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BEYOND THE BORDER: Making the Action Plan work for you

Breakfast Keynote: Chris Sands, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute and Visiting Ross Professor of Canada-US Business and Economic Relations, Western Washington University
Lunch Keynote: John Manley, CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives
Ambassador Gary Doer, Canada's Ambassador to the United States
Jim Nealon, Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy

Wed Oct 24, 2012 07:15 AM - Wed Oct 24, 2012 02:00 PM
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Chris Sands John Manley Gary Doer Jim Nealon


Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama recently announced that Canada and the United States have agreed to implement two action plans designed to speed up legitimate trade and travel, improve security in North America, and align regulatory approaches between the two countries.

Join us at this special forum to find out more about how this initiative can benefit you, your business and the local economy.

This Forum qualifies for 4 LSBC Continuing Legal Education credits through Kwantlen Polytechnic University Institute for Transborder Studies.


Registration & Networking: 7:15 a.m.

Breakfast Keynote: 7:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Chris Sands, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute and visiting Ross Professor of Canada-US Business and Economic Relations, Western Washington University.  

Remarks by Special Guests 9:30 - 10 a.m.

Gary Doer, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States

Jim Nealon, Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Ottawa

Chair recognizes:

Denis Stevens, Canadian Consul General

Anne Callaghan, United States Consul General

Panel One: 10 – 10:45 a.m.
The Beyond the Border Action Plan: How will it Improve the Border?    
This panel will provide a broad brush overview of the new Beyond the Border Action Plan initiative which is the latest border initiative produced by the two governments. How is Beyond the Border new or different? What difference will it make or has it made so far?  What specifically will it do to improve business and people mobility across the border?

Bradd Skinner, Department of Homeland Security Attaché from US Embassy Ottawa

David Moloney, Senior Advisor, Border Action Plan Implementation, Privy Council Office 
Birgit Matthiesen, Senior Advisor to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association


Moderated by: Don Alper, Director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University

Coffee & Networking Break: 10:45 - 11 a.m.

Panel Two: 11 - 11:50 a.m.
Border Impacts in the Washington-British Columbia Region
This panel will discuss how trade and tourism is impacted by the border in our region. Additionally, the panel will discuss initiatives being taken at the regional level to improve border mobility, which include the Governor-Premier process and the work of various regional  organizations.


Jacquie Dawes, Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Programs with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure


Louise Yako, BC Trucking Association
Diane Butler, Immigration Lawyer, Lane Powell Attorneys and Counselors
Mary Mahon-Jones, President, Mahon-Jones and Associates
David Davidson, Associate Director, Border Policy Research Institute Western Washington University


Moderated byBill Reid, Former MLA and Minister of Tourism, Executive Director, Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce 

Lunch and keynote: 12 – 2 p.m.

John Manley, CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives: His long experience with border issues—going back to the Manley-Ridge days and the creation of the Smart Border Plan will provide insight into regional issues.  

PACE Stakeholder Roundtable 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. (optional) Following the Forum, the Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council (PACE) will convene a meeting of interested stakeholders to discuss the formation of a regional coalition that would provide regular feedback to the federal governments as the "Beyond the Border" process goes forward. There is no need to pre-register for this Roundtable.

Lunch Sponsors:


Canadian Pacific


TD Bank Group


Supporting Sponsors:




Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training


Port Metro Vancouver


Western Economic Diversification Canada


REGISTER NOW >> Full Forum

REGISTER NOW >> Lunch Only

We are pleased to announce that the lunch-only event has been chosen as a Table Circle Event by the Women’s Leadership Circle.  To indicate your interest in joining a member of the WLC Advisory Council at the WLC Table for two hours of meaningful connections, please choose that option during the registration process.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 


Registration: 7:15 a.m.
Breakfast & Keynote: 7:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Remarks / Introductions: 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Panel 1: 10 - 10:45 a.m.
Networking Break: 10:45 - 11 a.m.
Panel 2: 11 - 11:50 a.m.
Lunch & Keynote: 12: - 2 p.m.


The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - British Columbia Ballroom
900 Georgia Street West






$179 + HST

Table of 8

$1718 + HST







$229 + HST


Table of 8

$2198 + HST

No cancellations after:         October 19
Online Registration Ends: October 22 - after this date, please contact
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