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.
Kevin R.E. Little
Vice President, Sales & Marketing & GM Expedite
Kevin began his career in the aviation business managing a small regional airport in northern Ontario. After graduating with honors from an Airline Management program in Ontario and subsequently earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Florida, Kevin embarked on a 17-year career with a major publicly held same-day transportation company where he built an Expedited Services division into a recognized player in the North American expedited services marketplace. He went on to oversee the day to day sales and operations of several same-day transportation terminals throughout central Canada.
Kevin joined PiVAL in 2010 to create our Expedite Division and later combined it with a Logistics Division under one roof in a Transportation Operations Centre (TOC) in Cambridge, ON. The TOC is in Guelph, ON today.
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 while continuing to lead the Expedite division.
Vice President Transportation
Steven started his professional career in 1983 with an international logistics provider. During the next 14 years he held various managerial positions within the contract logistics business.
Choosing to further his education, Steven returned to school and earned a post-diploma in supply chain management in 1998. Excited to apply 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 solution. 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 our expanding transportation business and increased the Transportation Management scope of PiVAL at our Transportation Operations Centre (TOC) in Guelph, ON.
Thomas (Tom) Hill
Vice President, Operations
Tom joined PiVAL in the fall of 2018 to lead the operations 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 with roles of increasing responsibility over 13 years at a major warehousing & logistics provider servicing the OEM automotive industry in the USA and eventually Canada where he was relocated. Tom spent the following 20 years in Canada in executive operations with major warehousing and transportation companies before joining the PiVAL team.
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.