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 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 - Saint 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. And for the past 13 years, he has been an active member of the Board of the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and currently Chair of the Chamber's Audit Committee, a non-profit organization which helps to facilitate investment and trade flows between the two nations. 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 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.
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
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.
Module 3: Ports Perspective: Remaning Competitive in a Fluctuating Landscape
Keynote Speaker (Thursday Morning)
Communications Officer - STM Validation Project Swedish Maritime Administration
About: Ulf has a M.Sc. and a long experience from the IT industry. He joined the maritime world and the MONALISA 2.0 project in 2013. He currently is in charge of communications in the Sea Traffic Management (STM) Validation project. Ulf is the author on several scientific papers on e-navigation and IT infrastructures, as well as an appreciated presenter at conferences.
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