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 to 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.

Rose Di Pancrazio

Vice President, People & Culture

Rose graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Marketing. Her professional experience initiated in auditing in Canada and then assumed various marketing and supply chain roles in the US and Canada in the electronics, food, beauty and retail industry.

She joined PiVAL in 2003 to help launch the company. In her role as Special Projects Manager, Rose was directly involved in numerous start-ups of new warehouses and managed all Procurement.  In 2015, the role of Risk Manager was added to her Procurement role. As Risk Manager, she became responsible to identify and mitigate financial, safety and security risks for PiVAL and implemented standard H&S, security procedures and policies throughout the company.

In 2018, Rose assumed a leadership role in Human Capital and was promoted to Vice-President – People & Culture in 2020. As a strategic People business partner, she is responsible to build a diverse emotionally intelligent and inclusive culture driving employee engagement across all departments to support the company’s long-term growth.


Tina Dematos

Vice President, Finance

As VP Finance, Tina is responsible for all the company’s financial functions including accounting, audit, treasury, and capital resources. She also is responsible for optimizing financial performance.   She leads the information technology services group, where she leads the development and operation of the company’s infrastructure, platforms, services, and applications.  She is responsible for the ongoing series of innovation initiatives and solutions that support PiVAL growth Strategy.  With her drive for process improvement and her expertise in Information Technology she plays a critical role as PiVAL delivers on its aggressive five-year Growth strategy.

Before joining PiVAL in April 2020, Tina served as Director of Commercial Effectiveness & E-Sales for Pfizer Inc. Prior to that, she served as Director of Operations and Director of Finance for Hospira Inc, a Pharmaceutical and Medical Device company.

Tina has 23 years in the Pharmaceutical industry where she successfully managed Supply Chain, Customer Relationship, Information Technology as well as the Device Support Center.  She has vast experience in the financial area from Commercial to Manufacturing.  Tina also sat on the board for the Canadian Pharmaceutical Distribution Network.

Tina holds an Honors Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a major in Finance from McGill University and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).