Our Team

Our associates bring a wealth of experience at a senior level in trucking, rail, marine and intermodal logistics plus marine terminals and transportation covering a diverse commodity spectrum including: forest products, base metals, coal, fertilizer and chemicals. Our expertise extends to sourcing and procurement of raw materials within these commodity groups.

We align our business with strategic partners and subject matter experts who share our commitment to innovation, sustainable value and high impact results. These experts provide our clients with access to highly specialized, reputable and accomplished guidance when required, for example:

  • senior legal counsel
  • specialized engineering and design teams
  • logistics facilities, equipment and service providers
  • strategic communications (government, media and stakeholder engagement advisors), creative and digital expertise, and
  • transportation logistics and costing consultants.

David Montpetit, President

David Montpetit, President Diadem Group LTD.

David is an accomplished leader with proven ability to align strategy with day-to-day operations and a comprehensive understanding of the rail transportation and port logistics industry. He is also a talented lobbyist who understands legislative process as it relates to the Canadian transportation industry.

David has a proven history of being a highly effective strategic advisor who builds trusting relationships and who can bridge the gaps between and among customers, subject matter experts, business and technical teams, local community stakeholders, provincial/federal governments, media and executives. His abilities are underpinned by his 25+ years’ experience in project/sales management and contract negotiation/administration, and since July 2014, David has provided leadership to the Western Canadian Shippers’ Coalition (WCSC) as President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization. WCSC’s mission is to represent, advance and influence views on transportation policy for western Canadian-based members that move mainly resource through the supply chain to domestic and international customers.

Robert (Bob) Bell, Associate | Principal Consultant, R W Bell Resource Advisory Service Ltd.

Bob Bell is an independent consultant and former mining executive with extensive experience in transportation including negotiation of major rail and port agreements, leading the logistics function in two large coal producers and arbitration of commercial disputes. He also gained significant international experience marketing coking coal to the steel industry and energy coal to the power generation industry. He is a former Director and Chair of the Board of Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd., a large coal, potash and agricultural product export terminal in Vancouver. Key areas of Bob’s consulting practice in transportation include transportation strategy, marketing strategy development, major commercial agreement negotiations, litigation management, dispute resolution, expert witness testimony, and corporate development.

From a coal industry perspective, Bob is past Chair of the Coal Association of Canada, sat on the Board of the Canadian Clean Power Coalition, and was a member of the Coal Industry Advisory Board to the International Energy Agency. He has also been involved in transportation advocacy work for many years in relation to bulk materials. This has included meeting with regulators and elected officials and appearing before special purpose tribunals and review panels.

Bob is a mining engineer who also completed his MBA and the Directors Education Program (ICD.D). His early career was spent in the Alberta Oil Sands in engineering and operations. Bob then spent more than 25 years in the coal industry including with two major North American producers at the executive level focused on finance, transportation, marketing and sales, and business development. He has also held CEO roles in the junior coal-mining sector. Since 2013, he has managed his own consulting practice in these areas as well as expert witness report preparation and testimony.

Glenn Scott, Associate | Principal Consultant, FMCS Ltd.

Glenn Scott is a seasoned transportation professional with 40 years of international and domestic transportation, logistics and commodity procurement experience. He has held various senior transportation roles in the mining, forest products and chemical industries. His transportation exposure includes marine (dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, container, chartering) rail, truck, inter-modal and port operations. Global regions of his work experience include; North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Caribbean.

In addition to his broad ranging experience in transportation and commodity procurement activities, Glenn has had exposure to a significant cross section of organizational functions including marketing services, contract negotiations, contract development, government lobbying and various North American rail litigation and arbitration undertakings. Throughout his career, he has developed a strong and diverse transportation background across several fundamental, front-line corporate functions.

Glenn is currently operating as an independent transportation/procurement consultant, leveraging off his extensive international and domestic experience and diverse global contact base assisting with a variety of shipping and procurement assignments. His ongoing consultancy work exposure remains strategically aligned with production and marketing functions across various disciplines and key global projects.

Glenn obtained his Professional Logistics Designation (P.Log) in 1995 and is a Canadian Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP).

Mark Thomson, Associate | President, Mountain View Group

Mark Thomson is the President of the Mountain View Group. Mountain View is a premier transloading company with locations in Canada and the U.S. The company specializes in railcar loading/unloading, trucking, and the container loading of various industrial commodities.

Prior to assuming his role at Mountain View, Mark was the GM of Transportation at West Fraser with oversight for all surface and marine transportation for all of West Fraser’s Canadian and U.S. Operations. He has been involved in the logistics field for more than 25 years with vast experience in domestic and overseas shipping, IT systems, and strategic market development.

Mark is also an Advisor to Western Canadian Shippers’ Coalition’s Board of Directors and served as a Director from 2014 to 2017. He is also a former member of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) Transportation Subcommittee. In 2011, Mark was named to the Stakeholder’s Facilitation Committee as part of the National Rail Service Review conducted by the Government of Canada. In March of 2015, Mark was named to the Industry Advisory Committee to assist the appointed BC Trucking Commissioner who will have direct oversight for container drayage trucking in the Port Metro Vancouver.

Mark attended both Simon Fraser University and BCIT majoring in business and IT systems. He obtained his Professional Logistics Designation (P.Log) in 2002.

Catherine Hart, Communications Consultant | Principal, CH Communications

Catherine Hart is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in internal and external communications, government, investor and media relations, and stakeholder engagement. Catherine’s extensive experience includes project and issues management, event planning, corporate brand enhancement, website development and is complimented by a strong understanding of the mining and related supply chain industries. Before starting her own consulting firm in 2011, Catherine held corporate communications management positions with Teck Resources Limited and the Elk Valley Coal Partnership.

Catherine’s experience also includes substantial project work related to transportation and logistics issues management. During her tenure with Elk Valley Coal, Catherine was the communications lead on the team that developed the company’s submission to the federal government’s Competition Policy Review Panel in 2008. Catherine was also communications lead on the Elk Valley Coal/Teck Coal government relation’s team, providing strategic communications counsel to support the company’s lobbying efforts related to transportation and logistics project work (rail and port).

Catherine completed her Public Relations studies at Mount Royal University (1996), and received her Technical Writing Certificate (2001) and Professional Management Certificate, Specializing in Strategic Management (2011) from the University of Calgary.

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