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Canada Logistics Conference 2019 program available

Conference returns to central Canada in Niagara Falls on October 23-25 2019.

June 3, 2019

TORONTO – Canada Logistics Conference presented by CITT, has opened early bird registration and announced its full program. Online registration is available at

The conference returns to central Canada in Niagara Falls on October 23-25 2019.

“The program this year really feels exceptional” said Pina Melchionna, president and CEO of CITT.

“In 2018, we offered a much bigger program than in previous years, with more learning that was even more relevant to professionals across disciplines in the sector. That was so well-received that we’ve curated another broad yet deep program with a mix including highly relevant updates, looks ahead at the future of the sector, and popular soft-skills sessions selected to address the specific needs of supply chain, transportation, and logistics professionals.”

Conference delegates eager to hear about how  new innovations will affect the industry can look forward to Emerging Technology’s Influence on Transportation Buying Trends, a panel presented by Scott Shannon, VP North American surface transportation – CH Robinson; and Robotic Order Fulfillment & Material Handling, presented by Derek Lynch, director of sales at Dematic.

Rounding out the future-looking sessions is Supply Chain Leadership 2025, a session presented by Phil Drouillard – founder and chair of Lighthouse Nine Group, exploring how leaders need to adapt to the challenges of a workforce and competitive environment changed by new technology.

Sessions that will update delegates on current developments include an ELD Update, presented by Mike Millan, president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, and Joe Lynch of the Ministry of Transportation; St. Lawrence Seaway Update & Insights, presented by Ken Carey, manager of business development at the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Company; and Best Practices in Tariff Classification, presented by Susan Dafoe, senior trade advisor at Cole International.

A much-anticipated update is USMCA and Trade Policy Changes, in which three trade and Customs lawyers will discuss how to proactively manage your supply chain in the face of turbulent and unpredictable trade agreements. Lou Smyrlis, managing director of the Newcom Media presents his update on Transportation Buying Trends.

Addressing a top concern of industry is the Workshop: Strategies for Addressing the Talent Gap, which will teach best-in-class hiring strategies and tangible, concrete ideas for recruiting, retention, and succession planning.

Cannabis Logistics: The Birth of an Industry Presented by Matthew Sly, director of logistics and Ryan Yablonsky, international logistics manager – both at Canopy Growth, will offer delegates a fascinating look at the dawn of the cannabis industry in Canada, focused on the supply chain challenges involved in building an industry from the ground up.

The soft skills sessions include Emotional Intelligence in your Logistics Career, presented by Tatiana Lazareva, recruitment consultant, SCL Search Consultants Ltd, which will teach proven technique for managing your emotions to thrive under pressure and make better decisions. The conference concludes with Building a Cohesive Culture of Innovation, presented by Alfredo Tan, chief digital and innovation officer at WestJet Airlines, formerly of Facebook and Instagram Canada.

Networking opportunities for the conference include many dedicated networking breaks and the popular Awards Dinner, where the CITT Award of Excellence and other honours are awarded.

Early Bird registration rates are currently available for a limited time for Canada Logistics Conference 2019 until August 14th. Delegates are encouraged to register early to secure a spot.

Learn more and register at