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Elias Demanos

President & CEO, Fortigo Group of Companies, Ltd.

Elias is the remarkably young and entrepreneurial leader behind the spectacular success story of Fortigo which, in a few short years, has become one of Canada’s fastest growing supply chain & logistics providers and a major player in the dedicated outsourced fleet market. He founded Fortigo, a service provider to Fortune 500 customers through the use of talented professionals, specialized equipment and robust technology, in 2007, while still completing his degree at the renowned Schulich School of Business and has led its unique growth trajectory ever since.

Apart from his University credentials, he was one of the youngest to attain the P. Log designation from the Logistics Institute thru their Executive Leadership Program and is a Chartered Fellow, along with the Institute's Patron HRH Queen Elizabeth II, of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport North America.

Elias was also one of the youngest-ever members of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in Canada. He also serves on several academic and non-profit boards, including The Logistics Institute, The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport North America, the Southern Ontario Gateway Council and the Toronto Chapter of Supply Chain & Logistics Canada.

Elias speaks frequently to students about Supply Chain and Entrepreneurship and is an active participant on industry trend panels and was awarded “Top 20 under 40” by Today’s Trucking Magazine. He is actively involved with the Hellenic Home of the Aged, a non-profit organization which is dedicated to providing exceptional quality care and services to the seniors in our community, The Country Day School Alumni Association where he sits on the Board and The Hellenic Heritage Foundation where he also sits on the Board.

Elias resides in Toronto, Canada.


Nicholas G. Evans

Dr. Nicholas G. Evans is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he conducts research on national security and emerging technologies. His work on “dual-use research” in the life sciences is published in major US and international journals in philosophy, public policy, and the life sciences, and his work on dual-use neuroscience will be published by Routledge in 2019. In 2017, Dr. Evans was awarded funding from the National Science Foundations to examine the ethical issues, including cybersecurity challenges, of autonomous vehicles.

Dr. Evans also maintains an active research program on the ethics of infectious disease, with a focus on clinical and public health decision making during disease pandemics. Most recently, he has published on the health security impact of the 2013-2015 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Biological Threats in the 21 st Century (ed. Lentzos). His 2016 edited volume, Ebola’s Message: Public Health and Medicine in the 21st Century focuses on the clinical, political, and bioethical impact of EVD, and received favourable reviews in Nature.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Evans completed postdoctoral work in medical ethics and health policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2015, he held an Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Fellowship at the UPMC Center for Health Security, Baltimore. Dr. Evans has conducted research at the Monash Bioethics Centre, The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australian Defence Force Academy, and the University of Exeter. He has also served as a policy officer with the Australian Department of Health and Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration.


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John K. Fiorilla

Mr. Fiorilla focuses his practice in the railroad industry and helping to create and present railroad management policy and positions with diversified management and litigation experience as both house counsel and local counsel for Class I and Short Line Railroads. He has specific experience in presenting finance, real estate, operations, engineering, government affairs, and customer service positions. John also served as a Captain in the Transportation Corps, U.S. Army Reserve from 1971-1986.


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Bill Hearn

Bill Hearn is a Partner at Fogler, Rubinoff LLP

Bill is an experienced business lawyer with deep expertise in specific areas of regulatory law and policy. He advises clients on compliance with competition, data protection, international trade (i.e., export and import controls, economic sanctions, and remedies), procurement and transportation (mainly marine and rail). Bill is recognized in Chambers, Lexpert and Best Lawyers as a leading Canadian lawyer. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988 and is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A. 1983 and LL.B. 1986) and Cambridge University (LL.M. 1989). For more information, please see Bill's online bio at: http://foglers.com/lawyers/bill-hearn.


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Lawrence Herman

Lawrence L. Herman is a graduate of the the University of Saskatchewan (B.A., 1966) and the University of Toronto Law Faculty (1969).

After being called to the Bar in 1970, he served in the Canadian Foreign Service in the 1970’s in a variety of posts, at the United Nations in Geneva and in Ottawa, representing Canada in numerous international conferences and meetings, including the GATT, OECD and the UN Conference on the Law of the Sea. Prior leaving the External Affairs Department in 1980, he was the head of the Department’s Economic and Treaty Law Section in the Legal Bureau.

In private law practice, Mr. Herman appeared on behalf of Canada in the International Court of Justice in the Gulf of Maine boundary case in 1984.

For many years, he has concentrated his legal practice on international trade and business transactions, representing private sector clients, governments and international agencies, dealing particularly with the GATT/WTO, FTA and NAFTA (where he acts as counsel before dispute-resolution bodies).

He regularly represents clients at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT), in the courts and before Parliamentary committees.

Mr. Herman is Chair of the CITT’s National Advisory Committee and a member of the Trade Expert Advisory Council of the Canadian Department of International Trade. He had been a member of the Market Access Advisory Group (MAAG) of the  International Trade Department providing advice on business issues in the WTO Doha Round negotiations.

He has been a member the Executive Board of the Canada-US Law Institute since 2009.

Mr. Herman was on the Council of the International Bar Association’s Energy Section for many years and served as chair of the Trade Policy Committee of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and a member of the International Affairs Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and several other business and government trade policy organizations.

From 1990-1993, he was the Chairman of the Canada-Taiwan Business Association.

In 2007, he was appointed Director, Task Force on Trade and Investment Rules of the World Energy Council, London, UK.

He was named a Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute in 2011 and sits on the International Economic Policy Council and the National Policy Council of that well-respected think-tank .

Lawrence Herman has been recognized as a leading lawyer by the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in CanadaBest Lawyers in Canada and Chambers Global.

Lexpert bestowed him with its Zenith Award in 2012 for his contributions to the field of international trade law. In March 2017, he received the Canada-US Law Institute’s Sidney Picker Award for his contributions to the work of that organization.

Mr. Herman regularly  lectures on international law at Canadian law schools and business faculties. He was the CUSLI Distinguished Lecturer at Western University Law School in November 2016.

As a sometime journalist, he was op-ed columnist on international trade and business for the Financial Post (Toronto) from 1993 to 1998 and contribute frequently to The Globe and Mail and other newspapers.

Together with numerous articles in legal and business journals, Lawrence Herman has written several text books: Canadian Trade Remedy Law & Practice (1997), Canadian Trade Law (2008) and, most recently, Export and Import Controls, Sanctions and Other Trade Restrictions (2010).

Among other non-professional activities, he has served on the boards of Heritage Toronto, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and Jazz.FM.91, a public radio station in Toronto.  Currently, he is Chair of the Toronto Summer Music Festival and a board member of the Council for Business and the Arts, a not-for-profit corporation advocating closer ties between Canadian performing arts organizations and the private sector.


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Doug Holmes

Doug has been in the Warehouse Automation business for over 8 years and serves as Vice President of Automation Sales for Automha Americas Automation Corp. Prior to his current position; Doug was with a major Material Handling company in Mississauga for 24 years.

Automha is the World leader in what is called “Cart Based Automation” and with manufacturing and Headquarters in Bergamo Italy have installations in 47 countries. We have become very successful in our very specific type of Automation for companies who need to store many pallets of the same Sku, offering extreme pallet storage density & throughput potential.

Automha Americas is based in Oakville Ontario and handles all Sales & Service in North America for Automha.


Robert Lande

Mr. Lande is President of FXCM, a foreign exchange brokerage firm. Formerly, he was managing partner and Chief Operating Officer of Riveredge Capital Partners LLC. Prior to Riveredge Capital, Mr. Lande worked for over 16 years within the BCE/Bell Canada group where his last position was Chief Financial Officer of Telecom Américas Ltd., a joint venture between Bell Canada International, AT&T (then SBC Communications) and America Movil. Mr. Lande is chartered financial analyst and holds an M.B.A. from the John Molson School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from McGill University. Mr. Lande was on the Board of Paladin Labs from 1995 to 2014.


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DR. Shafiq Qaadri, MD, HBA, MPP

Dr. Qaadri is a strong advocate of quality Public Healthcare, Education, Diversity and a Just Society. He was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2003. He has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children's Services. In 2006 he was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario's first Minister of Health Promotion.

On October 10, 2007, Dr. Qaadri was re-elected to his second term in the Ontario Provincial Parliament, and re-elected again to his third term in October 2011.  He currently serves as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government Services.

Dr. Qaadri graduated from Upper Canada College in 1982, and from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1988. During his academic career, he won several scholarships and awards, including an English-Speaking Union Essay Prize to Oxford University, a Canadian National Debating Championship, a Medical Research Council Scholarship in Clinical Neurosurgery, and a Senator Thompson Fellowship to the University of Pennsylvania.

As a physician, the multilingual Dr. Qaadri has published and presented more than 700 articles on a variety of medical topics. He has appeared on more than 1000 radio and television shows.

Dr. Qaadri and his wife have two children.

He is honoured to be the Member of Provincial Parliament serving the people of Etobicoke North, for whom he is an eloquent and fierce advocate.


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Olga Torres

Olga Torres is the Managing Member of Torres Law, PLLC. Ms. Torres concentrates her practice in the areas of customs and international trade law, anti-corruption compliance, and industrial security matters.

In the area of U.S. export control, Ms. Torres counsels clients on compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the various embargo and sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC). She regularly represents clients before the U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

In the area of customs, Ms. Torres advises clients on import compliance matters, including customs rulings, classification, country of origin, special duty programs such as NAFTA, focused assessments, C-TPAT, and seizures of goods by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She also assists with antidumping/countervailing duty matters before the Import Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Ms. Torres also has experience representing companies in transactions subject to review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and advises on measures to mitigate Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI).

Regarding anti-corruption matters, Ms. Torres counsels clients on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery laws. She has developed compliance programs and provided training for her clients. She also has experience conducting sensitive internal investigations, in English and Spanish, related to FCPA compliance.

Recent representative matters have involved the following:

  • Conduct audits and due diligence in mergers and acquisitions
  • Establishing and effectively maintaining export and import compliance programs
  • Prepare export licenses, technical assistance and manufacturing license agreements
  • Prepare commodity jurisdiction, classification requests (CCATS)
  • Assist with technology transfers and deemed exports
  • Assist in associated enforcement actions
  • Conduct internal investigations
  • Preparing ITAR, EAR, and Census voluntary disclosures
  • Assist importers with Customs audits and prepare prior disclosures
  • Assist with import and export classification projects
  • Prepare anti-dumping scope ruling requests
  • File OFAC voluntary self-disclosure
  • Prepare FCPA manuals and conduct training

Ms. Torres is a frequent speaker and moderator. She has lectured on export controls and international trade for organizations, universities and government agencies in different countries, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Mexico, Thailand, France, and Canada.

She was previously an attorney in the International & Cross Border Transactions group at Holland & Knight LLP in Washington, D.C.


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Steve Tripp

Steve started his career in Logistics at Ford and later moved to Chrysler, now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). At FCA he held numerous senior level positions in Logistics and Supply Chain heading departments such as Assembly Production Control and Material Handling Engineering.

In the Logistics area Steve has led FCA’s Inbound (Parts) network, International Logistics network and was the Head of Worldwide Vehicle Transportation. In those positions he was responsible for all aspects of the networks – network design, transportation procurement and network operations. He has significant experience dealing with all modes of transportation including rail, truck, ocean, LTL and parcel.

He has also held leadership positions in the Automotive Logistics industry as Chair of the Reload Committee in the Automotive Industry Logistics Steering Committee (AILSC) and Chair of the AILSC Executive Committee. He is a frequent speaker at Automotive Logistics conferences and has presented at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), rail shipper conferences (Southeast Association of Rail Shippers), ILOS Forum Internacional and other venues. Steve is now Vice President of Global Strategy and Execution at ICL Systems.