Smyrlis to chair Canadian Intermodal 2004 conference

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Editorial Director Lou Smyrlis has been invited to chair the Canadian Intermodal 2004 conference to be held Sept. 22-24 in Toronto.

The conference, presented by Transport Canada and Transport IQ, will bring together key industry stakeholders to discuss emerging issues in intermodal transportation.

“Terminals are blocked, wait times are extended, traffic problems are worsening and border restrictions are tightening. This is costing valuable time and money. The time for change is now,” commented conference director Noemie Wiggett.

Industry stakeholders scheduled to speak at the conference include high-level officials from Transport Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency as well as Bruce Burrows from the Railway Association of Canada, Michael Broad from the Shipping Federation of Canada, Gary LeRoux of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, Bob Ballantyne of the Canadian Industrial Transportation Association, John Bescec of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, and Ron Tepper, president of Consolidated Fastfrate. Also on the agenda are speakers from the transportation management departments of the University of Calgary and the University of Denver.

Smyrlis, whose work was recently published by the Harvard Business School, has chaired several transportation conferences and panels in recent years with groups such as Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation, the British Columbia Trucking Association, the Canadian Human Resources Council, the Canadian Industrial Transportation Association, Supply Chain & Logistics Canada, and the Strategy Institute.

To register for the event, call 1-800-882-8684 or online at

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