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.
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Jon Chiniborch joined PiVAL as Vice President of Sales & Marketing in Sept 2020. He oversees all sales and marketing efforts in North America, in addition to seeking new opportunities for the company to grow.
Jon has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Marketing from Concordia University and is a Xerox Academy graduate. With more than 15 years of experience in Sales and Marketing primarily in the Transportation and Supply Chain industry, his passion for developing strong partnerships with our customers is the foundation of PiVAL’s success in the marketplace. Talent development is an important priority for Jon. He believes that people are central to success and therefore places tremendous focus on building a world-class team that is well equipped to lead sales and meet our client’s evolving needs.
He started his career at CN as a Regional Account Manager in 2013 and relocated to Vancouver BC in 2014, where he took on the role of National Account Manager for one of CN’s largest Forest Product manufacturers in North America. In July of 2018, he was appointed Director of Supply Chain Sales, based in Montreal at CN’s headquarters, leading the Supply Chain Sales Team for the Eastern & Southern Region of CN’s network, managing a team of Supply Chain Solution Experts and working with over 500 of North-America’s largest shippers and receivers from all different market segments. During his time at CN, Jon was deeply engaged in the Rail Operations of CN having been qualified as a Qualified Conductor and having performed many tours of duty to help CN when they were short of crews.
Jon is passionate about safety and has worked on many initiatives aimed both within his community and in the workplace. He believes everyone should go home at the end of the day and that safety is everyone’s responsibility.
When he is not helping our customers win, Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and five children, he enjoys skiing, golfing, mountain biking, playing squash and tennis.
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).
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.