Joyce Hammock has been publisher and editor of Canadian Sailings and Cruise North America magazines since 1998. During her tenure, she has overseen many changes and additions to the editorial product as well as a graphic redesign of the magazine. Mrs. Hammock created Cruise North America magazine (a special publication of Canadian Sailings), upon realizing the need for a product to promote North American cruise destinations to the International Cruise Lines. Cruise North America ceased publishing in 2013.
Prior to joining Canadian Sailings, Mrs. Hammock was founder, publisher, and managing editor of Calla Fashion and Beauty magazine, which was distributed by major newspapers in Texas and Florida.
Prior to Calla magazine, she worked for 23 years at The Gazette newspaper in Montreal, Quebec. As retail advertising sales manager and manager of new product development, she was instrumental in creating and implementing new initiatives and products for the newspaper.
Mrs. Hammock takes particular pride in having initiated the development of new advertising revenues for The Gazette from the cosmetics industry through the creation of a high-end beauty and fashion magazine entitled CHIC, which was distributed by major newspapers in the three major markets in Canada: Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Mrs. Hammock has been a guest lecturer on newspaper advertising at Concordia University and the McGill Management Institute. She was featured in a six-part, educational television series entitled “Professor Rubinstein on Advertising”, and has been guest speaker at newspaper conferences in Canada and the U.S.
Outside her career, Mrs. Hammock’s major passion is classical music and opera. A voice major at the McGill Conservatory of Music, she was the recipient of many musical awards including a Ford Foundation Scholarship.
Terence F. Bowles
President & C.E.O - St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
Terence F. (Terry) Bowles was appointed President and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation as of November 1, 2010. This private, not-for-profit corporation was created in 1998, pursuant to the Canada Marine Act, to operate and maintain the Canadian Seaway.
Terry Bowles graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from Laval University in his home town of Quebec City. He later completed his Masters in Business Administration at Montreal’s McGill University.
Prior to joining the Seaway, Terry Bowles was President and CEO of the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), a position he held from 2001 to 2010. IOC’s major shareholder and operator is the international mining group Rio Tinto, which has activities in more than 40 countries worldwide.
Earlier in his career, he spent many years at Rio Tinto’s Quebec Iron and Titanium (QIT), a fully integrated mining and smelting company with activities ranging from mineral extraction to the manufacturing of steel and related products. At QIT, he started in the Technical and Operations areas of the organization and, ultimately, assumed the position of President.
Deputy Administrator - Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Craig H. Middlebrook serves as the Deputy Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
A member of the Senior Executive Service since 2006 and a career employee of the SLSDC since 1995, Mr. Middlebrook was the agency’s Chief of Staff from 1996 to 2000, before becoming Deputy Administrator. He served as the agency’s Acting Chief Counsel from 2004 to 2008, as well as Acting Administrator in 2006 and in 2012-2013.
Prior to coming to the SLSDC, Mr. Middlebrook worked on surface transportation issues at the Interstate Commerce Commission and worked for a merchant bank in the City of London. Mr. Middlebrook holds Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Northwestern University. Mr. Middlebrook was the recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship in 1984 and studied at the University of Münster, Germany (1984-85), he is fluent in French and German. In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service by President Barack Obama.
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Director, Market Development - St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
Bruce Hodgson is the Director of Market Development for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. In this position, he is responsible for initiatives to attract more traffic, including both traditional and new cargoes, into the Great Lakes / Seaway system and positioning Hwy H2O as a key component of the North American intermodal transportation system.
Mr. Hodgson has extensive marine industry experience in British Columbia. Prior to joining the Seaway, he ran his own company, and he previously held management and senior sales positions with Norasia Container Line Canada Ltd., Wheels Pacific Freights Systems Inc., Westwood Shipping Lines and International Sea-Land Shipping Service Ltd. Having worked for a variety of organizations, Mr. Hodgson has a wide knowledge of inter-modal shipping, both nationally and internationally.
Module 1 – Economic and Commodity Outlook
Senior Economist, RBC Economics Research - Royal Bank of Canada
Nathan is a senior economist with RBC Economics research. His focus is on analysis and forecasting of macroeconomic and financial market developments in Canada and the United States. This includes monitoring near-term economic developments and producing forecasts for the Canadian economy as well as forecasts of key Canadian economic indicators. Nathan joined the economics department at RBC in 2008 after completing a M.A. in economics at McMaster University and a B.A. honours degree from the University of Regina.
Executive Director - Soy Transportation Coalition
Mike Steenhoek is executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC), an initiative established in 2007 and comprised of the United Soybean Board, the American Soybean Association, and thirteen state soybean boards. The Soy Transportation Coalition exists to promote a cost effective, reliable, and competitive transportation system that serves the agriculture industry.
As executive director of the STC, Mike’s responsibilities include communicating the initiative and the importance of transportation issues to soybean growers and processors; establishing and executing the organization’s strategic direction; and building collaborations with other effected industries.
Mike is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Freight Advisory Council.
Prior to his work on the STC, Mike worked for United States Senator Charles Grassley (Iowa) for eight years – both in Washington, DC, and most recently in Des Moines, Iowa. In Washington, DC, Mike served as the Senator’s scheduler and frequent speechwriter. In Des Moines, Mike served as Senator Grassley’s director of economic development.
Mike received both his undergraduate degree and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
Patrick M. Bloom
Director of Government Relations - Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.
Patrick Bloom serves as the Director of Government Relations for Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.
Mr. Bloom joined Cliffs in 2008 as a Government Relations Representative and served in roles of increasing responsibility before being appointed to his current position in April 2014. As Cliffs’ Director of Government Relations, he maintains oversight of Cliffs’ government relations function and has primary responsibility for matters relating to public policy, political affairs and maintaining Cliffs’ relationships with policymakers at the local, state and federal levels of government. Patrick also oversees administration of the Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation, which engages in Cleveland-Cliffs’ host communities by partnering with non-profit organizations in fields such as education, human services, health and the arts.
Mr. Bloom holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University, a M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and a Graduate Certificate in Business Management from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Prior to joining Cliffs, Patrick gained experience through various local, state and federal campaign and public policy-oriented roles in his native state of Indiana. Patrick sits on the American Iron and Steel Institute’s Council of U.S. Producers, serves as chair of the SteelPAC Governing Committee and volunteers as a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s Bridge Board for young professionals.
Director, Aluminium - Hatch Ltd.
Stephan Broek graduated in Amsterdam (1991) with a degree in Chemical Engineering and completed further studies in Process Technology at the University of Twente (Netherlands). He now has over 25 years’ experience in the field of project engineering, consulting and technology development in the power generation and primary metals sectors, predominantly related to Aluminium.
A member of the Hatch family for over 16 years, Stephan is presently a Director within the Centre of Excellence for Aluminium and based in Mississauga, Ontario. He is an all-round specialist in aluminium smelting and responsible for management of projects worldwide related to Reduction, Carbon and Casthouse areas. Most recently he was project manager for a new 500,000 tpy smelter development in Indonesia worth US$ 2.5 B. Stephan is also known for his expertise in environmental technologies and practices used in primary aluminium smelters.
Stephan is an award-winning author and frequently publishes his work in addition to sharing and collaborating on his knowledge with industry colleagues. He is a member of the executive committee of the TMS Aluminium Committee that is responsible for the TMS Light Metals program. Together with Professor Margaret Hyland of the University of Auckland, Stephan created and lectures one of the TMS industrial courses that every year draws participants from all over the world for a dedicated week of training.
On a personal note, Stephan lives with his family in Burlington, Ontario, and came to Canada 22 years ago. Between 2013 and 2018 he and his wife lived in Abu Dhabi (UAE) for almost 5 years. It won’t surprise anybody that Stephan is one of Air Canada’s best customers!
CEO - Leadershipity, Co-Founder - The Leading With Courage® Academy, Director - MPower Global Brands
Trent Clark is CEO of the Leadershipity and Chief Leadership Officer at Courage Coach, LLC. Having spent his adult livelihood among the top 1% producers in sports and business, Trent is dedicated to empowering people through training, reinforcement assessment and coaching (on TRAC) for measurable leadership and team-building programs.
“Trent is a fabulous presenter!” - Technology Retail Executive, Canada
Trent has received accolades as both an athlete and coach. He served over 12 seasons - including three (3) trips to the World Series - working with the Detroit Tigers, two-time American League Champion Cleveland Indians and World Champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Trent has worked on staff with famed coaches Joe Maddon, Nick Saban, Tom Izzo, Mark Dantonio, Sparky Anderson, Mike Scioscia, Bud Black and many others.
In business, Trent is an investor, educator and entrepreneur now credited with starting eight (8) small businesses. He is a 7-year member of the Entrepreneur Organization (EO) and serves as an EO Mentorship Facilitator worldwide.
Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, Trent and his wife reside in the Midwest and have five children.
Module 2 – Logistics: Enabling Growth
William (Bill) R. Chapman III
P.E. Chief - Operations and Regulatory Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division
Bill was born in Lexington, KY, traveling across the United States as a dependent of a Navy and career Federal employee. He attended the University of Louisville, Speed Scientific School and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and a Master of Engineering specializing Civil, Hydraulics and Structures. He also holds a Public Management Certificate and a Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University
A registered Professional Engineer in Kentucky, Mr. Chapman has been with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the last 30+ years starting in the Louisville District as a Coop Intern in Hydraulics, and as Engineer in Water Management and Operations Division. Mr. Chapman has been in the Cincinnati Division office for the past 20 years, and at Corps Headquarters, Washington, D.C. Prior to and while working for the Corps of Engineers part-time, he has nearly 10 years as a Structural and Water Resources Engineer for consulting engineering firms in KY and TN, designing reinforced concrete and steel bridges and culverts associated with KY, TN and WV highway construction projects and various water resource development projects.
While in the Louisville District, he has served in both Engineering and Operations Divisions as a Civil Engineer supervising the Navigation and Dredging Programs, a Senior Project Engineer for repair of Locks and Dams and the Water Control Systems Team Leader in Water Management. During this time he has managed the District’s $5M+ dredging and navigation program on the Ohio River system and served as the Senior Project Engineer in the repair of the District’s Navigation Locks and Dams. During his tenure in Engineering Division, he served as the leader of the Water Quality Laboratory, analyzing the water quality in the District’s flood control lakes and as the Team Leader of the Water Control Systems, collecting real-time water control data, GIS information and CWMS modeling efforts.
Mr. Chapman, is a senior member of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Regional office, initially serving as the Maintenance Program Manager in Operations, responsible for the strategic direction, budgets and the maintenance program for the division. Also, he served in the HQ Program Integration Division as a Civil Works Program Manager, a District Liaison for LRD Districts, a District Support Team Leader, reviewing and ensuring District budget and program development and execution and as the Chief of the Civil Works Integration responsible for budget and program development, execution and defense for a $1.5B regional program. For the past 10 + years Mr. Chapman has served as the Chief of the Operations and Regulatory Division. He is responsible for strategic program direction, internal and external agency coordination of operations, maintenance, and budgeting for navigation, hydropower, environmental stewardship, recreation, flood control projects and regulatory matters in a 17-state Midwest for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.
Director - Port Milwaukee
Adam Schlicht was appointed Director of Port Milwaukee in May 2018 by Mayor Tom Barrett. Following unanimous approval by the Milwaukee Common Council, Port Director Schlicht officially assumed the role on August 6, 2018. As Director, Mr. Schlicht oversees and directs the Port's multimodal and commercial operations, which generates over $100 million in local economic activity annually. A longtime employee of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation at the U.S. Department of Transportation in both Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, Ohio, Port Director Schlicht brings significant experience in marine transportation, international marketing, and Great Lakes shipping to his position. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, Port Director Schlicht holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from American University in Washington, D.C. Adam is also an ordained minister and officiates several wedding ceremonies per year.
Executive Director - Duluth Seaway Port Authority
Deb DeLuca was appointed Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority effective August 2018, becoming the first woman to take the helm of the organization in its 60-plus year history.
As Government and Environmental Affairs Director for the previous four years, she tracked regulatory issues and legislation for the Port Authority, the Port of Duluth-Superior and the Great Lakes-Seaway System. DeLuca currently is president of the Minnesota Ports Association, serves on the Executive Committee of APEX, and the Boards of the Iron Mining Association and the Chamber of Marine Commerce. She recently spearheaded a comprehensive study through the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to analyze and benchmark Duluth's industrial economy, focusing on its potential to drive diversified economic growth.
In her former role at the Port Authority, Ms. DeLuca She represented the Port’s interests to policymakers at local, state and federal levels of government and to environmental, economic development and community development organizations. In directing brownfield assessment and cleanup efforts to support the Port Authority’s industrial development program, DeLuca was responsible for procuring a portfolio of grant funds matched to Port Authority needs. A noted expert on redevelopment projects and environmental policy, she was a founding board member of Minnesota Brownfields. As owner and principal of DeLuca Strategies for 14 years prior to joining the Port Authority, she provided consulting services to public, private and nonprofit sector clients in the arenas of grant writing, implementation of funding strategies, project management, government relations and public outreach. She began her career at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture after which worked with the MPCA, becoming supervisor of its Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup (VIC) Program in 1996. A graduate of UW-Madison, DeLuca earned a B.S degree in molecular biology and a master's in land resources from the UW Institute for Environmental Studies. She is an outdoors enthusiast and former U.S. national cycling team member. She and her husband live and raised their two children in Duluth. In 2018, she was one of just 36 civilians selected to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, a public liaison program of the U.S. Department of Defense.
General Manager - Société du Port de Valleyfield
Jean-Philippe Paquin is General Manager of the Société du Port de Valleyfield, a position he has held since August 2017. Before joining the port, he worked as a consultant for port and logistics development projects, in Canada and abroad, as well as port executive in charge of strategic management.
He holds an MBA from Columbia University and an Engineering degree from École Polytechnique de Montréal.
Since he joined the Port of Valleyfield, he and his team have focused on infrastructure upgrades and port expansion. The port has added over half a million square feet of laydown area, is currently doubling its gate capacity and has received approval for a $36 M berth extension project.
Wesley Winchester joined Wärtsilä Voyage Americas in 2015 and has since specialized in Marine Simulation and Ship Traffic Control solutions. In his current position of SMART Technologies Expert and Sales Manager, Mr. Winchester works with clients throughout North America to enhance safety, security, efficiency, and environmental sustainability by leveraging the very latest in marine technologies.
Prior to joining Wärtsilä, Wesley gained significant experience in the areas of vessel engineering operations, fleet and crew management, and vessel design. Wesley spent nine years at Signet Maritime Corporation where he eventually went on to the position of Chief Technology Officer. In that role, he was responsible for primary corporate oversight in the modernization of all company assets, as well as the development of technologically advanced vessels.
A native Texan, Wesley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY and has over 14 years of seagoing and shoreside experience in the Marine Industry.
Module 3 – Shippers Perspective: Opportunities and Challenges
President - Kassim Tanker Brokers
Jibrael Kassim is President of Kassim Tanker Brokers (KTB). KTB specializes in shipbroking of bulk commodities, marine transportation consulting, ship sale and purchase, and outsourcing. KTB have played an integral part for more than 2,000 liquid and dry shipments for Canadian and international oil companies. Jibrael has over 15 years of experience in marine consulting, shipbroking, contract negotiations, conducting marine workshop training, vessel sourcing, shipping operations, and freight market analysis.
Jibrael has provided consultancy services to Oil Companies, Private Equity Investment Firms, Dry Cargo Major Resource Corporations, and Universities on a variety of topics within the marine transportation field.
Shipping is in Jibrael’s blood. With five consecutive generations of experience in the maritime industry, Kassim’s long-standing heritage in shipping dates back to the 1800s. Jibrael holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Toronto.
Vice President - Procurement and Supply Chain - Stelco Inc.
Lloyd Estrabillo, a native of Port Dover, Ontario, assumed the position Vice President of Procurement and Supply Chain for Stelco Inc responsible for Procurement, Transportation and Inventory Management.
Mr. Estrabillo began his career at Stelco-Lake Erie Works in 2000 as the Ironmaking Process Engineer. He advanced through increasingly responsible positions including raw material handling before becoming Technical Manager and Acting General Foreman in 2005. In this position, Mr. Estrabillo was responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Ironmaking division.
Mr. Estrabillo relocated to Hamilton as Stelco’s Raw Materials Manager, in 2006 responsible for raw material procurement and logistics and sale of secondary materials. In 2010 after the U.S. Steel acquisition of Stelco, Mr. Estrabillo moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Director of Energy and Metals for USS’ facilities in North America and Europe. He returned to Hamilton in 2014 to assist with the restructuring of USS’ Canadian assets during its bankruptcy protection filing. Shortly after exiting bankruptcy protection and sale of the re-named Stelco assets to Bedrock Industries in 2017, Mr. Estrabillo was appointed to his current role.
Mr. Estrabillo graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor's of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering and earning his Ontario Professional Engineers License. He later graduated with an MBA in Finance from Wilfrid Laurier University.
General Manager - Energy and Industrial Products - Ceres Global Ag Corp
Paul Ferguson is the General Manager, Energy, and Industrial Products for Ceres Global Ag Corp. Mr. Ferguson has over 20 years of Supply Chain Operations Management experience. He has a broad range of facility operations, industrial development, logistics, and supply chain management experience in the fertilizer, energy and industrial products industries in both Canada and the USA. From 1998-2005 he was the Transportation Manager for a Cargill nitrogen fertilizer JV producer in Regina, SK. In 2005 when the Mosaic Company was created, he transferred to Minneapolis, as their Supply Chain Services Manager and then in 2012 when crude by rail was all the rage, took a position with World Fuel Services as their Supply Chain Logistics and Operations Manager. Mr. Ferguson has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Chem) from the University of Alberta, AB, and an MBA in Business Administration from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. He currently lives in Minneapolis with is wife and 2 kids, who both got married this year. The wallet finally gets a breather!
Managing Director - Newcom Trucking & Supply Chain Group
Is the Managing Director of the Newcom Trucking and Supply Chain Group. The nation’s largest media outlet serving the needs of Canada’s transportation professionals, it includes Canadian Shipper, Inside Logistics, Truck News, Truck West, Today’s Trucking, Truck Tech, Transport Routier, Solid Waste & Recycling as well as several websites, newsletters, directories, the Web TV show Transportation Matters, and the Surface Transportation and Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summits.
Lou has been reporting on transportation issues for over 25 years and is a winner of several writing awards. A frequent speaker on industry issues he is a leading authority on industry trends having pioneered several industry research projects.
His work has been published by the Harvard School of Business, translated into Spanish and Chinese, referenced in university research papers and included in a university textbook on management practices.
He is an avid researcher of Byzantine history and enjoys riding and training his three horses.
Vice President – Sales - Pinnacle Logistics Solutions
Aaron Gerber is a business leader in transportation and project management. After studying Business Management at Ryerson University, Aaron launched his career building logistics solutions with CV Logistics, and later Challenger Motor Freight. Through his years in transportation, Aaron has built expertise in asset and non-asset based logistics. In 2015, Aaron accepted the role of Vice President of Sales with Cardinal Ltd, where he led a national sales and customer service team to three consecutive years of unprecedented growth. Most recently Aaron has joined Pinnacle Logistics Solutions as Managing Partner and Vice President of Sales, championing their position as market leaders in Project Management and Logistics for Breakbulk Cargo and Special Commodities. Pinnacle has been recognized for their expertise in servicing the mining, renewable energy and manufacturing sectors.
Aaron is passionate about achieving scalable growth while advocating for innovation within the transportation industry.
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