About Us

- Management Team

Richard Court - President

Rick was one of the key players in starting up Vanguard in 1999. He has spent 30 years in the industry. Along with his experience comes a clear understanding that a customer-oriented strategy and a “win-win” philosophy has a positive impact for both clients and Vanguard. Rick holds an MBA in Corporate Financial Management and Investments from the Schulich School of Business.

Mark Bates - Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Mark has been Vanguard's premier relationship builder for many years. Thirty years in the industry have given him the experience to view common business challenges from the customer's perspective and develop practical, customized solutions. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and a diploma in Marketing Administration.

Joe Pariselli - Vice President, Transportation Services

Joe brings over 30 years of experience in the truck and rail transportation sector and has a large, reliable network of contacts. He is widely regarded as an industry leader in customer service. He also manages teams that provide high levels of customer satisfaction. Joe is dedicated to ensuring that Vanguard's Transportation Services are the best in class so that clients can be assured of the value they receive with every single transaction.

Edward Ayranto - Vice President, Operations

Ed has both the credentials and hands-on experience that are critical to Vanguard's operations. His leadership ensures all our customer programs are diligently executed and exceed customer expectations. Ed has the ability to generate innovative solutions by using his skills in material handling, process automation and optimization, and transportation and warehousing. Ed is a P.Eng and a graduate of Applied Science from Waterloo University and has an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies and Operations Research from the Schulich School of Business.

Bryan Wray - Vice President, Marketing - Product and Analysis

Bryan manages Vanguard's pricing and products, and creates a variety of analytical tools for managing the business. His all-round experience in Finance, Marketing, and IT gives him the unique ability to understand a customer's needs from multiple angles. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Toronto, as well as an MBA in Finance from the Schulich School of Business.

Stuart Malison - Vice President, Finance and Administration

Stuart has over 25 years of experience in the logistics industry and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. He has held numerous finance-related positions within the industry. Vanguard's clients benefit from Stuart’s experience and problem-solving skills, thereby freeing up their resources for higher value items.

Joseph Malek, Director of Information Technology

Joseph manages Vanguard's IT systems, and integrates them with clients' systems. He is responsible for the evolution of IT strategy and the development of new technical solutions. With over 25 years of IT experience, Joseph's technical knowledge and vision helps Vanguard elevate the sophistication of the technology that is available to our clients.