Dangerous Goods Symposium 2019 Speakers

Benjamin Y. Barrett

Benjamin Y. Barrett
DG Advisor

Professional Qualifications:
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1988; Certifications: Professional Engineer.

The benefits of dangerous goods and hazardous chemicals are indispensable to society. The risks are also significant, and regulations are in a continual state of development to control their safety and security during manufacturing, distribution, storage and use. It is particularly important for efficient distribution that transport regulations be harmonized across borders and modes of transport. Regulations must manage risk rather than attempting to eliminate it. Requirements should accurately reflect a wide variation in hazard levels, and explosives should be benchmarked against other common dangerous goods, which may present greater risk.

Ben Barrett is President of DG Advisor, LLC, a consulting firm which participates in the development of dangerous goods (hazardous materials) regulations, specializing in explosives. Services include advocacy for regulatory improvements, live training and e-learning, transport data sheets, approvals and permits, research and consulting.

Mr. Barrett worked for 18 years in gun powder manufacturing. In 2006 he formed the company DG Advisor, LLC to consult on dangerous goods shipments and storage. On behalf of the Sporting Arms & Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI), Mr. Barrett serves at the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS); the Joint RID/ADR/ADN (Europe); the International Maritime Organization (IMO); and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He participates in the International Group of Experts on the Explosion Risks of Unstable Substances (IGUS), in the Explosives, Propellants and Pyrotechnics (EPP) working group which monitors and initiates developments in explosives policy and regulations.

Mr. Barrett is a member of the Technical Committee on Explosives for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which issues the NFPA 495 Explosives Materials Code. He has experience working with the US Department of Transportation (DOT), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the EU, Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada, fire and building officials and local governments.

Mr. Barrett consults to clients on regulatory compliance and develops and instructs training for dangerous goods of most types. He has produced three videos on ammunition and propellants for fire training and shipping. DG Advisor, LLC provides a turnkey service for obtaining Class 1 transportation EX# approvals and special permits, including preparation, analysis, lab testing, application and follow up. EX approvals are optimized to be as comprehensive as possible.

Brian Beetz

Brian Beetz is currently Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Responsibility at Labelmaster, and joined the company in July 2015. Brian has over 20 years of experience in the hazard communication, and environmental, health and safety sectors, and worked in the environmental consulting industry prior to joining Labelmaster. Brian’s education includes a degree from Northern Illinois University, as well as extensive training on the regulations pertaining to the safe and secure transportation of dangerous goods domestically and internationally.

David Bolton

David Bolton
Air Canada

My 31 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 everything!

My current position is Manager, Dangerous Goods Compliance, still within the Maintenance branch at Air Canada. I am 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, Flight Operation, 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.
  • Advisor to the Canadian delegation at ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel Working Group meetings

Nikki Burgess

Nikki Burgess

A.S. Science & Technology, City University, Bellevue, WA, 1991
B.A. English, Governor’s State University, University Park, IL, 2006 (high honors)

DGSA (EU Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor), 2012 (Current)
CDGP (US Certified Dangerous Goods Professional), 2013 (Current)
USDOT/IATA/IMO Hazardous Materials Specialist Ground/Air/Sea/Rail, Certified, 2010 (Current)
Transport Canada Hazardous Materials Specialist Ground/Air/Sea/Rail, Certified, 2010 (Current)
DGAC Specialty Certification: Crude Oil Transport by Rail, 2014 (Current)
TRANSCAER Railroad Tank Car Emergency Entry and Incident Response Certification, 2011 (Current)
OSHA HAZWOPER, Certificate, University of Illinois, 2008 (Current)
OSHA 10-Hour, Certificate, (Current)
Certified Forklift Operator/Training Instructor (Current)

Nikki is the Senior Staff Regulatory Specialist at Labelmaster Services. She has over thirty years of experience in the Dangerous Goods/EH&S/Hazard Communication sector in both government and private industry including:

  • US military (US Navy)
  • Interstate trucking
  • Heavy machinery and chemical manufacturing/transport (road & rail)
  • Common carrier railroad (primary safety position)

In addition to her Dangerous Goods expertise, Nikki serves as Labelmaster’s primary point person for the GHS/HCS, HS&E, and Corporate and Environmental Compliance including:

  • Regulatory analysis and liaison
  • Client training (development and delivery)
  • Product Development/ Process analysis and procedures
  • Classification/SDS/Labeling
  • Audits and inspections
  • Risk Management/Liability limitation
  • Primary point of contact for customer inquiries in these subject areas

Nicolas Carlone

Nicolas Carlone

Nicolas has been part of the IATA Products team for the last 12 years and been with IATA for close to 15 years. Nick currently oversees the cargo standards product portfolios which include the Dangerous Goods Regulations manual as well as other products related to special cargos and cargo operations. Passionate about innovation, Nick is responsible for the digitizing and modernization of IATA’s cargo standards publications to ensure that they meet the needs of the air cargo operations of the future.

Todd Coy

Todd Coy

Mr. Todd Coy has 30 years’ experience in resource recovery operations. He holds the positions of Executive Vice President at KBI and Vice President of Retriev Technologies, Inc. Mr. Coy is responsible for strategic business development and is focused on the electric and hybrid vehicle market and managing end of life large format batteries. Mr. Coy led the develop team in obtaining a 9.5-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the ground up construction of Retriev Technologies dedicated advanced battery recycling facility in Lancaster Ohio, which is the only U.S. facility specifically in operation that is dedicated to end of life management of HEV and EV batteries.

Vincent J. Desiderio

Vincent J. Desiderio
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Mr. Desiderio currently serves as the Hazardous Materials Program Specialist for the US Postal Inspection Service. He holds a BS in Human Biology from SUNY Albany and a MS in Forensic Science from CUNY John Jay. In his current capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the Inspection Service’s Hazardous Materials Civil Penalty Program, developing HAZMAT training for Postal Service employees, serving as a liaison to domestic and international HAZMAT/Dangerous Goods regulators and professional organizations, and serving as a subject matter expert for the Inspection Service Suspicious Substance Response and Improvised Explosive Device Recognition & Response training programs.

Prior to serving in his current capacity, he spent approximately eighteen years as a forensic scientist in various forensic disciplines including explosives analysis, firearms and tool mark examinations, fire debris, and trace evidence analysis. He is a Past-President of both the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners and the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a past Chair of the Fire Debris and Explosives Subcommittee within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science, a past member of the Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis and Technical Working Group for Fire and Explosions, and past Technical Advisor on the White House Subcommittee on Forensic Science Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation Interagency Working Group.

Dave Evans
Air Transport Association of Canada

Dave began his TDG career in the spring of 1985 while working in the chemical industry. This was in anticipation of the original publication of the TDG Act and Regulations. Dave joined Purolator in May 1988 in the Health, Safety and Security Department which oversaw, among other things, the transportation of dangerous goods. A corporate shuffle saw Dave taking over the national dangerous goods program in early 1989 as the National Manager of TDG.

Purolator is, arguably, the largest volume “small package” carrier of dangerous goods in Canada, moving over 400,000 regulated shipments per year. Purolator transports dangerous goods by all mode of transport (road, air, rail and marine) and accepts all nine classes of dangerous goods. As the national program manager, Dave was responsible for the development of all dangerous goods related programs, policies, training and development. Over the course of his tenure, Dave was responsible for all aspects of dangerous goods including submission of TC approved training programs; the introduction of “Clear Language” amendments (Aug 2002); transition of programs with a dedicated air linehaul fleet; all incident and accident reviews; sat on the corporate EH&S Executive Committee and company representation at trade, industry and government panels.

Dave joined ATAC (Air Transportation Association of Canada) in the early nineties and was a member of the Dangerous Goods Committee; representing Purolator and a host of dedicated air carriers operating under exclusive agreement for Purolator. A short time after joining ATAC, Dave was elected Chairman of the Dangerous Goods Committee; a position he has maintained ever since.

As DG Committee Chairman, Dave’s involvement in DG related activities have included:

  • ATAC’s representative to GPAC (20+ years)
  • Industry advisor to the Panel Member nominated by Canada at the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel
  • Industry advisor to the expert from Canada at the UN Sub-committee on TDG (Geneva)
  • Member of the Dangerous Goods Trainer’s Association
  • Board member at the Council for the Safety Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA)
  • Chairman, GPAC Sub-committee on UN Working Paper Review
  • Regular speaker at the Labelmaster Dangerous Goods Instructors’ Symposium

After a 25 year career at Purolator, Dave began his own TDG Consultancy and remains an active member of ATAC. His current clientele includes a number of large and small airlines, shippers, biomedical companies, lithium battery customers and mining companies.

Rob Finn

Rob Finn

Robert Finn, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management, oversees the Company’s marketing, product management, corporate branding, analytics and e-commerce channel. Since joining Labelmaster in January of 2014, Robert has evolved the Company’s marketing strategy by re-defining and prioritizing customer segments, guiding and executing multi-channel marketing, establishing new product development processes—all focused on revenue growth and profitability.

Prior to Labelmaster, Robert held a number of leadership positions at W.W.Grainger, Inc. Most recently at Grainger, he led Grainger’s marketing services organization, responsible for planning, executing and measuring marketing communication programs. Previously, Robert had roles at Sears, Roebuck and Company, St. James Associates and The Signature Group.

Terry Guo

Terry Guo

Mr. Terry Guo (CDGP, DGSA) is a Dangerous Goods Regulatory specialist and China Representative of the Institute of Hazardous Material Management (IHMM) USA and in charge of consulting and training in great China area.

Mr. Terry Guo has broad experiences in training, consulting and packaging supplying in the field of Dangerous Goods Transportation Safety for more than 20 years. Mr. Terry Guo involved in many technical exchange programs between USDOT and China’s MOT, CAAC and AQSIQ, coordinated and arranged government and industrial associations introducing US HAZMAT management practices. In past few years, Terry actively participant the US-China Transportation Forum and spoke as the industrial representative from US side. Mr. Guo also worked as a technical advisor for China’s CAAC delegation in several ICAO/DGP meetings. He speaks regularly on various HAZMAT Transportation Summits and Conferences.

Mr. Terry Guo is the Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP), Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) and IATA Dangerous Goods Instructor and government certified air-transport dangerous goods safety instructor from China. He is teaching ICAO/IATA, IMDG and 49CFR throughout China, Malaysia Vietnam and other Asia countries as well as in United States. Mr. Terry Guo is also heavily involved in upcoming Road Transportation Regulations for Dangerous Goods in China.

Mr. Terry Guo is active in several professional associations, including IHMM, COSTHA, SINO-US TSI and CATA.

Mr. Terry Guo received his educations in USA and China. He currently resides with the family in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Paul Horner

Paul Horner
Dangerous Goods Safety Group

Paul began working for Dangerous Goods Safety Group ((UK) in April 2019 as the founding Director. DG Safety Group currently operates in the United Kingdom and Denmark. DG Safety Group provides training, consultancy, risk assessments and compliance audits in the field of dangerous goods transportation by road, sea and air.

Paul worked for IATA from January 2016 to March 2019 as the Manager, Dangerous Goods Standards. The role included: authoring the text for the IATA dangerous goods regulations and other technical publications; answering technical email enquiries through a dedicated hotline; working with the IATA Dangerous Goods Board; attending ICAO and UN dangerous goods meetings; supporting industry events; and acting as a subject matter expert for the Association. Paul has also attended several SAE G27 lithium battery package performance standards meetings, the outcome of which has potentially significant consequences for lithium battery shippers.

Paul previously spent 18 years working for DHL Aviation in the UK as the Dangerous Goods Manager and DGSA. He was also a founding committee member of the British Association of Dangerous Goods Professionals (BADGP). Paul began his career with dangerous goods as a Movement Controller in the British Army.

Michael J. Hoysler

Michael J. Hoysler
FedEx Express

Lives in Collierville, TN. Began career with Federal Express in 1984 as a Courier in Minneapolis. Joined the Dangerous Goods Team in 1987. Promoted to District Dangerous Goods Analyst in 1988 and promoted to Corporate Safety/Dangerous Goods Administration in Memphis in 1993.

Primary focuses are Third Shift DG Duty Officer and leads Hazmat Enforcement Response Team.

Associations: International Association of Fire Fighters, President of Local 3864, 2019 – present; Knights of Columbus, Past Grand Knight 2002 – 2003; Piperton, TN Fire Department, 1995 – 2017; Rossville, TN Fire Department, 2017 – present; IATA Dangerous Goods Training Task Force 2005 – 2013; Associate Staff Instructor with US/DOT Transportation Safety Institute 2008 – 2013; Associate member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators 2010 - 2013.

Pia Jala

Pia Jala

Pia works with clients to develop tailored solutions for safe and efficient transportation of dangerous goods. Since 2007, she has helped clients in diverse industries with issues ranging from rapid mediation of regulatory actions to complete overhauls of dangerous goods programs. Some of Pia’s recent client engagements include:

  • Working with a major automobile manufacturer to develop a comprehensive dangerous goods program. The overhaul included an assessment of existing practices, adjustments to distribution processes, development of self-auditing capabilities, a revamp of training curriculum, and the establishment of a dangerous goods hotline.
  • Assisting a pharmaceutical firm in cutting costs while maintaining safety levels in its product shipments. Pia’s recommendations led to streamlined shipping procedures that concurrently increased efficiency and compliance with domestic and international regulations.
  • Advising Fortune 500 corporations to identify the root cause of dangerous goods fines and violations. With Pia’s support in rapidly identifying and mediating issues, clients were able to reduce fines or have cases dismissed.

Prior to her current position at Labelmaster, Pia was the Global Manager of Dangerous Goods for Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo, where she:

  • Managed the global Dangerous Goods and Audit Program including the Emergency Dangerous Goods Hotline, which covered 40 countries
  • Oversaw the US military dangerous goods shipments, permits, and logistics globally
  • Oversaw ground operations and dangerous goods training programs globally
  • Managed international and domestic dangerous goods special permits, maintaining relationships with governmental authorities and retaining country-specific permits
  • Advised legal departments on domestic and international violation mediation and provided corrective actions for mitigating fines and penalties

Pia is actively involved in industry organizations related to dangerous goods transport. She participates in COSTHA regulatory and reverse logistics panel, Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC), The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), and Air Forwarders Association (AFA). Pia has previously participated in the IATA DG workgroups, COSTHA Air Group (as chairperson), and Air Transport Association.

Rhonda Jessop

Rhonda Jessop has been working in the field of dangerous goods and training for over 20 years. She started her cargo career with FedEx Express, Canada, in 1994 working both in ramp operations and the training division where she was responsible for all operations and dangerous goods training for Eastern Canada.

Ms. Jessop joined IATA in 1999 as a manager in the Training and Development Institute where she was responsible for a portfolio of over 50 diverse airline operations and safety courses. She moved to the Cargo and Regulatory Affairs division as Manager, Dangerous Goods and Training Standards in 2003. In this role she was one of the authors of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as well as other dangerous goods technical publications, including the IATA training book series. She was also Secretary to the IATA Dangerous Goods Training Task Force and acted as an industry advisor to the IATA representative on the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel.

She joined Labelmaster in 2007 as their Manager, International Training Projects and in this capacity was responsible for a multitude of diverse multi-modal training projects. Currently, as Director, Global Learning, Ms. Jessop is responsible for the eLearning portfolio and project management of key Labelmaster clients.

Ms. Jessop holds both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Education degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

David Jones

David Jones
FedEx Express

David has been in the aviation industry for twenty-nine years. He was introduced to Dangerous Goods in 1992 while being employed as an aircraft mechanic for American Airlines, he was trained to facilitate the movement of parts to support maintenance operations. Since that time, he has held various management positions in operations and oversight roles. David joined FedEx Express in 2007 in the Flight Safety department and is currently a Manager in Corporate Safety with responsibilities for Dangerous Goods Administration.

George Kerchner

Mr. Kerchner serves as the Executive Director of PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association. He represents PRBA and its members before federal state, and international regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on issues associated with battery safety, recycling, trade, and transportation. He frequently participates in international transportation forums such as the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and International Civil Aviation Organization Dangerous Goods Panel.

Geoff Leach

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.

Bob Liva

Bob Liva

Through a series of senior roles since the inception of computerized Parcel Shipping with organizations such as ConnectShip/UPS, Pitney Bowes and Pierbridge, Bob has worked with some of the nation's largest shippers including Dell Computer, Microsoft, CDW, Sears, Nordstrom, REI and Best Buy. He was instrumental in introducing parcel manifesting to UPS regional leadership.

Peter Mackay

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.

Frank McGuigan

Frank McGuigan

Frank McGuigan has more than 25 years of experience in executive, operational and commercial leadership, and has been chief executive officer at Transplace since January 2018. He previously served as Transplace’s president and chief operating officer, where he led sales and operations for the company’s Transportation Management, International, Intermodal and Freight Brokerage business units. During his tenure at Transplace, Mr. McGuigan has helped the company broaden its customer base, expand its geographic presence throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada, and expand by completing several strategic acquisitions, which have helped Transplace evolve into one of North America’s leading providers of logistics technology and services.

Mr. McGuigan joined Transplace in April 2011 via its acquisition of SCO Logistics, where he was president and CEO. Prior to SCO Logistics, he served as an executive with strategic account management and commercial leadership responsibilities at Penske Logistics for eight years. Mr. McGuigan has GE certifications in Six Sigma and Project Management. He is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and is a retired Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve.

Ross McLachlan

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.

Matt Nickels

Matt Nickels
Senior Regulations Officer, PHMSA

Mr. Nickels is the Senior Regulations Officer within PHMSA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety – Standards & Rulemaking Division. Mr. Nickels’ responsibilities at PHMSA include developing regulations governing the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials in commerce and to promote guidance and assistance to the regulated community and other stakeholders to foster required and voluntary compliance. Furthermore, Mr. Nickels is responsible, through management of PHMSA’s rulemaking and deregulatory activities, for the development of national standards and policies covering all modes of transport and for alignment of the national standards with the international hazardous material safety standards when appropriate. Mr. Nickels also serves as the senior project officer for all rulemaking projects involving intermodal, interdisciplinary teamwork, and provides technical expertise, advice to, and management of project team leaders on all aspects of rulemaking projects. Mr. Nickels acts as a hub of comprehensive long-range planning, and balances proposals from the regulated community (petitions), public interest groups, government agencies (NTSB Recommendations), and interested persons, as well as needs identified by other elements of the hazardous materials safety and security programs.

Mr. Nickels graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, with concentrations in International Business and Management.

Dave Ritchie

Dave Ritchie
Great Dane Trailers

Harvard EHS Exec Leadership Certificate
Chartered Member Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH)
Chartered Member Institute of Safety and Risk Managers (IISRM)
Certified Ergonomist (Human Tech)
Behavioral Safety Change Agent (Ryder Marsh)
6 Sigma Black Belt

Perkins Engines Safety, Fire, and Security Coach
Caterpillar Inc. Global EHS Director (Divisional)
John Deere Head of Safety Engineering
Danaher EHS Director (Automotion)
Great Dane Trailers Corporate EHS Director
Chairman TTMA Safety Group

Tim Rogers
UPS Airlines

Tim joined UPS in 1992 and started his career in the Technology function. Tim was promoted into management in 1998 and had a series of assignments in Technology, Training and Human Resources before joining the UPS Airline Dangerous Goods function in 2006. Tim is responsible for the Airline Dangerous Goods department that includes the Compliance & Regulatory, Training and Helpdesk functions. Tim is located in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A., where UPS Airlines is headquartered. Louisville is also home to UPS Worldport, the 5.2 million square foot all points hub of UPS’s global air network.

Tim is an active member of COSTHA, an observer at the IATA Dangerous Goods Board meetings, and a board member of the IATA DGTWG (DG Training Working Group).

Tim holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Sullivan University.

Alicia Saenz

Alicia Saenz

Alicia joined Labelmaster in 2008 as a Dangerous Goods Specialist for DGM Chicago a division of Labelmaster and a franchise of Dangerous Goods Management (DGM). Under DGM Chicago Alicia prepared shipments in accordance with the various modal specific dangerous goods regulations.

In 2013 Alicia joined Labelmaster Services. Currently as a Senior Consultant, Alicia provides assistance to our clients in ensuring their products are shipped in accordance with appropriate National and International regulations, conducts compliance assessments, and also develops and delivers custom training programs which assist our clients ensure their daily operations are conducted in compliance with the Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Since joining Labelmaster Services, some of Alicia’s accomplishments have included:

  • Conducting compliance assessments, developing and assisting in implementing corporate compliance programs and manuals.
  • Assisting in corporate product evaluation and classification to determine if products are subject to the dangerous goods regulations domestically and internationally by all modes of transport
  • Ensuring compliance for shipping documentation, labeling, packaging, and marking for several corporate client's products and programs
  • Assisting in the maintenance and troubleshooting of Labelmaster’s DGIS (Dangerous Goods Information System) regulatory compliance software program for the corporate clients and Labelmaster Software
  • Assisting in special projects involving client’s dangerous goods shipping programs and in the development of SOP from a practical, hands-on approach

Alicia has earned her certifications as a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) from the Scottish Qualifications Authority, Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP) from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management and is certified in the following regulations: IMO, ICAO/IATA, 49 CFR Multi Modal Regulations, TDG, ADR and Specialized Radioactive certification.

Jim Shimko

Jim Shimko

Jim Shimko has been working in the dangerous goods field for over 30 years and joined the Labelmaster Services Team in August of 2013. Jim has earned his certifications as a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) from the Scottish Qualifications Authority and, Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP) from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. In addition, Jim is part of the Associate Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transportation Safety Institute (DOT TSI).

Jim’s career began in the airline industry in 1979 working for a small commuter airline in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1984, he accepted a position at Delta Air Lines working in the cargo division as a Customer Service Agent. For the next 24 years his career progressed to cover a wide range of responsibilities concerning dangerous goods to include operational and management roles. These responsibilities included: management of dangerous goods strategic plans across all divisions, ensuring divisional policies and procedures met regulatory requirements, acting as technical advisor, conducting investigations and develop comprehensive corrective actions, managing Competent Authority Certificate applications, authoring corporate policy manuals, and a participant at the IATA Dangerous Goods Training Task Force to name a few.

In July of 2008, Jim retired from Delta and accepted a position of General Manager, Operations at DGM USA. Jim served as a technical advisor to DGM’s customer base consisting of freight forwarders, major chemical companies, dangerous goods shippers/manufacturers; facilitating compliance audits and process improvement initiatives, instructing/developing training courses for DOT, ICAO/IATA, IMDG and management of the packaging/crating services.

Since joining Labelmaster Services, Jim has assisted many clients with developing and revising operations to enhance safety, efficiency and compliance. As an instructor, he has facilitated both initial and recurrent courses in 49 CFR, IMDG, and ICAO/IATA domestically and internationally. As a dangerous goods expert, Jim has conducted dangerous goods audits for chemical, service, automotive, and retail industries, as well as transportation carriers worldwide. He has been invited and facilitated presentations at dangerous goods industry events. His advice and facilitation skills have helped clients to develop robust corporate policies to address vulnerabilities, reduce risk, enhance safety, promote compliance and implement continuous improvement.

Pete Wagner

Pete Wagner
Purolator Inc

Pete Wagner has been in the transportation of freight industry for over 20 years and became involved in the movement of dangerous goods 3 years ago. Pete implements and maintains the dangerous goods program at Purolator Inc, the largest express network in Canada. He helps oversee training for 10000 operational employees and works closely with many shippers of hazardous materials. Pete has been working hard to integrate himself into the large group of unique people and personalities that make up the dangerous goods community. He has a chair on the board of the Dangerous Goods Trainers Association and is a member of the committee for Competency based Training and Assessment led by the Canadian General Standards Board. Pete is committed to raising the quality and awareness of proper preparation of dangerous goods and safe handling in Canada. If you come to Canada you would probably find him sounding much like the Paul Revere of the north, yelling “Limited quantity actually IS dangerous goods!”

Steven Webb

Steven Webb
International Transportation Specialist, PHMSA

Mr. Webb is an international transportation specialist with PHMSA’s International Program. Mr. Webb’s responsibilities at PHMSA include being a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN TDG Sub-Committee, where he also chairs the informal working group on fibre reinforced plastic portable tanks. Mr. Webb is also a member of the U.S. delegation to the IMO CCC Sub-Committee, where he also chairs the Editorial & Technical Group. In these international forums he helps draft position papers soliciting various international bodies for changes in dangerous goods regulations, incorporates changes made at the international level into domestic hazardous materials regulations, provides the regulated industry with written interpretations of dangerous goods regulations, and acts as a subject matter expert on vessel transportation of dangerous goods within the agency.

Prior to joining PHMSA Mr. Webb served in the U.S. Coast Guard working primarily as an instructor training Coast Guard and other government employees to inspect import and export containerized shipments of dangerous goods as well as assisting in the development of Coast Guard wide inspection criteria and protocol. Mr. Webb deployed to both Afghanistan and Kuwait to assist U.S. soldiers returning home properly declare, package, segregate and mark their dangerous good shipments.

Mr. Webb holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Port and Maritime Administration from Old Dominion University in V.A. and a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies with a focus in Psychology from Excelsior College in Albany NY.

Kim Wee

Kim Wee

Kim has over 17 years of experience in aviation and oil & gas industries. Since joining IATA in Geneva in 2008, he has been in various roles including developing new products and services, leading innovation programs and driving new business. Kim has managed training in the Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security division for over 5 years in addition to leading the development and implementation of a product portfolio strategy which included driving investment decisions and partnership opportunities. Currently, Kim manages the portfolio of air cargo products which include dangerous goods publications and training.

Prior to IATA, Kim worked at Singapore Airlines where he was involved in various aspects of ground services and airport operations where he launched the world's first global text message check-in service and made Internet check-in available to all passengers. He also worked at Shell as a management consultant advising senior management on organizational design, cost efficiency, talent development and investment & portfolio strategy.

Mark Wuennenberg

Mark Wuennenberg
Drone Delivery Canada

Mr. Wuennenberg is a 35-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force and has accumulated over 4500 hours in several aircraft types. He has over three decades of experience working on regulatory and UAS files, including significant expertise in UAS operations, regulatory and standards development, airworthiness, training and flight authorizations. Mark has been responsible for the creation of foundational UAS regulations and guidance material for the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Air Force and NATO. Most recently Mark was a UAS SME with Transport Canada where he was instrumental in authoring numerous key documents on the use of model aircraft/recreational drones. Mark is currently the VP of Regulatory Affairs at Drone Delivery Canada.

James Wyatt

James Wyatt

James, a British national has been in the aviation industry for 18 years. James has worked for some of the world’s largest airlines, including, Lufthansa Cargo, AeroLogic, Qatar Airways as well as DHL Express and most recently the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Since 2019 James runs his own business in aviation consulting, based in Frankfurt, Germany.

James has experience in a number of areas of the aviation industry including, cargo handling, aircraft handling, dangerous goods, quality and safety, auditing and training.

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