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2018 Rail to Ports Conference: “Fluidity & Capacity Investment in Trade Challenged Times”

October 11, 2018 @ 7:30 am - October 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Please join us on October 11 and 12 at the University of Calgary’s Downtown Campus.

Building on the Institute’s conference from October 3, 2018, entitled “NAFTA 2.0: Potential Impacts and Critical Trade Choices”, this conference will focus on Canada’s resource trade supply chains in terms of the “transportation modernization” initiatives currently underway to improve the fluidity and capacity of Canada’s rail to seaport corridors, the expansion of inland ports and the implementation of urban goods movement strategies.

Day One will provide an update on the state of infrastructure capacity and investments in seaports and inland ports given the current outlook for rail freight transport in Canada.  Day Two will focus on the “implementation” of recent changes made to the Canada Transportation Act that are intended to improve access, efficiency and safety within most of Canada’s rail to seaport trade corridors.

Given a balancing of multiple interests recently undertaken to legislatively define these transport modernization initiatives, the purpose of the conference is to provide an industry forum through the Van Horne Institute for Canada’s trade supply chain participants to now discuss and facilitate the next steps for the “implementation” of these policy initiatives and the goals of increased trade capacity, network fluidity, new market opportunities, trade diversification, more sustainable safe jobs and economic growth.

By doing so, it is hoped that Canada’s transportation policy reform processes may also be improved.

Register soon and consider having your company sponsor a table for your company delegates to attend this important learning and networking event.

Day 1 – Thursday October 11th

07:30   Registration and Breakfast

08:15   Welcome from the Van Horne Institute  

08:20   Conference Opening  

  • The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport (via video message)

08:30   Canada’s New Infrastructure Bank

  • Nick Hann, Head of Investments, Canada Infrastructure Bank

“Canada Infrastructure Bank – Vision, Mission and Opportunity to Fund Critical  Infrastructure and Its Current Status”

09:15   Eliminating Eastern Port Bottlenecks:  Infrastructure Updates

ModeratorJohn Tenpenny, Editor, Canadian Shipper

  • Don Krusel, Managing Director, Port of Quebec Container Terminal Project
  • Daniel Dagenais, Vice President Operations, Montreal Port Authority
  • Tim Heney, CEO, Thunderbay Port Authority

10:30     Break (30 minutes)

11:00     Eliminating Western Port Bottlenecks:  Infrastructure Updates

Moderator:  Don Dean, Principal, PROLOG Consulting Ltd.

  • Breanne Boettcher, Manager Corporate Development & Director, Stewart World Port
  • Andrew Hamilton, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Prince Rupert Port Authority
  • Greg Rogge, Director, Land Operations, Port of Vancouver

12:00   Lunch

12:30   Luncheon Key Note Speaker

  • Kleo Landucci, Chief Commercial & Corporate Affairs Officer, Ashcroft Terminal Ltd., A Member of the PSA Group, Ashcroft, BC

“Reducing Port Congestion Through Inland Port Expansion and Infrastructure  Investment at Ashcroft Terminal”

13:00   Post-Lunch Break (15 minutes)

13:15   Role of Inland Ports in Saskatchewan:  Strategy and Project Updates

Moderator:  Peter Hurme, Programming Director, Cargo Logistics Canada and Correspondent, Lloyds List

  • Bryan Richards, President & CEO, Global Transportation Hub – Regina, SK
  • Paul Ferguson, General Manager of Energy, Fertilizer and Industrial Products, CERES Global Ag Corp – Northgate, SK

14:15   Role of Inland Ports in Alberta:  Strategy and Project Updates

Moderator:  Jim Brown, Principal JRSB Consulting Ltd. – Calgary, AB

  • Glen Vanstone, Vice-President, Enterprise Edmonton
  • Patti Dunlop, Business Development Manager, Transportation & Logistics, Calgary Economic Development

15:15   Break (15 minutes)

15:30   Canada’s Multimodal Transport Demand Forecast:  Challenges and Opportunities

  • Christian Dea, Chief Economist, Transport Canada

16:00     Railway Efforts to Improve Western Canada’s North South Trade

  • Jim Titsworth, General Director (Canadian Business Development), BNSF Railway

16:30   Networking Reception

Day 2 – Friday October 12th

7:30   Registration and Breakfast

8:15   Day 2 – Kickoff Speaker:

  • Don Ashley, National Legislative Director, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference

“Pursuing the Rail Safety and Efficiency Balance – a view from the cab”

8:45   Rail Safety and Goods Movement Initiative Updates

Moderator:  Dr. Ganesh Doluweera, Director of Research, Canadian Energy Research Institute

  • Joel Carlson, Principal, CPCS management consulting – Toronto – rail safety and goods movement work in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
  • Michael Casey, Manager, Provincial Planning Office, Ontario Ministry of Transportation – greater Golden Horseshoe multimodal plan
  • Ryan Vanderputten, Director, Transportation Planning, City of Calgary – Calgary goods movement study (2018)
  • Mike Henderson, Managing Director, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council – Vancouver regional goods movement strategy (2017)

10:15   Break (15 minutes)

10:30   Shippers’ Suggestions to Address Current Trade, Transport and Port Challenges 

Moderator:  Kevin Doyle, Director, Van Horne Institute Governance Board

  • Geoff Backman, Business Development and Markets Manager, Alberta Wheat Commission
  • Jeff Nielsen, President, Grain Growers of Canada (subject to harvest)
  • Brendan Marshall, VP Economic and Northern Affairs, Mining Association of Canada
  • Kara Edwards, Director, Transportation, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

12:00   Lunch

12:30   Luncheon Keynote Speaker

  • Liz Barker, Vice-Chair, Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA)

“Getting to destination:  Bill C-49 implementation and regulatory modernization”

13:00   Post-Lunch Break (15 minutes)

13:15   Transport Modernization Act:  Implementing the Act to Improve Access, Efficiency and Competitiveness

Moderator:  Christoph Doehner, Chair, Van Horne Institute Governance Board and President, Bold Realty, Calgary

14:15   Improving the Process for Reforming Canada’s Transportation Policy:  Reflections on Bill C-49 and the role of parliamentarian cooperation and an “independent” Senate

Moderator:  Alex Phillips, President and CEO, Van Horne Institute

  • Ken Hardie, Liberal MP (Fleetwood – Port Kels), Member, House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport
  • Kelly Block, Conservative MP (Carlton Trail – Eagle Creek), Vice-Chair, House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport
  • David Tkachuk, Conservative Senator from Saskatchewan, Chairperson, Senate Standing Committee on Transport

15:30   Networking Break (15 minutes)

15:45   “Scheduled Precision Railroading” at CN and CP:  the Enduring Legacy of Hunter Harrison on Canadian Railways and Network Efficiency

  • Howard Green, anchor of Canada’s Business News Network (1999 -2014) and best-selling author, will talk about key learnings from his third book: Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison, which comes out on September 18, 2018 (pre-order at http://www.howardgreen.com/ )

16:30   Conference Summary

  • David Kalinchuk, Economic Development Manager, Rocky View County Alberta – Reflections on Day 1 and 2 sessions and issues

16:50   Closing Remarks & Thank You’s

  • Alex Phillips, President & CEO, Van Horne Institute

17:00   Conference Adjourned


Hotel Information:

Ramada Calgary Downtown; Room Rate of $108 a night; http://ramadacalgary.com/

Please call Toll Free 1-800-661-8684 or the hotel direct at 403 263 7600 or email: reservations@ramadacalgary.com. Please use the group name “1810THEVAN_001” when making your reservation.

Sponsorship is available! 

Rail to Ports Sponsorship Package

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October 11, 2018 @ 7:30 am
October 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


906 - 8 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 1H9 Canada
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