“It takes understanding that it is never okay to lose a customer. Ever.”

Laura Watson, Transborder Operations Manager

Leadership
Richard Lafreniere

President & CEO

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.

E : richard.lafreniere@thegtigroup.com

Kevin McNicol

Chief Commercial Officer

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.

E : kevin.mcnicol@thegtigroup.com

Tyson Bourke

Executive Vice President

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.

E : tyson.bourke@thegtigroup.com

Michael DiStaulo

Vice President Operations

Michael DiStaulo is a senior Logistics Operations executive with more than three decades of progressive experience in all facets of multimodal transportation, distribution and warehousing, including 9+ years in overdimensional/specialized transport.  Michael currently directs all aspects of the Group’s logistic operations, including solution planning, compliance, permitting, driver recruitment and development, safety, and management and maintenance of GTI’s commercial fleet and vast inventory of specialized trailers and equipment.

E : michael.distaulo@thegtigroup.com

Joe Cardoso

General Manager of International Operations

Joe Cardoso leverages over 30 years of experience in the freight forwarding industry. Prior to joining GTI in 2014, 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.

E : joe.cardoso@thegtigroup.com

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