Marine Club Luncheon Speaking Series

Thursday, February 3 — 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Decarbonizing Canadian Shipping

Canada’s domestic fleet is at the forefront of environmental improvement and innovation – and presents a unique opportunity to be part of the solution for reducing carbon emissions. In this session, top executives from Canadian ship operators:

  • Present actions, technologies and alternative fuels reducing their carbon emissions right now
  • Present future reduction commitments and discuss the investment, research and policy development required to meet them
  • Discuss the opportunities ahead for private/public partnership

Allister Paterson
Allister Paterson

Allister Paterson is Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer for The CSL Group. Mr. Paterson joined CSL in January 2015 as President of Canada Steamship Lines. In December 2016, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer until March 2019, when he took on the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of The CSL Group.

Mr. Paterson has over 25 years of experience in the transportation industry, including as Chief Commercial Officer of Finnair, President and CEO of Seaway Marine Transport, and President and CEO of Air Canada Vacations.

He began his career at Pacific Western Airlines (predecessor to Canadian Airlines) before joining Air New Zealand as Chief Commercial Officer in 1998. He subsequently took on acting CEO authority for six months during an external CEO recruitment process.

Mr. Paterson currently serves as Chair of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, as a Director of the Standard Club and Scala P&I Insurance Clubs, and as industry Co-Chair of the Federal Transport Minister’s Marine Advisory Council. He has previously served on the Boards of both Star Alliance and oneWorld airline alliances, and as Chair of Gymnastics Canada.

Gregg Ruhl
Gregg Ruhl

Gregg Ruhl is President and CEO of Algoma Central Corporation. He joined Algoma in November of 2015 as Senior Vice-President, Technical, became Chief Operating Officer in 2017 and in 2019 assumed the role of President and CEO. Mr. Ruhl has over 30 years’ experience in the transportation industry, including over 20 years in marine transportation.

Prior to joining Algoma in 2015, Mr. Ruhl was the Managing Director for the marine division of Canadian National Railway Company (CN) in Duluth, Minnesota, responsible for Great Lakes Fleet (a U.S. Jones Act carrier), COGEMA and Aquatrain. Between 2004 and 2009, Mr. Ruhl was the Director Sales & Marketing, Vessels and Docks, also for CN. Prior to 2004, he held increasingly senior positions within the marine and rail industries.

Mr. Ruhl is a director on the board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), a member of the Domestic Ship Owners Committee (DSOC) of Canada’s Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC), and served as Chairman of the Lake Carriers Association from 2012 to 2014.

Mr. Ruhl is a degreed Mechanical Engineer with a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Serge Alain Le Guellec
Serge Alain Le Guellec 

Mr. Le Guellec is the President and General Manager of Transport Desgagnés Inc. He holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering (Royal Military College of Canada), a Master’s degree of science in Project Management (University of Hull, Quebec, Canada) and a Master’s degree in Aerospace Vehicle Design (Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK).

A former uniformed member of the Canadian Forces, Mr. Le Guellec has worked in turn in the defence, aerospace and maritime transportation industries, first in engineering specialist roles and, later in his career, in project / program management and senior management roles. As a result, Mr. Le Guellec possesses a unique mix of experience in aerospace engineering, manufacturing, supply chain management, project / program management and, lastly, general management.

As the President and General Manager of Transport Desgagnés inc., Mr. Le Guellec leads of team marine professionals (both ashore and at sea) and is responsible for the management of a varied fleet of tanker vessels (product, crude oil and chemical), bulkers, general cargo / heavy lift and cargo / passenger vessels employed in Canada, in the Canadian Eastern Arctic and worldwide.

Mr. Le Guellec is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Les Armateurs du St-Laurent. Lastly, Mr. Le Guellec is a member of the Board of Directors of Clear Seas Center for Responsible Marine Shipping.

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