David F. Montpetit, President & CEO
President, Diadem Group LTD.
In his current position as president of Diadem Group Ltd., David works in the rail transportation and port logistics industry to improve efficiencies and reduce costs across the board. David uses a solution-based approach to achieve short and long-term service level agreements that maximize all commercial, contractual and legislated mechanisms to fully protect the shippers. As well, he ensures all supply chain efficiencies are maximized and fully utilized, including loading and unloading facilities.
David’s abilities are underpinned by his 20+ years’ experience in project/sales management and contract negotiation/administration. In his most recent senior management position, David was Vice President of External Affairs and Logistics with Coalspur Mines Limited. He was responsible for directing the company’s internal and external communications activities, initiatives and strategies, as well as planning, negotiating and implementing strategies related to transportation access and operations of rail/port logistics.
David has a proven history of being a highly effective ‘facilitator’ who builds trusting relationships and who can bridge the gaps between and among customers, subject matter experts, business and technical teams, local community stakeholders, provincial/federal governments, media and executives.
Greg Anderson, Director
Director of Operations, Sultran Ltd.
Greg Anderson joined Sultran and Pacific Coast Terminals in 2009 as Business Development Manager. His primary responsibility was to develop new business opportunities for both companies. In 2013, Greg was appointed Director of Operations for Sultran.
Prior to joining Sultran and PCT, Greg spent three years at Shell Canada as Manager, Sulphur Supply & Operations, North America. He was accountable for the safe and cost effective supply, forming and transportation by pipeline, truck, rail and marine vessel of Shell’s approximately 4 million tonnes per year of sulphur, originating at plant operations throughout North America and destined for customers globally.
Prior to Shell, Greg spent 26 years at Canadian Pacific Railway in Marketing & Sales and Business Development positions of increasing responsibility. In his last five years there, he was responsible for CP’s $800+ million per year coal and sulphur business.
Craig Carpenter, Director
Manager Western Operations, Gibson Energy Inc.
Craig Carpenter is currently Manager of Operations at Gibson Energy, having joined the company in 2014. He oversees Gibson’s rail operations and uses his expertise to successfully manage a private fleet of over 3,000 railcars, two propane terminals, and a small bulk truck fleet.
Craig has extensive experience in rail and truck logistics spanning a number of different industries. He started his career at Canadian Pacific Railway, working for more than 10 years in operations, engineering services, mechanical services, and marketing and sales. In 2008, he joined Lafarge Canada as Rail Manager and was responsible for its rail logistics throughout Canada and the U.S. Northern East. Craig expanded his experience in 2011 to the Oil and Gas sector as General Manager of Logistics at Elbow River Marketing, where he was responsible for rail car leasing and logistics for Propane, Butane, Condensate, Crude Oil, Asphalt, Vacuum Gas Oil, Ethanol and Diesel.
Gordon Lynch, Director
Manager of Rail Assurance, Suncor Energy
Over the last 20 years Gordon Lynch has performed various operations roles at Shell Canada, Vault Energy, and Devon Energy where he concentrated on facility commissioning and start up, sustaining capital projects, and operations leadership. Gordon then parlayed his field and leadership experience into the Manager of Inside Sales role with Jacobs Engineering in Calgary. In 2013 he transitioned to Suncor Energy where he and his team successfully lead efforts to reduce capital costs and increase the executional efficiency of Suncor’s sustaining well pad program. Currently, as Suncor’s Manager of Rail Assurance, Gordon leads the corporate and operational rail risk management for Suncor, which include a fleet of over 5,500 rail cars and over 20 sites across North America.
Gordon is active on non-profit boards and is a member of the Emergency Response Association of Canada’s technical advisory committee. His education includes a Power Engineering Technology Diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in addition to a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy and an Executive MBA, both from the University of Calgary.
Robert Bell, Advisor to the Board of Directors
Principal Consultant, R W Bell Resource Advisory Services Ltd.
Bob Bell is a former mining executive and independent consultant with extensive international experience marketing coking coal to the steel industry and energy coal to the power generation industry. He also has extensive experience in transportation including negotiation of major rail and port agreements, leading the logistics function in two large coal producers and arbitration of commercial disputes. Other focus areas included transportation strategy, marketing strategy development, major commercial agreement negotiations and corporate development. He is a former Director and Chair of the Board of Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd., a large coal, potash and agricultural product export terminal in Vancouver.
From a coal industry perspective, Bob is past Chair of the Coal Association of Canada, sat on the Board of the Canadian Clean Power Coalition, and was a member of the Coal Industry Advisory Board to the International Energy Agency.
Bob has been involved in transportation advocacy work for many years. This has included meeting with regulators and elected officials during his tenures with Teck and Luscar advocating for improved shipper protection. He appeared before the Competition Policy Review Panel to discuss the importance of greater competition in Canada’s rail industry and on two occasions appeared before the Rail Freight Service Review panel and supervised the work of others in appearances before regulators and elected officials. Bob was also actively involved with the Western Transportation Advisory Committee and Transport Canada’s Gateway Performance Table Bulk Committee.
Bob’s education includes a degree in mining engineering from McGill University in Montreal, a master’s degree in business administration from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario and the Directors Education Program (ICD.D) from the Rotman School of Management/Institute of Corporate Directors. His early career was spent in the Alberta Oilsands in engineering and operations. He joined the coal industry in 1988 in the finance group of Luscar Ltd. and in 2001 was appointed its VP Marketing. In 2007, Bob was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of the coal business unit of Teck Resources, the world’s second largest coking coal exporter, responsible for all Teck’s coal marketing and transportation. In 2013 he set up his own consulting providing advice to the international coal industry and the North American shipping community. In addition, he has been the CEO of three junior coal companies.
Mark Thomson, Advisor to the Board of Directors
Principal Consultant, TTL Consulting Ltd.
Mark Thomson is an Advisor to Western Canadian Shippers’ Coalition’s Board of Directors and also served as a Director from 2014 to 2017. He has been in the logistics field for more than 25 years and has extensive knowledge and experience in the commodity transportation sector.
Mark held the position of General Manager of Transportation at West Fraser Mills Ltd., where he had oversight for all surface and marine transportation for the company’s Canadian and US Operations. With West Fraser since 1997, Mark was also part of the strategic marketing team and was very involved in the company’s growth in China. Mark previously worked at both Ainsworth Engineered and in the Forest brokerage industry.
Mark previously served 10 years as a member of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) Transportation Subcommittee and the Trade Subcommittee. He also served two years as a member of the BC Truck Drayage Council and is a former Director of the Alberta Forest Products Shipper’s Association. In 2011, Mark was one of 8 shippers named to the panel for the Federal Rail Freight Service Review.
Mark attended both Simon Fraser University and BCIT majoring in business and IT systems. He obtained his Professional Logistics Designation (P.Log) in 2002.
Lucia M. Stuhldreier, Senior Legal Counsel
Partner, McMillan LLP
Lucia is a partner in McMillan’s Vancouver office and a member of the firm’s transportation group. Her practice focus includes rail transportation, aviation and trucking.
Lucia advises and represents rail shippers in negotiations of rail transportation agreements, including rate and service matters, and agreements for the construction, acquisition and shared use of rail trackage. She has extensive experience in rail regulatory proceedings before the Canadian Transportation Agency and arbitrations relating to rail freight rates, service issues, interswitching and railway line discontinuance, as well as related judicial review and appellate proceedings. Lucia also advises clients on rail transportation policy. Lucia’s practice also includes advising clients on regulatory matters relating to aviation and truck transportation.
Lucia has represented clients before the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, the Manitoba Motor Transport Board, the Saskatchewan Highway Transport Board, all levels of court in Manitoba, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.
Lucia ’s other professional activities include teaching a course on legal issues in transportation for the Transport Institute, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba. Her legal writing has been published in The Western Canada Highway News, and Grain Matters.
Lucia is a member of the Law Society of Manitoba, Manitoba Bar Association, and Canadian Bar Association, and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, receiving her B.A. (Hons.) in 1986 and her LL.B in 1997.