PoRs range of solutions with other ports and in integrating the aims for digitization into the team's way of working.
Blockchain Market Leader - IBM Canada
Bryan Addeman is the Blockchain Market Leader for IBM Canada. In his role at IBM he works on developing and scaling blockchain applications with business networks across Canada. Bryan has over 10 years of experience in the tech and medical science fields spanning software development to business development. He has previously founded two companies, Canatomical Research Services, and Worklily (an IBM venture). He received his B.Sc. in medical biophysics and MBA from Western University.
Vice President/Sales America - Wärtsilä Voyage Solutions
Neil has been in the Maritime Industry since starting his Merchant Navy Cadetship with Ben Line in 1984 at the age of 16. Neil served as a Navigation Officer on oceangoing vessels for ten years, including stints on Bulkers, Container Vessels, Chemical Tankers, Reefers, General Cargo, and Passenger vessels. Neil completed his maritime studies with a UK unlimited Masters license in 1994 and served as Navigator and First Officer with P&O and Princess Cruises, before joining the Princess shore-side management team in Fleet Operations in 1995. In 1999 Neil joined Transas USA, with the task of introducing Transas simulation products to the Americas region. Over the last nineteen years with Transas, Neil has held various positions in Commercial, Sales and Business development, and is currently General Manager of Transas Americas within the Transas regional organization. Neil also holds the role of Vice President Sales for the Americas, and has been involved in all major vessel traffic, simulation, and onboard system deployments to commercial and governmental customers in the region for many years. He is considered a subject matter expert in Maritime Simulation and Smart Marine Solutions, and has proudly shared in the many successful applications of Transas systems in the Americas with a strong, loyal, and continuously growing customer base. He is a member of the Nautical Institute, and a contributor to many maritime industry organizations. Neil is currently taking an active role in the integration of Transas into the Wärtsilä organization in the Americas following the acquisition of Transas by Wärtsilä earlier this year.
Mark Keneford spent 27 years in the Canadian Navy as a marine systems engineering officer and project manager. He sailed in ships and had operating tickets (Navy equivalent) for steam, diesel and gas turbines. Since 2008 he has been employed in Wartsila in Services as Canadian Government service support and then as Wartsila Canada Marine Solutions sales responsible across Canada to represent Wartsila solutions to shipowners, ship design companies and shipyards, in all vessel segments. Mark is a member of CIMARE (St. Lawrence branch) and also SNAME (eastern Canada section).
Vice-President, Engineering & Technology - St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
The SLSMC is responsible for operating and maintaining the Canadian portion of the Seaway’s navigation locks and channels located between Montreal and the North American Great Lakes. As Vice President Engineering and Technology, Jim is responsible for engineering solutions and their implementation to ensure the reliability of the St. Lawrence Seaway infrastructure, and for leveraging technology to drive business results. Jim has been with the Seaway since 2008, and led the Modernization Program which includes the installation of Hands Free Mooring and Remote Operations. Previous to joining the SLSMC, Jim worked in the pulp and paper industry where he held various operational and technical positions. Holding an Engineering degree, as well as a Master of Business Administration, Jim brings both operational and strategic components to transformational initiatives that improve operational results and develop long-term direction and capacity.
Keynote Speaker (Thursday Morning)
Coordinator Research & Innovation - Swedish Maritime Administration
Capt. Fredrik Karlsson currently holds the position as Innovation Coordinator at R &I department at Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA). He began his career at sea as an electrical engineer in 1995. After a few years he decided to switch sides and took year 2001 a master mariner degree at Chalmers University in Gothenburg and sailed as a deck officer for several years. In 2008 he joined Swedish Maritime Administration in different VTS development projects and then become the project manager for various innovation projects. Recently as conceptual designer in the ongoing 50M euro Sea Traffic Management ‐ Validation project. He is also in charge of development and operation of the Swedish Maritime Administrations Ship handling and VTS simulator, a member of the IALA e‐Navigation committee and VTS committee and is an expert in EU commissions group on Digital Transport and Logistics.
Module 3: Ports Perspective: Remaning Competitive in a Fluctuating Landscape
Paul LaMarre III (Moderator)
Port of Monroe - Port Director
Paul C. LaMarre III, is the Director of the Port of Monroe, MI, and is responsible for the oversight of Michigan’s only Seaport on Lake Erie. He assumed his position in July 2012, after serving as the Manager of Maritime Affairs for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority since 2007. During his tenure in Toledo, Mr. LaMarre was responsible for maritime operations throughout the port, oversight of the Toledo Shipyard, and operation of the S.S. Col James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. Prior to that, he served as a deck officer on multiple Great Lakes towing vessels. A graduate of the California Maritime Academy, Mr. LaMarre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation with minors in logistics and naval science, as well as his USCG License 3rd Mates License for unlimited tonnage vessels. He has also served as pilot in the United States Navy, having logged the majority of his flight hours in the F/A-18 Hornet. In 2013, Mr. LaMarre was appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) National Freight Advisory Committee by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood where he served as the sole representative of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System and State of Michigan. In 2016, Mr. LaMarre was appointed to the USDOT’s Port Performance Freight statistics working group by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx where he once again is the sole representative of the Great Lakes port community. He was also appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as Chairman of the State’s first Port Authority Advisory Committee and sits as a maritime advisor to the State of Michigan Commission for Logistics & Supply Chain Collaboration. In 2018, he was appointed to the USDOT’s Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC) by Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. Mr. LaMarre is also the Secretary/Treasurer of the American Great Lakes Ports Association, Vice President of the International Shipmasters Toledo Lodge #9, a board member of the Great Lakes Historical Society, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, Marine Historical Society of Detroit, the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, and Pro Medica Monroe Regional Hospital. In 2009, he was the youngest person ever to receive the Association of Great Lakes Maritime History’s Annual Award for Historic Preservation for his work aboard the Schoonmaker Museum Ship. In 2018, he was named the Marine Historical Society of Detroit’s “Historian of the Year” for his continued efforts. The vessel is the centerpiece of the National Museum of the Great Lakes which he also conceptualized and developed with the Great Lakes Historical Society.
Executive Vice-President - Federal Marine Terminals, Inc. & Fednav Direct
Michel Tosini is a Transportation and Logistics graduate and holds a certificate in management from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He spent 25 years with the CP Ships Group where he headed various operations such as their in-house trucking company, inland and marine operations as well as import and export customer service. He joined Fednav in October 2006 as Executive Vice-President of Federal Marine Terminals, Inc. and Vice-President and General Manager of Fednav Direct. He is a board member of the Maritime Employers Association, The St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES), and the Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA). Since June 2015, he is also co-Chair of the Quebec Marine Transport Forum.
William D. Friedman
President & Chief Executive Officer - Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
William D. Friedman became president and CEO of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority in June, 2010. Under Mr. Friedman’s leadership, the Port of Cleveland has experienced a resurgence in maritime trade and long-sought diversification of cargo types. In 2014, the Port launched the Cleveland-Europe Express service, revitalizing shipping via the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway system and solidifying Cleveland’s position as its leading international hub. Mr. Friedman has more than 25 years’ experience in port management, real estate development, the international supply chain and multimodal distribution. He served as vice president, ports and logistics for Duke Realty Corp. from 2004 to 2009, helping the company expand to key port and inland logistics hubs including the Port of Savannah and the Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park in Columbus, Ohio. Before joining Duke Realty, Mr. Friedman was CEO of the Ports of Indiana from 2000 to 2004, where he improved financial results, increased cargo volumes, and secured more private investment, resulting in a record $1.5 billion annual economic impact statewide. Prior to that, Mr. Friedman spent 10 years with the Port of Seattle serving in a variety of management roles including director of seaport strategic planning, general manager of cargo piers and industrial properties, and senior harbor development planner. Mr. Friedman’s work in Seattle enabled a $600 million expansion of one of the nation’s primary container ports. Mr. Friedman is President of the American Great Lakes Ports Association and serves on numerous industry and civic boards including the Executive Committee of the American Association of Port Authorities, Green Marine, the Northeast Ohio Development Fund, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, and the Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commission. Mr. Friedman holds two degrees from Indiana University -- a bachelor’s degree in history, and a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in urban and regional planning.
President & CEO - Windsor Port Authority
Steve Salmons joined the Windsor Port Authority (WPA) as the President & CEO in May of 2018. Prior to joining the WPA, Steven was a Senior Advisor to the Ontario Government (Finance and Transportation), GM at the City of Windsor, and CEO of the Windsor Public Library. Steven has his Hon. BComm and MBA (Strategic Studies) from the University of Windsor.
Sjoeard R. de Jager
Managing Director, PRONTO Port Call Optimization - PortXchange (a Port of Rotterdam start-up)
joerd R. de Jager is an entrepreneur, innovator and new business development professional with a passion for digital, sustainability and start-up driven transformation of industries. Prior to joining the Port of Rotterdam, Sjoerd (co) founded several start-ups and worked in new business development for large corporations including Philips and DSM. At the Port of Rotterdam, Sjoerd is leading Pronto, a start-up activity accelerated by Port of Rotterdam focused on bringing the Pronto Port Call Optimization platform and SaaS solution to market in Rotterdam and beyond. Sjoerd is experienced in (corporate) innovation and entrepreneurship, new business development and corporate venture capital, and has a special interest in supporting port communities and the shipping industry to reap the benefits from digitization and transform towards a more efficient, more sustainable sector. Sjoerd de Jager is also active as an angel investor in (maritime) technology ventures.
Port Director - Ports of Indiana – Burns Harbor
Ian Hirt joined the Ports of Indiana in March 2017 as Port Director at the Port of Indiana–Burns Harbor after spending over 25 years in various maritime shipping capacities along the Great Lakes. Ian most recently served as General Manager for North America Stevedoring in Chicago where he oversaw business growth that resulted in a need to triple the size of the facility. Prior to that, he spent 12 years as General Manager for Federal Marine Terminals, coincidentally the stevedore at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Additionally, Ian has served as a vessel agent for Fednav Ltd. overseeing activities for various governmental agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Coast Guard. He has also managed safety and training programs for several marine terminals and served as a member of the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee. Ian holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University in finance and enjoys time with his wife, Patty, and daughters Lily and Molly. He enjoys competing in hockey, soccer and golf, as well as reading, sailing, kayaking and traveling (having visited all 50 US states and 7 continents).
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