2022 Conference Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker: Liane Davey

Topic: The Good Fight

Known as the “teamwork doctor,” Liane Davey knows how to create high performing teams. Having worked with businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, from across the globe helping teams from the frontlines to the boardroom, she has developed a unique perspective on the challenges that teams face — and how to solve them. Her mission is to transform the way people communicate, connect, and contribute, and, using her expertise in strategy and group dynamics, she delivers the perfect combination of education and entertainment that leaders and teams need to make an immediate impact on their organizations.

New York Times bestselling author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done, Liane has worked with a variety of renowned businesses including Amazon, Walmart, TD Bank, RBC, Bayer, KPMG, Aviva, Maple Leaf Foods, and SONY Interactive Entertainment.

She is also a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and is sought after by media outlets, including CNN, NPR, USA Today, The Globe & Mail, and Forbes, for her expertise on increasing productivity, enhancing engagement, developing leaders, and as one client put it, “dealing with the damn drama!” Liane has a PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo.  She is also passionate advocate for mental health and currently sits on the Board of Governors for the Psychology Foundation of Canada

Liane Davey Website

Mike Millian:
President, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada

Topic: Transportation Industry Update

Mike Millian is the President @Private Motor Truck Council of Canada. Mike grew up on a beef farm in rural S.W. Ontario. He has been in the Transportation Industry for 32 years, starting as a driver for a Livestock hauler at the age of 18. At the age of 21 Mike went to work for a long Haul Refrigerated and general freight carrier and spent 5 years hauling freight in all 48 US Mainland States and 6 Canadian Provinces.

The Carrier opened a Certified Driver Training School in 1998 and Mike came off the road to become one of the Schools First Certified Driver Trainers. In 2000 Mike Transitioned into Safety and Compliance for the Fleet, while still working part time as a Trainer for the School. In 2002 he moved over to a Private Fleet and became the Safety, Compliance, Maintenance & Training manager for the Hensall District Co-operative’s Commercial Trucking Fleet.  In January of 2015 Mike moved into the Trucking Association business and was named the President of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, where he remains in his current role.

PMTC Website

Rui Fernandes:
Gardiner Roberts LLP

Topic: Refocusing Our Efforts – How to Structure Your Corporate Policy and Due Diligence Efforts

Mr. Fernandes practices in all aspects of transportation law (aviation, marine, trucking, rail, freight forwarding, logistics and warehousing). He advises clients on international trade, import and export, and cross border issues in the transportation field.

Mr. Fernandes has been included in the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide as one of the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He’s on the list in “Best Lawyers in Canada” in the area of maritime law and transportation law. He is Chambers Canada ranked, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated, and a Who’s Who Legal Canada Thought Leader in Shipping and Maritime Law. Mr. Fernandes has appeared before the courts of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

He conducts numerous mediations and arbitrations for clients and also acts as a mediator and arbitrator for other parties. He holds mediation certificates from the University of Windsor for its ADR Workshop and for its Advanced ADR Workshop and Pepperdine University for its STAR program (Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies). He is a qualified arbitrator and holds Q. Arb. and FCIArb designations.

He is the author of numerous articles and seven texts on transportation and insurance law, including the three-volume “Transportation Law” published by Aerospark Press. Lexis Nexis has published three volumes by Mr. Fernandes, on Railway Law, Carriage of Goods and Maritime Law, in their Halsbury’s Laws of Canada.

Gardiner Roberts LLP Website

Kim Stoll:
Transportation and Insurance Partner, Gardiner Roberts LLP

Topic: Nuclear Verdicts

Kim Stoll is a partner at Gardiner Roberts LLP and her practice includes a specialty in transportation law focusing primarily in marine and trucking including freight forwarding and logistics, cargo losses, products liability, casualty, loss transfer and transportation-related personal injury litigation and mediation. She also has years of experience in litigation, mediation and adjustment of property casualty matters.  Kim has provided detailed complex insurance coverage advice and has acted as Excess Counsel and for Underinsured entities in various matters. Kim has conducted trials in both the Ontario Superior Court and the Federal Court of Canada. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988 and received her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Kim is very active in the transportation industry and is a Past President of the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association (2012). She is Vice President – Central Region of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (2017 to present).

Gardiner Roberts LLP Website

Lars Daniel:
Practice Leader, Envista Forensics

Topic: Mobile Phone Evidence in Motor Carrier Accident Cases

Lars Daniel, Practice Leader of the Digital Forensics Practice, joined Envista in 2016.  As Practice Leader, he guides the growth and development of the practice, keeping our digital forensic capabilities on the cutting-edge through a combination of technological solutions and the growth and development of world-class experts. 

Before becoming a part of the Envista Family, Lars co-owned and operated Guardian Digital Forensics for seven years, which was acquired by Envista in 2016.  While at Guardian, Lars was instrumental in the success and operation of the business, both in his roles as testifying expert and as an educator, teaching CLE (Continuing Legal Education) classes to attorneys across the United States, and through his books and articles.   

He is the co-author of the book Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals: Understanding Digital Evidence from the Warrant to the Courtroom, published by Syngess.  He is also co-author of the book Digital Forensics Trial Graphics: Educating the Jury Through Effective Use of Visuals, Published by Academic Press. 

Lars holds numerous certifications in Digital Forensics, including the EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO), Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA), Certified Telecommunications Network Specialist (CTNS), Certified Wireless Analyst (CWA), Certified Internet Protocol Telecommunications Specialist (CIPTS), and the Certified Telecommunications Analyst (CTA) certifications.

He has qualified as an expert witness and testified in both state and federal courts, qualifying as a digital forensics expert, computer forensics expert, cell phone forensics expert, video forensics expert, and photo forensics expert.  He has testified for both the defense and prosecution in criminal cases, and the plaintiff and defense in civil cases. 

Every year, Lars teaches dozens of CLE and CE classes. In his career, Lars has provided training to many thousands of attorneys and claims professionals with over 300 classes taught, providing CLE (Continuing Legal Education) and CE (Continuing Education) classes. 

Envista Forensics Website

Mike “Ace” McCarron:
President, Rite Route Supply Chain Solutions

Topic: It’s the Right Time for “Choose to Truck”

Proven maverick Mike “Ace” McCarron is the President of Rite Route Supply Chain Solutions, Director of Left Left Associates and a monthly columnist for Today’s Trucking magazine.  A graduate of the University of Toronto Mike is a 38 year industry leader, entrepreneur who founded MSM Transportation (est. 1990), which was sold to the Wheels Group in November 2012. Under Mike’s leadership, MSM won numerous business awards, including the Top Canadian Motor Carrier (7 years), Canada’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies (5 years) and Canada’s Best Managed Private Companies (17 years).

Mike has served on the Board of the Toronto Transportation Club (Past President), Ontario Trucking Association (Convention Chairman), Canadian Trucking Alliance and Trucking HR Canada (Past Chairman). 

Rite Route Solutions Website