Program



The 2018 NASCO Reunion will be held on the East Side of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Program At-A-Glance 
(Please check back for updates on panels and speakers)

Wednesday, September 26


Local Sightseeing Tours
NASCO Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation)
Welcome Reception: Gondola Ride to Grouse Mountain  

Thursday, September 27


Breakfast Clinic - Cascadia Innovation Corridor

Morning Sessions 

Welcome & Opening Remarks 
NASCO + Province of British Columbia

Resolve and Resiliency - with Respect 
Invited Ministers: 
Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada
Francois Champagne, Minister of International Trade, Government of Canada

North American State of Trade - What a year!  
Moderator: Andrea Van Vugt, SVP, Strategic Communications, Canadian Tire Corporation

Speakers:
Sara Wilshaw, Director General, North America Network, Global Affairs Canada (Confirmed)
James Dickmeyer, Global Fellow, Canada Institute, Wilson Center (Confirmed)
Geronimo Gutiérrez, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States (Invited)
Kenneth Smith Ramos, Director of the Trade and NAFTA Office in Washington (Invited)

North America 2.0: 
From Colombia to the Arctic and From Bermuda to Hawaii The Future is Not What it Used to Be
Alan Bersin, Senior Adviser, Covington & Burling LLP; Global Fellow, Wilson Center; and former Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)

Luncheon: A New Regional Export Strategy
Hosted by Greater Vancouver Board of Trade + World Trade Center

Afternoon Sessions 

A Balanced View on One Belt, One Road China
Moderator: Steve McElhiney, CEO, EWI Risk Insurance

Speakers:
Don Campbell, Co-Chair of the Pacific Economic Council (PEC), formerly Canada’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister of International Trade, Canada’s Ambassador to Japan and Korea and one of the original negotiators for the FTA and NAFTA (Confirmed)

Yves Tiberghian, Director Of Institute Of Asian Research (IAR) at the University of British Columbia (Confirmed)

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade(Invited)

Innovative Infrastructure - Breaking barriers and connecting us to our future
Moderator: Jennifer Fox, Vice President of Canada Relations, NASCO
Speakers:
Heather Grondin, Vice President, Communications, Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority (Confirmed)
Mayor Pete Saenz, Laredo International Bridge and City of Laredo (Confirmed)
Jorge Goytortua, Chief Executive Officer, Cross Border Xpress (Confirmed)

Reception: Science Rocks! at Science World  

Friday, September 28


Breakfast Clinic - Impact of Marijuana Legalization on the Workforce

Morning Sessions

Emerging Game Changers 

Speakers:
Graham Cunliffe, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs. Finger Food (Confirmed)
Shari L. Diaz, Ecosystem and Innovation Leader, Watson Supply Chain, IBM Corporation, Watson Customer Engagement (Confirmed)
Cindy Elliott, Global Marketing Strategy, Esri (Invited)

Next Generation Mobility & Smart Cities 
Albert Shen, Senior Advisor, Toyota Mobility Foundation (Confirmed)

Managing Talent & Innovation in a Rapidly Changing World 

Luncheon: Welcome to Columbus in 2019 // O-HI-O...MG!

Afternoon Sessions

Trucking + Transport Trends  

Speakers: 
Fraser Atkinson, Executive Chairman, Green Power Bus (Invited) 
Terry Shaw, Executive Director, Manitoba Trucking Association (Confirmed)

2018 Election: Our future's so bright, we gotta wear....protective goggles?
Moderator: Tiffany Melvin, President, NASCO 

Speakers:
Dan Ujczo, Of Counsel, Dickinson Wright (Confirmed)
Waldo Fernández González, Mexico Congressman (Confirmed)

Conference closing ceremony

Explore Vancouver // Evening on your own