Morning Keynote (9:00 am - 10:30 am) 

Topic: End of NAFTA and Opening of Asia

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Carlo Dade

Trade & Investment Centre

Our on-going ‘near death’ experiences with the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have forced businesses in Canada to re-evaluate over reliance on the US market. Fortuitously, the Canadian government has finally gotten around to signing trade agreements that offer real opportunities for the full range of businesses in Canada beyond the usual large exporters. While Canada forges new modern multi-lateral trade agreements in Europe and Asia, the Americans under the Trump administration are going in the opposite direction leaving a major Canadian competitor on the side line in these markets. By necessity and opportunity, this may be the best time for Canadian business to ‘carpre diem’ abroad. Talk will review current status of NAFTA, Canada’s advantages in North America beyond NAFTA, the new trade agreements and opportunities including significant supply and production chain advantages for Canadian firms.

About Carlo

As Director of the Trade & Investment Centre, Carlo Dade develops and leads research to promote growth and profitability in western Canada’s export economy. Carlo has a long history in international public policy most recently as Senior Fellow in the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI).

Carlo has been a leading voice in debates on recent Canadian free trade agreements and development of trade infrastructure. He has a reputation for big-picture thinking and is a leading global expert on pan-Pacific trade, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Pacific Alliance trade blocs. He is one of Canada’s leading commentators on North American competitiveness and Canada-Mexico relations. Carlo is a highly sought-after media commentator throughout North America.


Afternoon Keynote Panel (3:30 pm - 4:30 pm) 

Topic: Autonomous Vehicles - The Future of Transportation

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Janice Isberg

Chief Executive
SCMA Alberta

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Chris Beringer

Transportation Solns.

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Ken Brizel

Chief Executive

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Ken Rosenau


Rosenau Transport

Paul Godsmark 5x6

Paul Godsmark

Chief Technology

Rob Eskens 5X6

Rob Eskens

Vice President


Points of Discussion:

  1. How soon might AVs be deployed in Alberta? What challenges lie ahead of companies trying to deploy AVs in Alberta? What impacts might the deployment of AVs have on jobs?
  2.  Do we want to encourage more rapid deployment of AVs in Alberta? - is it better to sit back and be a late adopter? If Answer is 'Yes': What can we do to encourage the deployment of AVs in Alberta?
  3. Will AV deployment just happen? or, does the government/businesses need to do something to make it happen?
  4. Will semi-truck manufacturers continue to sell autonomous trucks, or will they sell logistics as a service instead?
  5. Will semi-trucks continue to use fossil fuels, or will we move to electric? How big an impact will AVs have on the fossil fuel industry? And how quickly might this happen?

About Janice Isberg

Janice Isberg is the CEO of SCMA AB and supports the 1650 Members who see SCMA AB has critical to their career pathways. In addition, Janice, works to support the Industry with connections to various levels of Government, Post-Secondary Institutes, and both Public and Private companies. Her recent involvement with Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) has provided an opportunity to delve into the future of Autonomous Vehicles and its impact on the supply chain.

She is a true Albertan with a passion for helping people and businesses to be the best they can be. Janice comes to the Association with 30 years of leadership experience in a variety of industries. Prior to joining SCMA Alberta Janice was the Director of Operations for the Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence.

About Chris Beringer

Chris Beringer is the Director, Transportation Solutions for the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade with the Government of Alberta. In this role he engages with industry groups, networks, subject-matter-experts and executives in the transportation and supply chain fields to identify ways the Government can build on proven industry strengths to drive a prosperous future. Having travelled around the continent and overseas managing capital project transportation, Chris has experienced many approaches to work and he sees innovation in technology and processes as one of the keys to Alberta’s future competitive advantage.

About Ken Brizel

Ken has spent more than 20 years managing operations with multinational high-tech organizations in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to ACAMP, he was CEO of LightPath Technologies in the United States. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development for Oplink Communications; Director of Strategic Marketing and the Digital Signal Processor business unit for AT&T/Lucent Microelectronics; and held senior management positions at GE/RCA and the startup Star Semiconductor.

Ken holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering with concentration in solid state physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He won the David Sarnoff Award Gold Medallion for Outstanding Technical Achievement at RCA for building the QMOS product line. Ken is the driving force for ACAMP’s vision, strategy, people and reputation.

About Ken Rosenau

Ken Rosenau - 3rd generation president of Rosenau Transport.  I have worked through all parts of the business. Starting on the dock, driving, clerical, sales, operations and now President.  I was the first Rosenau in the entire family to graduate from High School and the first member to attend post secondary. The one thing I have not done is ever get my class one license. I currently sit on the following boards - AMTA, CTA Trucks for change and I'm a current member of TEC Canada.

About Paul Godsmark

Chief Technology Officer at the Canadian Automated vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE), Paul is an internationally recognised thought leader on the socio-economic impacts of autonomous vehicles. He advises public and private sector clients on the impacts of autonomous vehicles on their business and operational models. Paul plans to retire to a fully automated RV and tour North America following the weather.

About Rob Eskens

Rob Eskens has served in a strategic change management capacity for over 15 years with Manitoulin Transport and has played a leading role in transforming the company into the nation’s largest single source transportation provider. A product of the Richard Ivey School of Business and an enthusiastic proponent of the case study learning model, Rob continues to ensure that Manitoulin Transport is at the forefront of the latest technologies in the industry. He has served as Director and Vice President of the Alberta Motor Transportation Association, and continues to influence the transportation industry through his involvement with Western Canada trucking associations, and the Supply Chain Management Association.