Neil Everson, Director Economic Development & Real Estate, City of Hamilton, Ontario
Neil is the Director of Economic Development & Real Estate for the City of Hamilton, Ontario (population 510,000). Neil joined the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth in 1988 and became Manager of Business Development in 1996. Prior to this position, Neil spent four years with the Ontario Ministry of Industry and Trade where he worked as a Business Consultant in Hamilton, St. Catharines, Toronto and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Neil began his career with the Bank of Montreal.
Neil holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics and undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Urban Geography. In addition, he is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Certified Economic Developer program and received his Ed.D certification in 1991. Neil is a Past President of the Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC) and still chairs two national committees. In 2006, he received the Economic Development Association of Canada’s President’s Award for his contribution to the profession and the national association. Then again in 2007, he shared the President’s Award with five other senior Economic Development professionals for the development of EDAC’s comprehensive guide to Economic Development.
In 2000, Neil was seconded by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to lead an expert panel conducting a review of the economic development operations of the City of Ostrava in the Czech Republic. In June 2003, Neil was the first Canadian economic development practitioner to participate as an “Expert Panel” member for the U.S. based International Economic Development Council’s Technical Assistance Program. And in July 2005, Neil participated with the University of Waterloo in a Canadian International Development Agency Project in Dahlian, China.
Neil sits on the boards of several local charitable and not-for-profit organizations.
Robert M. Hart,
Chief Administrative Officer/Corporate Secretary. Hamilton Port Authority
Joined the Hamilton Port Authority (formerly The Hamilton Harbour Commissioners) in November 1988 as the Chief Financial Officer.
He currently holds the position of Chief Administrative Officer and in 2004 was also appointed Corporate Secretary.
Bob has served on the Board of Directors of the ACPA as well as the Board of the International Longshoreman’s Association Health and Welfare Trust Fund.
Bob is a graduate of Mohawk College’s Business Administration program and resides in Ancaster, Ontario with his wife and two children.
Pavlos Kanaraglou, Director, MITL, McMaster University, Canada Research Chair in Spatial Analysis
Pavlos S. Kanaroglou is Professor of Geography at McMaster University and holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Spatial Analysis. His formal education includes degrees in Mathematics (B.Sc), Computer Science (M.Sc) and Geography (M.A, Ph.D). He combines several years of industrial experience with academic teaching and research.
Dr. Kanaroglou has held faculty positions at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Aegean (Greece) and McMaster University. He is the founder and director of the Centre for Spatial Analysis (CSpA) at McMaster. His research, funded by Canadian councils (NSERC, SSHRC), as well as ministries and municipalities in Canada, focuses on sustainable transportation at the urban and regional level, on urban air quality and on the relationship between air quality and health. He has been the principal investigator and participated in several national and international projects.
He has published extensively on transportation issues and is a member of the editorial board for several transportation related journals. Recently, Dr. Kanaroglou spearheaded the establishment of the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) that is designed to bring together the private and public sectors with academia for the development of relevant and high quality research in transportation and logistics.
Richard Koroscil, President & CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
Richard Koroscil is President and Chief Executive Officer for the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (Canada). In June 2003 he joined the TradePort organization, a subsidiary of Vancouver Airport Services Ltd. (YVRAS), in the capacity of Vice-President of Operations and was appointed President & CEO in November 2003.
As President and CEO, Richard’s foresight, vision and strategic approach induced the first Airport Summit in concert with municipal, federal and provincial government; and changed the aviation landscape with the launch of an aggressive award-winning airport branding campaign. His influential management style advances existing air carrier partnerships (commercial and cargo); forges innovative corporate and community collaborations and is central to the success of a myriad of breakthrough programs.
Richard’s distinguished career in Airport Management spans over 32 years in both the public and private sectors throughout Canada and internationally.
His career portfolio includes Vice President of Operations for YVRAS and Vice President for YVRAS parent company, the Vancouver International Airport Authority. In these executive he was responsible for the privatization, transfer and operating performance of 15 airports in 6 countries including the integration of the YVRAS global family of airports and the branding of the YVRAS product and services.
Prior to joining Vancouver Airport, he held senior Airport Management positions at several other Canadian airports.
Richard was also the President and Director of a number of YVRAS subsidiary companies and former Vice-Chair of the ACI (Airports Council International), Pacific Region and member of the ACI World Facilitation Committee.
Richard sits on the board of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics, SKAL International and is the founding Chairman of Southern Ontario Gateway Council.
Richard is a graduate of Durham University/College in Aviation Management, a Chartered Director from McMaster University/Conference Board of Canada Directors College and studied Business Administration at the University of Windsor in Ontario.
Mr. Nick Markettos (Assistant Vice-President, Research Partnerships, McMaster University)
A Professional Engineer with some 30 years experience in technological development, policy development, technology transfer, university industry research collaboration and innovation infrastructure.
Nick Markettos started his career as a design engineer in Canada’s nuclear power industry and spent a number of years as a consulting engineer, where he gained hands-on experience in industry-research-government collaborations and technology transfer. He worked for the Ontario government in both the policy, and the scientific and technological development area, initially in the energy field, later in the environmental and most recently in innovation infrastructure and technology commercialization.
In his current position as Director, Strategic Partnerships at McMaster University and McMaster Innovation Park Liaison, he is responsible for the development of strategic partnerships, involving the use of university research to drive economic development.
He led the development of a Biosciences strategy in Hamilton, Halton and Niagara region and has been instrumental in the establishment of the McMaster Innovation Park. Nick holds a B.Sc.(Hons) from Sussex University, UK and a M.Eng. Degree from McMaster University. He is an active member of Professional Engineers Ontario. He has also been actively involved with a number of industry and community organizations.
J. Keith Robson, Chair of the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited
Keith Robson graduated from the Aston University in Birmingham, England and joined the automotive industry in Marketing and Product Planning roles. He then spent 20 years with Massey Ferguson/Varity Corporation in various roles including Vice President, Corporate Controller and President of the worldwide parts warehousing and distribution division. Since 1990 he worked in strategic management including the turnaround of Canadian Pacific Trucks. In 2001 he took on the role of President of the Institute of Corporate Directors where he was instrumental in establishing an educational program for Corporate Directors. In 2002 he was appointed President and CEO at the Hamilton Port Authority that manages the port operations and recreational uses of the Hamilton Harbour. During this time he was actively involved in a number of industry associations promoting the future development of the marine industry. In 2006 the University of Aston in England recognized Keith’s career achievements in honouring him as a Fellow of the Aston Business School. During 2006/7 Keith initiated the establishment of a new research centre at McMaster University, the McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics.
At the end of 2007, Keith retired from the Port Authority and has established himself as a Business Consultant in the fields of Transportation and Logistics, International Marketing, and Corporate Governance. In October 2008 he was appointed to the Aston Business School Advisory Board and in August 2009 he was appointed as Chair of the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, which is a Crown Corporation responsible for three International bridges in Ontario and three bridges in Montreal. Since August 2009 he has been a member of the Advisory Board of Unis Lumin, a Systems Integration company based in Oakville, ON and appointed its Chair in January 2010.
Jill Hughes, Director, Transportation Policy Branch,
Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Toronto Ontario
Jill Hughes is the Director, Transportation Policy Branch with the Ontario Ministry of
Transportation and leads ministry policy initiatives related to multi-modal goods movement,
accessibility, sustainability, climate change, high speed rail, inter-city transit and the Continental
Gateway Corridor initiative.