President and Founder, Trucks For Change Network Inc.
Pete founded Trucks For Change Network in February, 2011, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the Canadian transport logistics industry to make a positive difference in the communities it serves. Trucks For Change Network was founded on the belief that finding efficient, affordable, and creative ways for industry to partner with charity is good for our communities and good for business.
Pete spent twenty seven years in progressively senior sales, operations, and management positions with Ryder System Inc., a global leader in integrated logistics and truck fleet management solutions. As Vice-President & General Manager of Ryder’s Canadian division between 1999 and 2007, Pete led many major customer supply chain transformation projects, business acquisitions, and strategic customer alliances.
Pete has served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trucking Association and the Canadian Trucking Alliance, and has been a speaker at several supply chain management and logistics industry conferences in Canada. He is actively involved in fundraising events in support of Toronto’s Hospital For Sick Children and other charity groups in the Greater Toronto area.
Pete holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University, and a P.Log designation from the Logistics Institute of Canada. Pete and his wife Caryl reside in Oakville, Ontario, and are the proud parents of sons Paul and Thomas.
CEO, J.D. Smith and Sons
Scott is the third generation President of J.D. Smith and Sons Ltd., a Toronto area asset-based provider of third party integrated logistics solutions.
Established in 1919 by Scott’s grandfather, J.D. Smith and Sons now consists of 200 employees providing quality for-hire and dedicated trucking services, as well as contract and public warehousing facilities. The business is currently owned and operated by Scott and his brother Brian. With an award-winning reputation, J.D. Smith and Sons was named in 2007 the first ever recipient of the Supply Chain and Logistics Association’s “Green Supply Chain Award”, sponsored by Transport Canada, an award established to recognize outstanding environmental vision, leadership, and achievement in the supply chain industry.
Scott currently sits on the Board and Executive of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), and is a Past Chairman of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), Canada’s largest provincial trucking association. Scott currently serves as Chairman of the OTA Education Foundation, and is a Past President of the Toronto Trucking Association.
Scott attended the University of Western Ontario located in London Ontario, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.
Scott and his wife Kathy live in Toronto with their three sons Luke, Jeremy, and Benjamin.
CEO, Kriska Holdings Ltd
Mark Seymour was born and raised in the small town of Kemptville in Eastern Ontario. At the age of 17, he left home to pursue a hockey career at the Major Junior “A” level. In 1983, after finishing his junior hockey, Mark returned home with a desire to join the family business. His father, Ken Seymour, founded Kriska Holdings Ltd. in 1978, with a fleet of 2 trucks leased to RCA. Mark started his career as a truck driver and as the years passed, he moved into different positions within the company gaining valuable experience. By 1995, Kriska’s fleet of 100 trucks was generating $20M in annual sales, and Mark was appointed President.
Twenty three years later, Kriska’s fleet has quadrupled, operating more than 400 power units and 1200 trailers across North America. Operating from our head office in Prescott, Ontario, with remote terminals in Mississauga and London, Ontario, Kriska employs over 500 people and has annual sales in excess of $75M. “We are proud of our people, our culture, our heritage, our position in the market and our accomplishments,” says Mark. For the last thirteen years, Kriska has been 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, Mark is actively involved in supporting the transportation industry, serving as past chair of the Ontario Trucking Association and vice chair of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.
Outside of work, Mark and his wife Kathy, daughter Reagan and son Clark enjoy life on the St. Lawrence River, which is part of the very scenic 1000 Islands.
Vice President Business Development, Bison Transport
Throughout a career which spans over 40 years in trucking, Norm has been involved in various aspects of the industry, including truckload and household moving. Before joining Bison in 2008, he was President of a truckload carrier in the Toronto area, and prior to that, the Chief Operating Officer of a large household moving group, with facilities in Eastern Canada. Norm has sat on a number of industry boards and various committees and panels relating to the trucking industry.
Bison is one of Canada’s largest and most diversified truckload carriers, servicing the North American marketplace. Bison has been recognized as a quality focused, innovative and forward thinking carrier. They have achieved Platinum status as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and is a 5 time grand prize winner of the Truckload Carriers award for the Safest Fleet in North America.
Norm and his wife Maryann have 2 grown boys, as well as 3 grandchildren.
Senior Vice President, eSentire Security
Rick is the President of Dalmazzi Management, a management consulting firm that assists U.S. based information technology companies in accessing the Canadian market.
Rick is a technology industry veteran who has lived and worked in cities across Canada and the United States, and has served on the board of directors of many start up and publicly traded technology companies. While working in San Francisco Rick was actively engaged with the Canadian consulate office to promote Canada to the Silicon Valley business community and attract foreign direct investment into Canada.
Rick has a keen interest in education, and has been a guest lecturer at many universities and graduate schools in Canada and the United States including Stanford University, MIT Sloan School of Management, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Toronto and University of Ottawa.
Rick has a Bachelor of Mathematics, Computer Science degree from the University of Waterloo. Rick and his wife Linda have two daughters and currently reside in the Toronto area.
Vice President and General Manager, Midland Transport Limited
Shane began his 30+ year career in the transportation business back in 1980 with Midland Transport Limited after graduating from Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. The majority of his career has been in sales and business development where he has progressed through various levels to V.P. Sales & Marketing. In 2003, Shane left Midland for 7 years and was employed as General Manager of Keltic Transportation, based in Moncton, N.B. In 2010, Shane returned to Midland as Vice President & General Manager, a position he continues to hold today. Midland employs over 1800 employees and owner operators at 30 facilities located throughout Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada, and the USA.
Â Shane currently sits on several boards, including the Canadian Trucking Alliance, the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association where he was Past Chair, Enterprise Greater Moncton, the Greater Moncton International Airport, and the Moncton Football Association, where he was Past President. In addition, he was involved in helping organize the Men’s Ford World Curling Championships and CFL’s Touchdown Atlantic held in Moncton in recent years.
Shane and his wife Claire reside in Moncton, N.B., and have 2 children, Kate and Jared, and a grand- daughter, Georgia.
President, The Tandet Group
Scott is a Co-President of The Tandet Group. Along with his brother Kirk, they purchased Tandet in 2000, and now operate investments in both asset and non-asset based areas of the transportation and power generation industries. Scott directs the operations of Tandet’s trucking logistics businesses.
Scott began his carrier in sales with Tandet NationaLease in 1985 before moving into operations, and subsequently the development of Tandet’s logistics/dedicated services in 1991. Through both purchases and organic growth, the Tandet’s facilities are now located across Ontario, from Sarnia to Ottawa, with a rail/truck transfer facility in Winnipeg, MB. Â Tandet provides services that include bulk tank, flat deck, dedicated reefer and van services, rail transfer, freight brokerage, lease/rental fleets, 24/7 emergency response and industrial/generator sales and maintenance.
As a member of the OTA, Scott has participated on all the Association’s set committees and currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Association. He is a Board Member of the Canadian Trucking Alliance and The OTA Education Foundation. Scott holds an engineering degree from Queen’s and a McMaster MBA. Scott and Pam continue to live in Oakville, where they raised their three children Ryan, Megan and Erin.
After a brief time with the Federal government, Natalie joined the family at Meyers Transport in 1995. Starting in customer service, billing and OSD, Natalie is now the 4thgeneration Chairman of the Board.
Founded in 1927 with one truck in Campbellford Ontario, Meyers Transport now has the most extensive terminal network in Eastern Ontario. With 250 power units, Meyers now provides LTL, TL, container and Logistics services in Ontario, Quebec and throughout North merica.
With a reputation for high quality, Meyers is a recipient of both the Mastio award and the Shippers Choice award.
Natalie is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the OTA. Natalie is a graduate of the Université de Besançon, France with a BA Economics. Natalie lives in Ottawa with her husband Gord and her two sons Jacob and Nicholas.
Vice President Finance and Administration, MacKinnon Transport
Alex MacKinnon is the fourth generation of MacKinnon Transport, a premier flatbed carrier located in Guelph Ontario. MacKinnon Transport was started in 1929 by Alex’s Great Grandfather, and today operates with about 80 flatbed specialists. During his tenure with MacKinnon Transport, Alex has held many roles within the company in areas of Operations, Sales, Administration, and the Senior Management Team.
Alex has a special interest in growth and development – in both his professional and personal life. As such he has been involved with the commencement of multiple Next Generation initiatives both within the industry, as well as his local community. Alex is currently on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA).
While attending Salem International University in West Virginia on a sports and academic scholarship, Alex graduated Magna Cum Laude after obtaining two Bachelor degrees, Business Management and International Business.Â Alex led the Men’s Water Polo and Swim teams as Captain, and was named an All American in Water Polo his Senior Year.
Alex and his wife, Janet, reside in Arkell Ontario with their three young daughters.
President, Onfreight Logistics
Having grown up working the family farm with seven brothers and sisters, Steve knows a thing or two about hard work. This family work ethic and attention to detail is evident in the services provided by Onfreight Logistics, the diverse transportation and logistics organization Steve founded in 1998.
Onfreight’s strategic location in Tecumseh, Ontario, adjacent to Canada’s busiest U.S border crossing, makes it a key link in its customers’ international supply chains. In addition to its modern fleet of highway tractors and trailers equipped with the latest technology, the company offers state-of-the-art warehousing services in Tecumseh, London, and Mississauga, Ontario, and in Columbia, Tennessee. “Assisting customers with more than just trucking requirements has been a key to our success,” Ondejko says.
Steve serves as board Member of both the Ontario Trucking Association and the Canadian Trucking Alliance, and is a member of the Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce.