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Van Horne Institute 2018 Rail to Ports Conference

October 11 - October 12, 2018
906 - 8 Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta

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

October 11 @ 7:30 am – October 12 @ 4:40 pm

Please join us on October 11th and 12th 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.

Please take advantage of the early bird registration below or 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  

  • Alex Phillips, President & CEO

08:30    Conference Opening  

  • The Hon. Marc GarneauMinister of Transport (via video message)

08:45   Canada’s New Infrastructure Bank

  • Pierre Lavallee, Chief Executive Officer, 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

   Moderator: John Tenpenny, Editor, Canadian Shipper

  • Paul MacIsaac, Senior Vice-President, Finance & Infrastructure, Halifax Port Authority
  • Don KruselManaging Director, Port of Quebec Container Terminal Project
  • Daniel DagenaisVice President Operations, Montreal Port Authority
  • Tim HeneyCEO, Thunderbay Port Authority

10:45     Break (15 minutes)

11:00     Eliminating Western Port Bottlenecks:  Infrastructure Updates

Moderator: Don Dean, Principal, PROLOG Consulting Ltd., Director, Van Horne Institute (invited)

  • Andrew Hamilton, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Prince Rupert Port Authority
  • Greg Rogge, Director, Land Operations, Port of Vancouver

12:00   Lunch

12:15   Luncheon Key Note Speaker

  • Kleo Landucci, Chief Commercial 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 (15minutes)

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 RichardsPresident & CEO, Global Transportation Hub – Regina Sk
  • Paul FergusonGeneral 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
  • Bruce Leslie – Vice President, Trade Investment, 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 TitsworthGeneral Director (Canadian Business Development) BNSF

16:30   Networking Reception

Day 2 – Friday October 12th

7:30       Registration and Breakfast

8:30       Day 2 – Kickoff Speaker:

  • Don AshleyNational Legislative Director, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference

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

9:00       Road/Goods Movement Strategies in the East & West to Ease Congestion

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

  • Michael Casey, Manager (Acting). 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 HendersonManaging Director, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council – re: 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
  • Clyde Graham, Executive Vice-President, Fertilizer Canada
  • Kara EdwardsDirector, Transportation, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

12:00   Lunch

12:15   Luncheon Keynote Speaker

  • Scott StreinerChairperson, 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

  • Bob Ballantyne, President, Freight Management Association (FMA)
  • Forrest Hume, DLA Piper LLP

14:15   Networking Break (15 minutes)

14:45   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 PhillipsPresident and CEO, Van Horne Institute (confirmed)

  • 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 TkachukConservative Senator from SaskatchewanChairperson, Senate Standing Committee on Transport

16:00     “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 )

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

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