The economy in 2015: What trends will impact your business?

Lou Smyrlis

TORONTO, Ont. — How will the countervailing economic forces play out over the next 12 months and how should that shape your business decisions heading into 2015?

At the next Surface Transportation Summit, scheduled for October 15th at the Mississauga Convention Centre in Mississauga, Ont., we’ve brought together a powerful panel of presenters to provide their insights.

Carlos Gomes, a senior economist with Scotiabank, is back to once again provide an economic overview of 2014 and share his view on where the economy is headed in 2015. Gomes manages the Industry Research Group at Scotia Economics, and is responsible for covering the transportation sector. His insights on the slow but steady growth of the North American economy have proved among the most accurate in the industry.

Joining Gomes is David Newman, an equity research analyst with Cormark Securities covering Transportation & Industrial Products stocks. Newman is well known in transportation circles and has achieved Brendan Wood Analyst All-Star rankings in three categories: Small Cap/Special Situations, Consumer Products and consistently in Transportation. He will provide an analysis on growth prospects for Canada’s trucking firms.
Also on the panel are two Canadian trucking company owners ready to share what they will be considering in drafting their business plans.
Patrick Cain is CEO of Cain Express, a 2nd generation, family-owned and operated company. The company has grown exponentially over the years, to provide domestic and trans-border transportation, warehousing, order fulfillment and value added services to companies in the automotive, high tech, consumer, industrial, food & beverage industries. It is included in the PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies. The company made the PROFIT 500 list with five years revenue growth of 66%.

Mark Seymour, heads up Kriska Holdings, one of Canada’s better known fleets with annual sales in excess of $75M. Seymour’s leadership has led to Kriska being recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, one of North America’s safest fleets and one of Canada’s highest ranked service providers in the truckload sector. In addition, Seymour is actively involved in supporting the transportation industry, through his roles with the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

The Economic Look Ahead session marks the beginning of a full day of educational sessions and networking opportunities at the Surface Transportation Summit. Other sessions include The View from the Top, with major transportation company executives providing their perspectives on the trends driving trucking and rail transportation; the new face of shipper-carrier collaboration; same day delivery service, insurance telematics; regulatory issues, best-in class distribution strategies; alternate fuels strategies; new technologies for shippers and carriers and the always popular session on freight rate pricing.

The Surface Transportation Summit is organized by Motortruck Fleet Executive, Canadian Shipper and Dan Goodwill and Associates

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Lou Smyrlis

With more than 25 years of experience reporting on transportation issues, Lou is one of the more recognizable personalities in the industry. An award-winning writer well known for his insightful writing and meticulous market analysis, he is a leading authority on industry trends and statistics.

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