Mario La Barbera
After graduating from McGill University, eager to apply his studies, Mario decided to move to the US. Based in Philadelphia and New York, he never turned down an opportunity travel to virtually all east coast ports, intermodal terminals and hundreds of plants to learn more about supply chains and transportation.
After five years, he returned to Canada and held Director roles for two large Class 1 railroads. Realizing his entrepreneurial skills were better used in smaller organizations, Mario created Acurail and later co-founded PiVAL International in 2003, based in Montreal.
Under his leadership and strategic guidance, PiVAL built a strong team overseeing operations in dedicated warehousing, cross dock, expedite and integrated transportation solutions. Mario has more recently embarked on changing the company culture to embrace Operational Excellence using the Shingo Model.
Mario is on several transportation committees and chaired logistics’ councils to advise governments and policy makers. A proud father of three active children and married to his childhood friend, Mario’s entire family share his devotion to fundraising for children’s hospitals.
Vice President Finance
Bernard graduated from Laval university in 1989 and obtained his CPA title in 1991. Bernard started his career at Arthur Andersen as an auditor and moved quickly to consulting where he could better use his project management skills. In 1994, Bernard moved to the trucking and warehousing industry where he held the positions of controller, corporate controller and VP Finance. In 2003 he joined PiVAL International as VP Finance. He is currently in charge of Accounting, Treasury, Information Technology and Human Resources. He also leads the Operational Excellence corporate culture change.
Kevin R.E. Little
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Kevin’s roots are in the aviation business having begun his career managing a small regional airport in northern Ontario. After graduating with honors from the Airline Management program at Georgian College and subsequently earning a Bachelor of Science degree, Kevin embarked on a 17-year career with a major publicly held same-day transportation company, adding air cargo services to the company’s service menu. He built the Expedited Services division into an immediately recognized player in the North American expedited services marketplace, offering both ground and air emergency transportation. Kevin went on to oversee the day to day sales and operations of several terminals, offering a transportation service menu including Dedicated, TL/LTL logistics, 4PL management, and of course, Expedited Services. Kevin joined PiVAL in 2010 to create our Expedite Division, and combine the sales and operations of all PiVAL Transportation related services under one roof at our Transportation Operations Centre. In March 2017, after the outstanding success of that initiative, Kevin became the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for PiVAL, leading all company sales & marketing activities. The Expedite transportation still reports to him as well.
Vice President Transportation
Steven started his professional career with an international logistics provider in 1983. During the next 14 years he held various managerial positions within the Contract Logistics Team in the Mississauga and Brampton area. Choosing to further his education, Steven returned to school and earned a post-diploma in Supply Chain Management in 1998. In efforts to experience firsthand what he learned, Steven moved into Manufacturing as a Director of Supply Chain. In 2001 Steven moved again, this time into the Retail sector, managing a high-speed sortation solution, serving 129 stores with a closed-loop RF delivery confirmation. In 2004 Steven joined another international forwarder as General Manager Road & Rail Ontario, later becoming the Director of National Road & Rail. In 2014, Steven joined PiVAL International as VP Operations to lead all warehouse operations. In 2019 he accepted the role of VP Transportation through which he assumed the leadership role of expanding the Transportation Management scope of PiVAL International Inc.
Thomas (Tom) Hill
Vice President, Operations
Tom joined PiVAL in the fall of 2018 to take over as leader of all operational execution at each of our distribution centers. Under Tom’s leadership we’ve opened 2 new warehouse locations (Guelph and Surrey) and continue to make improvements at all locations.
Originally from Chicago, Tom’s career escalated while ascending roles of increasing responsibility over 13 years at a major 3PL servicing the OEM automotive industry with both warehousing and transportation where his role moved him to Canada. Tom spent the following 20 years in Canada in executive management roles leading the operational execution for 3 major warehousing and transportation companies before we were lucky enough to bring him on board with us.