ANNIVERSARY
CONFERENCE

April 23rd and 24th  2024
Westin Toronto Airport Hotel

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ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE

April 23rd and 24th  2024
Westin Toronto Airport Hotel

Digital media sponsored by

Program

Conference: Day 1

7:00am – 8:30am

Continental breakfast and Registration Exhibit. Hall is open.

Pick up your conference name badge at the registration desk in the Sutton Hall Foyer, then enjoy breakfast outside the Exhibit Rooms on the 2nd Floor.

Breakfast Sponsor

8:45am – 9:00am

Opening/Welcome remarks

Arnon Melo, President, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and Managing Director, MELLOHAWK Logistics – Canada Headquarters

9:00am – 9:30am

Economist Overview

Moderator: TBD
Speaker: Alan Arcand, Chief Economist at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

9:40am – 10:30am

Sea Changes: forecast on trends in maritime shipping

Moderator:
Martin Schultz, Director – Seafreight Chair, Corporate Procurement Manager, Manitoulin Global Forwarding
Speaker:
 Lars Jensen, CEO Partner, Vespucci Maritime

10:30am – 11:05am

Refreshment break

(served outside the exhibit hall)

11:15am – 12:00pm

Changing the game: how technology will improve, enhance and shake up our supply chains

Moderator:
John Berry, Vice President of IT, OEC Group Canada

Panel Members:
1. David Lederhendler, CEO, Yeji Data Lab
2. Blake Richards, Associate Professor, McGill University
3. Adithya RaoInvestment Director, SCALE AI

Session Sponsor

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Lunch

(served outside the exhibit hall)

Lunch Sponsor

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Compliance and best practices: a Focus on the regulatory environment for Canada’s supply chain

Moderator:
Paul Courtney, Treasurer – Customs Co-Chair, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and President, Courtney Agencies Ltd

Panel Members:
1. Kim Campbell, President, Mkmarin Trade Services Inc. 
2. Federico Zuniga, Marketing Director, National Educational Institute at the NCBFAA

2:25pm – 3:00pm

Legal: litigation, laws and best practices to protect yourself in today’s legal environment

Moderator:
Derrick Sones, Director – By-Laws Chair, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and Vice President, Freight, Cole International Inc.

Speaker:
Rui M. Fernandes, Legal Counsel – Judicial Chair, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and Partner, Gardiner Roberts LLP

3:10pm – 3:55pm

The Air Cargo Ecosystem: An expert panel weighs in on airfreight fundamentals and challenges

Moderator:
William Gottlieb, Director – Air Freight Chair, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and Director Eastern Canada, ITN Logistics Services Inc.

Panel Members:
1. Glyn Hughes, Director General, TIACA
2. Brandon Fried, Executive Director, The Airforwarders Association
3. Janet Wallace, Managing Director Cargo Operations & Transformation Air Canada

3:55pm – 4:00pm

Wrap-up Remarks

Paul Glionna, Immediate Past President, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and Vice-President Operations, Universal Logistics Inc.

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Networking Reception outside Exhibit Hall/Trade Show

Networking Reception Sponsor

6:00pm – 9:00pm

75th Anniversary Dinner

Opening/Welcome remarks:
Bruce Rodgers, Executive Director, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA)

Julia Kuzeljevich, Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA)
Dinner
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Janet Lapp
Closing remarks:
Bruce Rodgers, Executive Director, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA)

Dinner Sponsor
Dinner Wine Sponsor

Conference: Day 2

7:00am – 8:30am

Continental breakfast. Exhibit hall is open.

(served outside the exhibit hall)

Breakfast Sponsor

8:30am – 8:35am

Opening remarks

Angelo Loffredi, Vice President, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and Vice-President, International Trade & Special Accounts, Traffic Tech International Inc.

8:35am – 9:20am

Modal panel: A vision for the future of road, rail and ports-a collective approach

Moderator:
John G. Smith, Vice President Editorial, Newcom Media Inc.
Panel Members:
1. Dan Bresolin, Vice President, Intermodal Sales and Marketing, CN Rail
2. John Corey, President, Freight Management Association of Canada
3. Guillaume BrossardVice-President, Development, Marketing and International Relations, Montreal Port Authority

 

9:30am – 10:15am

CIFFA Sustainability the Future of Logistics

Moderator:
Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO & Founder, Competent Boards

Panel members:
1. Elizabeth Dove, Executive Director, Canadian Local Network of the United Nations Global Compact
2. Marion N. Chivot-LegrisDirector Of ESG & Sustainability Strategy, Edmonton International Airport
3. Glen Wilson, Vice President, Safety, Environment and Regulatory, CPKC

10:15am – 10:45am

Networking and Refreshment Break

(served outside the exhibit hall)

10:45am – 11:50am

CIFFA Annual General Meeting

Arnon Melo, President, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and Managing Director, MELLOHAWK Logistics – Canada Headquarters

11:50am – 12:00pm

Closing Remarks

Arnon Melo, President, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and Managing Director, MELLOHAWK Logistics – Canada Headquarters

12:00pm – 2:30pm

Lunch

(served outside the exhibit hall)

2:30pm

END OF CONFERENCE

(tear down and move-out of exhibits)

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