Carlo Dade
Director of the Trade & Investment Centre
Canada West Foundation


As Director of the Trade & Investment Centre, Carlo Dade develops and leads research to promote growth and profitability in western Canada’s export economy. Carlo has a long history in international public policy most recently as Senior Fellow in the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI).

Carlo has been a leading voice in debates on recent Canadian free trade agreements and development of trade infrastructure. He has a reputation for big-picture thinking and is a leading global expert on pan-Pacific trade, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Pacific Alliance trade blocs. He is one of Canada’s leading commentators on North American competitiveness and Canada-Mexico relations. Carlo is a highly sought-after media commentator throughout North America.


Mark Hodgson, P.Eng., MBA
Partner, Infrastructure and Capital Projects
Deloitte LLP

   Mark Hodgson is the Partner who leads Deloitte’s Infrastructure Advisory practice in western Canada. Mark is a proven leader in Canada’s infrastructure market with 23 years’ experience advising governments on the financing and procurement of some of the largest and most complex capital projects in the country. His expertise is in developing and implementing PPP, alternative service delivery and divestiture transactions.

His experience with major projects spans all infrastructure sectors including transportation, water, power, marine, solid waste, and public buildings. Mark has advised a multitude of clients resulting in successful procurements of privately financed infrastructure projects with total contract value well over $10 billion.

Mark’s current assignments include financial and commercial advisor to the Port of Vancouver for the deal structure and procurement of Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project.

Mark is a civil engineer with over five years municipal engineering experience. Following a career in engineering, in 1993 he obtained an MBA in finance and strategy from McGill University. 


Caroline Leprince 
Senior Policy Analyst
Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre


Caroline Leprince is a senior policy analyst at the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) at Public Safety Canada. She is the lead of the Maritime Cyber Risk Project, an interdepartmental initiative created to provide concrete solutions to protect Canada’s maritime transportation sector from emerging cyber threats. Caroline has gained significant experience over the years in providing strategic advice and analysis in the areas of national security, defence and public safety. She previously worked as a contractual research assistant with Defence Research and Development Canada and also served as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Reserve, during which time she deployed with the Psychological Operations unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan. She is an associate fellow with the Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies and has published several publications in peer-reviewed and policy journals on Canada’s foreign policy. Caroline joined the board of Women in International Security – Canada in 2016. She holds a master’s in project management from École des sciences de la gestion (ESG), a master’s in political science from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) and a bachelor in international relations and international law from UQÀM. 



Mark Lerner
Vice-President, Corporate Marketing
Canadian National Railway


Mark Lerner was appointed Vice-President, Corporate Marketing in March 2016, based in Montreal. His responsibilities include overseeing corporate marketing, planning, e-business innovations, and strategic account activities. He also leads the regional sales groups that focus on the growth of customers. Prior to that, Mark had been Assistant Vice-President, Domestic Intermodal, since 2010 where he was responsible for Marketing & Sales for all shipments within and between Canada, the US and Mexico. From 2004 to 2010 Mark was Assistant Vice President. For International sales and was involved in bringing Cosco to the new Port of Prince Rupert. Prior to that he worked in Marketing in the Metals & Minerals business unit.

Mr. Lerner joined CN in 1993, initially working in the Management Development Program

Mr. Lerner holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree and an MBA, both from McGill University.

Prior to joining CN Mr. Lerner was a Management Consultant at Anderson Consulting.



Mayor Darrell Mussatto
City of North Vancouver


Darrell Mussatto is serving his fourth term as Mayor of the City of North Vancouver following four terms as Councillor. He is active at the regional level serving on numerous boards and committees, and as chair of the Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee and Community Energy Association. 

A paramedic with the B.C. Ambulance Service for 30 years, Mayor Mussatto is keenly aware of health and wellness issues on the North Shore, as well as emergency response. He is committed to lowering the City's carbon footprint by making the City more bike-friendly, reducing energy use, managing our liquid and solid waste sustainably, supporting urban gardening and expanding the award winning Lonsdale Energy Corporation. 

Mayor Mussatto garnered the B.C. Ambulance Services Executive Director's Commendation in 1995, and the Red Cross Community Service Award in 1991. He holds a BC and Professional Teaching Certificate, as well as a Health and Fitness Certificate. 



Lourette Swanepoel
Registered Professional Planner
Stantec Consulting Ltd. 


Lourette is a Registered Professional Planner with Stantec Consulting Ltd. in Vancouver. She is also an accredited Envision® Sustainability Professional with a Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning, helping communities and public agencies to address their strategic infrastructure and community sustainability challenges.

Lourette has a passion for sustainability management and better informing the decision-making and design process through a sustainability lens. In her work, she blends the professions of planning and engineering – appreciating the strategic interrelationship between community planning, asset management and infrastructure design. She co-authored the National InfraGuide Best Practice on Infrastructure and Land Use Planning and has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work over the years, including Team Canada’s international award-winning citiesPLUS project with the Honourable Mike Harcourt and a 2016 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence for her work on the Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing (CLIC) Tool.

Lourette managed the development of the Port of Vancouver’s Green Infrastructure Guidelines for design and construction, and the Envision® certification for the Port’s collaborative Low Level Road project, which was the first North American transportation infrastructure project to receive Envision® Platinum certification. She was sustainability lead, overseeing the Envision strategy on the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Owner’s Engineer team – the proposed project is a new three-berth marine terminal in Delta, BC. Lourette is an approved Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure trainer and a member of the Envision® Public Information Committee. 



Peter Xotta
Vice President, Planning and Operations
Port of Vancouver

  In his role as vice president, planning and operations, Mr. Xotta is responsible for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s long term planning, operations, security, and trade development activities. Mr. Xotta joined the port authority in 1995, and has held diverse portfolios including business development and leading strategic port projects.

Mr. Xotta’s experience has included acting as president of Modalink Distribution Hub Ltd., a multi-modal logistics facility in South Richmond, British Columbia and a 50 per cent joint venture with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. He is the former chair of Canada Place Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and currently sits on the board of directors of the Van Horne Institute and Crossroads Hospice Society.

Mr. Xotta has a Masters in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business and is an active mentor in the program.

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