Agenda • October 18, 2022

Preliminary Schedule. Conference program subject to change without notice. 

8:00 am - 8:25 am

Registration and Coffee

8:25 am - 8:30 am

Opening Remarks

(Blackfoot Crossing D)

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Session 1: Keynote Address - The Value of Supplier Collaboration 

(Blackfoot Crossing D)


In this presentation we will discuss the insights and new trends of supplier collaboration along with the challenges and opportunities in front of us. Our supplier relationships are shifting from basic performance to collaboration that leads to  joint innovation and development of new products and services where all parties: suppliers, customers, stakeholders; provide additional value to the supply chain.


Presenter: Eduardo Gomez, Senior Manager, Supply Chain & Network Operations, Deloitte Canada

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session 2: Developing Western Canada’s Inland Port, presented by Rocky View County

(Blackfoot Crossing D)


Rocky View County has become a center for logistics in Western Canada. In the Balzac area, north of Calgary, has also become a world-class destination for retail, entertainment and regional tourism. Join us for a fireside chat with two of the mostly influential and successful business leaders in Rocky View County. Learn about how Rocky View County implemented critical elements for attracting investment.  And learn how landowners, developers and brokers became the driving force for growth in Rocky View and the Calgary Region. Rediscover the Alberta Advantage in our Province’s fastest growing commercial and industrial hot-bed: Rocky View County.


David Kalinchuk, Economic Development Manager, Rocky View County 


Panel Members:

Adrian Munro, President, Highfield Investment Group Inc.

James Moller, Vice President, Regional Manager, Alberta and Manitoba, JLL

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session 3: Mobilizing Supply Chain within Blockchain, presented by Canadian Blockchain Supply Chain Association

(Blackfoot Crossing B)


From aviation and shipping to trucking, the transportation sector is undergoing a rapid transformation toward a more automated, digital and ESG-conscious way of operating. In Canada, industries are pioneering revolutionary new uses for technologies like drones, clean combustion and blockchain and moving our transportation networks toward a cleaner and more optimized future. 


During this session we'll discuss how to Transform the performance of Supply Chains with Blockchain Electronic Bills of Lading, Track, Trace and Real Time Payment Solutions



Lee Courtney, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Canadian Blockchain Supply Chain Association

Erik Valiquette, President and Co-Founder, Canadian Blockchain Supply Chain Association

Chris Bunio, President and CEO, TheoryMesh

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Session 4: The Post-Covid Era: The Trends and the Future of Industrial Space in Calgary

(Blackfoot Crossing D)


Our speaker, Iain Ferguson will help us understand the impacts of COVID on industrial spaces in Calgary and the Impacts to your business, as you look to expand or locate to the Calgary region. Iain will also share his views on how Calgary's industrial space compares to other major Canadian cities.


Presenter: Iain Ferguson, Vice Chairman, Industrial Properties with CBRE Limited  

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Session 5: Google Cloud and Dematic Technology are Helping Businesses Meet Supply Chain Targets

(Blackfoot Crossing B)


When surveyed, 80% out of 1,400 IT and Operational Decision-Makers agreed that over the next five years, new technology is needed to keep up with e-commerce demand, realizing the speed, flexibility, and resilience needed to adapt their supply chains. Dematic is developing cloud-based solutions in partnership with Google, applying Google analytics and algorithms to help customers tackle the e-commerce challenges of ever-increasing order volumes, ever-increasing variety in order profiles, and ever-narrowing delivery time windows. In this session, learn about the intelligent software that will digitize your supply chain and remove the inefficiencies that are stopping you from running a sustainable operation that easily adapts to your customers’ needs.



Samrah Khan, Head of Strategic SaaS Partnerships & Co-Innovation, Google Cloud

Chris Shaver, VP of Product Management, Dematic

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Session 6: You Can't Change What You Don't Know

(Blackfoot Crossing B)


Tasked with optimizing your supply chain, overwhelmed with the explosion of supply chain visibility solutions that have launched in the last 2+ years?   Unsure how or where to use emerging technology, blockchain, AI, etc?  Learn how the synchronizing of transportation, logistics & supply chain data are creating massive improvements in supply chain optimization and transparency.  Where is the low hanging fruit? What to check before you buy another tool and best practices from industry leaders.


Presenter: Shannon Hamilton, VP Sales, BlackBerry Radar

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Keynote Luncheon - Building Canada's Supply Chain Resiliency for the Long Term

(Blackfoot Crossing D)


The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s western gateway, connecting consumers and businesses to trade with more than 170 countries around the world. As global ports continue to face an array of supply chain challenges, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is working to enhance the port's resiliency to ensure that it is able to support Canada's trade needs for the long term. In this presentation, Peter Xotta, the port authority's vice president, supply chain and operations, will share some of the key initiatives being led to strengthen supply chains and support long-term growth at Canada's largest port, for the benefit of all Canadians.


Presenter: Peter Xotto, Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Break

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Session 7: ESG is Becoming an Essential Element in Supply Change. Are You Ready?

(Blackfoot Crossing D)

The emphasis on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics is continuing to increase across all industries and geographical regions. With the increasing pressure from investors, employees, governments, and society to provide disclosure and public commitments covering all aspects of ESG, companies will need to work collaboratively with their Supply Chain. At the same time, companies must prepare for and comply with changing regulations in response to ESG and demonstrate delivery against stated targets to minimize their impact on the environment while making positive contributions to diversity and inclusion. Supply chain leaders have both a great challenge and opportunity to make a difference. There is an increased need for companies to embed ESG as part of their supplier risk management and vendor risk assessment processes. The expert panel comprising of industry, supply chain and consulting will discuss the challenges ahead and share their background and experiences on how to move the needle on this very critical component of their business.


Amit Bhargava, Co-founder & CEO, EnviroApps Inc.


Panel Members:

Alasdair Ross, Director SCM, ESG & Stakeholder Relations, Gibson Energy

Kait Dinunzio, Senior Partner and Chief Change Officer, Helios Consulting

Genevieve Sansoucy, Manager, Regulatory Innovation Special Projects, Transport Canada

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Session 8: Leveraging AI to Disrupt the Transportation Sector  - presented by Scale AI

(Blackfoot Crossing B)


A case study of how Trimac & Preteckt are improving the supply chain for truck maintenance.

Truck downtime is a major cost driver for logistics companies. This project designed a suite of algorithms that can predict what would otherwise be unexpected truck breakdowns and their root causes.  These algorithms will make use of data generated during normal truck operations, particularly related to the engine, brake and tire subsystems.



Deryk Gillespie, VP Technology & Innovation, Trimac Ventures

Ken Sills, CTO and Co-founder, Preteckt

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 9: Adding Value to Your Business by Incorporating Social Procurement into Your Supply Chain

(Blackfoot Crossing D)


Social procurement considers how the process of buying goods and services can positively affect communities, reduce poverty, promote economic and social inclusion, and support local economic development and social enterprise. When executed well, social procurement embeds supply chain diversity and workforce development initiatives within the procurement process which results in inclusive economic growth and strengthens the competitive position of the organization.


During this session you will hear from business leaders from across Canada who are executing social procurement within their organizations and as a vital part of their supply chain strategy. Using specific projects and case study examples, leaders will discuss their social procurement strategies and tactics. You will hear what it takes to commit to social procurement within your organization, how to establish a plan and realistic targets, and why motivating decision makers along the supply chain to shift their mindsets towards social value thinking isn’t just good for society but it’s also good for business. 

Moderator: Tim Coldwell, President, Chandos Construction



Tim Blair, CEO, Kindred Works

David ConstableChief Development Officer, Kindred Works

Elizabeth Chick, Executive Director, Buy Social Canada

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 10: Leveraging AI to Disrupt Logistics and Warehousing Operations -  presented by Scale AI

(Blackfoot Crossing B)


A panel discussion on how Attabotics is leveraging AI to management warehousing fulfilment - Attabotics is exploring how AI and ML can lead to higher efficiencies when applied to its disruptive 3D automated storage and retrieval technology on their supply chain platform. Partnering with Amii, Intel, and Microsoft, this AIoT Fulfilment ScaleAI project will deploy proprietary AI models and processes to maximize system throughput while also maximizing overall customer system reliability.



Neeraj Gupta, Chief Technology Officer, Attabotics



Sean Murphy, Director Innovation, Attabotics

Laura Petrich, Associate Machine Learning Scientist, AMII

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Networking Break

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Session 11: Supplier Diversity as a Business Strategy

(Blackfoot Crossing D)


We’ve all heard about the importance of having a diverse workforce, but what about your supply chain? Have you looked at what suppliers are in your supply chain to see just how many are diverse-owned? Supplier Diversity is a business strategy that focuses on engaging more diverse suppliers (including women, minority, LGBTQ, disabled, and Veteran-owned businesses) to create both business and social value.


This session will provide an overview of what Supplier Diversity is and why it’s important for all organizations to implement. You’ll then have the opportunity to hear from both a diverse supplier and a corporation, speaking about the benefits of Supplier Diversity and the impact that it creates.


From this session, you’ll have a richer understanding of the value that is created by incorporating diverse suppliers into your supply chain, and a starting point for you to begin implementing Supplier Diversity into your procurement practices.



Darrell Schuurman, Co-Founder and CEO, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce



Connie Stacey, Founder and President, Growing Greener Innovations

Paul van der Sloot, Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, Royal Bank of Canada

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Networking Reception

(Blackfoot Crossing C)