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World Class Supply Chain Summit

World Class Supply Chain 2022:
Creating a Sustainable Future

As climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic continue to disrupt the global supply chain, it’s critical that we come together to develop a resilient, sustainable system that functions with operational efficiency and environmental responsibility for decades to come.

At World Class Supply Chain 2022: Creating a Sustainable Future, leaders from academia and industry will explore the opportunities and challenges inherent in building, operating, and leveraging the optimal supply chain of today, and tomorrow.

World Class Supply Chain 2022 will take place at the Granite Ridge Golf Course in Milton on Wednesday, May 4, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

All provincial COVID-19 restrictions will apply.

The 2022 Summit will feature an outstanding panel on the supply chain and sustainability, moderated by Janet Drysdale, Vice-President, Sustainability, CN.

The keynote speaker is Alan Amling, Distinguished Fellow at The University of Tennessee, CEO of advisory firm Thrive and Advance LLC, and on the Executive Advisory Board for the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute.

Active student involvement, always key to the success of the Summit, will be enhanced this year with the addition of a second Student Co-Chair, as well as the participation of even more students from across Canada.

To learn more about World Class Supply Chain 2022, please contact Kate MacDonald at kmacdonald@wlu.ca.


Summit Agenda 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

8:30 am                      Welcome

  • Our MC, Scott McCammon, President and CEO of the Milton Chamber of Commerce, welcomes attendees.

8:35 am                      Opening remarks 

  • By Dr. Michael Haughton, Professor, Supply Chain Management at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, Keith Reardon, Senior Vice-President, Consumer Product Supply Chain, CN, and Student Co-Chairs Olivia Gottschalk and Gregory Kinsey, Co-Presidents of the Laurier Supply Chain Association.

9:00 am                      Supply Chain and Sustainability Panel

  • A leading panel moderated by Janet Drysdale, Vice-President, Sustainability, CN, explores the challenges in creating a sustainable supply chain, as well as the opportunities that can result. Our panelists: David Carruth, CEO, ONE For Freight, Chantale Despres, Assistant Vice-President, Sustainability, CN, Grace Liang, President, OOCL Canada Inc., and Martin Roos, Managing Director, Air & Sea Canada, DSV Global Transport and Logistics.

10:00 am                    Keynote

  • By TED speaker and supply chain thought leader Alan Amling, a Distinguished Fellow at The University of Tennessee, CEO of the advisory firm Thrive and Advance LLC, and a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute.

11:00 am                   Networking Break

11:15 am                  Our Student Forum

  • Five students in supply chain and logistics from across Canada discuss the responsibility of the sector to operate sustainably, and present ideas on how to achieve it.

12:00 noon             Closing Remarks

  • By Co-Chairs Dr. Michael Haughton, Keith Reardon, Olivia Gottschalk, and Gregory Kinsey.

12:30 pm                 Networking Lunch

  • CN’s Keith Reardon conducts “live” interviews with speakers and attendees.

 1:15 pm                  Fireside Chats

  • An opportunity for further dialogue with panelists, keynote speaker, and our students.

3:00 pm                  Adjournment

  • Until World Class Supply Chain 2023, on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, Milton.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
ALAN AMLING

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Alan Amling is a TED speaker and supply chain thought leader.  Alan helped drive innovation over a 27-year career with UPS and is currently a Distinguished Fellow at The University of Tennessee, CEO of advisory firm Thrive and Advance LLC, and on the Executive Advisory Board for the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute.  He researches, invests, advises, and speaks on innovation in logistics and how all firms can recognize and thrive in disruption.  His first book, Organizational Velocity, was released in March, 2022.

Alan holds a Ph.D. in Management from Kennesaw State University, an MBA from Indiana University, and a BA in Business and Psychology from Lewis & Clark College.


MC:
SCOTT MCCAMMON

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Scott McCammon has been involved in the Chamber of Commerce business for 40 years, including being one of the few to serve both as a volunteer Board Chair and a Chamber staffer. He is currently President & CEO of the Milton Chamber.

Previously, Scott was in Executive roles in the Burlington, Hamilton, and Ontario Chambers of Commerce. He is one of the most highly decorated Chamber executives in Canada having been awarded the following: Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation from the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Association in Washington: Canadian ACE (Accredited Chamber Executive) designation; Executive of the Year Award for Canada; CCEC Council of Excellence; Burnie Gillespie Award for community leadership; James G. Carnegie Award (2011) for mentorship; Patron - City of Burlington for community service; Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; and, Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ontario (CEO) President’s Award.

In his limited spare time, Scott works as a background actor on TV shows and movies, including: Suits; Designated Survivor; Saving Hope; and Pixels with Adam Sandler.


CO-CHAIRS:
KEITH REARDON AND MICHAEL HAUGHTON

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Keith Reardon was appointed Senior Vice-President, Consumer Product Supply Chain in August 2018,
based in Toronto. He is responsible for the execution and expansion of CN’s intermodal and automotive
businesses, leading the commercial teams and non-rail operations in his supply chains, and adapting all
last-mile services for customers. Mr. Reardon oversees all aspects of the Company’s domestic and
international intermodal and automotive activities, as well as freight forwarding services in North America and Asia, and CN’s Supply Chain Sales groups, corporate revenue planning, and business development.

Prior to his appointment, he had been Vice-President of Intermodal and Automotive since January of
2017. In 2012, Mr. Reardon was named Vice-President of Intermodal Services. In 2009, Mr. Reardon was appointed Vice-President of Supply Chain Solutions, where he was responsible for the Automotive and Iron Ore business units and CN’s non-rail transportation services including transloading, freight
forwarding and warehousing, just to name a few. He also directed many supply chain and business
development initiatives for CN – working closely with CN customers and partners. Previously, he was
Assistant Vice-President of CN Transloading Operations, where he managed more than 80 CN-owned
warehousing and distribution facilities.

Passionate about logistics, Mr. Reardon has more than 25 years of experience in the field; he also held
senior positions with outside firms in the world of logistics for a number of years. Mr. Reardon holds a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and an MBA from the University of North Florida.

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Dr. Michael Haughton is Professor of Operations and Decision Sciences and CN Research Fellow in Supply Chain Management (SCM) in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis School of Business & Economics.  Dr. Haughton’s expertise within SCM is freight transportation. He has a prolific research record of scholarly awards, publications, and presentations to audiences in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.  His more recent awards include appointments as Visiting Fulbright Research Chair appointment at Arizona State University’s Center for Transborder Studies and Visiting Scholar at China’s Chongqing Technology and Business University.  Two major topics in Dr. Haughton’s current research are: (i) the benefits of high quality information for decisions by both 3PLs and their clients and (ii) logistical efficiency issues at critical links in transportation networks. 


STUDENT CO-CHAIRS:
GREG KINSEY AND OLIVIA GOTTSCHALK  

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Greg Kinsey is a third-year student at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics studying a Bachelor of Business Administration. He is passionate about sharing his interest in the supply chain industry by engaging other students in both his roles as Co-Chair and the Co-President of the Laurier Supply Chain Association. Greg completed his first co-op term at Milwaukee Tool as a supply chain analyst.

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Olivia Gottschalk is a 3rd-year Business student at Wilfrid Laurier University with a concentration in Supply Chain. Olivia is the Co-President of the Laurier Supply Chain Association and enjoys sharing her passion for the industry. Olivia has spent her Winter 2022 co-op work term at Lactalis Canada as a Transportation Intern. She held the position as Vice President of Operations at EarthSuds Co. (2020-2021), a student lead enterprise that manufactures eco-friendly soap. 


STUDENT SPEAKERS:
OLIVIA GOTTSCHALK AND LINDSAY PULS

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Olivia Gottschalk is a 3rd-year Business student at Wilfrid Laurier University with a concentration in Supply Chain. Olivia is the Co-President of the Laurier Supply Chain Association and enjoys sharing her passion for the industry. Olivia has spent her Winter 2022 co-op work term at Lactalis Canada as a Transportation Intern. She held the position as Vice President of Operations at EarthSuds Co. (2020-2021), a student lead enterprise that manufactures eco-friendly soap.

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Lindsay Puls is currently a fourth year student at Wilfrid Laurier University, studying for her bachelor of business administration with a concentration in strategic management. She's also pursuing a minor economics and is a part of Laurier's accredited co-op program. Lindsay is passionate about social enterprises and spent two years working on a student-run social business, EarthSuds. In this role, she co-managed 40 student volunteers towards operational objectives and efficiency. 


STUDENT FACILITATOR:
MAVIS DOTSE

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I decided to take up this position due to my expansive skill in organization and supervision. It lines up perfectly with my experiences and goals for the future. Being the Summit Planning Facilitator for the 2022 World Class Supply Chain Summit is an opportunity for me to put my skills to the test and guarantee that everything goes according to plan for a successful summit.


STUDENT FORUM:
ANDREW DANG, PRIYANKA JAYARATNAM, SHAILI KADAKIA
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Andrew Dang is a fifth-year student at Wilfrid Laurier University specializing in Supply Chain Management and Finance with a Minor in Computer Science and Economics. He has wealth of experience in due diligence and sustainable/social investing in his roles as Chair of Laurier’s Students’ Union Board of Directors and as an analyst on the Laurier Startup Fund. Continuing his passion for transportation, logistics and asset management, Andrew will be working under the Economic Analysis and Financial Modelling team with Infrastructure Canada.

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Priyanka Jayaratnam is a second-year student completing her Bachelor of Business Administration, with an intended specialization in Operations Management & Information Systems and Strategic Management at the Schulich School of Business at York University. She is interested in furthering her passion for supply chain management and consulting. Priyanka recently competed in the Laurier Supply Chain Association and Nestlé CA case competition and placed 1st with her team. She is currently interning at a pro bono consulting firm, Paragon Consulting, as a social media and marketing manager. 

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Shaili Kadakia is a second year double degree student, at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, studying for her bachelor’s in business administration and bachelor’s in computer science. She is passionate about combining her shared interests in supply chain and technology and is currently the Vice President of Technology at the Laurier Supply Chain Association. Shaili recently competed in the Laurier Supply Chain Association and Nestle CA case competition, placing first with her team. She is currently completing her second work term at Plooto Inc. as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer.


SUPPLY CHAIN AND SUSTAINABILITY PANEL:
DAVID CARRUTH, CHANTALE DESPRES, JANET DRYSDALE, GRACE LIANG

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David Carruth. Introduced to the world of transportation at an early age, David worked his way to success from the ground up. Starting at North American TNT, David met his long time mentor and friend John Schiller. After a decade with TNT, David followed Mr. Schiller to Sameday Right-O-Way, before starting his own business in 1992. First specializing in the home delivery market, his company grew exponentially, as did his desire for disrupting the industry and challenging the borders of traditional transportation. After selling his company to Grocery Gateway in 2001, David purchased Ontario New England Express (ONE) in 2005 and the rest is history.

Over the next decade and a half, David and his partners quadrupled the size of the company through acquisitions, organic growth and continuous innovation. Since the purchase of ONE, David and his partners have introduced new services and established new directions for the once single-minded carrier which has been rebranded ONE For Freight.

In October of 2020, David and his partners started the next chapter of the ONE For Freight story and sold to the Reimer Express World Corp Group, where they continue to manage and grow the business.

David is the Immediate Past Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Trucking Association. He is naturally passionate about helping people become the best they can be in business and in life. David is an avid golfer, and cherishes his family life with wife Annette and daughter Stephanie.

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Chantale Despres is an experienced sustainability practitioner with over twenty-five years of progressive leadership positioning CN as a global leading sustainable rail company.

Ms. Despres was appointed AVP Sustainability in 2021 after more than a decade of managing teams and portfolios to develop CN’s sustainability strategy, reporting program and creating stakeholder collaborations to advance shared goals in the transition to the low-carbon economy. This built upon seven years as the Director of Marketing Research and Communications, identifying the customer value proposition for sustainable transport.

Her current responsibilities include leading the development of CN’s climate change, decarbonization and sustainability strategies, oversight of the Company’s sustainable culture program, developing sustainability communications, and overseeing CN’s sustainability disclosures. She is also responsible for the Company’s stakeholder collaborations to advance joint sustainability goals.

A sought-after speaker, Chantale has been a founding board member of the Climate Reality Project Canada whose goal is to tackle climate change through education and grassroots action.

Ms. Despres is a recognized sustainability leader in the transportation industry and the private sector, twice receiving awards for her sustainability achievements from Canada’s Clean50. She has long been an advocate for the role of sustainable rail in the transition to the low-carbon economy and for collaborating with stakeholders to realize that vision.

Ms. Despres holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université de Moncton and a Master’s in Marketing from the Université de Sherbrooke.

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Janet Drysdale is a seasoned and versatile executive with over two decades of cross functional leadership in the transportation industry.

Ms. Drysdale was appointed Vice President Sustainability in April 2021, following a decade of service in senior executive appointments of increasing scope and responsibility. Prior appointments include Vice President Financial Planning, Vice President Corporate Development, and Vice President Investor Relations.

Ms. Drysdale leads CN’s Sustainability, Environment, and Corporate Safety teams and is responsible for the Company’s integrated sustainability strategy, with associated goals designed to drive sustainable long term business results, reduce risk, identify opportunities, and improve resiliency.

Ms. Drysdale has long been an advocate for the rail industry and North America’s critical supply chains. She has regularly presented to various levels of government, Chambers of Commerce, and Boards of Trade, and has guest lectured at McGill University and the University of Toronto. Additionally, Ms. Drysdale has an extensive track record of engaging with the global investment community and is proud to have been recognized as the Best Investor Relations Officer amongst all publicly traded large cap Canadian companies.

In 2020, Ms. Drysdale was recognized by WXN as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the executive leadership category, and by Railway Age for her leadership, collaboration, and innovation. Ms. Drysdale is committed to increasing the representation of women in transportation and the transition to a lower carbon economy.

Ms. Drysdale is an independent director of Rumo S.A., Brazil’s largest freight railway Ms. Drysdale holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen's University and an MBA from McGill University. In 2021, Ms. Drysdale completed the Global Competent Boards ESG program and certification (GCB.D).

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Grace Liang joined OOCL at the Hong Kong head office in 1980 and began her career in container shipping following her two bachelor degrees from the University of Western Ontario and University of Windsor in Canada.  After two years of service, she returned to Canada to pursue her MBA degree and upon completion of her post-graduate education, she rejoined OOCL in Hong Kong and worked in the Trans-Pacific Trade marketing department. This role in the Trade department gave her an excellent opportunity to build a strong foundation and knowledge base in container shipping which greatly helped to shape her career path in both the company and industry.

Canada has a special place in Grace’s heart.  She returned to the country where she married her husband in 1985 and continued her career in container shipping with Manchester Liner Canada in Toronto which was then a wholly own company under the Group.  Manchester Liner was later renamed to OOCL Canada Inc. in 1988. 

Grace continued to pursue her career in Marketing and Sales by taking on various roles in this area within the company and was appointed to her current role as President of OOCL Canada Inc. in October 2012.  In the same year, she attended the Executive Development Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Martin Roos. As Managing Director of DSV Air & Sea Inc., Martin Roos is an accomplished international leader with expertise in developing and managing corporations in emerging markets with a supply chain and logistics focus.

Martin has created a culture of innovation and empowerment, growing DSV Canada to a renowned industry leader in logistics.

Over the past 6 years, his focus on building strategic initiatives and strong industry partnerships has put DSV Canada on the global map.

With over 18 years' experience worldwide, Roos began his career as a Trainee at DSV's global headquarters in Demark and spent over 10 years in India building his career abroad.
His vision for the future remains clear, AIM HIGH. GO FAR.

Focused on sustainability and growth, DSV prides itself on helping our customers keep their supply chains flowing in a world of change. With a new state-of-the-art 1.2 million sq. ft. head office in Milton, Ontario, opened in 2020 - DSV Canada is now over 1,200 employees strong coast-to-coast.

Partnership continues to drive Roos’ goals and key to success. From developing an accredited national DSV Trainee program, building a market leading portfolio of services through the acquisitions of Panalpina in 2019 and Agility in 2021, to launching a commercial drone delivery service – DSV Canada continues to take logistics to the next level.

With the completion of Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) integration in 2022, DSV is now the world’s 3rd largest transport and logistics company.


COMPANY PROFILES

Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis School of Business & Economics is one of Canada’s most selective and prestigious business programs. With more than 33,000 alumni, 160 full-time faculty and 6,000 students, the Lazaridis School has the largest business-degree co-op program in Canada.  

The mission of the Lazaridis School is to develop leaders with the skills in management and economics for a rapidly changing and complex global environment. We seek to advance knowledge and practices in these fields by supporting both theoretical and applied research. Furthermore, we strive to serve business and our community by fostering mutually beneficial alliances with leaders at local, national and international levels.  

Located within one of the most vibrant startup communities in Canada, the Lazaridis School which is accredited by AACSB offers undergraduate and graduate business and economics degrees along with a PhD in Management on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Our Business Technology Management bachelor’s program is located on the university’s Brantford campus, and we offer a Master of Finance and MBA at our downtown Toronto location.

CN

CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the U.S. South through a 19,500-mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

Milton's Voice of Business

The Milton Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, membership-based, volunteer driven, organization representing over 700 member businesses and individuals. The Milton Chamber’s primary role is Strengthening Business through our influence in advocating on behalf of our members, marketing and promotion for our members, and providing informational events to help members learn and interact.


 

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