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Executive Director of the Logistics and Transportation
Metropolitan Cluster of Montreal, CargoM
Mathieu Charbonneau holds a BA in Urban and Social Geography from the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and an MBA from UQAM’s School of Management Sciences. After teaching geography at Collège de Maisonneuve, he joined the Association Québécoise du Transport et des Routes (AQTr) in 2004 as Technical Director. In 2007, he became Director of TransForm, the AQTR Training Centre, and then became the Assistant General Manager in 2009.
In December 2012, Mr. Charbonneau was appointed Executive Director of the Logistics and Transportation Metropolitan Cluster of Montreal, CargoM. He sits on a number of committees, including Greater Montreal’s committees on urban mobility and employment and was recently appointed to the Multisector Strategic Taskforce of the Palais des Congrès of Montreal.
Christopher "Chris" J. Cooley
Director of Environmental Affairs
Port Tampa Bay
Chris Cooley is Director of Environmental Affairs for Port Tampa Bay. In this position, he is responsible for managing and directing the Port’s environmental compliance program, marine construction permitting program, clean-up and remediation activities, while overseeing environmental site assessments and Port expansion projects, and assisting Port tenants with environmental matters. He works closely with federal, state, and local agency partners on regional environmental and emergency planning issues, as well as ongoing environmental and protected wildlife species projects.
Mr. Cooley represents the Port on various committees such as the Florida Ports Council Seaport Environmental Managers Committee, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s Agency on Bay Management, Tampa Bay Local Emergency Planning Committee, and the Interagency Migratory Bird Protection Committee. He is a member of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, Florida Brownfields Association, and serves on the Management Board of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and the Board of Trustees for Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.
Mr. Cooley is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where he studied Environmental Science and Policy. Prior to joining Port Tampa Bay, he managed several wetland permitting and assessment programs at the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County. His experience and expertise include environmental site assessments, wetland impacts and mitigation, project management, rule writing and analysis, conflict resolution, court certified expert witness, development and land use, and interagency coordination.
Mayor Don Darling
City of Saint John
Don Darling was elected on May 9, 2016 as the 59th Mayor of the City of Saint John, New Brunswick. Most of his growing up years were spent in Saint John. He and his wife Patti have raised three grown children in the city.
Mayor Don Darling is committed to growing the Saint John population and economy, and enhancing opportunities for all of its citizens. He brings his business senior executive leadership in the residential construction industry, along with his strong commitment and devotion to serving in public office, to fuel economic momentum and optimism.
Mayor Darling believes in giving back to the community through volunteerism. He and his family are active in the community through volunteerism with sport, and his faith community. He supports many of the city’s non-profit organizations and encourages others to do the same.
He has a deep understanding and appreciation for good governance, risk management and accountability when tackling big issues. Mayor Darling is committed to bringing his leadership, development know-how and collaborative approach to the table, to focus on our city’s growth, prosperity, and putting citizens first.
Monitor Deloitte Strategy Consulting
Jochem Dragt is director at Monitor Deloitte Strategy Consulting in the Netherlands. As the Shipping & Ports leader in The Netherlands he has worked extensively for maritime clients all over the world. Recently he picked up the NWE Ports role. He has also worked in the consumer business industry and has co-led the Dutch Retail practice. Jochem is a commercial professional with over 20 years’ experience in various international marketing responsibilities in fmcg and in management consulting. His specialties include strategic topics such as commercial effectiveness, innovation, customer insights, marketing analytics, segmentation and pricing. He has worked across Europe, USA, S.E. Asia and Australia.
Ryan is a Partner in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations portfolio and Logistics & Distribution leader within its Supply Chain & Manufacturing Operations practice. He leads the development and delivery of complex operations transformations in the consumer and industrial products industry working with both shippers and carriers. His work focuses on combining leading business strategy and processes with advanced technology to create global operations that are flexible, scalable and collaborative to maximize profitability and service quality. Ryan is holds a business and information systems degree from St. Francis Xavier University and an MBA from the Queens School of Business.
Executive Director - CCNB Bathurst & Mayor
City of Bathurst
Raised in Bathurst, Paolo has been married to Guylaine for 22 years. They have two great kids: Martin (age 22) is a forestry technologist in Kedgwick working for the Department of Natural Resources, and Cassandra (age 20) who is presently studying at CCNB Dieppe.
Paolo started his professional career teaching computer programming and later became team leader on special IT projects.
In 2008, he became Executive Director of Marketing and Student Services, then on to Chief Information Officer at CCNB Head Office. Today, he is the Director of the CCNB Bathurst Campus.
In May of 2016, Paolo was elected Mayor of the City of Bathurst.
From a young age, Paolo has been involved in his community as a volunteer with different organizations (coaching and managing hockey and soccer teams, managing the Sportplexe Richelieu de Nigadoo, Operation Red Nose, Red Bull Crashed Ice Bathurst Race and fundraising for school trips).
Mark Gillan, BBA, CFO, MIFireE
NFPA Level III Instructor / ICS Canada Instructor
Canadian Security Clearance Level III Top Secret
As Director of Emergency Solutions International (ESI), Mark leads ESI associates in conducting risk assessments, training, emergency plan reviews, exercise scenario development, digital simulation, exercise facilitation and evaluation as well as compiling final After Action Review documentation and recommendations. Service has been provided for various critical infrastructure, such as Port Saint John, Point Lepreau Generating Station, Canaport Liquefied Natural Gas, Saint John Energy, as well as corporations like Atlantic Potash, Emera, Mead Johnson Nutrition, and the Mosaic Company.
Mark has conducted over 150 industrial exercises and evaluations in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and India. As lead evaluator, Mark has authored reports on behalf of clients for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Transport Canada. In 2014, Mark wrote the International Hazardous Materials Operations Plan under the International Emergency Management Assistance Compact (IEMAC) on behalf of Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and International Emergency Management Group (IEMG) members. Prior to founding Emergency Solutions International, Mark served the City of Saint John Fire Department as an active fire fighter, Hazardous Materials/CBRN-E technician and member of the rescue squad. Mark finished his 26-year career with the Fire Service in the position of Deputy Chief and Acting Fire Chief of the department. In the final year of service with the City of Saint John, he was the Director of Saint John Emergency Management Organization.
Mark has completed advanced training at CFB Suffield and has served through the Centre for Security Science as a Senior Special Advisor in the area of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive response. In this role Mark has successfully completed projects related to implementing Capability Based Planning within the public sector; specifically, in the areas of conducting Consolidated Risk Assessments through identification of Full Spectrum Threat Scenarios.
Mark obtained his Bachelor of Business degree in 1998 from the University of New Brunswick and has completed the Dalhousie University, Certificate in Incident Command, the Canadian Association of Fire Chief’s “Chief Fire Officer” designation (CFO), and the British: Institute of Fire Engineer’s “Member’s Level” designation (MIFireE) award. Mark has completed tactical programs at Texas A&M University, has studied Incident Command at the U.S. National Fire Academy and also completed the Leadership in Crisis program at Harvard University.
Adam M. Goldstein
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Adam Goldstein was named Vice Chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. effective May, 2018. Goldstein oversees the corporation’s Government and Destination Relations globally. He has been with the company since 1988.
Goldstein currently serves as Chair of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). In 2015/2016, he served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Cruise Lines International Association, or CLIA. Previously, Goldstein served as the National Chair of the Travel Industry Association of America (now U.S. Travel Association) in 2001 and has been inducted into the Travel Industry Hall of Leaders. He also serves on the Energy Security Leadership Council, a leadership affiliate of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) in Washington D.C.
Goldstein graduated with honors from Princeton University. He also has a law degree from Harvard University and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, the European business school in Fontainebleau, France.
Manager Cruise Development
Port Saint John
Betty has been the lead on the cruise file in Saint John for the past 30 years - introducing Saint John to this exciting new tourism sector. From the first cruise ship to visit 30 years ago this seasonal business has grown from 500 passengers to close to 200,000 in 2018. Betty built a network of cruise stakeholders in Saint John that work together to ensure our visitors have an excellent experience from arrival until their departure.
In 2011 Betty was awarded the prestigious “Cruise Person of the Year” designation from the American Association of Port Authorities. The Cruise Award is made in recognition of an individual(s) or organization whose outstanding work or service has had a positive impact on the relationship between the cruise port and the cruise industry in the Western Hemisphere.
Betty also was instrumental in hosting the first ever Canada New England Cruise Symposium in Saint John, which was so successful that the 20 year anniversary was celebrated in Boston this past May.
Mark McAndrews has been Port Director in Pascagoula since March 2001.
His maritime career, which extends over 35 years, involves public and private sector experience including stevedoring/maritime terminals, marine operations and public port administration.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, is a U. S. Coast Guard licensed Merchant Marine Officer and retired as Captain in the Navy Reserve.
Mark is immediate past Chairman of the Board of the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA), an organization which represents over 130 public port authorities in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. He is Chairman of the AAPA U. S. Gulf Caucus and serves on the AAPA U.S. Legislative Policy Council, and the Executive Committee.
Mark is Chairman of the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas (GPAA), and is active in state and local maritime organizations, serving on the Executive Committee of the Mississippi Coast Foreign Trade Zone, the Board of Directors of Mississippi Water Resources Association, Mississippi Ports Council, Mississippi Intermodal Council and Governor Bryant’s Ocean Task Force focusing on Maritime Unmanned Vessel Operations in Mississippi.
Trade Operations, Global Affairs Canada
Duane is Director General, Trade Operations in Global Affairs Canada.
He has previously led Canada's trade programs in China and Korea and been Chief of Staff to two Deputy Ministers of International Trade.
Duane has won the Minister of International Trade award, the Clerk of the Privy Council award and the Ken Sunquist Award for Excellence in International Trade. He is a graduate of Queen's University in Engineering Physics.
CEO and Managing Director
DP World Americas Region
Tiemen Meester is CEO and Managing Director, Americas Region, with 25+ years of experience in the container transportation industries. Prior to joining DP World, Tiemen served as Senior Vice President of Business Implementation of APM Terminals for A.P. Moller-Maersk, where he was a member of APM Terminals’ management board and responsible for new businesses including greenfield, brownfield and mergers and acquisitions.
He also held the position of Vice President, Head of Human Resources with APM Terminals, and was responsible for a wide range of global human resource functional activities including performance and talent management. Prior positions also included Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, and CEO and board member for Salalah Port, Oman.
Tiemen graduated from Maritime Institute “De Ruyter,” Vlissingen, The Netherlands in 1987 as Merchant Naval Officer and Civil Engineer. He also attended several executive development courses at Cornell University, Columbia University, IMD and Harvard Business School.
Kana Mutombo, PhD
Transnet National Port Authority, South Africa
Dr. Mutombo’s experience in infrastructure development spans over 18 years from both the public and private sectors across the African continent. He is currently employed as a. In this position, he is involved with the establishment of a Research and Development unit within Transnet National Port Authority. Previously, he was Head of the Port Engineering department in the port of Port Elizabeth; responsible for the long term planning, provision and maintenance of port infrastructure. In this position, Dr. Mutombo was overall responsible for a major capital port infrastructure expansion programme of over USD 300 million over a 7 years period. Prior to joining Transnet in 2006, Dr. Mutombo held various positions in private sector on construction sites with several major SA construction companies.
His PHD research is a first step in the process of understanding the resilience of large-scale port systems, and an attempt to study cyclical patterns of growth, collapse, and renewal of such resilience. Dr. Mutombo has published selected papers on port adaptation to climate change in leading international journals.
Janice Noronha, D.P.A., MES
Janice Noronha is a Partner within the Risk Assurance Services of PwC Montreal, specializing in Sustainability and Climate Change Practice. She has more than twenty years of experience in the review, development and implementation of sustainability strategies, programs and reporting frameworks. She has specialized experience in the areas of integrated management systems, including health, safety, security quality and environment. She is also an expert in industrial ecology, regulatory guidance and internal and third-party assurance of sustainability data.
Her experience within the sustainability field covers a diverse range of industrial and institutional settings in Canada and the US, including the transportation and logistics, retail, aerospace, financial services and the metals and mining sectors. Within the transportation and logistics sector, she has extensive experience developing sustainability strategies that align with international standards and integrate industry best practices to deliver value based strategies that create economic, social and environmental benefits within society. She holds a Masters of Management in Environmental Studies (MES) from Dalhousie University and has a postgraduate degree in Public Administration.
Environment and Climate Change Canada
David has been employed with Environment Canada's weather service for 50 years. His work activities relate to the study of the climate of Canada and to promote awareness and understanding of meteorology. He has published several books, papers and reports, including a book on The Climates of Canada, and two bestsellers: The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry and Blame It On The Weather. He is the originator and author of the Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar, the most popular calendar sold in Canada. David frequently appears on national radio and television as a commentator on weather and climate matters. He has been awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and has twice received the Public Service Merit Award. David is the recipient of three honorary doctorates from the universities of Waterloo and Windsor and Nipissing University. In 2001, David was named to the Order of Canada.
Wayne T. Power
Group Vice President
J. D. Irving Ltd. - Transportation and Logistics Division
Wayne T. Power is Group Vice President of J. D. Irving Limited’s Transportation and Logistics Division. Born and raised in New Brunswick, he has divided his professional life between Canada and the United States. He earned a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, and an MBA from City University.
Prior to joining JDI, Mr. Power was employed with Owens Corning Corporation, a $5B building materials company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. There, he gained extensive business and leadership experience working in multiple executive roles in both the USA and Canada including manufacturing leadership, as Director of Global Logistics and as General Manager and President of two Owens Corning companies. Since joining the Irving organization as Vice President, Mr. Power has been responsible for Business Development and Strategy, and has also led the Equipment, Construction and Building Materials Division. During the latter, he was responsible for the redevelopment of the Saint John Shipyard, the start-up of Atlantic Wallboard Limited and the consolidation and growth of the construction and building materials companies.
In August of 2010, he was appointed Group Vice President of the Transportation and Logistics Division which includes RST Transport, Sunbury Transport, NBM Railways, Atlantic Towing, Harbour Development, Universal Truck and Trailer, Kent Line and JDI Logistics.
President & CEO
Port Saint John
Jim was appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer of Saint John Port Authority in September 2010. Jim brought over 30 years of experience in the marine and public sectors to Port Saint John and he began his career on ships out of Saint John in the mid 1970’s. In 1981, he re-joined the Canadian Coast Guard where he was promoted to leadership positions including Regional Director of the Central and Artic Region and Director General, Marine Programs. Jim’s Coast Guard experience took him to ports across Canada and around the world.
After 23 years with the Coast Guard, Jim joined the Privy Council Office’s Machinery of Government Secretariat and Social Development Policy Secretariat as a Senior Advisor. In 2002, Jim joined Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as Director General of Lands and was promoted through several leadership positions culminating in the Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Deputy Minister role. Jim also held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Canadian International Development Agency before leaving government to work at Port Saint John.
Jim is a graduate of Dalhousie University (Bsc), and hold the professional designation of Certified Management Accountant (CMA) – Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Jim presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Canada Port Authorities (ACPA). Jim has served as past Chair of the Canadian Delegation at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and was appointed Chairman of the Board for 2015-2016 at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), a position which has not been held by a Canadian Chairman since 2005-2006.
Additionally, Jim is pleased to serve as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel for the 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (The Loyal Company), 5th division army. He is involved in a number of business committees in Saint John, notably he sits as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Saint John and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Saint John Seafarers Mission.
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
When freight forwarding gets in your blood, it stays in your blood. Such is the case with Ruth Snowden, who held several senior operational, sales and executive roles during her 27 years as an international freight forwarder. In 2008 she became CIFFA Executive Director and has since represented her industry in the Canadian and global arenas. Helping build a vibrant community of professionals is just one of Ruth’s passions, with a strong focus on sector education, networking and promotion of the industry.
For 70 years the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) has represented the global logistics sector in Canada and today boasts some 260 regular member firms from the largest of global multi-national logistics service provider organizations to small and medium sized Canadian companies. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.