Canada's Logistics Briefing 2021  -  Program  -  Modal Briefing

Modal Briefing

Get the most up-to-date information about the challenges and opportunities faced by the logistics modes in Canada

Thursday, November 4
12:00 - 1:15 pm EST

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic greatly affected the supply chain, sending shockwaves through the logistics sector that will be felt for years - if not a decade or longer. 

In this session, you'll get expert, insider updates on the state of each mode past COVID-19. Look forward to assessments of the current state of each mode, how the supply chain is bouncing back and the outlook for 2022 and onwards.


Lou Smyrlis
Independent Writer and Researcher

Lou has been reporting on transportation issues for over 25 years and is a winner of several writing awards. For most of those years, he led Canada’s largest media outlet serving the needs of Canada’s transportation professionals. A frequent speaker on industry issues, he has been 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. In his spare time, he remains on the move by hiking, kayaking, obstacle course racing and riding and training his three horses.


Mike Millian, CCLP
Private Motor Truck Council of Canada

Mike grew up on a beef farm in Huron County and began his career in the Trucking Industry in 1990 at the age of 18. At the age of 21, Mike went to work for a long-haul refrigerated and general freight carrier and spent 5 years hauling freight in all 48 US mainland states and six Canadian provinces. The carrier then opened a Certified Driver Training School in 1998 and Mike came off the road to become one of the schools’ first certified driver trainers. Mike later transitioned into Safety and Compliance for the fleet, while still working part-time as a trainer for the school. In 2002, Mike moved over to a private fleet and became the Safety, Compliance, Maintenance and Training manager for the Hensall Co-operative’s Commercial Trucking Fleet.  Mike spent the next 12.5 years with Hensall and oversaw fleet growth from 40 trucks to over 160 trucks.  In January of 2015, Mike moved into the Trucking Association business and was named the President of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, where he remains in his current role. Mike has been a CITT Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP) since July 2021.


Stephen Phillips
General Manager of Sales, Canada
Air Canada Cargo

Stephen has been in the airline industry for 25 years, with the past 20 of those in Cargo. He began his airline career in Vancouver at Airports before moving over to Cargo in 2000, where he worked in various roles ranging from operations and customer service to Manpower Resource Planning Manager and Cargo Service Manager. When Stephen moved over to Sales in 2009, his first role was as an Area Sales Manager for BC, and he has subsequently held the roles of Western Canada Regional Manager and Senior Strategic Account Manager for Canada before moving into his most current position.

Stephen has always been passionate about all aspects of the aviation industry since a very young age. Before entering the airline industry, Stephen graduated from UBC with a degree in science. To continue learning and evolving his skillset, Stephen has taken various management leadership courses and holds a P.Log. designation. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 young daughters, travelling, golfing, skiing, and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.


Robert Skarzynski
Standard Rail

Rob is an executive with 6 years of experience owning and managing a rapid growth company in the Rail Transportation industry. Rob has over 10 years in the rail industry in all roles from labour, supervision, management, and executive.



More to be announced!




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Lou  Smyrlis


Mike Millian, CCLP

Stephen Phillips

Robert Skarzynski, Standard Rail

More to be announced!