Bob Armstrong, C.I.T.P, is President of Armstrong Trade and Logistics Advisory Services Inc. (ATLAS). Bob has over 35 years of experience in the fields of International Trade, Cross Border Logistics and Customs Regulations and Procedures.
Bob Armstrong recently served as Senior Vice President of PBB Logistics, and immediately preceding this as President and CEO for the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc. for nine years and as President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada (AIAMC) for nine years.
He is also Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Council for The Americas and Vice-Chairman of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Prior experience includes nine years in Senior Management at Livingston Logistics, several years in Ottawa with a major Government Relations Firm and earlier as a Partner of a Major Public Accounting Firm where he specialized in commodity tax and customs matters.
As well, he is currently a Director of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce(where he Chairs the Borders & Transportation Committee), a Director of SCL Canada, as well as, the Hong Kong Canada Business Association, the Forum of International Trade Training (FITT), the Trade Facilitation Office of Canada (TFOC),the Canadian Association of Importers & Exporters Inc. (IECANADA), and the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AMCHAM Ontario Division).
Bob Armstrong is a well known national and international speaker, author, and expert on issues related to International Trade, Cross-Border Logistics, and Customs and Security issues.
In May 2005, Mr. Armstrong was awarded the prestigious McMillan Binch Mendelsohn Canadian Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Canada and to Canada's advancement in International Trade.
Stephen Blank, PhD
Stephen Blank (BA Dartmouth, MA Cambridge and MA and PhD Harvard) will be the 2012-13 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa. He is also Senior Fellow, Center for North American Studies, American University; Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Ottawa; and Senior Research Analyst, North American Center for Transborder Studies, Arizona State University. He is the Acting Director of the Portal for North America.
Dr. Blank was a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Political Science Department (1967-74) and Pace University’s Lubin School of Business (1986-2006), where he served as Director of the Center for Canada-US Business Studies and the Center for International Business Studies. Blank has been a visiting professor at Yale, Dartmouth, the University of British Columbia, the International University of Japan, the University of Toronto (Claude Bissell Visiting Professor of US-Canada Relations), Dalhousie, Columbia, the University of Montreal (Fulbright Distinguished Professor), HEC-Montreal and Western Washington (Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor of Canada-US Business and Economic Relations).
Between 1969 and 1974, Dr. Blank was the Executive Director of the Council for European Studies, an inter-university consortium of Western European Studies Programs. As a member of The Conference Board from 1975 until 1980, Blank headed its Multinational Corporate Conduct Project and directed its International Political and Social Analysis Program. In 1978, he was a founding partner of Multinational Strategies, Inc, an international management consultancy and in 1985, of Stephen Blank Associates. From 1997 to 2004, Blank was Managing Director of the PanAmerican Partnership for Business Education, an alliance of four North American business schools.
Dr. Blank is the author or co-author of eleven books and many articles. He was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and a scholar in residence at the Villa Serbeloni in Bellagio, Italy. Blank is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2002, was awarded L’Ordre National du Quebec by the Government of Quebec. In 2009, he was granted the first North American Citizen award by the North American Center for Transborder Studies at Arizona State University and the first North America Works award by the organizers of the annual North America Works conferences in Kansas City, Missouri.
Brian Bow, PhD
Brian Bow (PhD Cornell) is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow in the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University. He is the author of The Politics of Linkage: Power, Interdependence and Ideas in Canada-US Relations (UBC Press), which was awarded the Donner Prize as best Canadian public policy book in 2009. He has also published an edited volume and numerous articles and chapters on Canada-US relations, Canadian foreign policy, and North American regional politics. Among other things, he has a new book coming out, co-edited with Arturo Santa Cruz (University of Guadalajara), titled The State and Security in Mexico: Crisis and Transformation in Regional Perspective (Routledge).
Helen Domske is the Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at the University at Buffalo and a Senior Education Specialist for New York Sea Grant (Cornell University). She earned a Masters degree in Education and has done post-graduate studies in limnology and marine biology. Domske serves as the education coordinator for New York Sea Grant and has over 30-years experience in science education. Helen has been involved with many successful National Sea Grant Program (several award-winning projects) and USEPA education projects, including teaching ship-board courses on the R/V Peter Wise Lake Guardian. Domske teaches an undergraduate course in Great Lakes Ecology and has taught graduate courses on Great Lakes and Marine Ecology. Helen is involved in Great Lakes issues such as exotic species, botulism and the Lakewide Management programs for the Lower Great Lakes. For over 25 years, Helen was been actively involved in research and outreach on the Great Lakes, educating stakeholders around the basin. Prior to her current position, Helen served as Curator of Education at the Aquarium of Niagara, in Niagara Falls, NY.
Joshua Dyck, PhD
Dr. Joshua Dyck is an Associate Professor in American Politics at the University at Buffalo - SUNY. He joined UB's faculty the fall of 2006. He was recently made an adjunct professor in UB's Department of Geography. Professor Dyck studies Public Opinion and Voting Behavior with a particular focus on how institutions and social context influence voter choice and participation; much of his current work focuses on direct democracy and political geography. His work has been published in several leading journals including The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly and Electoral Studies.
Munroe Eagles, PhD
Dr. Eagles is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Canadian Studies Academic Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he has taught since 1989. He also is an adjunct associate professor in UB's Departments of Geography and American Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at UB, Professor Eagles taught political science for 3 years at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since arriving at UB, he has also been affiliated as a research scientist with the Buffalo site of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA). In addition, he has served for almost a decade as an Associate Dean for the Faculty of Social Science (1986-88) and the College of Arts and Sciences (after 2000).
His primary research interests fall in the areas of political geography, Canadian politics, and Canadian-American relations. He has published widely on Canadian elections and politics, political geography, and Canada-US relations. His recent book, co-authored with Ken Carty (UBC), is Politics is Local: National Politics at the Grassroots (Oxford University Press, 2005), and it was shortlisted by the Canadian Political Science Association for the Donald Smiley Prize for the best book on Canadian politics published in 2005. Together with David Biette, he co-edited "The Thomas O. Enders Issue on the State of the Canada-United States Relationship," American Review of Canadian Studies, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Spring 2007) (with introduction). He also published "Canadian-American Relations in a Turbulent Era," (part of a mini-symposium on "the Politics of Canada"), PS: Political Science and Politics, XXXIX, 4 (October 2006): 821-24; and "Organizing Across the Canada–US Border: Binational Institutions in the Niagara Region," American Review of Canadian Studies, 40, 3 (2010): 379-394.
He is currently serving as a member of the Executive Council of the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States, Vice President for the Canadian Studies section of the American Political Science Association, and as Director of the Binational Executive Seminar on Canada-US Relations.
Paul D. Frazer
Paul D. Frazer is currently a Senior Advisor at 3 Click Solutions, where he counsels clients on the best strategic approach to securing their government relations objectives. Mr. Frazer advises a broad and varied range of private sector and public sector North American and international clients on how best to promote and protect their interests. He covers a wide selection of policy areas including energy, environment, natural resources, health care, trade and trade policy, financial services, and border security as they relate to legislative and/or regulatory action. In January, 2010 Paul was appointed Special Advisor on Canada-US Relations to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Frazer has served with the Canadian Foreign Service, taking assignments in Ottawa, New York, Warsaw, Washington, DC, and in Prague as Ambassador to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In Ottawa, Mr. Frazer served as Communications Director to Canada’s Prime Minister and as Spokesperson to the Foreign Minister. He also previously served as Assistant, International Economic Affairs to the Minister of Finance and as Executive Director of Canada’s economic and political assistance program for Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. A graduate of McGill and Carleton Universities, Paul is a fellow of Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is the U.S. Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center and is a Director of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation in the United States. He writes frequently on U.S.-Canada issues.
Kathryn Bryk Friedman, PhD, JD
Dr. Kathryn Friedman serves as Director of Law and Policy Research at the UB Regional Institute. In addition to working with the institute's Director on strategic planning, Friedman serves as direct program manager for Region's Edge, the institute's international research program. She frequently speaks on binational and international issues to both academic and non-academic audiences, including policymakers in Canada and the United States. She has also published research on international law and governance related to the Canada-US relationship.
Friedman, a practicing attorney, is an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where she teaches courses on international trade and NAFTA. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Niagara Observatory at Brock University, Women in International Security and the Small Business Association International Trade Task Force. Friedman also served as Vice Chair of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association.
In addition to receiving a PhD in political science, with concentrations in international relations and comparative political economy, Kathryn graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo School of Law where she served as an International Law Fellow and as Editor-in-Chief of the Buffalo Law Review. She received the Carlos C. Alden Award for greatest contribution to the Law Review and the Law Faculty Award for outstanding contributions to the law school. Upon graduating from law school, Friedman served as Confidential Law Clerk to an Associate Judge on the Court of Appeals of New York.
Friedman lives in the City of Buffalo with her husband, daughter and Bernese mountain dog.
Monica Gattinger, PhD
Dr. Monica Gattinger is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Ottawa. Her research explores two primary fields: the influence of North American economic integration on domestic and cross-border public policy, administration and governance (with particular reference to the energy sector), and the origin and evolution of Canadian federal and provincial cultural policy in comparative interprovincial and international perspective. Most recently, she is co-editor with Diane Saint-Pierre (INRS-UCS) of 'Les politiques culturelles provinciales et territoriales du Canada: Origines, évolutions et mises en oeuvre' (PUL, 2011) and co-editor with Geoffrey Hale (Lethbridge) of 'Borders and Bridges: Canada's Policy Relations in North America' (Oxford, 2010). With G. Bruce Doern (Carleton/Exeter), she co-authored 'Power Switch: Energy Regulatory Governance in the Twenty-First Century' (University of Toronto Press, 2003). Professor Gattinger is currently authoring a book on Canada-US energy and energy-climate change relations since the coming into force of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement.
Geoffrey Hale, PhD
Dr. Hale is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge. He teaches in the fields of public administration, public policy, political economy and Canada-U.S. relations. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Dr. Hale was educated at Princeton (B.A., 1976) and the University of Western Ontario (M.B.A., 1978; Ph.D. 1996). He has taught at the University of Lethbridge since 1999, having previously worked in business-government relations and in the government of Ontario.
Dr. Hale's principal research interests are public policy, particularly the political economy of North American integration, fiscal and budgetary policies (and related issues of public management), and the management of structural policy change. He is the author of numerous articles on Canadian fiscal and budgetary policies, the coordination of economic and social policies, and Canada-U.S. relations in the context of ongoing North American economic integration. In 2006, he was Fulbright Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies at Duke University in Durham, NC. Borders and Bridges: Canada's Policy Relations in North America, co-edited with Monica Gattinger, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. His latest book, So Near and Yet So Far: Influencing American Policies towards Canada, is being released in June 2012 by the University of British Columbia Press. Other recent papers and publications include: "Canada-US Relations in the Obama Era: Warming or Greening", in G. Bruce Doern and Christopher Stoney, eds., How Ottawa Spends: 2010-2011 (Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2010), 24-43; "The Buy American Controversy: A Case Study in Canada-US Trade Relations", Portal for North America (Centre for International Governance Innovation, University of Waterloo), April 2010; "Managing Bilateral Relations in an Evolving North America", paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Concordia University, Montreal, 3 June 2010; and "In Search of Effective Border Management", (Toronto: Canadian International Council, February 2009).
Tim Heinmiller, PhD
Dr. Tim Heinmiller is an Associate Professor, specializing in Public Policy and Administration, Environmental Politics, and Research Methods in the Department of Political Science at Brock University, St. Catharines, ON. He graduated wtih a BA from Guelph University and earned his doctorate at McMaster University. His general reserach focus is environmental policy and natural resource management in developed countries. Thus far, much of my research has focused on water policy in the Great Lakes and Prairie regions of North America and the Murray-Darling region of Australia. Among his publications are: with Sproule-Jones, Mark, Johns, Carolyn, (Eds.). Canadian Water Politics: Conflicts and Institutions. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press (2008); 'The St. Lawrence: From River to Maritime Superhighway,' in Canadian Water Politics: Conflicts and Institutions. Montreal-Kingstron: McGill-Queens University Press (2008); 'The Boundary Waters Treaty and Canada-US Relations in Abundance and Scarcity,' Wayne Law Review 54:4, p. 1499-1524 (2008); "The Politics of Cap and Trade Policies,' Natural Resources Journal 47:2, p. 445-467 (2007), and 'Do Intergovernmental Institutions Matter? Water Diversion Regulation in the Great Lakes Basin,' Governance 20:4, p. 655-674 (2007). He is currently working on an SSHRC-funded research project on water policy reforms in irrigation economies.
Lew J. Holloway
Appointed as the sixth General Manager of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission in January of 2009, Mr. Holloway previously held positions in municipal administration and business, working as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (1991 – 2009); Town Manager of Gander, NL (1984 – 1991); and various management positions within the Iron Ore Company of Canada in Labrador City, NL (1974 – 1982).
The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission is a bi-national, not-for-profit, public benefit entity that owns, operates and maintains the Rainbow, Whirlpool Rapids and Queenston-Lewiston Bridges over the Niagara River between Canada and the United States.
Lew is currently a member of the Public Bridge Operators Association. Additionally, he has served as both President (1999-2000) and Director (1993-1999) within the Ontario Municipal Administrators Association; President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Municipal Administrators (1988-1991); and Director of Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (1988-1991). He a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland with degrees in Science, Education and a certificate in Business Administration.
Stephen R. Kelly
Stephen Kelly is Diplomat in Residence at Duke University's Center for International Studies. Prior to this appointment he was Director of the Senior Level Assignments Division at the State Department in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the counseling and assignments of the most experienced and high-ranking career officers in the U.S. diplomatic service. From 2004 to 2006, Kelly was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to Mexico, one of the largest U.S. diplomatic establishments in the world. He focused in particular on the myriad border issues with Mexico, growing law enforcement and immigration problems, and on efforts to further North American integration. From 2000-2004 Kelly was Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission to Canada. Kelly also served as Consul General in Quebec City from 1995-1998, where he was the chief U.S. reporting officer on the Quebec Sovereignty Referendum October 1995. ofOther overseas postings include the Netherlands as political counselor, Indonesia as human rights officer, Belgium as a political and consular officer, and Mali as a management officer.
Kelly is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and holds a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, D.C.
Having recently retired from the Public Service, Michael Kergin has had a distinguished career as one of Canada’s leading diplomats and experts in international affairs. He was Canada’s ambassador to the United States from 2000 to 2005 and, prior to that, he held several senior positions in the Canadian government and diplomatic service, including Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign and Defence Policy. He is currently a Special Advisor on Border Management to the Premier of Ontario.
In 1990, James McIlroy founded McIlroy & McIlroy, Counsel on Public Policy, where he advises clients on public policy and international trade. His career in law, government, and trade spans over three decades.
While completing his university education during the 1970s, he served as Executive Assistant to several Members of Parliament in Ottawa. From 1981-1984, he worked with the Toronto law firm of Fasken and Calvin. In this role and later, while a partner with another leading law firm, he practised commercial litigation and international trade law. In 1984, he was appointed Senior Policy Advisor to Canada's Minister for International Trade where he worked on the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), and numerous international conferences and trade missions in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Following his work with the Government of Canada, Mr. McIlroy became Visiting Foreign Attorney with O'Melveny & Myers, a distinguished international trade law firm in Washington, D.C. In 1989, the Government of Canada appointed him to serve on the FTA Binational Panels where he adjudicated dumping disputes between Canada and the United States.
Today, he helps Canadian and international corporations deal with Government departments, agencies, and tribunals - including Finance, Industry, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada Border Services Agency, and The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). He also works with clients to ensure their interests are promoted in international trade negotiations, including the multilateral World Trade Organization (WTO), bilateral, and regional free trade negotiations.
He is bilingual and holds degrees in Political Science from Université de Montréal (B.Sc.) and the Sorbonne (Maîtrise), as well as an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Mr. McIlroy's memberships include The Law Society of Upper Canada, and the International Affairs Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Canada-United States Law Institute.
He has written and spoken for many organizations, including the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Canada-U.S. Business Law Review, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Journal of World Investment & Trade.
Mr. Nanos is founder and CEO of Nanos Research, a leading public opinion and market research firm based in Ottawa, Canada (www.nanosresearch.com). In 1987 Mr. Nanos founded SES Research, a precursor to Nanos Resarch with clients across North America.
One of the highlights of Mr. Nanos' distinguished career came with the 2006 federal election in Canada, when he predicted the results to within one tenth of one percentage point for the four major parties - a record in Canadian polling history.
Nanos Research was the official pollster for CPAC, Canada's Political Channel until 2009. The Company remains the pollster for the Osprey Media Group (a chain of 51 newspapers in Ontario) and the Rogers Radio Network. Mr. Nanos was the 2006-2007 National President of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which governs and accredits over 260 research organizations and over 1,700 research professionals. During his tenure, he presided over the launch of the Charter of Respondent Rights, the renewal of the market research industry's professional designation and a review of the standards regulating market and public opinion research in Canada. In May 2010, Nanos was elected Fellow of the MRIA (FMRIA).
He is a past publisher of the Canadian Journal of Marketing Research and past Editor-in-Chief of Vue, the official magazine for the market research industry in Canada. Since 2008, Nanos has held an appointment as a research associate professor in the Canadian Studies program at the University at Buffalo - State University of New York.
Andrew D. Nicholls, PhD
Dr. Andrew Nicholls is a Professor of History at Buffalo State College, part of the State University of New York system. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and earned his PhD in Canadian, British, and European History at the University of Guelph. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which is entitled A Fleeting Empire: Early Stuart Britain and the Merchant Adventurers to Canada and was published in 2010 by McGill-Queen's University Press.
Lauren D. Rachlin
Lauren D. Rachlin is a partner in the Buffalo and Toronto offices of the international law firm Hodgson Russ LLP. His legal practice focuses primarily on cross-border business with an emphasis on Canada-U.S. transactions, international trade, distribution, investment, and finance. He has served as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Commission and serves by appointment on the U.S. Trade Representative's International Trade Advisory Committee on Customs and Trade Facilitation.
Mr. Rachlin has published "A Guide to Effective International Arbitration: Practical Considerations in International Arbitration Proceedings," International Law Practicum; "Establishment of New Business Enterprises in the United States," Investment/USA; co-author, "Why Corporate Clients are Moving Offshore to the Caribbean Basin," New York State Bar Journal. Mr. Rachlin lectures frequently on international corporate legal matters. Most recently, Mr. Rachlin was a featured guest speaker at "Crossing Borders 2008," a multi-disciplinary conference on the United States, Canada, and border issues hosted by the University at Buffalo in conjunction with the Consulate General of Canada, Buffalo, and the Consulate General of the United States, Toronto.
Mr. Rachlin served as a member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. He serves by appointment on the United States Trade Representative's International Trade Advisory Committee on Customs and Trade Facilitation. He has also served in expert capacity on dispute resolution panels under both the Canadian Free Trade Agreement and the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Mr. Rachlin serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the International Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Rachlin was a founder of the Western New York International Trade Council, now the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara. Mr. Rachlin served on the executive committee of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and was a member of the International Advisory Committee of the World Arbitration Institute.
In Ontario, Canada, he has been licensed as a foreign legal consultant since 1989. He received his undergraduate degree with distinction from SUNY-Buffalo and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Rachlin is a frequent lecturer on international corporate legal matters and has had numerous articles published. In 2005 he received the New York State Bar Association's annual Award for Distinction in International Law and Affairs for his contributions to the global development of international law. Previous recipients of the award have included, among others: the late Arthur C. Helton, Council on Foreign Relations, who was killed in Iraq; former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali; the late Cyrus R. Vance, former U.S. Secretary of State; Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari; and former Polish President Lech Walesa.
Mr. Rienas is General Manager of the Buffalo-Fort Erie Bridge Authority ('the Peace Bridge Authority') in Fort Erie, Ontario. The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority is responsible for toll collection and maintenance of the Peace Bridge. The Peace Bridge connects Buffalo, New York in the United States and Fort Erie, Ontario in Canada. The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority also acts as landlord for Customs and Immigration agencies on both sides of the Buffalo and Fort Erie border.
Colin Robertson is a Senior Advisor at McKenna Long and Aldridge, an international law firm in Washington, DC. He focuses his practice on U.S.-Canada government relations, advising clients on policy issues that involve perspectives from both sides of the border. Before joining MLA he was a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He is a former president of the National Capital Branch of the Canadian International Council and is currently a Vice President and Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. He writes on international relations and is a regular commentator on CBC and CTV.
A career foreign service officer, Mr. Robertson served at the UN and Canadian Consulate in New York, in Hong Kong, as Consul General in Los Angeles, and the first head of the Advocacy Secretariat at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. He was part of the team that negotiated the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the NAFTA. He also held executive positions at Citizenship and Immigration and the Treasury Board Secretariat and with Petro-Canada International Assistance Corporation. He served as president of the Historica Foundation from 2006-2007.
At Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, he directed a project on Canada-US relations in the Centre for Trade Policy and Law, involving the federal and provincial governments, private and non-profit sectors. A former president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers and editor of bout de papier, Canada’s magazine of diplomacy and foreign service, he is co-author of Decision at Midnight: an inside account of the Free Trade Negotiations. Mr. Robertson is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (BA Hons) and Carleton University (MA in International Affairs) and was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal (2005), the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal (2006), the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association ‘Friend of the Industry’ (2004), and the distinguished alumnus award from the University of Manitoba (2004 ).
Christopher Sands, PhD
Dr. Chris Sands is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, where he specializes on Canada and U.S.-Canadian relations, as well as North American economic integration. He is also a professorial lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, an adjunct professor in Government at the American University School of Public Affairs, and lectures at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State and for the US Department of Homeland Security.
From 2002 to 2007, Sands was the director of strategic planning and evaluation at the International Republican Institute (IRI), a core institute of the National Endowment for Democracy and implementer of democracy and governance programs of the U.S. Agency for International Development and Department of State. At IRI, he was involved in evaluations and assessments of programs in Iraq, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Slovakia and conducted training seminars for new policy research institutes and think tanks in emerging democracies. In 1993, Sands began a long association with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) where he focused on US-Canada relations and North American integration issues, including a major study with Sidney Weintraub of The North American Auto Industry under NAFTA (CSIS Press, 1998).
In 1999-2000, Sands was a Fulbright Scholar and visiting fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. Dr. Sands holds a B.A. in political science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Canadian studies and international economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States.
Sands currently serves as treasurer and a member of the executive committee for the Canadian Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. He is a member of the research advisory board of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa, and a member of the advisory board of the Canada-United States Law Institute jointly-established by the law schools of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Western Ontario.
Christopher Sands has been interviewed by NBC, CNN, CNN International, Fox News Channel, NPR, the BBC, and Canadian networks: CBC, Newsworld, CTV, Report on Business Television, and Global television news. He has been quoted in Time, Newsweek, Business Week, Maclean's, US News and World Report, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and other publications.
Bobby Seeber is a Senior Policy Advisor (Trade Policy) with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food in Toronto, ON.
Daniel Ujczo is a trade lawyer and former Managing Director of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, where he was a visiting professor at the School of Law. After earning his law degree, he was appointed a Senior Judicial Law Clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He has served as a Political, Economic Relations, and Public Affairs Officer for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. His responsibilities have included strategic coordination of Canada-US border cooperation, management, and security between the Consulate-Generals and Consulates of the Government of Canada located throughout the U.S. and Mexico, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa. Additionally, Prof. Ujczo is the liaison with U.S. businesses, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations for Canada-U.S. security and economic relations.
The Case Western Reserve University School of Law Alumni Association named him “Distinguished Recent Graduate” in Fall 2010.
Debora Van Nijnatten, PhD
Dr. Debora Van Nijnatten is an Associate Professor of Political Science and North American Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research interests include the areas of comparative public policy and environmental policy. Dr. VanNijnatten's current research addresses several aspects of Canadian and American environmental policy, including air quality and climate change policy, transboundary institutions and state-province comparisons.
SPEAKERS FROM PREVIOUS SEMINARS (year)
The Binational Executive Seminar aims to develop a roster of distinguished expert speakers ("Visiting Faculty") that will vary from year to year according to the availability of experts and the needs of the Seminar. We hope that many of those who have lent their expertise to earlier Seminars and who are listed below will return to participate as visiting faculty in future offerings.
Donald Edward Abelson, PhD (2011)
Donald Edward Abelson is Professor of the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. Moreover, he is Director of the Canada-US Institute and of the Centre for American Studies. Professor Abelson received his BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Subsequently, he obtained an MA and Ph.D in Political Studies from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) and an MA in Journalism from The University of Western Ontario. His teaching focuses on the fields of American Politics and American Foreign Policy. He has published widely on Canadian and American politics and Canadian-American relations. Among his recent books are: Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes. Second Edition. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009, Translated into Arabic by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, 2007, Translated into Simplified Chinese By the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Press, 2010; A Capitol Idea: Think Tanks and U.S. Foreign Policy. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006.
Theodore (Ted) N. Black (2011)
Mr. Black is President of the Buffalo Sabres NHL Hockey team. As president of the Buffalo Sabres, Mr. Black oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the franchise, with specific focus on making the Buffalo Sabres the premier destination for NHL players and the Sabres' current and future employees. In addition, he provides strategic and creative leadership in areas including corporate partnerships, advertising, NHL relations, team marketing, Sabres' television broadcasts, fan relations and ticket sales.
Over the last decade, Mr. Black has compiled a track record of success and experience that few sports executives can match. He is an accomplished leader who contributed to and presided over unprecedented growth with both the Pittsburgh Penguins and FSN Pittsburgh. He enjoys close relationships with top executives, corporate sponsors, professional sports teams, television networks and at the National Hockey League. In late 2010, Terry Pegula enlisted Mr. Black to undertake the task of assembling and leading the group of professionals to advise Mr. Pegula on the acquisition of the Buffalo Sabres. Mr. Black's responsibilities included guiding the transaction negotiations, due diligence and NHL approval process.
Previously, Mr. Black served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of FSN Pittsburgh, a regional sports television network that produced and telecast more than 220 live pro events and 1500 hours of programming per year. Under Ted's executive leadership, FSN Pittsburgh grew advertising revenues every year and telecast a record number of live pro events. The station also generated record revenues, record earnings, record ratings and was widely recognized as the #1 rated US-based Regional Sports Network in the National Hockey League.
Prior to his tenure at FSN, Mr. Black was a member of Mario Lemieux's senior management team and served as Vice President of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1999 to 2008. He was a member of the core group of executives that helped Lemieux execute one of the most successful franchise transformations in the history of professional sports. he was intimately involved in all senior executive-level decisions and strategic planning concerning the marketing, branding, sales and overall business operations and management of the team. In addition to being a key strategist during the Penguins' efforts to get a new arena, Mr. Black served as the day-to-day project leader for the new arena during the pre-construction phase of the project. He also interviewed and helped to recruit Ray Shero to become the club's General Manager. He was active with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and served as the team's Alternate Governor to the AHL.
Mr. Black is a 1987 graduate of Allegheny College and he received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1990.
Colleen Blake (2011)
Colleen Blake is Executive Director of the Shaw Festival, which she joined in July 1994. As Executive Director, Mrs. Blake works closely with Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell in the overall management of the company and is responsible directly to the Board of Governors.
Mrs. Blake was born in Alberta, educated in Canada and the United States, and is a graduate of the University of Windsor with an honours degree in English. She is the recipient of the 1972 Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Award (awarded annually by the Stratford Festival to young professionals) and the 1983 Pauline M. McGibbon Award (awarded by the Ontario government for excellence in the early stages of a theatre professional’s career). In June 2004, Mrs. Blake was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the University of Windsor.
Mrs. Blake’s extensive career in the theatre includes an 18-year association with the Stratford Festival in positions ranging from Stage Manager through Production Manager and Director of Production to six years as Producer. She also worked as Production Manager of Young People’s Theatre and General Manager of the Bastion Theatre Company in Victoria, B.C.
Mrs. Blake has served on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Arts Summit, the Theatre Advisory Committee for the Ontario Arts Council and on the Board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). She was on the Theatre Advisory Committee of the Canada Council and has been a member of the Theatre Assessment Committee of the Canada Council. She served as co-chair for the PACT Negotiating Committee for the Canadian Theatre Agreement, an assessor for both the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council, on the Arts in Transition Task Force for the Canadian Conference of the Arts, treasurer for the Board of the Niagara Economic Development Corporation and a past member of the Bicentennial Legacy Council. A past president of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary, Mrs. Blake was recognized for her contributions to the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake with a Paul Harris Award. Since August 2009, Mrs. Blake has been a member of the Ontario Nonprofit Network’s Advisory Council and is currently on the Board of Studio 180.
Governor James Blanchard (2011)
Governor Blachard is a Partner and Co-Chair, Government Affairs Practice Group with DLA Piper, a firm he joined upon the conclusion of his duties as United States ambassador to Canada in April 1996. In recognition of his outstanding performance as ambassador, Secretary of State Warren Christopher presented Governor Blanchard with the Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service in a ceremony at the Department of State, making him one of only a handful of ambassadors to receive this prestigious award.
Mr. Blanchard was named ambassador to Canada in May 1993, after serving two terms as governor of Michigan (1983-1991) and four terms as a member of the United States Congress (1975-1983). In 1992, he chaired President Bill Clinton's successful campaign in Michigan. Governor Blanchard is also former chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and the National Democratic Platform Committee, as well as a former member of the National Governors Association's executive committee.
During his tenure as ambassador, Mr. Blanchard managed a broad range of trade, natural resources, environmental and national security issues between the United States and Canada, providing support critical to the passage of both NAFTA and the Open Skies Agreement. Commenting on Mr. Blanchard's role in the Open Skies Agreement, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said, "Tomorrow, we will show the world that even the sky is not the limit for our relationship as we sign an open skies agreement. It will enhance what is already the largest bilateral air relationship in the world. Ambassador Blanchard has played a key role in these negotiations, and he has done a fantastic job here in Ottawa. I want to take this opportunity to salute him."
Governor Blanchard's eight years as Michigan's chief executive were notable for his success in turning around Michigan's finances, working with the private sector to attract business investment and trade from around the world. He won national acclaim for his innovative approaches to economic development, education, crime fighting, environmental protection and helping children and families.
Governor Blanchard remains active in Michigan and in US-Canada relations. In 2010, he was named co-chair of the Canada-United States Law Institute, a forum where the two countries' governments, business communities, legal professionals, academics, non-governmental organizations and the media address issues confronting US-Canada relations. In 2008, at the invitation of Jean Chrétien, he was a special guest at the InterAction Council's 26th Annual Plenary Meeting in Stockholm. The InterAction Council brings together former world leaders who look beyond the immediacy of current issues and the limitations of national interests to focus on the long-term structural factors driving the global agenda. Its three priority areas are peace and security, world economic revitalization and universal ethical standards.
In 1997, Governor Blanchard authored Behind the Embassy Door,
Brigadier-General Gerry Champagne (2011)
Brigadier-General Gerry Champagne was commissioned in 1977 and joined the Royal 22e Régiment. During his initial five years with the 2 Battalion R22eR, Quebec and the 1 Battalion R22eR, Germany, he had the privilege of commanding an infantry platoon, perform as a second-in-command of the reconnaissance platoon and also carried out the duty of unit intelligence officer.
During his first posting to the Infantry School in 1982, he was employed as course commander on leadership courses, Company second-in-command for Tactics Company and Chief Standards Officer. When he returned to 1 R22eR in 1988, he commanded a mechanized infantry company for two years. In 1993, he had the opportunity to deploy to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Operation CAVALIER, Canadian Battalion (CANBAT) 2, as Deputy Commander 2 R22eR and Commander of UN forces in the enclave of Srebrenica. He subsequently deployed in Croatia on Operation HARMONY in 1995 also as Deputy Commander CANBAT 1. From June 1995 to July 1998, Brigadier-General Champagne commanded the Infantry School, the Infantry Corps Center of Excellence. He also had the privilege of commanding the 5 Area Support Group, Montréal, from 2006 to 2008.
Brigadier-General Champagne also occupied a number of staff positions. He held the position of Career Manager for subaltern officers of the Infantry Corps in 1984. He also served successively as Staff Officer to the Chief Land Doctrine and Operations in 1991, Executive Assistant Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, Intelligence, Security and Operations in 1992 and Executive Assistant Deputy Chief of Defence Staff in 1993. From 1998 to 2001, he performed as Directing Staff at Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College in Kingston. From June 2003 to July 2005, he assumed the position of Director Land Force Readiness (Army G3). In 2008 and 2009, he served as Director Current Operations, and, on promotion to brigadier-general, took over as Director General Operations at the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. Deployed in June 2009 in Kandahar Afghanistan, he served as Chief of Staff and Director Future Plans of Headquarters Regional Command South (RC(S)) with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He assumed the Deputy Commander of Canada Command as of 9 April 2010.
Brigadier-General Gerry Champagne is a graduate of the Combat Team Commanders' course, the Land Forces Command and Staff course 8602, the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course 16 and the Advanced Military Staff Course 02. He also completed a Master's degree in Defence Management and Policy Studies in 2003.
J.M. Duval, CMM, CD (2011)
Lieutenant-General J.M. Duval is Deputy Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
Born in Baie St. Paul, Quebec, Lieutenant-General Duval enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1975. He underwent pilot training, graduating in 1977 as a CH135 Twin Huey helicopter pilot.
In addition to tours at Valcartier, Quebec and Gagetown, New Brunswick, he also completed a three year staff tour at 10 Tactical Air Group in St-Hubert, Quebec. Upon graduation from Command and Staff College in 1989, he returned to Gagetown as the Deputy Commanding Officer and Chief Flight Instructor of the 403rd Squadron, later assuming command of the squadron for an eight-month period.
As a Lieutenant-Colonel in 1992, he served at the United Nations Headquarters in New York as an Assistant Military Advisor with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Air War College in 1995, he assumed command of 408th Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Edmonton, Alberta, which included a six-month UN peacekeeping tour in Haiti.
In 1997, Lieutenant-General Duval was promoted to Colonel and posted to the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Desert, Egypt, where he served as the Canadian Contingent Commander and the Chief of Operations and Liaison, as well as Canadian Contingent Commander Middle East.
Lieutenant-General Duval returned to Canada in 1998 to serve with the Privy Council Office as Director of Operations in the Foreign and Defense Policy Secretariat in Ottawa. Two years later, he was appointed Commander of 1 Wing in Kingston, Ontario, a position that placed him in charge of Canada's Tactical Aviation fleet.
He returned to Ottawa in 2003 as Director of Air Staff Coordination at National Defense Headquarters. Promoted to Brigadier-General in 2004, he assumed the position of Deputy Commander for the Continental United States NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. He was promoted to Major-General in 2007 and returned to Canada to take Command of 1 Canadian Air Division, Canadian NORAD Region. In January 2009, he was appointed Commander within the Order of Military Merit.
Lieutenant-General Duval assumed his current position on July 10, 2009.
David Flynn (2011)
Mr. Flynn is a Parnter wtih Phillips Lytle in Buffalo, NY. His practice is concentrated in the areas of energy and environmental law. With respect to energy law, he advises clients on the development and siting of renewable energy, coal gasification, off-shore wind and carbon sequestration facilities, and licensing of hydropower projects. In addition, Mr. Flynn advises clients on business development issues and the regulation of energy before state and federal authorities. Mr. Flynn's successful "speed-to-market" approach is a result of the close working relationships he has with engineers, permit administrators, regional attorneys and directors across New York State. In his environmental practice, Mr. Flynn concentrates on regulatory compliance consultations and brownfield redevelopment. He was involved in the first successful conversion of a former industrial brownfield into a modern manufacturing facility in New York State. He has written extensively on environmental topics including environmental issues related to nanotechnology development.
Maryscott ("Scotty") Greenwood (2011)
Maryscott "Scotty" Greenwood serves in McKenna Long & Aldridge's Washington, DC office as a senior managing director on the International Trade and Public Affairs Teams. Ms. Greenwood also serves as President of Strategic Management, LLC, the firm's consulting subsidiary and on the Board of the Directors of the MLA Foundation. She was recognized by The Hill Times in its listing of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Government and Politics in 2010."
Ms. Greenwood is a government relations practitioner, assisting clients with legislative and public policy challenges in the U.S. and Canada. Her background with federal, state and local postings over the years has positioned Ms. Greenwood well to serve corporate and association clients navigating complicated policy challenges. Sectors including the food, pharmaceuticals, apparel, energy and supply chain logistics have been the focus of the past two decades of Scotty's government relations work.
In addition to her other public policy portfolios, Ms. Greenwood is a Senior Advisor to the Canadian-American Business Council and a frequent commentator on US/Canadian relations.
Before joining the firm, Scotty was appointed by President Clinton to serve in U.S. foreign service at the United States Embassy in Canada. During her four-year diplomatic posting, she received the U.S. Department of State Meritorious Honor Award for her innovation of an outreach program to governors to foster cooperation on US/Canada issues.
From 1993-1997, Ms. Greenwood was the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of Atlanta, handling state and federal relations. Scotty led the team that secured a coveted Empowerment Zone designation for Atlanta, bringing in over $250 million in new federal funds to the city. She also chaired the successful effort to pass state legislation enabling the construction of a new arena for professional sports teams in downtown Atlanta. Ms. Greenwood served on the White House Interagency Task Force on Olympic Security and worked on various other projects other projects related to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Ms. Greenwood's civic involvement included: the Board of Directors of the Margaret Mitchell House; the Advisory Board of the Urban Study Institute and Chairmanship of the Tax & Finance Committee of the Georgia Municipal Association.
Before the position with the City of Atlanta, Ms. Greenwood was Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia. She worked on the 1988 and 1992, 1996, 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns.
Ms. Greenwood currently serves on the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council, Foundation For Art & Preservation in Embassies and the Advisory Board of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. She also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Institute for United States Policy Studies of the University of Alberta and was a member of the Credentials Committee of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Ms. Greenwood is an honors graduate of the University of Vermont and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University's Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.
Pamela Davis Heilman (2011)
Ms. Heilman is a Partner at Hodgson-Russ, LLC, and is a member of the firm's Canada/U.S. Cross-Border Practice Group. Based in Buffalo, she frequently practices out of the firm's Toronto office. She is one of the lead lawyers in our cross-border Canada/U.S. practice and regularly counsels Canadian organizations and businesses considering expansion into the United States. She also has extensive experience counseling nonprofit organizations (including those with cross-border interests) and closely held businesses.
Ms. Heilman graduated from Vassar College with an A.B. with honors, before earning a J.D., with honors, from the University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York. She lectures frequently on various corporate, international business, and nonprofit law topics.
In August of 2009, Ms. Heilman was selected to serve on the Advisory Board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Canada Institute, a well-respected forum for the discussion on Canada-U.S. relations. In January 2008, Ms. Heilman was appointed by the governor of the State of New York to the University of Buffalo Council, the primary oversight and advisory body to the University at Buffalo and its president, and in 2010 she was named to the University's Presidential Search Committee. She also has been a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the University at Buffalo Law School since 2004 and served as the chair of the law school's 2007 annual fund.
Since 1995, Ms. Heilman has been a member of the board of directors and secretary of SJL Communications, L.P. (SJL), a company engaged in the business of owning and/or managing network television broadcast stations throughout the United States. Currently SJL owns or manages three television stations located in New York and Pennsylvania. Ms. Heilman served as a member of the board of directors and treasurer of the Canadian American Business Council, based in Washington, D.C., from 2004 to 2010. From May 2002 to March 2005, Ms. Heilman served as a member of the board of directors of Financial Institutions, Inc., the oldest bank holding company in New York State. She also served as chair of its Management Development and Compensation Committee. Currently, Ms. Heilman serves as a member of the board of directors of HealthyKids International U.S., a program of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.
Ms. Heilman has devoted substantial time to the development of cross-border business relationships and the promotion of women in international business. In 1997, she served as an advisor to and represented the firm as a sponsor of the Business Women's Team Canada Trade Mission to Washington, D.C. Also in 1997, she was a delegate to and panel chair at the annual APEC Women Leader's Network Conference held in Ottawa. Since its inception, she has served on the binational panel of judges for the Canadian American Business Achievement Award, which was established through the efforts of the Canadian Embassy in Washington in 1995. In 1999, she represented the firm as a sponsor of the Canada-U.S.A. Business Women's Trade Summit in Toronto, which was attended by 150 women-owned businesses from each of Canada and the United States.
Ms. Heilman has served in a variety of community roles with respect to nonprofit organizations, including serving from 1993-97 as chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the first woman to hold this position. In 1992, she served as the general campaign chair of the United Way for Buffalo and Erie County. The first woman to hold this position, she led the community's effort in surpassing the campaign's goal and raising more than $17,000,000 in a difficult economic climate in Western New York. Currently she is a member of the University at Buffalo Council; vice chair of the Board of Governors of the Shaw Festival, one of the largest repertory theater companies in North America; and a member of the board of directors of the Xavier Society for the Blind, a Manhattan-based organization dedicated to making writings on religion and spirituality available to the blind. Previously she has served as president of the Vassar College Club of Western New York and as a director of Kaleida Health Foundation, D'Youville College, the Community Music School, the D'Youville College Center for Women in Management, Housing Assistance Center of the Niagara Frontier, Inc., and the University at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association.
Ms. Heilman is a Member, Phi Beta Kappa; listed, The Best Lawyers in America (Nonprofit/Charities Law and Mergers & Acquisitions); listed, Who's Who in American Law; named Woman of the Year by the Organization of Women in International Trade (2008); inducted into the Western New York Women's Hall of Fame (May 2005), named a Woman of Distinction (September 2005) by the Girl Scout Council of Buffalo and Erie County and honorary chair of the 2005 annual campaign; received the Athena Award from the Buffalo Niagara Partnership in 2004, all in recognition of her longtime contributions in advancing the status of women in Western New York; received, Canadian Ambassador's Award in recognition of her efforts to build the Canada-U.S. trade relationship (1999); received, Community Champion Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Annual Citation Award from the National Conference and member, Buffalo's delegation to the President's Summit (1998); received, United Way's One Person Award for her 20 years of service to that organization (1997); honored by the YMCA as the 1993 Toast of Buffalo honoree; received, YWCA's 1993 Outstanding Achievement Award and 1993 Distinguished Alumna Award for Community Service, University at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association; received, Manager of the Year Award, Center for Women in Management at D'Youville College (1988).
Kelly D. Johnston (2011)
Kelly Johnston joined Campbell in July 2002 as Vice President-Government Affairs. He coordinates activities and relationships with local, state, federal, and international government legislative and regulatory agencies, as well as the company's participation in trade associations. He reports to Ellen Oran Kaden, Senior Vice President, Law and Government Affairs.
Previously, Kelly spent nearly 25 years in Washington, DC, in several leadership positions within the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, politics, and the trade association world. He was Executive Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications at the National Food Processors' Association (NFPA), now GMA, serving as chief federal and state legislative and political affairs representative and chief media spokesperson for nearly 6 years.
From 1995 to 1997, he was the Secretary of the U.S. Senate, the Senate's chief legislative, financial and administrative officer. Kelly has also served as Staff Director of the Senate Republican Policy Committee; Deputy Assistant Secretary, Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of Transportation; and chief of staff or press secretary to three different Members of Congress.
Kelly is active within the food industry and in the community. He is Chairman of the Canadian American Business Council (CABC), and serves on the board of the Canadian American Chamber - Mid-Atlantic (CACMA). He is also former Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey. He also serves on the USTR-USDA Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Processed Foods. He is a trustee of the New Jersey Agriculture Society.
He also serves as vice chair of the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving management practices in the US Congress. He represents the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) on the state government's obesity prevention task force, "Shaping NJ." He serves on the board of Convergence, a non profit group dedicated to bipartisan public policy dispute resolution. And in 2010, he was elected Chair of the National Public Affairs Steering Committee for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
Kelly earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and communications in 1976 from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, where he has been named to the Alumni Hall of Fame. He attended Georgetown University's Graduate School of Demography in Washington, DC. He has guest lectured on politics, government and communications at several universities, including Yale University, the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, and George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.
He and his wife, Adrienne, live with their two sons in Newtown Square, Pa.
Christopher Kirkey, PhD (2011)
Dr. Kirkey is Director of the Center for the Study of Canada at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, where he holds a concurrent position as full professor of political science. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and formerly served as Associate Professor of Political Science and Canadian Studies at Bridgewater State College. He holds a B.A. Honours and Master of Arts (Queen's University) a Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University, serves on the editorial boards of Canadian Foreign Policy and the American Review of Canadian Studies, and served as Mine Action Scholar-in-Residence at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
A scholar of comparative foreign policy and international relations theory, Kirkey's works include the co-edited book (with Stéphan Gervais and Jarrett Rudy) Quebec Questions: Quebec Studies in the 21st Century, (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2010), the co-edited special issue (with Kenneth Holland) "Canada's Commitment to Afghanistan" of the American Review of Canadian Studies (Vol.40 No.2 June 2010), and a variety of articles in the International Journal of Canadian Studies, the Journal of Canadian Studies, the American Review of Canadian Studies and Armed Forces & Society. He is currently working on four projects: a French language edition of Quebec Questions (Université de Montréal Press); a co-edited special issue (with Gervais and Rudy) of Quebec Studies showcasing recent scholarship on Quebec; a co-edited special issue (with André Senécal) of the American Review of Canadian Studies titled "New Voices on Canada" featuring the scholarship of U.S.-based advanced doctoral candidates and junior professors working on Canada; and, a co-edited special journal issue and related book volume (with Michael Hawes) on Canadian foreign policy in a unipolar world.
Jessica LeCroy (2011)
Jessica LeCroy is a Senior Advisor in the Toronto offices of Bennett Jones LLP, a Canadian law firm with a large international practice. As an American-trained lawyer and a former senior U.S. diplomat, she provides strategic business and policy advice to the firm and clients who are pursuing global growth and business opportunities.
Ms LeCroy served as National Security Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury (2001-2003), Visiting Senior Fellow in Geoeconomics at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (2006-2008), as the U.S. Consul General in Toronto (2004-2006), and as a Legislative Assistant (1991-1992) to Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) and Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ).
During Ms LeCroy's 25-year career in the U.S Foreign Service, her overseas assignments also included postings to Iraq, Bosnia, Georgia, The Netherlands, and Nicaragua. Among her domestic assignments at the Department of State she served as policy advisor to both the Ambassador at Large for Counter-Terrorism and the Ambassador at Large for Regional Conflicts in the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union. She was also senior U.K. desk Officer, Senior Watch Officer in the Department's 24-hour Operations Center, and head of the U.S. telecommunications delegation to COCOM on the transfer of sensitive technology to the then-Soviet Union.
She has been awarded a Salzburg Seminar Fellowship in international arbitration, an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship, several U.S. State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards as well as the Matilda Sinclaire Award for difficult languages. The Director of the Foreign Service recorded that during her tenure as Consul General in Toronto, the Consulate received a record number of superior honor awards for performance. The Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee, honored her as its 2010 Chair of Ideas recipient.
Ms LeCroy holds degrees from the University of Virginia (B.A.), Boston University School of Law (J.D.), and the National War College (M.S.). She has done post-graduate work at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, The Hague Academy of International Law at the International Court of Justice, University of London King's College Institute on International and Comparative Law. She was called to the bar in 1982 in Texas and is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service, she practiced banking and commercial law in Dallas, Texas.
Ms LeCroy is a 2009 graduate of the joint Stanford, University of Chicago and Dartmouth-sponsored Directors' Consortium course for board members of listed public companies and serves on the advisory boards of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute, the Organization of Women in Trade (Toronto chapter), John McDermott House-Canada, and the board of a privately-held Canadian company.
Recent publications include "Can Canada be as Innovative, Entrepreneurial and Competitive as the U.S.?" and as co-author of a landmark research paper on entrepreneurship in southern Iraq.
Hon. James S. Peterson P.C. (2011)
Jim Peterson, a former federal Minister and Secretary of State, is Counsel at Fasken Martineau.
Jim has extensive knowledge and first-hand experience in government affairs, having served in the Government of Canada as Minister of International Trade, Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions), and Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.
As a former Minister of International Trade between 2003 and 2006, Jim has expertise in trade policy and experience in trade disputes. While Minister, he represented Canada at the World Trade Organization's Doha round of negotiations which focused on expanding trade and investment in leading emerging markets including Brazil, Russia, India and China, and dealt with complex issues related to trade with Canada's NAFTA partners, the European Union, the Middle East and the Americas.
As Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions) from 1997 to 2002, Jim was instrumental in piloting significant financial institution reforms through Parliament including legislation permitting foreign bank branching and aligning Canada with international standards in the fight against money laundering and terrorism. He handled the insurance industry demutualization file. Working with caucus and stakeholders, Jim approved major financial institution mergers including BNS – National Trust, Great West Life – London Life, Clarica – Met Life and TD – Canada Trust.
As Chair of the House of Commons Finance Committee between 1993 and 1997, he began the practice of public pre-budget hearings and completed a number of major studies including a review of Canada's value added tax (the GST).
Jim retired from the House of Commons in 2007 after 23 years of public service as the Member of Parliament for Willowdale (Toronto).
Before entering public life, Jim had a distinguished career as both a legal scholar and teacher and as a practitioner of international tax and business law. He was also a consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
He was appointed head of Negotiation for Ontario in its efforts to reduce barriers to trade, investment and labour mobility, and to enhance economic cooperation with Quebec.
Jim is the author of numerous articles and studies for Canadian and foreign publications on international business, investment, taxation and fiscal policy.