McMaster University

McMaster University

Advisory Board

Pavlos Kanaroglou Director of MITL, McMaster University MITL
Neil Everson Director Economic Development & Real Estate,
City of Hamilton, Ontario
City of Hamilton
Robert Hart Chief Administrative Officer/Corporate Secretary Hamilton Port Authority Hamilton Port Authority
Jill Hughes Director, Transportation Policy Branch,
Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Toronto Ontario
Ministry of Ontario
Richard Koroscil

President & CEO
Korlon Strategic Services Inc.  Representing the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

Hamilton International Airport
Nick Markettos Assistant Vice-President, Research Partnerships McMaster University McMaster University
Patrick Cain

VP Business Development
Titanium Transportation Group Inc.

Titanium Transportation Group Inc.

Mark Ferguson


Senior Research Associate McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics, McMaster University

Justin Terry Transport Canada Transport Canada
J. Keith Robson Chair The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited Federal Bridge Corporation limited
Deane Maynard
Administrative Coordinator, MITL,
McMaster University



Bob Armstrong
Bob Armstrong, President,CITP, CMILT Armstrong Trade

Bob Armstrong, C.I.T.P, is President of Armstrong Trade and Logistics Advisory Services Inc. (ATLAS). Bob became President of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation North America in July 2012 (CILTNA) and was former President of Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada (SCL). Bob has over 40 years of experience in the fields of Global Supply Chain, International Trade, Cross Border Logistics and Customs Regulations and procedures.

Bob Armstrong also served as President and CEO for the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc. for nine years and as President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada (AIAMC) for nine years.

Prior experience includes nine years in Senior Management in the Supply Chain & Logistics industry and several years in Ottawa with a major Government Relations Firm and earlier as a Partner of a Major Public Accounting Firm

Bob Armstrong is a well known national and international speaker, author, and expert on issues related to International Trade, Cross-Border Logistics, the Global Supply Chain, and Customs and Security issues. Bob is very active on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce where he is now Immediate Past- Chair of the Board, current Past- National Chair of Hong Kong Canada Business Association . Bob is also a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp and also serves as Co- Chair of the METROLINX Goods Movement Roundtable and serves on Peel Region Goods Movement Roundtable.

In May 2005, Mr. Armstrong was awarded the prestigious McMillan Binch Mendelsohn Canadian Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Canada and to Canada’s advancement in International Trade.

Mr. Armstrong and his wife Jackie live in Pickering, Ontario and are proud parents of 3 children and 5 grandchildren.



Patrick Cain
Patric Cain, VP Business Development Titanium Transportation Group Inc.

Patrick has over 30 years of logistics and supply chain experience, and a successful track record in leading organizations through the development and implementation of strategy and tactics that have grown both top line revenue, and bottom line profits. He is currently serving as a Board Member for Supply Chain & Logistics Canada. He has previously served on the boards of The Logistics Institute, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Trucking Association, and Sheridan College.  Patrick is responsible for business development, key accounts and future acquisitions.

Founded in 1976, Cain Express is a 2nd generation, family-owned and operated company. The company has grown exponentially over the years to provide integrated logistics solutions for customers transportation, warehousing and distribution requirements.  Recently, Cain Express has been acquired by the Titanium Transportation Group.



Neil Everson
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.




Mark Ferguson
Mark Ferguson, Senior Research Associate McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics, McMaster University

Dr. Mark Ferguson will take a direct role in coordinating the research activities, providing direction and support to the research groups, allocating resources required for research in collaboration with industry or academic partners, and disseminating information through policy briefs, reports and academic journal articles. He will report to the Principal Applicant and the Executive Board and will collaborate closely with the Executive Director.

Mark is currently a Senior Research Consultant and Research Coordinator with the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics, a position he has held since 2009. Through this position he has led numerous research projects on behalf of the Institute. Before coming to MITL, Mark worked for MapInfo Corporation as a senior modeling architect in the time period 2001-2008. Between 1997 and 2001, Mark was Senior Research Consultant at Compusearch Micro-marketing Data and Systems, a consulting firm based in Toronto. 

Mark is author or co-author of 15 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. His academic qualifications include a B.E.S. and M.A. in Geography from University of Waterloo and a Ph.D in Geography from McMaster University. His background and experience put him in a unique position to coordinate research activities for a project of this scope. He has intimate knowledge of all the research requirements of this proposal.




Robert Hart
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.


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.




Pavlos S. Kanaroglou
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

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.




Nick Markettos, Photo by R. Scheffler
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.



Keith Robson
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.




Justin Terry, Transport Canada





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