CTAC North America 2023: Meet our Speakers

CTAC North America 2023: Meet our Speakers

Join us for Port Technology International – PTI’s CTAC North America 2023, the premier event for container terminal operators, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to engage with industry leaders and gain invaluable insights into the future of container terminal operations.

After seven successful years in Europe, the Container Terminal Automation Conference (CTAC) will be coming to Norfolk, Virginia. Taking place on 14-15 November 2023, the first North American edition of CTAC will be supported by our host partner, the Port of Virginia.

The conference represents an unrivalled opportunity to learn from the port and terminal industry’s established leaders and most disruptive innovators. Featuring panel discussions, keynote addresses and case studies on ground breaking automation and technology projects.

Meet our Prominent Speakers

Stephen Edwards, CEO and Executive Director, Port of Virginia

We are thrilled to introduce Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority, who graciously serves as our host sponsor. Stephen will inaugurate CTAC North America 2023, guiding us into two days of groundbreaking innovation in container terminals.

His responsibilities encompass a wide range of programmatic areas, including business and relationship development, infrastructure development, strategic marketing, economic development, finance, security, and safety. Through Virginia International Terminals, LLC, he oversees the operations of Virginia’s marine and inland terminal facilities, including Virginia International Gateway, Newport News Marine Terminal, Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Richmond Marine Terminal, and the Virginia Inland Port. With extensive global experience in the maritime industry, Stephen is a distinguished leader known for driving business growth and creating lasting value for customers and stakeholders.

Erik Ward, CIO, Global Container Terminals

Erik Ward, Chief Information Officer at GCT Global Container Terminals, Inc., is another distinguished addition to our lineup. In his role, he leads the strategic IT vision, daily operations, and projects for Technology & Systems at GCT terminals worldwide. Notably, he spearheaded the Deltaport Rail Expansion Project in British Columbia, a project that successfully integrated multiple technologies to exceed safety, production, and capacity targets.

During his session, Erik will delve into the transformative potential of optimisation in terminal operations, ensuring a seamless and future-proof performance as TEU volumes continue to rise.

Marc Mendez, Vice President, Information Technology, TraPac, LLC

Finally, we have Marc Mendez, the Vice President of Information Technology at TraPac, LLC. Marc provides leadership with a focus on addressing the technological requirements, opportunities, and challenges within TraPac. His primary objective is to steer the organisation toward greater efficiencies and improved performance through innovative technology solutions, services, and environmentally and socially responsible governance.

He will join a panel that delves into the substantial impact of the shipping industry on worldwide carbon emissions. Given the increasing need for sustainability, operators of container terminals are tasked with discovering means to diminish their carbon footprint. This session will explore the strategies and technologies available to decarbonise container terminal operations in North American ports.

CTAC North America 2023 is your gateway to the future of container terminal operations. Join us for a transformative experience, connect with industry experts, and leave with the knowledge and connections to elevate your terminal’s performance.

Register now to secure your spot at CTAC North America 2023, and don’t forget Ports and Terminals can attend for free!

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