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Calgary Region as a Transportation Hub Conference 2014

November 19, 2014 @ 8:00 am - November 20, 2014 @ 5:00 pm


The Calgary Region as a Transportation Hub:

The Van Horne Institute and the Calgary Regional Partnership led a discussion by a series of Distinguished Speakers on the topic of “The Calgary Region as a Transportation Hub”.  This conference was designed to provide attendees the opportunity to engage with leaders from the transportation, supply chain, logistics and distribution industries to share a vision as to the contribution of this industry will make to the future economy of the Calgary region.

Welcoming Remarks

Breakfast Keynote

  • Mayor Naheed Nenshi, City of Calgary

Session 1: Future Forward

Moderator: Peter Wallis, CEO & President, Van Horne Institute

  • Presentation: Ross Danyluk, Executive Director, Strategic Policy Branch, Alberta Transportation Presentation
  • Discussant: Colleen Shepherd, Executive Director, Calgary Regional Partnership

Networking Break (Sponsored by Innovation and Advanced Education)

Session 2: The Calgary Region as a Transportation Hub

  • Moderator: Dave Kalinchuk; Economic Development Manager, Rocky View County
  • The Competitive Advantage of the Calgary Region

Reg Johnston, Calgary Regional Partnership (RJ T&L Consulting Ltd.) Presenation

  • Trucking

Trevor Fridfinnson, Senior Vice President, Bison Transport Presentation

  • Distribution Centres

Ian Murray, Managing Director, Intermodal Marketing, CP and Todd Cooper, Director, Supply Chain Transportation, Home Depot

  • Air

Ferio Pugliese , President and Executive Vice President, WestJet Encore Presentation

Stephan Poirier, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Calgary Airport Authority Presentation

  • Rail

Tony Bianco, Director, Director Sales Intermodal Domestic, CN Presentation

Session 3: Calgary Region: Inland Port & Gateway to Asia

  • Moderator: Paul McLaughlin, Director, International Logistics, Industrial Investment and Markets, Innovation and Advanced Education, Government of Alberta
  • Andrew Hamilton, Director, Trade Development  Prince Rupert Port Authority Presentation
  • Shaun Hammond, Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety, Policy and Engineering Division, Alberta Transportation Presentation

Lunch Keynote—Alberta’s Economic Future and Transportation Hubs (Sponsored by Transport Canada)

  • Justin Riemer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic Development and Innovation Division, Innovation and Advanced Education, Government of Alberta Presentation

Session 4: Mechanisms for Success

Part A: Foreign Trade Zones in the Calgary Region

  • Moderator: Ben Smith, Chair, Calgary Logistics Council
  • Bob Miller, Economic Prosperity Lead, Calgary Regional Partnership and Tom Dixon, Business Development Manager, Real Estate & Logistics, Calgary Economic Development Presentation

Part B: Education and Workforce Development

  • Moderator: Linda Lucas, M. Ed., President, Elle and Associates
  • Cathy Faber, Superintendent and Chief Information Officer,  Learning Innovation, Calgary Board of  Education Presentation
  • Jim Dewald, Dean, Faculty of Strategy and Global Management, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary Presentation
  • Valerie Kinnear, Dean, Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University

Networking Break (Sponsored by Triskele Logistics Ltd.)

Session 5: Technology as a Productivity Tool

  • Moderator: Harrie Vredenburg, Suncor Energy Chair, Professor, Faculty of Business University of Calgary
  • Passenger Rail

Chuck Halasz, National Manager, Rolling Stock, Siemens Presentation

  • Automobiles

Paul Godsmark, CAVCOE Presentation

  • Warehousing

Mike Kotecki, North American Senior VP Sales, Dematic Ltd. Presentation

  • Trucking

Cindy Clark, Dealer Principal, Sterling Western Star Trucks (5-sterling-western-star.pdf)

  • Motorcoach

John Stepovy, General Manager, Red Arrow Presentation

Networking Break (Sponsored by Office of Land Servicing & Housing (OLSH), The City of Calgary)

Session 6: Transportation Hubs in a Global Context

Arenso Bakker, Stig Consult, Netherlands Presentation

Concluding Remarks

  • Colleen Shepherd, Executive Director, Calgary Regional Partnership and Peter Wallis, President & CEO, Van Horne Institute



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November 19, 2014 @ 8:00 am
November 20, 2014 @ 5:00 pm