From “Goodwill and Commonsense” to “Cooperative Competitiveness”—The Canada-U.S. Economic and Political Relationship 2016-2020

DAY I - June 15, 2016

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

Dr. Trevor Brown, Dean, John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Steve Schoeny, Director of Development, City of Columbus, Columbus, Ohio

9:00 AM
The Canada-U.S. “Rules of the Road” at a “Cross-Roads”

The panel will address whether the Guiding Principles of the U.S.-Canada relationship— such as whether “interdependence” remains a shared objective—continue to apply in 2016 and beyond. The Guiding Principles will be identified and discussed with the attendees. The panel also will demonstrate the interactive, consensus-building technology that will be utilized throughout the Summit.

  • Dr. Christopher Sands, Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies & Director, Center for Canadian Studies, Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Laura Dawson, Director, Woodrow Wilson Center Canada Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Kathryn Bryk Friedman, Research Associate Professor of Law, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

10:00 AM
S.A.G.E. Focus: Canada Business Association of North Carolina (CBANC)

Paul Meade, President, Canada Business Association of North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina

10:15 AM
You Can’t Spell Assume without “U” and “Me”: Canada-U.S. Stakeholders’ Perceptions and the Need for a Data Driven Approach.

The panel will feature economic, polling, and site selection/industry information regarding the current status of the Canada-U.S. economic relationship. The speakers will identify trends, assess against the Guiding Principles, and discuss prospects for the future.

  • Chair: Paul Meade, President, Canada Business Association of North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • William (Bill) Adams, Vice President and Senior International Economist, PNC Financial Services, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Gilles Gauthier, Minister (Economic), Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.
  • Nik Nanos, President, Nanos Research, Ottawa, Ontario

11:15 AM
S.A.G.E. Focus: Canada-United States Business Association (CUSBA)

Mark High, President, Canada-United States Business Association and Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Detroit, Michigan

11:30 AM
Developing the Agenda for Canada-U.S. 2016-2020

This panel will feature Canada-U.S. business leaders from the advanced manufacturing, consumer products, financial services, medical products, and agri-food sectors to develop action-oriented elements for a new Canada-U.S. framework (policies, programs and practices). Panelists will come to the Summit armed with answers to the following questions:

  • What are policies, programs or practices that are positive and should be continued (aka “What’s working”);
  • What are policies, programs or practices—including pilot projects¬—that should be implemented or discontinued in the short term; and
  • What are policies, programs or practices that we desire but need more research/analysis?


  • Chair: Mark High, President, Canada-United States Business Association and Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Detroit, Michigan
  • Scott H. Buehrer, Vice President of Sales for Bionix, Toledo, Ohio
  • Duane Morrison, Vice-President, Callidus Capital, Toronto, Ontario
  • David Olsen, Regional President, PNC Bank Canada, Toronto, Ontario

12:30 PM
Luncheon Served
1:00 PM
The U.S. Political Landscape from the Eyes of the Party Chairman

Matt Borges, Chairman, Ohio Republican Party, Columbus, Ohio

1:30 PM
Luncheon Concludes
1:45 PM
The Innovation Agenda in 2016

Dr. Wendy Cukier, Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

2:15 PM
The Canada-U.S. Aerospace Relationship


  • Chair: Lauren T. McGarity, Globalization Liaison & Director of Policy Projects, Ohio Department of Higher Education, Columbus, Ohio
  • Dr. Meyer Benzakein, Wright Brothers Institute Professor Assistant Vice President for Aerospace and Aviation Office of Research The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Denis Faubert, President and CEO, Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace (CRIAQ) & Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), Montreal, Quebec
  • Michael Heil, President, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Robert Tanner, Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs, NetJets, Inc. Columbus, Ohio

3:15 PM
S.A.G.E. Focus: The Cross-Certification of the Canada-U.S. Workforce

This panel will examine two efforts to facilitate the cross-border certification of manufacturing, transportation, and skilled trades professionals.

  • Chair: Dunniela Kaufman, Kaufman Trade Law, Washington, D.C.
  • Scott Ellsworth, Senior Advisor to Ohio, Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, Hamilton, Ohio
  • Michelle Williams, Product Portfolio Specialist - Occupational Certification, Canadian Standards Association, ‎Independence, Ohio
4:15 PM
The Great Lakes Economic and Energy Advantage

This session will provide an examination of efforts to develop wind energy technology in the Great Lakes as well as report out the recent Great Lakes Economic Forum.

  • Mark Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Council of the Great Lakes Region, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Lorry Wagner, President, Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio

4:45 PM
The Canada-U.S. Transportation Relationship: More than just bridges, and tunnels, and ferries, Oh My.

The panel will examine the transportation connections between Canada and the U.S.; examine recent legislative and policy developments; discuss cross-border alternative financing and public–private partnership models; and propose areas of future collaboration.

  • Chair: Dr. Bill Anderson, Ontario Research Chair in Cross-Border Transportation, Policy Director, Cross-Border Institute, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
  • Leslie Blakey, President, Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors, Washington, D.C.
  • David Caplan, Vice-Chair, Global Public Affairs, Toronto, Ontario
  • Tiffany Melvin, President, North American Strategy for Competitiveness, Dallas, Texas

6:00 PM
Reception and Standing Dinner
8:00 PM
Fireside Chat – Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation Council as a Framework for the Canada-U.S. Relationship: Lessons Learned


  • Chair: Sarah Reid, Journalist
  • Dan Ujczo, Of Counsel and Cross-Border Business Development Director, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Columbus, Ohio
  • Elise Maheu, Director, Government Affairs, 3M Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Joy Nott, President and CEO, I.E. Canada, The Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, Toronto, Ontario
  • James Phillips, President, Canadian American Border Trade Alliance, Lewiston, New York
  • Cyndee Todham Cherniak, Founder and Principal, LEXSAGE, Toronto, Ontario
9:30 PM


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