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“From panel discussions to keynote speakers, the content never fails to inspire, influence and motivate those who participate.” -Ellen Voie, President, WIT

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Speakers, Moderators and Facilitators |

David J. Closs, PhD, LQ Executive Editor, Michigan State University

Krista Collinson,Vice President Omni Channel; Stores, Ecommerce & Technology, ToysRus Canada

Virginia Garbutt, Senior Director, Logistics, Walmart Canada

Brian Gibson, PhD, Auburn University

Thomas J. Goldsby, PhD, LQ Executive Editor, The Ohio State University

Michel Khennafi, Director, Logistics North America, Johnson Controls, Building Efficiency in Milwaukee

Thomas A. Moore, Managing Partner, Transportation, Warehouse Optimization

Tom Nightingale, President, GENCO Transportation Logistics

John Salt, Senior Vice-President, Supply Chain, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Timothy (Tim) Scott, Vice President, Order Management, GENPACT life science sectors in North America and Europe.

Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.B.A., P. Log., LQ Executive Editor

Nikhil Sathe, CFO, Genpro

Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women In Trucking and founder of the Women In Trucking Association

LQ’s Keynote Presenter: Robert A. Voltmann, President and CEO, Transportation Intermediaries Association

LQ's November 5th, 2015 Symposium Agenda | Click here to Register |

The LQ North American Symposium is one of the leading meetings of its kind in Canada and the United States. Designed for peer-to-peer learning, discussion and inquiry, and created in consultation with senior supply chain and logistics leaders from many industries and regions. LQ's Symposium provide a bridge between leading academics and practitioners in our field, offering participants a mix of expert case studies, indepth master classes/workshops and discussions.

LQ's Symposiums are an extension of its 21-year tradition of offering ideas for leadership in logistics and transportation - for Canadians and Americans alike. LQ's Executive Exchanges build on its tradition of introducing and demonstrating new leading ideas by senior-level practitioners. They also mirror LQ Magazine's distinctive place in the market, with a unique mix of Canadian and American readers and an editorial environment reflects the fact that we are each other's great trading partners - and the largest trading partners in the world. LQ's Executive Exchange on November 5th 2015 is designed to examine supply chain strategies and offer tangible insights into cultivating and managing business innovation.

2015 Theme: Creating Innovative and Collaborative Supply Chains and Organizations

Date: November 5, 2015| Venue: The University Club of Toronto


7:30 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking

7:55 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Address

8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
LQ's Supply Chain Planning Index Workshop: When logisticians plan for the next six months, Supply Chain Planning Assumptions about environmental factors such as transportation and logistics costs – often form an important part of the bedrock for plans to outsource. No matter a logistician’s practice, transportation and logistics costs to outsource in all modes are a common concern that must be balanced with the value proposition offered by providers.

In this work shop-oriented session, supply chain leaders will define Key Planning Assumptions - the "essential few" that prove instrumental for everyone to consider each month in regard to their outsourcing transportation plans. (This workshop will begin with this 15-minute roundtable discussion for delegates to begin the day by documenting key factors for their planning, which can be added to through the morning by including some of the insights from the presentations. It will also serve to add to key points of discussion throughout the day. LQ’s Executive Exchange, based on roundtables sharing their roster of key concerns for planning, will contribute to creating a more defined Key Planning Assumptions index to help our executive delegates set their six-month planning objectives against. (*This session will be facilitated by Michel Khennafi, Director, Logistics, North America, Johnson Controls, Inc. and LQ's Executive Editors.)

8:20 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
The strategic Imperative TL and LTL Transportation — securing capacity: This session provides a hands-on approach to improve your LTL and TL transportation strategies in an LQ executive exchange of ideas.  Today, there is not a lot of variance in LTL providers’ fees and truckload cost keep rising as capacity is squeezed making it a strategic imperative to secure the required transportation resources, improved transit times to customer locations, and finding agility in your SC network. Additionally, every company seeks to mitigate rising costs. Leading logisticians will chart new ways to develop better strategies in transportation and logistics to ensure transportation is secured.

9:20 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
LQ Executive Exchange (Q&A)

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Refreshments and Break

10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
LQ's Supply Chain Planning Index Workshop:
A review and executive exchange of the Key Planning Assumptions - the "essential few" that prove instrumental for logisticians to consider each month in regard to their outsourcing transportation plans. This exchange of ideas on key concerns for planning will contribute to creating a more defined Key Planning Assumptions index to help our executive delegates set their six-month planning objectives against. (*This session will be facilitated by Michel Khennafi, Director, Logistics, North America, Johnson Controls, Inc. and LQ's Executive Editors.)

10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
CASE STUDY & PANEL DISCUSSION: Retailers Supply Chain Strategies for Success:
What are the supply chain practices that directly impact retail organizations’ success? Brick and mortar retailers and their vendors are building their online presence in Canada and the United States with unprecedented levels of innovation and creativity.  Transportation agility, last-mile execution, and Omni-channel practices are factors distinguishing leading retailers from the rest of the pack.

In Canada, which is known for a low-population density spread across the longest international border in the world, the solution often calls for several distribution centers spread across the country to respond to online consumers call for shorter lead times. Even in the United States, with only a handful of cities that are more than million in population, the rapidly changing landscape is compelling bricks and mortar retailers to become more creative.

This session will encompass areas such as the practice of setting priorities for supply chain investment, coordinating omnichannel deliveries, maintaining reliable transportation capabilities, and last-mile strategies, as factors contributing to retailers’ success.

11:20 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Executive Exchange (Q&A)

11:50 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.
Networking & Cocktail Reception

12:15 a.m. -12:45 p.m.

12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Keynote Luncheon Presentation:
Insights on Trends in Transportation; Insights on what's ahead, and how to prepare for carrier sourcing and capacity challenges in today's trans-border environment.

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Aligning for Innovation in Logistics Outsourcing Relationships: Clients of logistics services often complain that their service providers (LSPs) lack innovation. Meanwhile, service providers note that static contract terms fail to accommodate innovation in the service arrangement.Preliminary research points to the premise of Innovation Alignment (IA) – i.e., seeing the same picture when it comes to innovation – as instrumental toward achieving innovation success. IA represents the integration, fit, bridging, harmony, coordination, and linkage between the LSP and its client for the purposes of achieving innovation – both incremental service improvements and radical service innovations. This session illustrates how the blending of culture, capabilities, and the arrangement, itself, can culminate in benefits for both the client and provider.

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Coffee Break

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
An Introduction to LQ's 3PL Sustainability Study and Awards Program - Key Findings:
Insights from LQ's Executive Editors on the first Section of LQ's 2015 (LQ's Supply Chain Maturity Matrix) by David Closs, PhD, and Thomas Goldsby, PhD.

2:45 -3:25 p.m.  
Featuring LQ's 3PL Sustainability Study and Awards Program Award Winner for 2015: (Economic, Social and Environmental factors in supply chain sustainability practices) 

3:25 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
A Study and Overview of the New Realities of Supply Chain Management

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks

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