Steve Pratte
Policy Manager
Canadian Canola Growers Association

Steve is a Policy Manager with the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) where he focuses on transportation issues and regulatory affairs affecting the grain sector. He represents grower interests in multi-commodity industry and government initiatives, has chaired several working group technical committees and authored a variety of reports, focused on Canadian grain transportation policy and supply chain issues.

He has worked in transportation policy and systems planning for almost 15 years in both the public and private sectors, previously holding several positions in the Transportation Policy Division within Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation and as a Transportation Systems Planner with a national engineering and planning consulting firm in Ottawa.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma (Civil Engineering Technology), Master of Arts (Geography) and has completed a program in supply chain and logistics management.


Carole Ann Woudsma


Carole Ann has been secretary of the CTRF since 2007. She holds a BA (Hons) in Geography & Environmental Studies from McMaster University, and a BEd from Nipissing University.

Executive Vice President

Trevor Hanson
University of New Brunswick

Trevor Hanson, P.Eng has been a faculty member in Civil Engineering at the University of New Brunswick since 2011 where he teaches courses in Transportation Planning, Transportation Policy, Civil Engineering Design and is Coordinator of the UNB Transportation Group.  He started his career in Transportation Policy at the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure in 2004 following his completion of his MScE before returning to UNB in 2007 as the Albert and Ena Stevens Research Fellow while completing his PhD.  He has authored numerous reports, papers and articles on topics including older driver safety and mobility, age-friendly community transportation, volunteer driver programs, and active transportation.  At CTRF, he has served as Councillor and VP Meetings. In addition to CTRF, Dr. Hanson is also a member of the AME50 Accessible Transportation and Mobility Committee at TRB, a member of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) President’s Task Force on Accessibility, a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada (ITS Canada).

Vice President Awards

Kalinga Jagoda
Assistant Professor
University of Guelph

Kalinga, PhD (University of Western Sydney) is an Assistant professor at the University of Guelph. He has an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He has published more than thirty articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He is an Associate Editor of Entrepreneurial Practice Review and the academic chair of the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship 2010 conference. His main areas of scholarly interest include transportation, operations management, technology management, entrepreneurship and ERP implementation. Dr. Jadoda was recently nominated for a ‘Distinguished Researcher’ award by both faculty and students.

Vice President External Affairs

Damien Auger
VIA Rail Canada

Vice President External Support

Jim Frost
MariNova Consulting Ltd.

Jim is a marketing and business development specialist, experienced in port marketing, container shipping, short sea shipping and ferry operations. He managed a container feeder / transhipment service operating between the traditional trading links of Halifax and Boston. He was also marketing manager for Marine Atlantic, a large crown corporation which operates ferry services in Atlantic Canada. From 2005-2008 he was part time Executive Director of the Halifax Gateway Council. Jim has a B.A. from McGill, an M.A. from Queen’s and an M.B.A. from Saint Mary’s University, where he has also taught. He has authored three books and many articles on the business and economic history of the Maritimes as well as several articles on short sea shipping and gateway development.

Vice President Finance and Treasurer

Gerry Kolaitis
VIA Rail Canada (Retired)
Montreal, Quebec

Gerry was Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Financial Planning and Control for Via Rail Canada. He holds an MBA as well as a B Comm. from Concordia University. After a period of employment with Canada Steamship Lines, Gerry joined VIA Rail where his duties have included several positions related to strategic and financial planning and analysis, with respect to most aspects of the business and transportation in general.

He is currently responsible for directing VIA Rail’s strategic, financial, route and fleet planning and analysis. Other professional involvements have included membership on the Advisory Council, Canadian Institute of Guided Ground Transport, serving as VIA’s representative on the National Rail Network Study Steering Committee, and as a member of the Advisory Board and Chair of the Budget Committee of the Hellenic Community of Montreal. He joined the CTRF as councillor in 1997-98, and is a past President of the CTRF (2002-03).

Vice President Meetings

Glareh Amirjamshidi

Technical Advisor
Canada Post

Glareh is a Technical Advisor with Canada Post with previous experience as a Senior Engineering in consulting. She possesses academic, research and practical hands-on experience in freight planning, logistics, e-commerce impacts on transportation, and urban freight modelling and optimization. Her PhD research focused on reducing truck’s GHG emissions through better routing. in 2019, she completed an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship with the DeGroote Business School at McMaster University, during which she worked on several projects for the Smart Freight Centre in Ontario such as: off-peak pilot delivery, impact of e-commerce on first/middle and last mile logistics.

 Vice President Organization and Development

Joel Carlson

Associate Vice President

Joel is an Associate Vice President with CPCS, a management consulting firm specializing in transportation sector policy, economics and strategy.  He has dual Master’s degrees in Transportation and Engineering Systems from MIT and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta. Joel has over eight years of experience in rail and multimodal freight planning, engineering and policy analysis gained through assignments in the transportation consulting and railway industries, as well as from research at MIT. Some of his specific areas of interest include:

  • rail and dangerous goods transportation safety, including the transportation of energy;
  • urban, regional and national level goods movement and supply chain studies; and
  • passenger and freight rail planning, including of multimodal facilities.

Prior to joining CPCS, Joel previously worked at the French National Railway Company (SNCF) and Canadian National Railway Company in research, engineering and planning roles.

Joel is based in Calgary, and originally from Prince Rupert, BC.

Vice President Program

Adrian Lightstone

Managing Director, Major Projects

Adrian has B.Sc.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and a M.Sc. in Economics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Vice President Publications

Joseph Monteiro

Joseph  has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Bombay in economics and an M.A. from Queen’s University, Canada in economics. He has also completed his Ph.D. course work in the same field. He has worked for thirty years with the Competition Bureau, Industry Canada and a year and half at Statistics Canada. His experience includes work as an investigative officer and experience in the regulated affairs area, together with research in various areas such as labour economics, antitrust economics, competition law, transportation economics, etc. Publications by Mr. Monteiro are mainly in the area of competition law and economics. He has published more than twenty-five articles.

Besides his work, he is an enthusiastic philatelist and a prolific philatelic writer. This hobby takes up a great deal of time and money. To-date he has written more than one hundred and fifty articles and seven books for which he as won more than forty medals at national and international competitions.

Immediate Past President

Mark Hemmes
Quorum Corporation

is President of Quorum Corporation, an independent subsidiary of the Quorum Group of Companies, of which he is a founding partner. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Quorum Corporation has been responsible for monitoring Canada’s Prairie Grain Handling and Transportation System since June 2001. Quorum reports to the Government and industry on changes in the efficiency, reliability, structure and operation of the grain handling and transportation system as well as the impacts these changes have on producers. Quorum and its sister companies have also completed studies in the area of container movements and the role of inland container terminals in Western Canada, the provision of analytical and research services for the review of rail freight service in 2008 and 2009 and most recently (2015) an examination and assessment of the Canadian Grain Supply Chain.

Mark has extensive experience in the transportation industry. During his 23 years with the rail industry he held a variety of senior positions in the fields of marketing, intermodal, and operations. Mark attended school in Edmonton at the University of Alberta, and the University of Western Ontario



Malcolm Cairns
Malcolm Cairns Research and Consulting

Educated in England and Canada, Malcolm earned a PhD at the University of Toronto in mathematical statistics in 1975. He worked for nearly twenty years with the federal government in a variety of positions and departments, including Statistics Canada, the Canadian Transport Commission, the Office of Privatization and Regulatory Affairs, the Grain Transportation Agency and Transport Canada.

He joined Canadian Pacific Railway in 1994 as director of business research where he was involved in the analysis of a range of longer-term strategic issues. He was involved with the 2000 review of the Canada Transportation Act, with competition issues associated with railway mergers, competition among west coast ports for Asian container traffic, potential market and railway developments in Mexico, and the Canadian review of rail freight service. Latterly he was involved with positive train control in the US, and the potential impacts of the re-regulation of rail in the US.

Malcolm retired from Canadian Pacific in 2011 and now consults under the business name “Malcolm Cairns Research and Consulting”. He has recently published on regulated access to railway infrastructure in North America, the movement of crude oil by Canadian railways, including a policy paper for the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF) on Rail Safety, prepared a report on the current state of the Canadian rail freight industry for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, and prepared a paper for the Railway Association on rail capacity. He was also recently invited by the OECD to participate in their review of Canada competition in network industries such as railways.

Malcolm is past president of the Ottawa Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation, and a former member of the Advisory Board of the North American Center for Trans-border Studies at Arizona State University.

Garland Chow

Emeritus Associate Professor
Sauder School of Business
University of British Columbia

Christian Dea

Director General
Transport Canada

Christian a obtenu une maîtrise en économie de l’Université de Montréal. En tant qu’économiste en chef et directeur général de la section de l’Analyse économique à Transports Canada, Christian Dea est chargé de fournir des conseils au ministre et à la haute direction de TC sur les impacts des tendances économiques et sociétales au pays, mais aussi partout dans le monde, sur la résilience et le rendement des chaînes d’approvisionnement canadiennes et du réseau de transport en général.

Au cours de sa carrière, M. Dea a occupé différents postes dans le secteur public (c. à d. ministère des Finances, Banque du Canada et Ressources humaines et Développement des compétences) et dans le secteur privé (Banque Nationale du Canada), où il a été responsable des prévisions économiques, de la politique fiscale, des relations intergouvernementales, des politiques de l’impôt, de la gestion des connaissances et des données, et des services économiques. »

Bill Denning
Transport Economics Consulting and Research

Mahmudur Fatmi

Assistant Professor
The University of British Columbia


Ryan Gallagher

McMillan, LLP

Ryan is a lawyer in McMillan LLP’s Vancouver office and is a member of the firm’s Competition Group and Transportation Group. Ryan’s practice focuses on transportation and logistics with a particular emphasis on the rail industry. He has particular experience in regulatory and arbitration matters involving rates and conditions of service on and with Class I railways on behalf of some of the largest shippers and rail-users in Canada. Ryan has also assisted clients with various commercial negotiations and regulatory submissions, including submissions to the Canadian Transportation Agency.  His experience also includes general commercial transactions, industrial property development issues, as well as environmental permitting and approval issues.  Ryan is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where he completed a B.Sc. (2000) and LL.B. (2006).

Vijay Gill

Director, Infrastructure Research
Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure

Vijay is the Director of the Infrastructure Research Branch at the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure. In his current role, he is building the ministry’s research and analysis capacity to support evidence-based decision making regarding the prioritization of infrastructure investment in the province. Previously, Vijay was CPCS’s Assistant Vice President for North America. With CPCS he led or contributed to studies covering goods movement policies and strategies, transportation & logistics reliability freight investment benefits cost analysis and urban congestion measurement.

Before joining CPCS in January 2015 he was Director, Policy Research, Public Policy Division, for The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC). During his time with the CBoC, Vijay led several studies related to trucking industry labour supply and demand, rail freight productivity, transportation productivity and efficiency, grain transportation, railway competition, aviation policy, travel time savings, transportation infrastructure costs, infrastructure service delivery, urban agglomeration economies and transportation energy use.

Prior to joining the CBoC, Vijay was Senior Economist with the Economic Analysis directorate of Transport Canada, where he was primarily responsible for providing advice and analysis to the Policy Group within Transport Canada on all issues related to productivity, performance measurement, taxation and financial analysis. Vijay holds a B.A. (Economics and Political Science) from the University of Toronto and an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business, York University.

Caroline Healey

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Railway Association of Canada

Caroline joined the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) as Executive Vice
President and General Counsel in July 2020. Caroline brings fifteen years of
transportation experience to her role in leading RAC’s operations, regulatory affairs, government relations as well as its legal affairs. Before joining the RAC, Caroline served as Executive Vice President Legal Affairs & External Relations and Corporate Secretary for the Canadian subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming, which operates short line and regional freight railways in Canada and the United States as well as other countries worldwide.

Caroline is a lawyer and she worked in large national law firms in the areas of corporate, commercial and transportation law. She is also a Certified Commercial Arbitrator. She acted as Assistant General Counsel with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), an international trade association. She also worked for Bombardier Aerospace, an important aircraft manufacturer where she negotiated and supported high-value aerospace sourcing transactions.

Caroline holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in North American Common Law from the University of Montreal, a Postgraduate certificate in Chinese Law from the University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and a MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Law (LL.B.) from Laval University. Caroline also serves on several Board of Directors and is involved in various non-profit and community organizations.

Caroline s’est jointe à l’Association des chemins de fer du Canada (ACFC) à titre de vice-présidente exécutive et avocate générale en juillet 2020. Caroline apporte quinze années d’expérience en transport à son rôle à la direction des opérations, des affaires réglementaires et des relations gouvernementales de l’ACFC, ainsi que des services juridiques. Avant de se joindre à l’ACFC, Caroline a occupé le poste de viceprésidente exécutive Affaires juridiques et relations extérieures et secrétaire corporative de la filiale canadienne de Genesee & Wyoming, qui exploite des chemins de fer d’intérêt local au Canada et aux États-Unis ainsi que dans d’autres pays à travers le monde.

Caroline est avocate et a travaillé dans divers grands cabinets d’avocats nationaux dans les domaines du droit corporatif, commercial et du transport. Elle est aussi arbitre certifiée en matière commerciale. Elle a agi comme directrice adjointe des services juridiques de l’Association internationale de l’aviation (IATA). Elle a aussi travaillé chez Bombardier Aéronautique, un important manufacturier d’avions, où elle a négocié des transactions d’approvisionnement d’envergure.

Caroline est titulaire d’un Juris Doctor (J.D.) en common law nord-américaine de l’Université de Montréal, d’un certificat d’études supérieures en droit chinois de l’Université de science politique et de droit de Pékin, ainsi que d’un MBA et d’un baccalauréat en droit civil (LL.B.) de l’Université Laval. Caroline siège aussi sur plusieurs conseils d’administration et est impliquée dans de nombreuses organisations
caritatives et communautaires.

Robin Lindsey

Sauder School of Business
University of British Columbia

Robin holds the CN Chair in Transportation and International Logistics at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. He was previously a member of the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta from 1982 to 2010. His research interests include traffic congestion, road pricing, parking policy, financing roads and other transportation infrastructure, urban public transportation, advanced traveler information systems and queuing systems. He has also worked on topics related to industrial organization including retail market competition, price discrimination and predatory pricing.

Robin is a founding board member and past president of the International Transportation Economics Association (, an Associate Editor of Transportation Research Part B and Transportmetrica, and a member of the editorial boards of Economics of Transportation, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Journal of Urban Economics and Transport Policy. He is also coeditor with André de Palma, Emile Quinet and Roger Vickerman of Handbook in Transport Economics published in 2011 by Edward Elgar.

Lawrence McKeown

Chief of Analysis, Tourism and Transportation Statistics
Statistics Canada

Lawrence is the Chief of Analysis in the Centre for Tourism and Transportation Statistics at Statistics Canada and has conducted research on public transit use, airline deregulation, railway performance and logistics as well as Internet use and telephone call centres. He has also taught transportation courses at several universities and worked as a Research Associate at Imagine Canada in Toronto and at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Larry has a Ph.D. in Urban and Economic Geography from the University of Toronto.

Don McKnight

DAMF Consultants Inc.

Mr. McKnight is considered a specialist in the transportation industry having worked almost exclusively with this industry over the past forty-five years, twenty-three of these with KPMG where he rose to a Principal in KPMG’s National Transportation Practice. He also worked for Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian Pacific Consulting Services. He is now President of DAMF Consultants Inc., specializing in transportation and logistics management.

Mr. McKnight has directed or participated in numerous transportation-related projects in the consulting profession. He has provided consulting services to both the users and providers of transportation services in both the private and public sectors. These include carriers, shippers, and governments at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Mr. McKnight has worked with all modes of transport but particularly with the rail, marine and trucking modes of transport. This experience has led to significant work in logistics and intermodal transportation.

He is a graduate of Carleton University (B.Sc.), and McGill University (M.B.A.). He is a Fellow (FCILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and is a member of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum. He is currently a lecturer in the Supply Chain Management and Logistics Certificate Program at McGill University, teaching courses in transportation economics and logistics.

Anna Robak, PEng, PhD (Econ)

Director of Research & Innovation
WSP Canada

Anna is Director of Research & Innovation at WSP Canada, a large multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy. She is a professional engineer with a PhD in economics, with 20 years of experience advising transportation and municipal asset owners around the world on their asset investment programs. Her own research is on the economic, health and social impacts of infrastructure systems, with a focus on impacts to vulnerable populations. She has a special interest in making health and employment more accessible for all.

Anna is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Brunswick’s Civil Engineering Department; member of the University of Toronto’s Civil and Mineral Engineering Industry Advisory Board; Senior Fellow for the Conference of Defence Associations Institute; and mentor in the IBET (Indigenous Black Engineering Technology) program. Anna was also on the Mayor’s Smart City Task Force for the City of Fredericton and Saint Mary’s First Nation for Canada’s inaugural Smart Cities Challenge.


Joseph Schulman

Principal Consultant

Dr. Schulman is an Associate and Principal Consultant with CPCS, having over 35 years’ experience as an economist and business analyst. He has been a consulting transport economist since 1998, serving clients in both the public and private sectors on Canadian and international projects. His extensive assignments have included examining policy and regulatory issues, market analysis and traffic forecasting, analyzing trade flows, examining supply chain issues, economic impact assessment, project financial and economic evaluations, analyzing operational and financial performance of carriers, and building organization capacity. He also has extensive experience in economic forecasting, and corporate strategic and business planning. Dr. Schulman served full time as Co-Director Research for the federal Canada Transportation Act Review in 2000-2001. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. from The George Washington University. He has taught university courses including transportation economics, managerial finance, and managerial economics at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Dr. Schulman is a Canadian and U.S. citizen.


Gordo Tufts
Manitoba Infrastructure (Retired)

Gordo is a Transportation Policy Consultant with the Manitoba Department of Infrastructure. Prior to moving to Winnipeg in 1999, he was Senior Transportation Policy Advisor for the Department of Transportation and Public Works of Prince Edward Island. He previously served as Senior Transportation Policy Analyst and Transportation Planning Supervisor for the Department of Works, Services and Transportation of Newfoundland and Labrador. Gordo was a Motor Vehicle Accident Investigator with Transport Canada, a Traffic Engineer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Principal Project Officer of the UNB/Transport Canada Collision Investigation Team.

Gordo has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick (UNB). He has held memberships in the associations of professional engineers in the provinces of Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Gordo has participated on the Research and Development Council and the Multi-Modal Council of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC); chaired the Aviation Standing Committee of TAC; served as President of the Atlantic Provinces Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE); and was a director of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP), the Atlantic Provinces Transportation Commission (APTC), and the Eastern Border Transportation Coalition (EBTC).

About the time CTRF was being formed, Gordo was a member of the 1965-66 Fredericton Pee Wee “A” Red Wings New Brunswick Provincial Championship hockey team.