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									                    9TH ANNUAL FIELDS ON WHEELS CONFERENCE
                                        2004 CTRF
                                        Semi-Annual
                                        Meeting

        Bottlenecks and Opportunities in the Grain Supply Chain
                                 Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg Manitoba
                                   TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2004

8:00 am – 8:25 am     Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:25 am – 8:30 am                    Mr. Gordon Baldwin, President
Morning Chairperson                  Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF)


Session 1     BOTTLENECKS FORMS, CAUSES AND IMPACTS: A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
The terms congestion and bottlenecks tend to be used interchangeably, but this is misleading.
Congestion is a symptom of a bottleneck, and if the congestion becomes sufficient a queue begins to
form. Congestion and queues are not liked, but this may not mean that they should be eliminated.
Sometimes the cost of removing a bottleneck exceeds its benefit. These points and others are set out in
the opening session to provide a framework for the discussions of infrastructure, regulations and supply
chain issues.

8:30 am – 9:00 am                    Dr. Barry E. Prentice , Past President (1997), CTRF
                                     Director, Transport Institute
                                     Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba


Session 2      CHRONIC INFRASTRUCTURE BOTTLENECKS

Transportation infrastructure is long lived. As a result, capacity decisions have to be made with a look to
the future of demand, as well as the ability to finance construction. Capacity can be altered by
innovations in equipment and management, but are also affected by the level of maintenance or
upgrading that occurs over time. While infrastructure is durable, it does have a finite life and must be
reconstructed over time. Speakers will provide insights on the importance of infrastructure bottlenecks in
transportation networks.

9:00 am – 10:20 am Moderator         Gord Tufts, Past President (2000), CTRF
                                     Manitoba Department of Transportation and Government Services

                      Speakers       Doug Welsh, Executive Director Strategy,
                                     Business Planning and Development
                                     CP Rail

                                     Richard Corfe, President & CEO
                                     St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

       Roundtable discussion

10:20 am – 10:50 am Coffee Break
                     9TH ANNUAL FIELDS ON WHEELS CONFERENCE
                                         2004 CTRF
                                         Semi-Annual
                                         Meeting
Session 3     SEASONAL INFRASTRUCTURE BOTTLENECKS

Some traffic patterns are subject to wide variations that create temporary bottlenecks because the
demand for service exceeds supply. With field crops, the seasonal bottlenecks can be exaggerated by
weather conditions that lead to an above average crop, or a more concentrated harvest period.
Fluctuations in demand place economic stress on the system because equipment may not be fully
utilized after the peak season. The availability of railcars to move grain is an example of a seasonal
bottleneck that was mitigated by the public provision of equipment. This policy is now subject to change,
and a farm group has stepped forward with a proposal to manage this publicly owned fleet. A
presentation on this concept will be followed by an industry reaction panel.


10:50 am – 12:00 pm Moderator        Paul Earl, CTRF Board Member, 2004
                                     Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba

              Speaker        Sinclair Harrison, President
                             Farmer Railcar Coalition

       Reaction Panel        Ian McCreary – Board Member, CWB
                             Judie Dyck – Executive Director, Saskatchewan Canola Council
                             Wade Sobkowich, Executive Director, Western Grain Elevator Association

       Roundtable discussion


Lunch and Keynote Speaker

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm           The Hon. Jean-C. Lapierre, Minister                         (invited)
                             Transport Canada



Afternoon Chairperson        Ruth Sol, President
                             WESTAC

Session 4     REGULATORY BOTTLENECKS

In 2004, the ocean freight rates for bulk grain shipments on the Pacific exceeded the cost of shipping
grain in containers. An analysis of trends in container rates and volumes of container traffic in the U.S.
will be presented. The growth of container movements is particularly important for identity preserved
grains and special crops. These shipments have created demand for containers to be loaded on the
Prairies, but the availability and costs of repositioning containers is a longstanding complaint. Customs
regulations on the use of foreign equipment in Canada creates a bottleneck that affects the
competitiveness of Western farmers. These speakers address the growth of demand for containerized
grain shipments and an assessment of the impact that these regulations have on Prairie agriculture.
                     9TH ANNUAL FIELDS ON WHEELS CONFERENCE
                                         2004 CTRF
                                         Semi-Annual
                                         Meeting
1:30 pm – 2:40 pm      Moderator      Doug Duncan, Past President (1995) CTRF
                                      Transport Institute, University of Manitoba

                       Speakers       April Taylor, Economist
                                      Transportation Services Branch
                                      United States Department of Agriculture

                                      Erica Vido, Research Manager
                                      Agribusiness, Food and Animal Health
                                      Ipsos-Ried

                       Roundtable discussion
2:40 pm – 3:00 pm      Coffee Break


Session 5      SUPPLY CHAIN BOTTLENECKS

The growth of value added products and the pressure to diversify is leading to bottlenecks in the supply
chain. This panel examines two technological developments. The conference will hear an account of a
new container transport technology that will facilitate container loading on railway branch lines, or at mini-
hubs created to consolidate container shipments. Also, the loading and unloading of containers
continues to be an area of discussion. A presentation on the material handling technology used to
transport bulk materials in containers will illustrate how bottlenecks in other supply chains were
overcome.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm      Moderator      Dr. Ed W. Tyrchniewicz, CTRF VP Program (1977)
                                      Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba


                       Speakers       Charles Foskett, President and CEO
                                      RailRunner N.A. Inc.

                                      William Logan, Director, Material Handling
                                      FELLFAB

                                      Dory Tuvim, President
                                      MCS Agri-Terminal (Moose Jaw)
               Roundtable discussion

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm      Rapporteur     Dennis Apedaile, CTRF member (1980 – present)
                                      CPR (retired)
Closing Remarks
4:45 pm                               Dr. Barry E. Prentice
                                      Director, Transport Institute
                                      Asper School of Business
                                      University of Manitoba

								
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