John Alaimo is President of BIS Risk Solutions, Inc.
For over 25 years John has been an active member in the insurance industry. He started his career with the Economical Mutual Insurance company in 2008 after graduating from the Insurance Administration program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. He has worked for several major insurance companies over the years, including ING and Aviva Canada, as well as working for a large commercial broker in Hamilton. In his current role as President of BIS Risk Solutions Inc he is heavily involved in long haul Transportation Captives. John holds a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional designation as well as a Certified Risk Management designation.
John has been a continuing education instructor for the Insurance Institute of Canada, Mohawk College and McMaster University where he is currently instructing the Risk Management courses helping students achieve their Certified Risk Management Designation. John is a 3-time recipient of the CLANNAD Award from the Insurance Institute of Hamilton/Niagara for Instructor of the year. He also served as a council member for the Hamilton Chapter of the Insurance Institute.
John is married with two children and enjoys spending quality time with his family, running and playing and watching various sports.
Pam Arpin is Assistant Vice-President Customer and Corporate Services for CP Rail.
Pam Arpin is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the transportation industry. She joined Canadian Pacific in 1997 and since that time has held a variety of positions in Sales, Customer Service, Finance and Operations before being named Assistant Vice-President Customer and Corporate Services in 2017.
Leading a diverse team of approximately 400 employees, Pam is responsible for CP's Network Service Centre. In this shared services role, she oversees CP’s customer service, operational, financial and human resources transactional support functions, as well as leading development and implementation of improvements to these services through process and technology innovation.
Pam holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Saskatchewan.
Kimberly Biback is a Corporate Relations and PR specialist for Sharp Transportation Systems Inc. and sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the PMTC, the Executive Board for PMTC YLG, as well as the Executive Committee for the Toronto Chapter for Fleet Safety Council.
Over the past 12 years, Kimberly has helped companies develop programs and strategies to promote growth and success. Kimberly also focuses closely on strategies and systems that promote cohesion and transparency between organization, employee and external clientele/leads, while facilitating open dialogue and collaboration.
Outside of the office, Kimberly is a published author, karate-ga, ultramarathon competitor and soon to be participating in Canada’s first ever SealFit; 24hr Navy Seal crucible, known as the hardest civilian training in the world, in order to raise funds for early-onset Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Tim Courtney is currently the national Manager for Commercial Automobile and Trucking Insurance for AIG Insurance Company of Canada.
Tim has been an active member of the Canadian insurance industry for over 42 years. Tim has worked for several major insurance companies during that time including both underwriting and executive roles. For the past 18 years Tim’s focus has been heavily devoted to trucking including ten years with Markel Insurance Company of Canada (now Northbridge Insurance) progressing from National Director of Underwriting to Vice President of Underwriting, four years as Vice president of Commercial Insurance at ICBC and most recently with AIG. Tim holds a Chartered Insurance Professional designation.
Tim has been devoted to product and service innovations as well as the establishment of leading practices in the underwriting of trucking insurance.
Tim is married with five children and six grand-children.
Gary Crowther is Director of Marketing, Domestic Intermodal for CN in North America.
Gary leads the domestic marketing team for CN, and is located at CN’s Intermodal headquarters in Brampton, ON. He is a 22 year veteran of CN, having filled various roles over his career in operations, sales and marketing mostly surrounding the intermodal portion of CN. Gary also is a Member of the Board of Directors at The University of Denver’s Transportation Institute, his alma mater where he graduated with a Masters of Science Degree.
Jeff Dzierbicki is Director of Rubicon VLS.
Jeff has 19 years of automotive logistics. He joined Rubicon VLS during its launch in June of 2015. Jeff is responsible for the overall operations of Rubicon VLS, overseeing multiple aspects of the finished vehicle logistics supply chain. Prior to working for Rubicon VLS, Jeff held various positions in finished vehicle transportation, intercontinental logistics and warehousing with Jack Cooper Transport, SAIC USA and General Motors.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University with majors in Logistics Management and Marketing. He also has an MBA from the University of Michigan - Flint.
Oryst Dydynsky serves as a consultant to the Descartes Systems Group on Cross Border and Regulatory Affairs.
His role is to serve as a source for the trade community on the most current trade and technological solutions available to streamline the movement of freight across the border.
After a thirty-year career with Canada Customs where he was part of a changing and evolving Customs process, Mr. Dydynsky brought his experience to both ViaSafe and Descartes to assist the trade community in complying with the vast array of new security initiatives that are now part of the “New Normal” in the international trade environment.
Mr. Dydynsky was a former Chief of Cargo and Release Policy at Customs and the project manager for several border initiatives to streamline the movement of imported goods to Canada and U.S. including: Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS); New import systems developed for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA); and Customs Self Assessment (CSA/FAST) for Carrier/Driver.
In addition he is a member of the IE Canada Advocacy Council and on the Board of Directors for the Association of International Customs and Border Agencies (AICBA).
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.
Chris Henry is the VP of Carrier Profitability @ FreightWaves and the Program Manager for the TCA Profitability Program (also known as TPP), an exclusive business improvement initiative from the Truckload Carriers Association. As a member of the TPP team, Chris' primary roles are development and marketing of the inGauge cloud-based benchmarking service, improving industry data standardization, and is a group facilitator within the Best Practice Group Program. Chris currently manages, and facilitates four Best Practice Groups within the Dryvan, Refrigerated, Flatbed, Brokerage market segments, In his presentation - "The State of Freight", Chris will be combining exclusive leading and lagging indicators of the North American Freight Markets, along with some predictions for the next 18 months both North and South of the border.
Oliden Herrera has a degree in Food Engineering and Masters in Food Science and Industrial Engineering. Oliden is a consultant specializing in the development, implementation and maintenance of food safety management systems. Areas of expertise include meat processing, seafood, bakery, pet food, beverage, packaging material, and ingredients, among others. As SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000 and PCP-HACCP consultant, Mr. Herrera is results oriented with strong management and organizational skills.
Oliden possesses the expertise to develop and conduct teams in the implementation of strategist to achieve continuous improvement and has the ability to identify cost reduction opportunities and implement strategies to increase company revenues. Oliden’s solid engineering background is effectively applied to plant design and build, process flows, equipment requirements and organizational compliance with PCP-HACCP, GFSI and government standards.
John is a qualified Master Mariner and has sailed in all ranks up to Captain on a wide variety of merchant vessels including general cargo, LPG, LNG, chemical tankers and VLCC’s. He joins ClaimsPro after serving as CEO at a North American marine surveying and consulting company. Prior to that he was Director Marine Programs for an international independent adjusting firm. John is a senior marine surveyor, with a broad experience including general claims, pleasure craft, project cargo and risk control. He has significant technical expertise in the hazardous materials and environmental response sectors.
John has significant technical expertise in the hazardous materials and environmental response sectors. He holds a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) designation and a Class 1 Master Mariner Foreign Going designation from Liverpool’s John Moores University.
In his role, John oversees ClaimsPro’s national team of marine surveyors and adjusters, ensuring continued progressive growth of this business unit, while supporting the company’s commitment to be the most recommended adjusting company in the marine industry.
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.
Mr. Martin Lew is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Commtrex, the largest electronic Marketplace for commodity shippers to directly connect with railcar owners, storage facilities, transloaders, rail service providers, and industry data. Prior to Commtrex, Mr. Lew was the Head of Sales and Origination (Americas and Europe) for Mabanaft Coal Trading, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marquard and Bahls. Before Mabanaft, Mr. Lew was Vice President of J.P. Morgan’s Global Commodities Group, responsible for leading the Sales and Origination effort for North American Coal and Environmental Markets Group and providing integrated physical and financial commodity solutions for clients of the investment bank. Martin originated structured physical and financial deals for electric utilities, merchant generators, coal producers, hedge funds, and private equity firms. While in these positions, the North American Coal and Environmental Markets Group was awarded Coal and Emissions House of the Year by Energy Risk Magazine in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Mr. Lew has over 8 years of experience in the financial services industry. Beginning in 2007, he served as an Associate in the North American Emissions and Coal Group at Bear Stearns. He was the first marketer hired at Bear Stearns to establish and build the emissions and coal business across North America. Prior to working at Bear Stearns, Martin was CEO/Co-Founder of Equate Systems, a company that developed proprietary cross-platform navigation and data analytics software. Before Equate Systems, Martin led the marketing and business development efforts for numerous software start-up companies in the software and hardware spaces.
Mr. Lew holds a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in Communications and Political Science from the University of Southern California.
Gord brings to Seaspan Ferries more than 28 years of experience in the transportation industry, most recently with Rocky Mountaineer, where he was Vice-President, Railway Operations and Asset Development and drove the execution of the company’s largest capital expansion projects in its history. He also held the position of Chief Safety Officer at Rocky Mountaineer, leading all safety, security, business continuity and emergency response programs. Prior to joining Rocky Mountaineer, Gord held various roles at CN, progressing from frontline conductor to senior management.
As Vice President, Seaspan Ferries, Gord is responsible for the safety and management of the day-to-day operations of Seaspan Ferries. He focuses on establishing long-term plans for the business in line with the company’s strategic plan, fulfilling revenue targets and maintaining stakeholder relationships.
Robert J. Neild
Robert Neild is the Director of National Transportation Services with Loblaw Companies Limited. He is responsible for the oversight of all third-party carrier contracts and safety compliance; ensuring a safe, reliable, and professional transportation network.
Prior to this, Robert was the Director of West Outbound Transportation for Loblaw. In this role, Robert established Loblaw’s first carrier management program in 2011. The success of the western program prompted the expansion of the program nation-wide. Recognized as industry leading, Loblaw’s carrier management program is now deeply engrained in their supply chain culture.
Born and raised on the prairies, Robert has worked throughout Western Canada in the transportation industry with national and global organizations. During his career, Robert has honed his passion and expertise for the development, implementation and sustainment of compliance programs for companies of all scales.
Robert is married with four grown children and now lives in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.
Michael began his insurance career in 2008 with TD Meloche Monnex providing home and auto insurance for alumni and groups. He transitioned unto commercial insurance a year later landing at Aon Reed Stenhouse in 2009. Michael serviced mid-market businesses by assessing and managing their risks. Michael was then recruited to boutique firm - Hallmark Insurance, where he became Partner and Vice President successfully building a significant book of business. Today, Michael is an Associate and Vice President of BFL, Canada’s largest independent commercial insurance brokerage with a focus on industries exposed to complex risks such as: Transportation, Logistics & Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Technology & Cyber and Directors & Officers Liability. Michael grew up in Toronto and obtained his Canadian Risk Management certification from U of T and is happily married with 2 children.
CARLOS SESMA JR.
Attorney at law by the Escuela Libre de Derecho, Admitted to practice in the Federal Republic of Mexico in 2000. Master’s in business Direction and Administration by the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa (IPADE), México, 2005 - 2007. Pre-Law and Finance, Nebraska Wesleyan University 1994-1995 Specialization in American Business Law, University of Michigan - 1998.
Areas of Expertise: Transportation and Logistics; Corporate Law, International Agreements; Negotiation, Crisis Management, NAFTA.
Memberships (having presented several papers and being member of steering committees): Transportation Lawyers Association; Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association; American Chamber of Commerce Mexico; Canadian Chamber of Commerce Mexico; Conference of Freight Counsel; National Importers and Exporters Association of the Mexican Republic
Specific Transportation and Logistics Experience: Thorough experience in the design, implementation and follow through of legal strategy for international transportation and logistics companies in doing business in Mexico and Latin America. Draft, negotiation, implementation and pursuit of international contracts surrounding the activities performed in the industry. Regulatory matters, permits, licenses, neutral foreign investment structures, license plates, inspection and audit management. Complex real estate transactions for the industry. Compliance. Accident and crisis management. High-level negotiation skills. Government contracting and government relations.
Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson
Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson is Chair of Toronto’s Economic Development Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Now in his fifth term as Councillor, Michael has earned a reputation as one of Toronto’s hardest working and most effective political leaders.
In 2006, as Chair of the Scarborough Community Council, he led the campaign to create the first ever TTC transit strategy for Scarborough, a strategy designed to significantly expand and enhance public transit services for all Scarborough residents. Throughout his years on Council, Michael’s unrelenting drive for public safety in the face of increased gun violence ultimately led to the development of a city-wide Community Safety Plan, a GTA-wide police task force on guns and gangs, an increase in the numbers of police officers in the street, and a new young offender program designed to divert young people into jobs instead of jail.
Under the banner of “getting things done,” Michael is known to his constituents as a community builder committed to bring people together in a spirit of collaboration. He has led and assisted in the formation of local community associations, youth leadership initiatives and Business Improvement Areas, and holds regular public meetings to engage residents throughout his ward.
In addition to a strong focus on resolving local issues and serving his constituents, Michael’s commitment to developing Toronto’s city-wide economy is longstanding. In his first term in office, he spearheaded the creation of the Wexford Heights Business Improvement Area and established a Job Fair that annually brought thousands of job seekers together with dozens of employers.
He maintains a widespread network of business relationships that has helped the City to enhance business retention, promote growth and increase private sector employment. His active engagement with business has helped speed the launch of new business ventures, resolved business/residential conflicts and gained business participation in a wide range of community-building initiatives. In recent years, the international connections he has developed and nurtured have played a significant role in attracting billions of dollars in new investment to the City, contributing to a more robust economy and substantial job creation. Recently, Michael was a key member of a Toronto project team that successfully lobbied executives of Collision, one of the world’s leading high technology conferences, to choose Toronto as the conference’s home for 2019 – 2021, bringing 25,000 technology executives and investors to the City and injecting tens of millions of dollars into Toronto’s economy.
Michael is a firm believer in the critical value of culture as a builder of strong communities. When he first took office, he co-founded the Taste of Lawrence Avenue East Festival, which brings together tens of thousands of people each year to experience local performing arts and cuisine. In 2013, he led the City’s efforts to create a new arts and culture plan that provided a bold, new roadmap for cultural vitality, strengthened arts spending and launched a new era of collaboration among arts and culture groups across the City. Michael was also the first Chair of Toronto’s Music Advisory Committee, and played a key role in efforts to attract international film and television productions and studio investments to Toronto.
Michael received his public school education in Scarborough, and his BA from Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to entering politics, he earned his business credentials as an entrepreneur in the business and financial services sector. In 2017, he successfully completed the ICD Directors Education Program offered by the Rotman School of Management and Institute of Corporate Directors.
He is the recipient of the African Achievement Award for Excellence in Politics, the York University International Award, the Jain Society of Toronto Community Award, the Bob Marley Award and the Bob Marley Lifetime Achievement Award.
He continues to work with a number of charitable organizations including participation in the LIUNA Local 506 scholarship fund.
Vildozo has over 15 years of experience at IHS Markit and its predecessor companies. At IHS Markit Vildozo is responsible for managing the automotive vehicle sales forecasts in the Americas. His primary responsibility is oversight of industry trends in the continent and developing forecasts for its markets. His area of expertise is product planning and strategy and their effect on vehicle demand. Vildozo has also worked in the automotive areas of manufacturers' product cycles, production capacity constraints, investment on capacity and import/export strategies. Finally, Vildozo puts his economics background to work by analyzing the political/economical landscapes of the Americas and their role on vehicle demand.
Vildozo is often invited to speak at engagements that cover the state of the industry in the region. He has been quoted by media sources such as Bloomberg, Automotive News, Wards, and the Financial Times, among others. He obtained his bachelor degree in Economics and master's degree in International Economics from Suffolk University in Boston and pursued further graduate studies in Marketing, Business and Finance at Bentley College in Waltham. Vildozo is fluent in English and Spanish and has working knowledge of Portuguese and French.
IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 business and government customers, including 80 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions.