How can we address the global trucker shortage? When will air travel and shipping recover from the pandemic disruption? How does increased demand for oil in the United States impact rail congestion in the coming years?

Representatives from air freight, rail and trucking come together to discuss the latest trends in their sectors.

Learn more about the challenges and opportunities in shipping by air, rail and truck and how logistics professionals can optimize their shipping methods.  


Wednesday, May 18, 2022
11 am – 12:30 pm MD | CST
12 pm – 1:30 pm CDT

2 CPD per session up to a max of 10 CPD for the week



Moderator - Ron Marcolin, Divisional Vice President, CME

Ron Marcolin is a seasoned business executive with 30 + years experience in various senior management roles in both Calgary and Saint John.  

He is currently a Divisional Vice President of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and represents membership in all provincial government advocacy, public policy, membership programs and services, events and education. CME helps increase manufacturing output and value-added exports by calling on industry, government and all public and private supporting institutions to focus efforts on developing a skilled workforce, supporting innovation and commercialization, increasing investment in and leveraging new technologies, opening new markets, and ensuring a competitive environment in which to manufacture, innovate, and grow.  

Ron earned his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from The University of Western Ontario (Western) in London, Ontario as well as a Diploma in Petroleum Land Management from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. He is a native of Trail, British Columbia and began his career in the petroleum industry in Alberta shortly after graduation. He pivoted to marketing as a member of Calgary’s Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee (OCO’88) as Calgary and Alberta welcomed the world during February 1988. 

Since then he has worked in the professional services industry with firms such as Grant Thornton and Deloitte and most recently in the consulting world with both Ducks Unlimited Canada and Voice of The Client Inc. 

As an active member in the community, he has served on The Board of Directors of The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation and is former Chair of The United Way of Greater Saint John as well as Chair of various committees within The Saint John Board of Trade, The Alberta Children’s Hospital and The Calgary Chamber of Commerce.  

Leading up to and including 2012, he Chaired The Memorial Cup Bid Committee for The Saint John Sea Dogs Major Junior Hockey Club. 

Robert Eskens,  Vice President of Sales, Western Canada, Manitoulin Transport


Rob Eskens is an industry recognized “change and strategic acquisition” manager. Rob is currently serving as Vice President of Sales, and with thirty years of both sales and operational ground transport experience in the North American market, he has played a leading developmental role in transforming Manitoulin Transport into the nation’s largest single source transportation provider.

A product of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Rob continues to insure that Manitoulin Transport is well positioned to participate in the country’s “economic shift” to western and northern Canada. Having recently completed his term as Vice President of the Alberta Motor Transportation Association, Rob is currently focusing on the delivery of a superior customer experience for western and northern Canadian customers as Manitoulin assists them in expanding their global business reach. 

Carly Fryer, STEMCELL Technologies

Carly Fryer

Carly Fryer was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in 2005 at Simon Fraser University and returned in 2014 to complete her Master of Business Administration from the Beedie School of Business. Carly started her career in Logistics 2001 working in a call centre as part of the Customer Service team for a Canadian courier company. She later worked in the public sector in energy efficiency program management and operations.

Carly worked at both the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of the Logistics Management team at the Athletes Villages with operations running 24 hours a day during the games. She has been with STEMCELL Technologies for six years, first as the Customer Service Manager for the North America team and now as the Global Logistics Manager. 

Mammen Tharakan, Director, E-Commerce, Cargo & Aviation Real Estate, Edmonton International Airport

With over twenty years of leadership in sectors including Aviation, Entertainment, and Technology, Mammen Tharakan joined Edmonton International Airport as the Director, E-Commerce, Cargo & Aviation Real Estate.

Together with a passionate & dedicated team, Mammen works with a strong customer mindset to retain Canada, and Edmonton’s positions in global supply chains. His duties include identifying new technologies and partnerships that support the community in responsible growth. Recognizing the crucial role that travel provides in connecting the world, he is committed to advancing the industry through collaboration and innovation. Mammen holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Hult International Business School in Boston, Massachusetts USA. 

Host - Glenda Beaulieu, COO, Supply Chain Canada - Alberta Institute

Glenda is no stranger to association management with over 10 years experience leading marketing & membership initiatives – both at a provincial and national level – for retail, hospitality, and manufacturing industry associations. Her strong ability to empathize with members and build collaborative partnerships, combined with her strategic development of key messaging resonates with both online and offline audiences.  

Glenda has also worked for consumer, technology and personal development organizations that provides a unique perspective on how digital transformation can greatly impact the supply and demand of goods and services here in Alberta and throughout the world.  

She is an experienced marketer, skilled in strategy development, brand & event management, negotiation, business planning, sales, social media, and member engagement. Glenda is a strong operations professional who graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology Marketing & Communications Program She currently resides in Gatineau, Quebec with her husband, Pierre, and their two children. 


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