Mark Hemmes is President of Quorum Corporation, an independent subsidiary of the Quorum Group of Companies, of which he is a founding partner. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Quorum Corporation has been responsible for monitoring Canada’s Prairie Grain Handling and Transportation System on behalf of Transport Canada and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada since June 2001. Quorum reports to the Government and industry on changes in the efficiency, reliability, structure and operation of the grain handling and transportation system as well as the impacts these changes have on producers. Quorum and its sister companies have also completed studies related to container movements, transloaders, and the role of inland container terminals in Western Canada. Quorum also provided the analytical and research services for the review of rail freight service in 2008 and 2009 as well as performing multiple studies on the Canadian Grain Supply Chain over the past 20 years.
Mark has extensive experience in the transportation industry. During his 23 years with the rail industry he held a variety of senior and executive positions in the fields of marketing, intermodal, and operations. Mark attended post-secondary schools in Edmonton at the University of Alberta and the University of Western Ontario. He has been involved in many transportation industry organizations throughout his career, including the Canadian Transportation Research Forum where he presently sits on the Board.