Dangerous Goods Symposium 2018 Speakers

David Bolton
Air Canada

My 30 years at Air Canada have mostly been with the Logistics and Supply division of the Maintenance branch. For the first 10 years I was a certified dangerous goods shipper, preparing, packing and documenting everything from 5 dollar aerosols to multi-million dollar aircraft engines. I have shipped it all!

My current position is Manager, Dangerous Goods Compliance, still within the Maintenance branch at Air Canada. I am currently responsible for the development and implementation of packaging, the design and development of the dangerous goods training program and regulatory compliance, including all aspects of dangerous goods handling within the Maintenance branch. I also provide dangerous goods support and expertise within the Airports, Inflight, Legal, Medical, Reservations, Safety and Security branches of Air Canada.

  • Current representative for the National Airlines Council of Canada at the Ministers Advisory Council for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Member of the CGSB working group developing the standard for Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) for Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations
  • Attend and actively participate at IATA Dangerous Goods Board meetings

Yolanda Y. Braxton, MPA
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
U.S Department of Transportation

Yolanda Y. Braxton is the Director of the Program Management, Data and Statistics Division that is composed of a dynamic group of economists, program and data analysts, and statisticians with specific expertise in modal hazardous materials transportation to support PHMSA’s safety mission through integrated planning, development, analysis, and evaluation of programmatic activities. Prior to becoming Director, Ms. Braxton served as the OHMS Data Operations Coordinator in which she supported PHMSA’s vision for a risked-based data driven organization in which OHMS Data Operations improves hazardous materials transportation data collection to better target the data needed to manage serious risks and detect emerging risks. Ms. Braxton developed and managed initiatives, strategies and long-range plans that resolved an agency level issue of data quality by strategically developing, planning and executing a Quality Management System (QMS) to facilitate continuous improvement in support of the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) mission. Through the QMS, OHMS Data Operations document best practices, better satisfy stakeholder requirements and improve the Management of Data Operations. Ms. Braxton also served as the Management Representative which is the key coordinator for the development of OHMS Data Operations QMS which is appointed by the Division Director. Responsible for ongoing system oversight and maintenance; ensured the QMS conforms to the requirements of ISO 9001:2015; ensured processes are delivering their intended outputs; reported to OHMS management on the performance of the QMS and opportunities for improvement; ensured promotion of customer focus; and ensured the integrity of the QMS is maintained when changes to the QMS are planned and implemented. Ms. Braxton is a certified ISO 9001 Auditor and was instrumental in implementing a robust audit program with defined audit and scope to provide complete assessment of the entire QMS to ensure the requirements are effectively implemented and met.

Ms. Braxton provided oversight for the statutory compliance of filers, and strives to enhance stakeholder’s expectations in terms of data quality, timeliness response to incident reporting inquiries and data requests. Ms. Braxton was instrumental in developing and delivering needs-assessment training on the statutory requirements of reporting hazardous materials incidents for Senior Staff, OHMS staff and numerous stakeholders which have led to a 13 percent increase in the usage of the online reporting tool and incident search tool. Ms. Braxton also led a technical team to address the inadequacies of the current incident database by redesigning and replacing the online reporting tool with the Hazardous Materials Incident Communication System (HAZMATICS) that’s comprehensive, intuitive, modern, flexible; role based security and access; enforces data correctness and data completeness, while allowing users to provide as much information as possible.

Since joining PHMSA in 2007, Yolanda has been responsible for the coordination of projects and initiatives focused on improving the methodologies, data, resources, and tools used to guide hazardous materials programs. Yolanda has provided operational and project support for data analysis, quality assurance and process improvements for OHMS.

Ms. Braxton is currently a Doctoral Student of Political Science at Howard University with the concentrations in American Government, International Relations and Public Administration. Ms. Braxton has also been inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society as one of the top 5% of PhD students in the United States. Ms. Braxton received a Masters of Public Administration with a focus in Human Resources and International Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the illustrious Texas Southern University. Yolanda is a native of Houston, Texas and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; The American Society of Public Administration; American Political Science Association, National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the Program Management Institute.

Dave Brennan
International Air Transport Association (IATA)

David has been with IATA since 2002 and is currently Assistant Director Cargo Safety & Standards.

David is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Cargo team who are jointly responsible for the IATA standards publications and products that address dangerous goods transported by air. David is the Secretary of the IATA Dangerous Goods Board and the Panel member nominated by IATA to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel. David also participates, on behalf of IATA, in the meetings of the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

Prior to joining IATA David worked for Ansett Australia for a period of 26 years holding a number of supervisory and management positions within the Operations Division, the last being Corporate Advisor Dangerous Goods Compliance.

Dean Croke

Prior to joining FreightWaves as Chief Analytics Officer, Dean was Vice President of Data Products at Spireon where he headed up the development of new high-frequency telematics data products in the trucking, passenger automotive and insurance markets. Dean also ran Lancer’s long-haul truck insurance business after spending many years as Vice President of Omnitracs Analytics (formerly Qualcomm) where he developed Data Science technologies including machine learning, complex business rules engines and data analytics for transportation companies.

Croke was one of the original founders of Atlanta-based FleetRisk Advisors (purchased by Qualcomm and now called now Omnitracs Analytics) and has 35 years of experience in data analytics, transportation, supply chain management, mining and insurance risk management. Originally from a family-owned and operated trucking business in Australia, Dean is still actively involved in the trucking business and having completed nearly 2 million miles in Australia as a long-distance truck driver, Croke also owns a 379 Peterbilt show truck known as “The Grumpy Pete” and still holds a U.S. Commercial Driver License(CDL) making him uniquely experienced in the field of data science, supply chain management, risk management and human performance.

Prior to FleetRisk Advisors Croke worked at Lancer Insurance in New York City in 2003 where he developed the widely acclaimed “Risk Never Sleeps” sleep management program for commercial drivers” – a unique approach to managing sleep as opposed to fatigue. Croke has held a number of senior positions at Boston-based Circadian Technologies Inc., global insurer Allianz, regional insurer OAMPS, and was also General Manager of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) where he played a key role in the development of the TruckSafe and Fatigue Management Program – both alternative compliance programs which have been evidenced in the FMCSA’s recent “Beyond Compliance” initiative.

LaQuita Donald, CHMM, CDGP
Motion Industries

LaQuita Donald is employed by Motion Industries, Inc. as Manager of the Environmental and Hazardous Material Compliance Department. Ms. Donald’s educational background includes: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Delaware State University as well as the following professional certifications: Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM), Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP), Certified U.S Export Compliance Officer (CUSECO) and Certified ITAR Professional (CIP).

Ms. Donald has been involved in the environmental, health, safety, and hazardous material arena for over 24 years and has worked in a variety of capacities including: EHS Manager, Safety Practitioner, Compliance Officer and Corporate Trainer.

Sam Duchac
NPPD - Office of Infrastructure Protection U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Duchac is the Regional Sector Outreach Coordinator for Infrastructure Protection, a federal agency tasked with leading and coordinating national programs and policies on critical infrastructure issues and establishing strong partnerships across government and the private sector. In his role Duchac leads strategic planning efforts, stakeholder outreach, training and exercise.

Duchac recently served as the Mission Support Chief for the Federal Protection Service, a federal agency tasked with providing integrated security and law enforcement services to federal employees & property. In his role Duchac oversaw regional operational planning, finance, budget, revenue, travel, human resources, facilities, fleet, IT, wireless communications, contracts, self-inspection program and all formal communication with FPS headquarters. Prior to this Duchac served as the Midwest Regional Budget Coordinator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he was primarily responsible for Strategic Capital Management, including both Strategic Human Resource Management and Program Capital Management.

Earlier in his career, Duchac served as a Program Manager for multiple entities primarily responsible for implementing Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement culture. From his diversified background, Duchac has relations with stakeholders in industries as diverse as: cyber security, physical security, law enforcement, emergency management, heavy equipment manufacturing, auto manufacturing, logistics, mining, printing, chemical, financial services, logistics, collegiate, and electronics recycling. Duchac also served in the United States Marine Corps. During his duty, he was a Logistics Supervisor responsible for providing logistics support to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Duchac holds a Bachelor’s and a M.B.A. with a concentration in Supply Chain Management & Operations Management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and has recently completed Cornell’s Executive Leadership Program & Harvard- Kennedy School of Government’s Emerging Leaders Program. Mr. Duchac is an active member of the American Society of Transportation & Logistics, as well as the Procurement and Supply Chain Benchmarking Association. In his spare time Duchac enjoys lecturing for Southern New Hampshire University, SNHU as an Adjunct Instructor teaching both Undergraduate and Graduate courses in Operations Management & Supply Chain Management.

Duchac resides in Caledonia, WI with his wife Emily, son Harrison and daughter Claire.

Erin Gaul

Erin is responsible for hazardous materials regulatory fitness in roughly 190 domestic and international accounts across the U.S. Her daily duties include: Training, Auditing, Startups, and Process control. Erin is currently the Contract Logistics Sr. Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste Manager for the Americas Division. Prior to Geodis she served in various positions at OHL, Compliance Matters and Lanter Co.

Erin has a B.S. Business Administration Murray State University, Murray Ky 1988 and her professional certifications include:

  • DGSA ( EU Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor), 2013 (Current)
  • CDGP (US Certified Dangerous Goods Professional), 2017 (Current)
  • USDOT 49CFR Hazardous Materials Specialist Ground , Certified 1992 (Current)
  • IATA Hazardous Materials Specialist International Air , Certified 2004 (Current)
  • IMDG Hazardous Materials Specialist International Ocean, Certified 2008 (Current)
  • PUB 52 U.S.P.S. training participant 2018

Diego N. Gotelli

Diego N. Gotelli is currently the Director of the Chemistry Information Center for Emergencies (CIQUIME) at Buenos Aires, Argentina, a non-profit organization which mission is to respond to hazardous materials incidents, and promote the safe transportation and handling of dangerous goods.

Diego graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, and holds a valid Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) certificate. He has more than 20 years of experience in responding to hazardous materials incidents all over the Latin American Region. In middle 90’s he began promoting the use of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) in Central and South America. Actually, he is an active member of the ERG2020 working group (in collaboration with U.S. DOT; Transport Canada and Mexican Secretary for Transportation).

Diego participates in several international meetings hosted by United Nations agencies such as:

  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS)

In 2012 he was included by WHO/IPCS in the International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts in Chemical Incident Response Management.

Trevor Howard

After 16 years at Air Canada in the Cargo division as Manager, Safety and Dangerous Goods Standards, I accepted a new position at Emirates, based in Dubai as Manager, Standards & Operational Safety. My current role includes oversight of dangerous goods training and all aspects of dangerous goods permits, approvals, handling and transportation within all Emirates departments including Cargo, Airport Services, Cabin and Flight Operations. I am a current board member of the IATA Dangerous Goods Board, an advisor to the United Arab Emirates panel member at the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel and I was previously on the Board of Directors of COSTHA, the Council on Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles.

James Jones

James Jones is Cofounder and Director of Product & Quality Management of Procyon Alpha Squared (PA2). PA2 is a developer of packaging solutions for the safe transport and storage of lithium-ion batteries. Mr. Jones’ prior company, NeoHarbor International, developed software to support safety and mission assurance, quality assurance, and regulatory review for the aerospace, chemical and nuclear industries. He supported NASA’s Space Shuttle, Space Station and Satellite programs from 1998 to 2013.

Mr. Jones supported multiple process safety products with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a NQA-1 (nuclear quality assurance) lead auditor.

Mr. Jones received his undergraduate education in History and Political Science at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri and his graduate education in Business at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Mr. Jones is a former Armor officer in the US Army. He served in leadership positions at the company level and in staff positions at the battalion and brigade level.

Geoff Leach
The Dangerous Goods Office Ltd.

Geoff Leach joined the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in 1982, and joined the Dangerous Goods Office in 1990. In May 2002 he was appointed Head of the Dangerous Goods Office, also becoming the United Kingdom member of the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP), having attended all working group and Panel meetings since 1993 in the capacity of advisor. In November 2007 he was elected Chairman of the DGP, and also Chairman of the Dangerous Goods European Liaison Group, an informal body of European authorities and operators; he has also chaired the 6 IATA lithium battery workshops held to date. He was also an adviser to the United Kingdom expert at the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous goods by. In 2013, he left the CAA to form the Dangerous Goods Office Limited, offering training and consultancy to industry and regulators worldwide. He continues to attend all ICAO DGP meetings on behalf of the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council.

In 2016 Geoff received the George L. Wilson Award, considered the highest form of recognition for an individual based on a lifetime of achievement in advancing the cause of safety in the transport of dangerous goods.

Peter Mackay
Hazardous Cargo Bulletin

Peter Mackay is editor-in-chief of Hazardous Cargo Bulletin (HCB), a monthly magazine covering the transport, storage and handling of dangerous goods worldwide. He has been involved in the industry for more than 30 years as a consultant, analyst and commentator and is a regular speaker at industry events.

HCB is now in its 39th year of publication and has built up a considerable reputation as the leading worldwide publication in its field, having a particular focus on the regulations governing the transport and storage of chemicals and other dangerous goods by all modes.

Peter is past chairman of the Dangerous Goods Trainers Association (DGTA), which has developed a certification system to act as a quality assurance model for training personnel. He is these days in great demand as a speaker and chair at industry events around the globe.

Bob Malley
Pierbridge, Inc.

For more than 25 years, Bob Malley has helped thousands of businesses reduce transportation costs and streamline fulfillment with parcel TMS. As CEO of Pierbridge, Bob has built a global organization that developed Transtream, an enterprise class parcel TMS platform. Pierbridge and its technology partners, Logistyx and Pitney Bowes, have achieved FedEx Compatible Platinum certification, based on shipping volume throughput, support of FedEx’s most current service offerings, and other key certification criteria. Pierbridge has also earned UPS ConnectShip Platinum certification status. Now part of the WiseTech Global group, Pierbridge will expand and drive deeper into global e-commerce fulfillment.

Richard Masters
DG Masters Ltd Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers

Richard worked in ship’s agency in the last days of liner general cargo ships and lived through the Wild West first years of containerisation including Sealand’s pioneering USA-Europe container operation in Felixstowe, UK. Richard then worked as a cargo superintendent for a London-based port management company contracted to modernise the traditional port system in the Middle East in the wake of the oil boom.

Returning to UK Richard worked for the Port of Felixstowe where he was instrumental in establishing the electronic dangerous goods control and management system. After a period as a dangerous goods consultant and specialist author for the UK marine insurance company Thomas Miller (P&I) Ltd, he worked for Mediterranean Shipping Company (UK) Ltd as the UK dangerous goods safety manager. Richard is now a freelance dangerous goods consultant specialising in packaged and containerised dangerous goods.

Ross McLachlan
The Dangerous Goods Office Ltd.

Ross joined the CAA’s Dangerous Goods Office in 1993 becoming the Deputy Head of the Office in 2002. Ross became the ICAO DGP member nominated by the UK in 2014 and was responsible, amongst many other things, for the oversight of the CAA Approved Dangerous Goods Training Scheme. He has been heavily involved in the development of the new ICAO Competency Based Training standards. He is also a DGSA. Ross left the CAA in 2016 to join the Dangerous Goods Office Ltd.

Joe Milazzo

Joe Milazzo has been with CHEMTREC since 1988 and became the manager of the Operations Center in January 2007 and now serves as the director of the Operations Center, where his responsibilities encompass complete operational overview and oversight of CHEMTREC emergency services. He has attended numerous industry HAZMAT training sessions with various chemical manufacturer response teams, including one of the few that trained with live chemicals. He served as the CHEMTREC Training Coordinator in March 2002 where he designed operational and company-specific training, and assisted the director of operations with day-to-day responsibilities. He is a 2007 graduate of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch Communication Center manager course.

Philip Mondor
Tourism HR Canada

Philip has nearly 30-years of experience on competency-based models for both regulated and non-regulated professions, worked with Canadian and foreign governments, pan-global organizations, businesses, and various education and training bodies.

Philip has presented to audiences around the world on various topics, including: competency-based assessment models; developing qualifications frameworks; setting occupational/competency standards; learner and labour mobility; comprehensive labour market research models and more.

He has worked on projects in the United States, United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Singapore, Australia, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Most recently, Philip completed foreign projects in Vietnam and Tanzania, both concerning the development of a modern education and training system.

Recently, Philip was appointed to both the Deputy Minister’s Advisory Council, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and the newly established Labour Market Information Council with the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (Canada).

Jon Pelis

Jon has been working in the Dangerous Goods / Environmental Compliance field since 1993 when he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Public and Environmental affairs. He started his career as a Compliance Specialist with Applied Technology, Inc. in Charleston, SC packing and shipping hazardous waste on a contract with the Department of Defense. He then worked for Heritage Environmental Services in Indianapolis, IN and Charlotte, NC, where he was the Technical Services Manager in charge of special projects. Jon then moved to Greensboro, NC to take a position as Environmental Manager for New Breed Logistics (now XPO Logistics).

He is currently the Dangerous Goods and Environmental Compliance Manager at Aviall, a Boeing Company, based in Dallas, TX. He is responsible for compliance at their 40 worldwide locations, including locations in Australia, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Aviall is an after-market distributor of aviation parts and repair services.

Duane A. Pfund
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
United States Department of Transportation

Mr. Duane Pfund is the International Program Coordinator for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS). He is the OHMS principal advisor on international dangerous goods transportation issues and, as such, represents OHMS in international hazardous materials transportation meetings. Mr. Pfund leads the United States (U.S.) Department of Transportation (DOT) in the development of hazardous materials transport regulations that align the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with international standards including, the International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions For The Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions), the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, and the United Nations Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UN Model Regulations). Mr. Pfund currently serves as the Chairman of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

Mr. Pfund has been involved in developing safety regulations for the transportation of dangerous goods for more than 27 years. Throughout his service with the Federal government, he has coordinated transport safety policy issues with representatives from government agencies, industry, public safety advocacy groups, and ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) members. He has extensive experience collaborating with U.S. modal authorities, such as the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard to develop and coordinate safety solutions.

Early in his career, Mr. Pfund was responsible for implementing hazardous material transportation policy in support of the U.S. Air Force. He gained extensive aviation safety experience establishing requirements and procedures for the transport of hazardous materials by military aircraft to include regulating both hazardous material shipping functions and operator activities such as training, acceptance, loading, and storage in transit. Mr. Pfund has supported PHMSA for 16 years including serving as the Director of the International Standards Office and Acting Director of the Engineering and Research Division.

Dean Ricker
Skolnik Industries

Dean Ricker has spent the last 30 years in leadership roles in the dangerous goods and radioactive material packaging industry. His career started in Carlsbad, New Mexico at the Westinghouse Nuclear Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) before moving to Chicago where he served for 25 years as Vice President of Sales for Skolnik Industries. Today, Dean is now President of Skolnik Industries. Outside of business, Dean loves art in all forms including live theatre, opera, cooking, reading and photography.

Howard Skolnik
Skolnik Industries

Specializing in the design and manufacture of containers for moderate to high level hazardous materials, Skolnik Industries is a privately-owned US Corporation headquartered in Chicago. In addition, Skolnik also manufactures a distinctive line of stainless steel wine drums for the winemaking industry. The Company has developed an international reputation for manufacturing and marketing innovative container solutions for commercial and government procurement throughout the world. Specifically, Skolnik Industries has participated in hazardous material issues and technology transfers in the US, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, England, Belgium, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, India and various other countries that are developing and enforcing their hazardous material regulations.

Howard Z. Skolnik, has been Skolnik’s Chairman since 2017, and was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the company for 32 years. Howard is an active participant in the development of regulatory issues with the United Nations and the United States Department of Transportation. He plays an integral role in the evaluation of new regulatory matters, including United Nations Performance Oriented Packaging Standards effecting worldwide safe transport, and disposal, of dangerous goods.

Howard is married to Robert Milanowski, has four children, is an accomplished potter/ceramic artist and is now living in Chicago and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

James Wyatt
International Air Transport Association (IATA)

James joined IATA in 2016 as Assistant Director, Dangerous Goods Publications. James, a British national, has 17 years of cargo industry experience and prior to joining IATA he worked for Lufthansa Cargo, AeroLogic, Qatar Airways and DHL Express.

James has been involved with Dangerous goods throughout his career and prior to joining IATA he managed the Global Restricted Commodities program for DHL Express, including all of the airlines under the DHL umbrella. James represented DHL Express at the ICAO Dangerous Goods panel, through the Global Express Association and the IATA Dangerous Goods board.

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