2017 NASCO Continental Reunion
Program At-A-Glance

Tuesday, October 24 

3:00 p.m. Private Tour of Sorteo Tec 

3:00-5:00 NASCO Board of Directors Meeting

6:30-8:30pm Welcome Reception Garden at Quinta Real
Hosted by the Government of Canada, CanCham, and Scotiabank

Wednesday, October 25

8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcome to Monterrey! 

Tiffany Melvin, President, North American Strategy for Competitiveness

9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, Governor of Nuevo Leon

9:30 a.m. Beyond Borders, Beyond Politics 
Moderator: Gerald Schwebel, Executive Vice President, IBC Bank


Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary of the Economy, Government of Mexico (Pending)
Pierre Alarie, Canada’s Ambassador to Mexico (TBC)

10:15 a.m. Fishbowl Networking Break

10:45 a.m. Industry Perspective: A Pretty “Cool” Operation
Jose Francisco Gomez, Vice President of Operations, Carrier Mexico

11:15 a.m. Navigating the Global Supply Chain & Trade Facilitation

12:00 p.m. Networking Break: transition for lunch

12:30 p.m. Luncheon: Very Vancouver
Hosted by the Province of British Columbia, Host of 2018 NASCO Reunion 

2:00-3:15 Canada-Mexico Workforce Partnership
Moderator: Sara Rivera, Commercial Officer, Ontario International Trade and Investment Office, Embassy of Canada to Mexico

Nathaniel VeltKamp, Manager of International Recruitment & Project Development for St. Clair College
Mario Santos, Engineering, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Strategist at Martinrea International Inc.

3:15-3:30 Fishbowl Networking Break

3:30-5:00 North America Trio Talks NAFTA, Trade, Politics, & Economics
Moderator: Andrea Van Vugt, Vice President Policy North America, Business Council of Canada

  • (Canada) Colin Robertson, Vice President and Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute & Senior Advisor, Dentons, LLP
  • (United States) Dan Ujczo, International Trade and Customs Attorney, Dickinson Wright and Co-Founder, U.S.-Canada S.A.G.E. Initiative
  • (Mexico) Alejandro Schtulmann, Founding Partner and President, Emerging Markets Political Risk Analysis - EMPRA

5:00 Wrap up Day 1

6:30-9:30 A Starry Night: At the Alfa Planetario
Dinner & festivities under the stars of Mexico 

Thursday, October 26

8:30 a.m. Networking & Breakfast 

8:45 a.m. Welcome & Tec2020 Strategy

Salvador Alva, President, Tecnológico de Monterrey

9:00 a.m. Re-Defining the U.S.-Mexico Relationship 
Agustin Barrios Gomez, President, Mexico Image Foundation

9:45 a.m. Building Bridges over Walls
Raul Revuelta, CEO, Cross Border Xpress

10:15 a.m. Fishbowl Networking Break 

10:30 a.m. The Role of Government in Economic Development 
Moderator: Hugo Gonzalez, General Director, CODEFRONT

Secretary Fernando Turner, Government of Nuevo Leon
Secretary Ramon Davila, Government of Durango
Secretary Jesus Melgoza, Government of Michoacán

11:30 a.m. North America Energy: The Foundation for NAFTA2 & The World Moderator: Jorge Canavati, President at J. Canavati & Co., LLC.


Luis Pardo, President, Trinity de Mexico
Ruben Medina, Director, Business Development, Port Corpus Christi
Lucia Bustamante, Government Relations & External Affairs, Shell Mexico
Francesca Iacurto, Senior Advisor, Government Relations, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

12:45 p.m. Lunch on the Esplanade 

2:00 p.m. Borders, Bridges & Corridors
Moderator: Wolfram F. Schaffler Gonzalez, Director, Texas Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development, Texas A&M International University

Alex Hinojosa, Acting Managing Director, North American Development Bank
Elaine Nessle, Executive Director, Coalition for Americas Gateways & Trade Corridors
Arturo Garza Barragan, VillaXI

3:30 p.m. North America’s Workforce: Winning the Talent Battle
Moderator: Francisco Martinez, Vice President of Mexico Relations, NASCO

Leo Reddy, Chairman and CEO, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
Dr. Jesus Alberto Almaguer Rocha, Director General del Consejo Nacional de Normalización y Certificación de Competencias Laborales (CONOCER)

4:30 p.m. MOU Signing with MSSC and CONOCER

4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks 

Evening Explore Monterrey // Dinner on your Own
Options for dining include the Plaza Fiesta San Agustín across from Quinta Real