Jean Gattuso and Louise Yako have agreed to co-chair the National Supply Chain Task Force.
During the National Supply Chain Summit in January 2022, the transport minister Omar Alghabra announced that a Supply Chain Task Force would be created.
The Task Force will consult broadly with industry, associations and experts to examine the key pressures and make recommendations regarding short and long-term actions to strengthen the efficiency, fluidity and resiliency of transportation infrastructure and reliability of Canada’s supply chain.
Gattuso began his career at Lassonde Industries Inc. as director of marketing for the A. Lassonde Inc. subsidiary in 1987, and quickly rose through the ranks of the organization, serving in numerous senior executive positions. He was appointed as chief operating officer of Lassonde Industries Inc. in 2009, then president in 2012.
He also co-founded the Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ). Gattuso is a current member of the board of directors of Investissement Québec and Groupe Colabor Inc.. He is a former member of the board of directors of Food, Health and Consumer Products Canada, among several former board memberships. He has a Master of Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
Louise Yako is the former president and CEO of the B.C. Trucking Association, a non-profit advocacy organization representing about 1,200 companies in British Columbia. She has extensive leadership experience in public policy, association management, human resources development, and safety programs. Yako is currently serving as chairwoman of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Active Vessel Traffic Management Advisory Panel. She has a Master of Business Administration from University of British Columbia and a combined Bachelor of Journalism with Political Science from Carleton University.
Gattuso and Yako are active members in their communities and bring a wide array of knowledge and expertise to their positions. Additional members of the Task Force will be announced shortly.