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Transport Minister introduces co-chairs of supply chain task force

Members of the task force will collaborate with industry representatives and associations to build "the efficiency, fluidity and resiliency of transportation infrastructure."

March 28, 2022   by CM Staff

OTTAWA — As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain global supply chains along with impacts of climate destruction, sanctions against Russia, Canada’s Ministry of Transport has established a task force to develop strategies for resilience in Canada’s supply chain.

The statement from Transport Canada announced that members of the task force will collaborate with industry representatives and associations to build “the efficiency, fluidity and resiliency of transportation infrastructure,” as well as improve the reliability of the country’s supply chain.

The task force will include Jean Gattuso who co-founded the Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec, and who is also a former member of the board of directors of food, health and consumer products Canada.  He earned his MBA at Université du Québec à Montréal and a bachelor of commerce from McGill University.

Also on Transport Canada’s newly formed supply chain task force is Louise Yako. She is former president and CEO of the B.C. Trucking Association. She also brings to the task force a background in public policy, association management, human resource development and safety programs.

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Yako currently serves as chair of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Active Vessel Traffic Management Advisory Panel. She also has a MBA from the University of British Columbia and a combined bachelor of Journalism with political science from Carleton University.

“An efficient and reliable transportation network is key to Canada’s economic growth. Further to the dialogue that has already started, an important next step to further advance our work is the appointment of Mr. Gattuso and Ms. Yako as co-chairs of the Task Force, as they will continue the discussion with industry experts to find solutions to ensure our supply chain remains efficient. I am very pleased that they agreed to lead this expert advisory panel. Their experience in commerce and transportation will be great assets,” said Transport Minister Omar Alghabra in a statement.