“You Win with People”—The Canada-U.S. Relationship Economy 2016-2026

DAY 2 - June 16, 2016

6:00 AM
Shuttles Depart Lofts Hotel and Hilton Columbus Downtown (30 minute loop)
7:30 AM
Registration Opens and Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM
Welcoming Remarks

Glenn Richardson, Managing Director for Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace, JobsOhio, Columbus, Ohio

8:30 AM

His Excellency Bruce Heyman, United States Ambassador to Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

9:00 AM
S.A.G.E. Focus: The Canadian Studies Center at Michigan State University

AnnMarie Schneider, Director, Canadian Studies Center at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

9:15 AM
All Politics is Local—The Key Role of States, Provinces, and Metros in Cross-Border Activity

The panel will examine the cross-border relationship from the perspective of the myriad relationships that exist between states, provinces, and metro regions. Key institutions will be highlighted as well as well as the frameworks that govern and facilitate those relationships.


  • Chair: AnnMarie Schneider, Director, Canadian Studies Center at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Hon. Capri Cafaro, Senator, 32nd District, Ohio Senate, Hubbard, Ohio
  • Ilene K. Grossman, Assistant Director, Council of State Governments-Midwest, Lombard, Illinois
  • Peter Johnson, Deputy Director, Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, Chicago, Illinois
  • Hon. Frank LaRose, Senator, 27th District, Ohio Senate, Copley Township, Ohio
  • Ed Wolking, Executive Director, Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition and Executive Counsel, Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit, Michigan

10:30 AM
S.A.G.E. Focus: Bi-National Executive Seminar (BES) and DOME Magazine


  • Chair: Nicole Foster, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Public Affairs, Toronto, Ontario
  • Daniel Kolundzic, VP North America, Nanos Research; University at Buffalo, Brock University, Buffalo, New York
  • Hon. Charles Perricone, Publisher, DOME Magazine and fmr. Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, Lansing, Michigan
11:00 AM
Innovation: “You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.”

The panel will address the future of Canada-U.S. innovation through the lens of advanced manufacturing’s technology and R&D relationships, and strategic investments in cross-border partnerships.


  • Chair: Dr. Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, Director of Manufacturing Innovation and Policy, Ohio Manufacturing Institute, Columbus, Ohio
  • Dr. Dennis Andersh, Executive Director, Wright State Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio
  • Chris Conrardy, CTO & VP Strategic Initiatives, EWI, Columbus, Ohio
  • Jayson Myers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Ottawa, Ontario
12:00 PM
Lunch Served
12:15 PM
Welcoming Remarks

Eric Marquis, Government of Quebec Representative, Chicago, Illinois

12:30 PM
The Impact of the 2016 U.S. Elections on Canada-U.S. Relations

1:15 PM
S.A.G.E. Focus: An Innovation Strategy for Canada-U.S.


  • Chair: MaryScott Greenwood, Senior Advisor, Canadian-American Business Council and Principal, Dentons, Washington, D.C.
  • Gabe Batstone, Chief Executive Officer, contextere, Ottawa, Ontario
2:00 PM
Canada and the U.S. Technology Relationship –A Technology and Shared Economy Ecosystem?


  • Chair: Jeff Musson, President, North of 41.org, Toronto, Ontario
  • Ryan Eickmeier, Senior Director, Public Affairs, GS1 Canada, Toronto, Ontario
  • Ahmad Nassri, VP of Engineering at Mashape, Toronto
  • Rohit Shanker, President & CEO, Inovex Inc., Oakville, Ontario
3:00 PM
S.A.G.E. Focus: Canada-U.S. Technology Collaboration

Jeff Musson, President, North of 41.org, Toronto, Ontario

3:15 PM
The “Third Rail of Canada-U.S.” Healthcare and Regional Wellness


  • Chair: Daniel Kolundzic, VP North America, Nanos Research; University at Buffalo, Brock University, Buffalo, New York
  • Marta Leardi-Anderson, Executive Director Cross-Border Institute, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
  • Dr. Barry Wright, Interim Dean, Goodman School of Business, Brock University, and Chair, Niagara Health System, St. Catharine's, Ontario
4:15 PM
Advancing the Movement of Business Professionals Across the Canada-U.S. Border
  • Chair: Rick Tachuk, National Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in Canada
  • Harry Chana, Partner, International Tax Services, BDO Canada LLP, Markham, Ontario
  • Sheetal Maya Nanda, SN Legal, Toronto, Ontario
  • Deborah W. Meyers, Director, Canadian Affairs & Senior Advisor for North America to the Assistant Secretary Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
5:15 PM
The United States and the Future of Global Trade

U.S. Under Secretary of State Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

5:45 PM
Dinner Program Opens

Consul General Douglas George, Consulate General of Canada, Detroit, Michigan

8:00 PM
A Toast to the Future – From the Auto Pact to What’s Next – Canada-U.S. Trade and Talent for the 21st Century


  • Chair: James Dickmeyer, North American Competitiveness Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, D.C.
  • Kelly D. Johnston, Vice President – Government Affairs, Campbell Soup Company, Camden, New Jersey
  • Eric Miller, President, Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Matthew Rooney, Director, George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas, Texas
  • Brenda Swick, Partner, Dickinson Wright LLP, Toronto, Ontario
  • Laurie Tannous, Vice President, Government Relations, Farrow Group and Special Advisor on Human Trafficking at the Cross-Border Institute, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
9:30 PM
Adjourn-Day II and General Summit Proceedings


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