November 20 – Calgary Region as a Transportation Hub

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On November 20th, the Van Horne Institute will lead a discussion by a series of Distinguished Speakers on the topic of “The Calgary Region as a Transportation Hub”.

This conference is designed to provide attendees the opportunity to engage with leaders from the transportation, supply chain, logistics and distribution industries to share a vision of the future economy of the Calgary region.

Participants will be encouraged to help develop a future blueprint for the transportation, infrastructure and policy changes required to ensure that the Calgary region maintains it competitive advantage as Western Canada’s distribution hub.


8:00-8:15 a.m. –  Welcoming Remarks

8:15-8:55 a.m. – Breakfast Keynote

Mayor Naheed Nenshi, City of Calgary (invited)

9:00-9:35 a.m. – Session 1: Future Forward

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

Presentation: Ross Danyluk, Executive Director, Strategic Policy Branch, Alberta Transportation (confirmed)

Discussant: Colleen Shepherd, Executive Director, Calgary Regional Partnership (confirmed)

 9:35-9:50 a.m. – Networking Break

Sponsored by Innovation and Advanced Education

9:50-11:10 a.m.  Session 2: The Calgary Region as a Transportation Hub

Moderator: Kent Rupert, Team Leader, Economic Development Officer, City of Airdrie (confirmed)

The Competitive Advantage of the Calgary Region

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


Trevor Fridfinnson, Senior Vice President, Bison Transport (confirmed)

Distribution Centres

Serge Carestia, Vice President, Supply Chain, The Home Depot and
Ian Murray, GM Marketing, Intermodal, CP (invited)
SCI Logistics (invited)

Ferio Pugliese, President and Executive Vice President, Westjet Encore (invited)
Stephan Poirier, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Calgary Airport Authority (YYC) (confirmed)


Anita Fleming, Director, Business Development & Real Estate, CN Logistics Park (invited)

11:10-11:20 a.m. – Networking Break

11:20-12:30 p.m. – 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 (invited)

      • Tiffany Melvin, Executive Director, North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO) (invited)
      • Monica Blaney, Manager, Senior Policy Advisor, Transport Canada (invited)
      • Shaun Stevenson, Vice President, Trade Development & Public Affairs, Prince Rupert Port Authority (confirmed)
      • Shaun Hammond, Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety, Policy and Engineering Division, Alberta Transportation (invited)


12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lunch Keynote

Representative of the Federal Government (TBD)

1:30-2:40 p.m. – Session 4: Mechanisms for Success Part A: Free Trade Zones

Moderator: Ben Smith, Chair, Calgary Logistics Council

Analysis Free Trade Zones

Representative of Western Economic Diversification (TBD)

Free Trade Zone in the Calgary Region

Bob Miller, Economic Prosperity Lead, Calgary Regional Partnership and
Gillian McCormack, Vice President, Business and Trade Development, Calgary Economic Development (confirmed)

Part B: Education and Workforce Development

Moderator: Linda Lucas, M. Ed., President, Elle and Associates (confirmed)

          • Cathy Faber, Superintendent and Chief Information Officer, Learning Innovation, Calgary Board of Education (confirmed)
          • Jim Dewald, Dean, Faculty of Strategy and Global Management, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary (confirmed)
          • Valerie Kinnear, Dean, Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University (invited)


2:40-2:55 p.m. – Networking Break

Sponsored by Triskele Logistics Limited

2:55-3:55 p.m. – Session 5: Technology as a Productivity Tool

Moderator: Harrie Vredenburg, Suncor Energy Chair, Professor, Faculty of Business University of Calgary (invited)

Boeing (invited)

Passenger Rail

Siemens (invited)

Freight Rail

GE (invited) Applications Dematic Ltd. (invited)

Mike Kotecki, North American Senior VP Sales, Dematic Ltd. (confirmed)

3:55-4:10 p.m. – Networking Break

4:10-4:55 p.m. – Session 6: Transportation Hubs in a Global Context

Arenso Bakker, Stig Consult, Netherlands (confirmed)

4:55-5:15 p.m. – Concluding Remarks

Colleen Shepherd, Executive Director, Calgary Regional Partnership and

Peter Wallis, President & CEO, Van Horne Institute