2017 Full Agenda

*Please note: the 2017 schedule appears below as a service to prospective attendees for learning more about the U.S./Canada Border Conference program; please check back as the 2018 schedule is announced.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

7:30am – 3:00pm

Registration Open

8:30am – 10:00am

Opening Keynote

John Ossowski, President, Canada Border Services Agency (Confirmed)

10:00am – 10:30am

Networking Break

10:30am – 11:30am

Airport Operations Panel – Challenges and Opportunities for Border Management

Cathy Munroe, President, Munroe Consulting Services, Former Vice President of Programs, Canada Border Services Agency

Kurry Pastilong, Assistant Director, Border Security, Preclearance Field Office, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
Denis Vinette, Acting/Associate Vice President, Operations, Canada Border Services Agency (Confirmed)
Solomon Wong, Executive Vice President, InterVISTAS Consulting Inc. (Confirmed)

Technology has allowed many aspects of Border Management to be automated. However, as international trade and travel continues to grow and emerging economies become key contributors to the global movement of people and goods, there are increased challenges to both service and security. This panel will explore the issues that are facing border agencies and their partners in the air mode; some of the current initiatives; and how newer technologies may assist in modernizing the business of border management in the future.

• Future Trends in Air Travel and the impact on North America
• Challenges and issues facing Border Agencies, Airports and Airlines
• Global innovations and technological advances in such areas as risk assessment, identity management and self-service
• Potential future investments and the evolution of recent innovations including pre-clearance

11:30am – 12:30pm

Airport Security Panel – Navigating the New Threat Landscape

John Halinski, Former U.S. Transportation Security Administration Deputy Administrator

Darby LaJoye, Assistant Administrator, Office of Security Operations, U.S. Transportation Security Administration (Confirmed)
Jim Marriott, Former Head of Aviation Security for ICAO (Confirmed)
Jeremy Wesinger, Chief Operating Officer, Peraton

This panel will provide an opportunity to gain insight from senior TSA and Transport Canada representatives about transformational initiatives to address threats and preserve the vitality of the aviation system.

• Handling new threats and impact on airline and airport operations
• US, CA and international aviation perspectives
• Threat landscape and continually evolving operations based on those threats

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Luncheon Keynote
Embracing the new world of decision automation:
The future of decision making in border services – from process automation to decision automation

Paul Haskins, Vice President, Gartner Consulting (Confirmed)
Chris Rickard, Senior Managing Partner, Gartner Consulting (Confirmed)

1:15pm – 2:15pm

Ports of Entry Panel: Next Generation Technology

Allen Gina, Co-Founder, CT Strategies, Former Assistant Commissioner, International Trade U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Maurice Chénier, Chief Information Officer, Vice-President, Information, Science and Technology, Canada Border Services Agency (Confirmed)
Richard DiNucci, Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)

Technology plays a key role in the facilitation swift passage across our land borders. Hear about current issues and what the future holds in terms of the use of new technical capabilities.

• The Future State for POE’s: Screen at speed, Run the operation live
• Use of Latest Technologies: Multi-energy imaging equipment, Advanced RPM’s, License Plate Readers, RFID, Imaging common viewer capabilities, Various hand held technology (fiber optic scopes, density readers, etc.)
• Technology Platform/Capabilities: Flexible, nimble and adaptable, Should employ machine learning / cognitive thinking
• Systems and Technology: Remote capabilities, Virtual co-location

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Networking Break

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Free/Fair Trade and the North American Free Trade Agreement

Jim Phillips, President and CEO, Canadian/American Border Trade allianceModerator:  Jim Phillips, President and CEO, Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance

Gary Doer, Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States; Former Premier of Manitoba (Confirmed)
Daniel D. Ujezo, Of Counsel, Dickinson Wright PLLC, International Trade Lawyer (Confirmed)

This panel will answer questions regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Unites States and Mexico.

• NAFTA what it is – strengths and weaknesses?
• Where it needs to be updated and changed?
• Why and what unintended consequences occurred that need to be adjusted to make it fair and a win -win for all 3 countries?

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Networking Reception

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

7:30am – 12:00pm

Registration Open

8:15am – 9:00am

Opening Keynote


9:00am – 9:30am

Salute to Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony



9:30am – 10:00am

Networking Break

10:00am – 11:15am

In Between the Ports Panel
Border Security: Immigration Between Ports of Entry

Pierre-Yves Bourduas, President, P-Y Public Safety Management Inc.; Former Deputy Commissioner of Federal Services and Central Region, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Gilles Michaud, Deputy Commissioner, Federal Policing, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Confirmed)
Carla L. Provost, Acting Chief, U.S. Border Patrol (Confirmed)
Richard Wex, Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada (Confirmed)

As we see the continued escalation of the global migration crisis, we are expected to see a continuation of migration challenges for border management and immigration agencies. Controlling and managing international borders requires collaboration on operational and procedural issues.

• Migration and its impact on U.S. and Canada
• Handling of refugee and asylum requests
• Sharing visa and asylum data
• Is there a process in place to jointly address the issue?
• Mexico/South America

11:15am – 12:15pm

Maritime/Seaport Security Panel

Brian Peterman, Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired); President and CEO, Command at Sea International

Chris Wellstood, B.Sc., M.Sc., MBA, Director Marine Operations & Security, Harbour Master, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (Confirmed)
Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan, Ninth Coastguard District Command (Confirmed)
Nicole Murphy, Senior Intelligence Research Specialist, National Critical Infrastructure Team, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Confirmed)
Captain Brian Gilda, Chief of Prevention, Thirteenth Coast Guard District (Confirmed)

The panel will address bilateral cooperation using technology and techniques to protect the maritime domain and facilitate international trade.

• Threats, trends, critical policy issues influencing operations
• Operational Challenges and Opportunities
• Major seaport trends in securely moving international passengers and cargo
• Technology advantages and future opportunities to mitigate threats for maritime and sea coast border organizations and law enforcement.
• Bi-national cooperation

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Luncheon Keynote

John Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)


Conference Adjourns