North America’s transforming cargo sector and the fifth industrial revolution combining humans and machines are set to take centre stage at the inaugural Multimodal Americas in Toronto this autumn.
Topics including the second great railway boom, growth in inland waterway transport and revolutionary technological developments along the supply chain will be debated at the three-day event, from 16th to 18th October 2018.
“North America’s transport infrastructure is undergoing an exciting period of change, which presents many new opportunities and challenges for logistics stakeholders,” said Robert Jervis, Logistics Portfolio Director, Clarion Events.
“Likewise, new technologies are transforming the way the industry does business, helping logistics specialists prepare for a rapidly evolving supply chain landscape, as well as learn about new ways of working together.
“Our inaugural Multimodal Americas show will build on the legacy of its UK counterpart, providing a platform to establish a best practice approach that helps different sectors of the industry to learn from one another and grow.”
Representatives from the Canadian National Railway Company, the Freight Management Association of Canada, railroad company Genesee & Wyoming Inc, and industrial minerals producer Omya Inc will form a panel focusing on rail transportation on the second day of the event.
The industry experts will discuss how to maintain service quality and avoid overcapacity at a time when rail freight is set to grow by five per cent by 2021, and what investments will be needed for sustainable future development.
Another panel led by representatives from Global Logistics Development Partners and Lake Superior Warehousing, will explore the hype behind inland waterway transport, and the possibility for it to be the “next big thing”, including next-generation design and technology.
Technological developments will be an important topic at the three-day event as the international logistics and transport industry continues to embrace new concepts such as Big Data and Blockchain.
Experts including Canada’s Dragon’s Den host Nicole Verkindt, Founder of OMX, and Robert Bigler, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Product at eBay Canada, will feature on panels to discuss the latest developments and share their expertise.
Other keynote speakers include Yuree Hong, Founder of SHE Blockchainers, Asia; Dheeraj Kohli, Vice President & Global Head, Unisys; and Keith Reardon, Vice President, Intermodal, CN Rail.
More than 300 exhibitors are expected to attend the show, with companies including Air Canada Cargo, Shipco, Port St. John, Agility, DP World, DSV, Rubb Buildings, and Canadian National Railway already signed up.
Multimodal Americas is co-located with The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)’s 2018 Air Cargo Forum at Metro Toronto Convention Centre and organisers Clarion Events has also teamed up with the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA)’s 70th anniversary conference and exhibition.
Additionally, Multimodal Americas is being backed by the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA), the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF), and the Canadian Association of Importers & Exporters (I.E. Canada).
To find out about visiting, exhibiting, or sponsoring, visit multimodalamericas.com or contact:
Robert Jervis Logistics Portfolio Director Clarion Events T: +44 (0) 20 7384 7760 E: [email protected]