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RICHARD LAFRENIERE

PRESIDENT & CEO - THE GTI GROUP

Richard Lafreniere leverages over two decades of experience leading and driving the success of both large and small companies in high-level Finance and Operations positions. A veteran of numerous business acquisitions and divestitures, Richard has led corporate and business infrastructure improvements from managing the build and start-up of new manufacturing plants to company-wide ERP systems implementation. Fully bilingual in English and French, Richard holds a CPA/CA designation as well as an MBA, Bachelor of Commerce and Chartered Accountancy diploma from McGill University.

KEVIN MCNICOL

KEVIN MCNICOL

CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER - THE GTI GROUP

With more than 20 years of experience, Kevin McNicol is a specialist in business development and leading strategic growth. A founding member of The GTI Group, Kevin joined GTI in 2002 to drive vertical market expansion and new business with key customers across diverse industries. He later founded GTI’s international freight forwarding division and developed its ocean/air cargo capabilities and global partnerships from start-up to support the successful transformation of GTI into a true full service, global logistics organization. Today, Kevin oversees all aspects of Sales and Marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University.

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MICHEL TARDIF

Chief Financial Officer - The GTI Group

Michel is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years of experience, including 10 as a Director of Finance in rapidly changing entrepreneurial environments. This path allowed him to acquire excellent skills in IT and HR management. Exercises participatory leadership based on coaching and mentoring to leverage the talent of the team. Rigorous and logical specialist with a strong sense of analysis that has led him to many successes in financing, reorganization, and business acquisition projects. Clearly communicates ideas and works both independently and in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams. Learns and understands quickly in a situation of change. Known for his integrity, excellent judgment, and attention to detail.

TYSON BOURKE

TYSON BOURKE

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT - THE GTI GROUP

Tyson Bourke empowers customers with two decades of transportation industry experience in sales and project management. After working at MSAS Global Logistics (DHL) and one of North America’s leading transport brokerage companies, he joined GTI in 2008 to substantially develop corporate accounts and drive new business across each of the company’s divisions. With GTI’s acquisition of an Ontario-based specialized transportation company in 2010, Tyson was made a partner to lead GTI’s presence, business and capabilities in the Ontario market.

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BRIAN FIELKOW

Executive Vice President - The GTI Group

Since purchasing Jetco in 2006, Brian has maintained a business philosophy of providing an extra level of service to anticipate customers’ every need. To accomplish this philosophy, he has focused on maintaining employee continuity, integrating technology, and improving the quality of the company’s fleet.

He is the author of Driving to Perfection: Achieving Business Excellence by Creating a Vibrant Company Culture — a “how to” guide for business leaders to grow their company by establishing a sustainable and healthy company culture; and co-author of Leading People Safely: How to Win on the Business Battlefield, which provides tools to creating a world-class safety culture. In addition, Brian speaks internationally on these topics. He began his professional career as an attorney after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law. Prior to acquiring Jetco, he served as executive vice president of Recycle America Alliance, a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc., and chief operating officer of The Peltz Group. A Wisconsin native, Brian has resided in Houston since 2003 with his wife and three children.

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JOE CARDOSO

JOE CARDOSO

VICE PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS - THE GTI GROUP

Joe Cardoso leverages over 35 years of experience in the freight forwarding industry. Prior to joining GTI in 2010, he excelled in progressive operational leadership positions for the air and ocean freight divisions of multinational organizations Schenker, Panalpina and MSAS Global Logistics (DHL). In addition to managing daily operations and best practice implementation, Joe’s extensive international expertise includes program development, project cargo, specialized shipping projects, export management and carrier negotiations and relations.

DANNY DESJARDINS

DANNY DESJARDINS

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS - THE GTI GROUP

Danny is a veteran at GTI with more than 15 years with the group. He is now VP of operations after having successfully managed GTI’s fleet.

LAURA WATSON

LAURA WATSON

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS - THE GTI GROUP

Laura is an experienced operations manager with a demonstrated history of working in the transportation/trucking/project cargo . She has an advanced Certificate in International Freight Forwarding focused in CIFFA from Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association Inc.

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SÉBASTIEN DAVID

Corporate Financial Controller - The GTI Group

Accountant with 7 years of experience, including more than 5 in consultation with a large accounting firm. In addition to the team management skills acquired during these years, Sébastien has developed an in-depth knowledge in the preparation of financial information and the management of the risks associated with it as well as an increased understanding of complex subjects such as reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions and taxation. He is recognized for his technical skills, efficiency and ability to work under pressure.
Holder of the CPA-CA designation, a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a specialized graduate degree from HEC Montréal, Sébastien joined the GTI group as Corporate Controller in 2019.

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KENT M. JORDAN

KENT M. JORDAN

PRESIDENT - GTI USA

Kent M. Jordan has experienced many changes in the transportation industry over his 40 years. He has been a leading change maker in the logistics arena.

While holding senior level positions Mr. Jordan drove the development of “the concept to functionality” process for several organizations in total supply chain.

Take care of your people, they will take care of your customers. This is done with communication, motivation and the support of your team.

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KYLE KRISTYNIK

President - Jetco Delivery

As Jetco’s president, Kyle oversees the daily operations of the company – from safety and compliance to human resources, maintenance, dispatching and customer service. He joined Jetco in March 2012 as the finance/accounting before assuming his current role. Kyle is actively involved in leading the various banking, legal, and insurance relationships for the company. began his career as a staff accountant at Goodman Manufacturing before eventually becoming the controller for one of their four factories which was located in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He played football at Trinity University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting in 2004, and went on to get his Master’s degree from Texas A&M University in 2005.
He was born and raised in northwest Houston and still resides in that area with his wife and two sons. Kyle loves spending his spare time watching sports, golfing, and spending time in the outdoors with his family and friends.

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ED BERNARD

President - Precision Specialized

I am a very focused individual who enjoys challenges with a passion for over-dimensional transportation. My goal is to help our company be the first call in heavy haul transportation in Ontario and Canada. Embracing new technology and discovering new options to reach new customers are just two of my main objectives in this competitive market. Ensuring we are doing the best for our clients, from service, to pricing, to physically going to see them in their workplace is so important in our business and that is what sets us apart from our competitors.

As Peter Drucker wrote, “The best way to predict the future is to create it”.