Breakfast & Official Opening

7:45 - 8:45

Doug Doney

General Manager New Brunswick Potash, Nutrien

Doug Doney is currently the General Manager for Nutrien, formerly PotashCorp, in New Brunswick. Doug was born and raised in Sussex and has worked most of his career in the mining industry. In his current role, Doug is focused on remediation efforts at three Nutrien operations as well as oversight of the Potash Terminal at Barrick Point

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Economic Outlook & Ports

09:00 - 10:15

Michael Dobner

Partner, National Leader, Economics Practice, PwC Canada

Michael Dobner is a partner in the Deals Group of PwC Canada and a leader of PwC’s Economics Practice. He has more than 35 years of experience during which he has led approximately a 1,000 advisory and consulting engagements involving economic analysis, litigation support and business valuation

He has been selected to lead economic studies in relation to some of the key economic issues of our time such as NAFTA, US tax reform, and the future of the mining industry.  Michael acted as an economic advisor in high profile commissions set by the Government of Ontario and Alberta.

Michael has been qualified as an expert in valuation and economic analysis court and quasi-judicial bodies.  He has also served as an arbitrator and mediator in cases involving commercial disputes.

Michael serves as an adjunct professor in the faculty law of the University of Toronto, where he teaches first of its kind course that he created which teaches future lawyers of how accounting, finance and economic concepts should be implemented in law.

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Kurt Nagle

President & CEO, American Association of Port Authorities

Kurt Nagle has over 30 years of experience in Washington, DC, related to seaports and international trade. Since 1995, Mr. Nagle has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). Mr. Nagle began working at AAPA, the alliance of the leading public port authorities throughout the Western Hemisphere, in 1985.

Prior to joining AAPA, Mr. Nagle was Director of International Trade for the National Coal Association and Assistant Secretary for the Coal Exporters Association.

Previously, he worked in the Office of International Economic Research at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr. Nagle serves on the Executive Committee of the Propeller Club of the United States and is a former commissioner of PIANC, the International Navigation Congress.

Mr. Nagle holds a Master's Degree in Economics from George Mason University.

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Wendy Zatylny , CSCMP

President, Association of Canadian Port Authorities

Wendy Zatylny is a seasoned executive who brings more than 25 years’ experience spearheading issues on the federal and provincial-territorial landscapes—including policy development and roll-out, reputation stewardship, issues management and advocacy to advance member interests. Wendy has represented Canadian issues on the world stage, and led national stakeholder engagement and government relations programs developed in concert with effective media and advertising strategies. Born in Quebec and charged with Canada-wide program initiatives, Wendy brings a bilingual and truly national perspective to the ACPA mandate.

Before joining ACPA, Wendy spent seven years at Rx&D, the national association representing Canada's research-based pharmaceutical companies. During that time, she held several senior positions in public affairs and government relations, and played a key role in expanding and strengthening Rx&D’s network of stakeholders—achieving consensus to advance issues of common concern. To address a significant industry reputation issue, Wendy developed the Rx&D Guidelines for Transparency in Stakeholder Funding and best practices the industry is employing in its stakeholder relations today. In her government relations capacity, Wendy worked with federal and provincial decision-makers and influencers to achieve healthcare system reform that places patient interests and innovation issues at the forefront of health policy decision-making across all jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Rx&D, Wendy spent 15 years directing her own practice, providing communications counsel to federal departments in Ottawa, including Industry Canada and Foreign Affairs.

Outside of the office, Wendy is a proud rugby mom to her 21 year old son, as well as an avid sailor and competitive ballroom dancer. Active in her community, she is a recipient of the Governor General's Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, and was recently recognized by the Supply Chain Management Association as one of 100 Influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain.

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Transportation Assets

Honourable Bill Oliver

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Province of New Brunswick

Bill Oliver was born in Saint John, New Brunswick.He was elected to the 58th Legislative Assembly of the Province of New Brunswick on September 22, 2014, to represent the riding of Kings Centre which stretches from Norton to Welsford. He was re-elected for a second term on September 24, 2018, and sworn in as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure on November 9.

In his first term, Mr. Oliver served as Deputy Whip for the Official Opposition, the Opposition Critic for Worksafe NB and a member of the Legislative Administrative Committee. His political career also includes serving as an Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Minister of Supply and Services and to the Minister of Finance, Blaine Higgs.

Prior to his time as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, he spent many years working in southern New Brunswick and the rest of the province in the insurance industry.

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Stephen Lund

CEO, Opportunities NB

Stephen Lund is a dynamic leader and expert in economic development with over 30 years of experience in banking, venture capital and international finance.Since 2015, Stephen has been the CEO of Opportunities NB (ONB), the lead business development organization in New Brunswick, and Deputy Minister. Under Stephen’s leadership, ONB has consistently exceeded results and outperformed every other Canadian economic development agency on a per capita basis. And its results exceeded every similar organizations in the province over the past 20 years. ONB has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers for three years in a row and one of Canada’s 40 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2018. 

Stephen has been recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada five times in a row, was named one of the top 500 most influential people in Financial Centre worldwide, and has been inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO Hall of Fame.

Stephen earned a prestigious X ring from St. Francis Xavier University, holds an MBA from Queen’s University, obtained an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and completed executive level studies at Harvard, Queen’s University, and the University of Chicago.

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Bill Louis

Director of Sales - International Intermodal, CN

Bill Louis was appointed Director of Sales for the International Intermodal segment, based in Chicago, Illinois in 2011. He is responsible for driving sales growth with our steamship line partners in the Asia Pacific Gateway as well as in the Atlantic and Gulf gateways. This includes driving imported container business right to the customer's door, as well as refilling those containers with Canadian and US export merchandise for shipment overseas.

Prior to his current position, Bill was Director of Regional Sales for the US and Western Canada regions.  Mr. Louis has over 40 years of experience in CN and in Marketing & Sales. Mr. Louis manages some of CN's largest customers shipping in these corridors, and was successful in promoting the Canadian Ports as the import option of choice for shipments into the US Midwest and Canada.

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Kevin Scott

Chief Refining & Supply Officer, Irving Oil

Kevin Scott is responsible for all Refining Operations at Irving Oil’s Saint John and Whitegate facilities, as well as the Company’s Products & Terminals Operations. This team safely and reliably refines, stores and transports our products.

Prior to this role, Kevin was Irving Oil’s Chief Human Resources Officer. He has also led the Company’s Public Affairs and Supply & Trading teams. He joined Irving Oil in 1992 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

He and his wife have four children who keep them active with sports, theatre and music. In the community, Kevin volunteers with youth sports and economic development.


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Keynote Luncheon

12:00 - 13:30

Honourable Blaine Higgs

Premier of the Province of New Brunswick

First elected to the Legislative Assembly on September 27, 2010, Blaine Higgs served as Minister of Finance from 2010 to 2014. He was re-elected in 2014 and again in 2018 representing the riding of Quispamsis. On October 22, 2016, he was elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick.Mr. Higgs was sworn in as Premier of New Brunswick on November 9, 2018.

Born in Woodstock, he graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. Following university, he joined Irving Oil Ltd., where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, refining operations, and in the transportation sector. Prior to retirement in May 2010, he was Director of Logistics and Distribution, with overall responsibility for the transportation and bulk storage requirements for the reliable supply of refined products to customers throughout Eastern Canada and New England. He also served on the Board of Directors for Canaport LNG and the New Brunswick Gateway Council.

He has travelled extensively for both business and pleasure. The insight learned through this interaction with different cultures provides him with an appreciation for the challenges that New Brunswick faces in the global economy.

A long-time resident of Quispamsis, he is married to Marcia, and the couple has four daughters: Lindsey, Laura (Reid Gilmore), Sarah (Jeff Wilkinson) and Rachel (Matt Hiltz). They are also blessed with four grandchildren: Nadia, Alexander, Samuel, and Sadie.

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