Conference Program
Preliminary Agenda NACIC 2014 - Vision to Action
Thursday, October 30, 2014
3:15 p.m. Registration
4:00 - 4:10 p.m. Welcome Remarks, Jennifer Jeffs, President, Canadian International Council (CIC) (Ballroom)
4:10 - 5:20 p.m.

Panel 1 - The North American Energy Advantage (Ballroom)

Moderator, Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center


Gary Doer, Canadian Ambassador to the United States

Jordy Hernán Herrera Flores, Former Managing Director, Pemex Gas y Petroquímica Básica and Secretary of Energy, Government of Mexico

Jan Kalicki, Public Policy Scholar and Energy Lead, Woodrow Wilson Center

Marcelo Mereles, Partner, EnergA

>> Proven North American Energy reserves and emerging technologies offer the prospect of energy self-sufficiency for decades to come. How do we get there and who are the players that will define the North American Energy Advantage?

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception (Ballroom)

Remarks by James Dickmeyer, U.S. Consul General, Toronto & Juan Mauricio Toussaint, Consul General of Mexico, Toronto
Friday, October 31, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast (Canadian Room)
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks - Rick Tachuk, National Policy Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in Canada & Bill Graham, Chairman, Canadian International Council (Canadian Room)
8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Panel 2 - North American Legislative Panel (Canadian Room)

Moderator – Hon. David C. Dingwall, Counsel, Affleck, Greene, McMurtry


Congressman Bill Owens, NY

M.P. Patrick Brown, Parliament of Canada

Congressman Agustín Barrios Gómez Federal Congress-Mexico

>> Elected officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico willl highlight important policy discussions taking place in their respective legislatures and provide perspective on how they believe we can increase competitiveness throughout North America.

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break (Foyer)
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Panel 3 - CEO Perspectives – Emerging Competitive Opportunities (Canadian Room)

Moderator – Amanda Lang, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


Paul Madden, President & CEO, 3M Canada

Tom Jenkins, Chairman, OpenText Corporation

MaryAnn Guerra, Chief Executive Officer, BioAccel

>> Leading CEO’s from the United States, Mexico and Canada offer perspectives on emerging opportunities and strategies to ensure North American competitiveness, growth, and prosperity.

Concurrent Sessions
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Workshop 1 - Cross-Border Financing for North American Growth (Alberta Room)

Moderator – Jonathan Hausman, Vice President, Alternative Investments and Emerging Markets Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan


Roland Lescure, Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Eduardo Suarez, Economist, Scotiabank, Mexico

William Hines, COO, PNC Bank Canada

>> Challenges and opportunities related to cross-border investment and the critical need to facilitate and expand financial flows to support competitiveness and innovation

Workshop 2 - North American Technology Innovation & Commercialization (Ontario Room)

Moderator – Iain Klugman, President and CEO Communitech


Jennifer Chan Vice President, Policy and External Affairs, Merck

Haru Yamasaki, TechBA/FUMEC

Paul HowarthSenior Manager, Cisco Investments

>> North American companies are world leaders in technology development and innovation yet a myriad of challenges remain in accelerating commercialization. How may these be overcome?

Workshop 3 - Border Facilitation (Quebec Room)

Moderator – Eric Miller, Vice President Policy, Competitiveness, and Innovation, Canadian Council of Chief Executives


Christina Falcone, VP, Public Affairs, UPS Canada

James Clark, Executive Director, Smart Border Coalition -San Diego/ Tijuana

Daniel D. Ujczo, Counsel, Canada-US Director, Dickenson Wright, PLLC

>> North American competitiveness depends on having efficient, well-functioning borders. This panel will explore how to more efficiently facilitate trade and travel across our shared frontiers in an environment of complex security challenges and accelerating technology.

12:00 - 1:45 p.m. Ministerial Luncheon (Canadian Room)

Armchair discussion with Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, The Hon. Edward Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexican Secretary of the Economy

Introduction - Bruce Heyman, U.S. Ambassador to Canada

Moderator - Hon. John Manley, President and CEO, CCCE

Closing - Francisco Suárez, Ambassador of Mexico to Canada
Concurrent Sessions
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop 4 - Borderless North American Manufacturing (Ontario Room)

Moderator – Jayson Myers, President & CEO, CME, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters


Rory McAlpine, Senior Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods

Bill Mateer, Site Operations Executive, GE Canada

Dave Slack, Vice President, Government Affairs, Bombardier

>> Efficient cross-border integration of manufacturing operations lies at the very core of North American competitiveness. Global forces are redefining how North American manufactures will compete. Where is North American manufacturing headed and what are the priorities for industry and governments moving forward?

Workshop 5 - Networks for Innovation and Technology (Quebec Room)

Moderator – David Wolfe, Director, Innovation Policy Lab, UofT


Julie Lenzer Kirk, Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration

Rich Bryden, Director of Information Products, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School

Alfred T. Malouf, Ph.D., Senior Program Manager, Nine-Sigma

>> Small and medium-sized technology developers require access to investors, researchers, service providers, public-private partners and customers to drive innovation. This panel investigates the need for and potential of specialized networks in fostering innovation success.

Workshop 6 - North American Infrastructure (Alberta Room)

Moderator – Stephen Blank, Collaboratory on Energy, Research and Policy, University of Ottawa


John M. Beck, Executive Chairman, Aecon Group, Inc.

Marcia L. Hale - President, Building America’s Future Educational Fund

Bruce Rasher - Redevelopment Manager, Racer Trust

Ricardo Haneine - Partner at A.T. Kearney, Mexico City

>> How do industries reliant on networks of widely spread suppliers, just-in-time schedules, and efficient, affordable and (increasingly) sustainable road, rail, communication and energy infrastructure view requirements for the next decade. What is the likelihood that that these infrastructure requirements will be met? What are the critical infrastructure issues North American industries in the decade ahead?

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Panel 4 - Future of North America (Canadian Room)

Presenter – Eric Miller, Vice President Policy, Competitiveness, and Innovation, Canadian Council of Chief Executives

Presenter - John Dillon, Vice President Policy & Corporate Counsel, Canadian Council of Chief Executives


Christopher Sands, Senior Fellow/Senior Research Professor, Hudson Institute/ Johns Hopkins-SAIS

Kezia McKeague, Director, Government Relations, Council of the Americas

Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

>> How should our countries improve North American competitiveness? The Canadian Council of Chief Executives will present a paper setting forth a specific set of action-orientated proposals, which, in turn, will be critiqued by some of the leading analysts North American economic relations.

4:15 - 4:30 p.m. Closing Perspectives with Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail (Canadian Room)
4:30 p.m. Conclusion


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