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*2016 agenda shown below for general reference. Please check back periodically for 2017 updates.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

8:30am – 9:10am

Opening Keynote Panel
The State (Priorities for) of the Border

Robert C. Bonner, Advisory Board Chairman; Senior Principal, Sentinel Strategy & Policy Consulting

R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
Linda Lizotte-MacPherson, President, Canada Border Services Agency (Confirmed)

In this session, the heads of the primary border agencies for the U.S. and Canada, CBP and CBSA, will discuss the priorities of their agencies and the future of the Beyond the Borders initiative, including the concept of “Perimeter Security”, the future of pre-clearance, common risk assessment approaches and benchmarking inspection protocols for common threats to North America.

9:15am – 10:00am

Pre-Clearance – What’s next?  The Pre-Clearance Agreement and Beyond

James D. Phillips, President & CEO, Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance

Daniel Tanciar, Director, Travel and Tourism Initiatives, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
Hon. William L. Owens, Senior Advisory Board Member, Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance (Confirmed)
Public Safety Canada Pre-Clearance Representative

Canada and the United States signed the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance on March 16, 2015. On March 10, 2016, both countries announced its intention to support the legislation necessary to bring that Agreement into force

Panelists will address:
• Details on pre-clearance implementation issues and potential for expansion across transport modes.
• Advantages to both countries: job development and economic growth by improving the flow of legitimate goods and people.
• What happens next: development of technology and tools?

10:00am – 10:30am

Networking Break

10:30am – 11:15am

Ports of Entry: Operational Challenges and Bi-National Cooperation

Thomas Winkowski, President, Global Border Solutions, LLC; Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Todd C. Owen, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
Caroline Xavier, Vice President, Operations Branch, Canada Border Services Agency (Confirmed)

This session will explore optimal strategies for reducing illegal border activity while simultaneously expediting legitimate trade and travel.
• Cross Border operations
• Future investments in ports of entries
• Interface between business and government

11:15am – 12:10pm

Perimeter Security in the Age of ISIS

Luc Portelance, President and CEO at CrossPoint Integrated Strategies, Inc.; Former President of the Canada Border Services Agency


Gene Gray, Principal Deputy Counter Terrorism Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security (Confirmed)
David McGovern, Deputy National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Canada (Confirmed)
Tony Smith CBE, Deputy Director General, BORDERPOL (Confirmed)

This panel will discuss security issues raised by ISIS orchestrated or inspired terrorist attacks, from Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, Nice, etc., the threat posed by ISIS and related terrorist groups and by foreign fighters in Syria, by Syrian refugees being accepted by Canada and the U.S., and what both nations are doing or could be doing to mitigate these threats.

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Luncheon Keynote Speaker
International Drug Trafficking and Border Security: Law Enforcement Cooperation to Combat Transnational Criminal Organizations


Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Confirmed)

1:20pm – 2:45pm

Attacking Transnational Crime: Law Enforcement Cooperation in the 21st Century

Michael A. Braun, Managing Partner, SGI Global, LLC; Former Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Todd G. Shean, Assistant Commissioner, Federal and International Operations, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Confirmed)
Lizette Yrizarry, Deputy Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Confirmed)
Patricia Cogswell, Assistant Director, Homeland Security Investigations, Office of Intelligence, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Confirmed)
Carlos Cases, Assistant Director, International Operations Division, FBI  (Confirmed)
Douglas Harrison, Chief Patrol Agent, Detroit Border Patrol Sector, United States Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)

The panel will provide the state of bilateral Law Enforcement Cooperation between Canada and the U.S. regarding Transnational Organized Crime and other criminal and smuggling activity.
• Discuss the nature of current transnational organized crime threats impacting both U.S. and Canada, including smuggling, the Mexican drug cartels, human trafficking, etc.
• Discuss cooperation mechanism for responding to these threats

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Networking Break

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Plenary Keynote
The Polar Border: The Implications of the Changing Arctic

Admiral Robert Papp, U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, U.S. Department of State (Confirmed)

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Networking Reception

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

8:15am – 9:00am

Opening Keynote
Can the Border be Managed Better?

Hon. John Manley P.C., O.C., President and Chief Executive, Business Council of Canada (Confirmed)

A trade perspective of border management: How the border could be better managed, while addressing both security needs and trade and travel facilitation.

9:00am – 9:30am

Salute to Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony



9:30am – 10:00am

Networking Break

10:00am – 10:30am

Plenary Keynote
The State of Maritime Security and Bi-National Cooperation

Vice Admiral Charles Ray, Deputy Commandant for Operations, U.S. Coast Guard (Confirmed)

10:30am – 11:30am

Cyber Security / Cyber Crime

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

Monik Beauregard, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, National and Cyber Security Branch, Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Confirmed)
Inspector Mark Flynn, RCMP OIC Federal Policing Cyber Crime Criminal Operations (Confirmed)
Michael Prado, Associate Deputy Assistant Director, Homeland Security Investigations, Cyber Crimes Center (C3) (Confirmed)
Dan VanBelleghem, Cybersecurity Operations, Foreign Affairs Group, General Dynamics Information Technology (Confirmed)

11:30am – 12:15pm

Understanding the Government Procurement Process

David Aguilar, Partner, GSIS; Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Diane Sahakian, Deputy Executive Director, Procurement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
Lorna Prosper, Director General, Defence Procurement and International Cooperation, Canadian Embassy, Washington DC (Confirmed)

Panelists will share answer questions relating to contracting, procurement offerings and best practices to bid on government contracts. Panelists will explain their processes; explore best practices, lessons learned and common mistakes.

12:15pm – 1:30pm

Luncheon Keynote
Border Vision: What the Border Should Look Like in 2030

Seth Stodder, Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Confirmed)


Conference Adjourns