Full Agenda



8:45am – 10:00am | Opening Keynote
  • John Ossowski, President, Canada Border Services Agency (confirmed)
  • Robert E. Perez, Acting Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (confirmed)

10:20am – 11:35am | Panel: Trends and Threats

This dialogue will provide an overview and understanding of the current trends and threats facing the U.S. and Canada regarding national security issues on the North American perimeter. Panel will provide a statistical overview, volume metrics as it pertains to understanding current trends and threats; concerns in operating environment; challenges facing border agencies on issues such as trade, immigration, exit entry, and recruitment and the capabilities required to address them.

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


  • Judson Murdock, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Intelligence, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (confirmed)
  • Adam Fisher, Director General Intelligence Assessment Branch, The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (confirmed)
  • Dr. Reginald Brothers, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Peraton; Former DHS Under Secretary (confirmed)
  • Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan, Vice President, Policy, Public Policy Forum (confirmed)

11:35am – 12:35pm | Panel: Beyond Pre-Clearance

Continuing growth in cross-border passenger travel and cargo transport is expected in the coming decades. Given future immigration, trade, and terrorism concerns, the imperatives of border security and efficiency are more important than ever. This session will highlight a new Border Vision with the objective to enhance the traveler experience and improve the mobility of people and goods through Canada—U.S. borders (air, land and sea) all while ensuring that safety and security are not compromised. Panelist will examine the potential use of latest technologies such as video analytics and biometrics as well as the establishment of automated systems.

Moderator: James D. Phillips, President & CEO, Can/Am BTA


  • Gerry Bruno, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver Airport; Co-Chair of Beyond Pre-Clearance Initiative (confirmed)
  • Ron Rienas, General Manager, Peace Bridge (confirmed)
  • Mike Tamilia, Senior Manager Customs, CN (confirmed)

1:30pm – 2:45pm | Panel: “Border of the Future” – A Case Study

This session will provide an opportunity to hear firsthand from Canada -U.S. Border Agencies, Industry Partners, and Stake Holders on policy, technology and security processes/strategies in current and future projects. Panelists will discuss their vision and corresponding requirements the following:

  • What does the border of the future look like?
  • What needs to be done to infrastructure and technology
  • Border management tactics


  • Talal Dakalbab, Global Border Management & Data Analytics, Canada Border Services Agency (confirmed)
  • Colleen Manaher, Executive Director, Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (confirmed)
  • Christopher Perry, Director Field Operations, Detroit Field Office, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (confirmed)
  • Christine Durocher, Executive Director, Southern Ontario Region, Canada Border

3:15pm – 4:15pm | Panel: NAFTA

The panel will explore trade relations in the current environment presenting and examining recent developments and its effects on the North American Border.

  • Status of NAFTA renegotiation
  • Recent developments: trade agreements outside of NAFTA and what that means for the bi-lateral relationship between the two countries
  • Effect on cross-border trade: cooperative border management, emerging innovations, and other challenges

Moderator: Allen Gina, Founding Partner, CT Strategies; Former Assistant Commissioner, International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


  • Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (confirmed)
  • Joseph L. Trulik, President, Farrow U.S.; Customs Committee Member, The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (confirmed)

4:15pm – 5:15pm | Technology

Moderator: Charles Armstrong, Former Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


  • Elizabeth A. Cappello, Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (confirmed)
  • Rachelle Henderson, Executive Director, Border Enforcement Management Systems, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (confirmed)
  • Minh Doan, Vice-President, Information, Science and Technology, Canada Border Services Agency (confirmed)
  • Peter Howard, Sr. Director of Business Development and Strategy, General Dynamics Federal Systems (confirmed)




8:15am – 9:15am | Opening Keynote
  • Chief Superintendent Claude Castonguay, Commanding Officer, Quebec, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (confirmed)
  • Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison, Detroit Sector, U.S. Border Patrol (confirmed)

10:15am – 11:30am | Panel: E-Commerce

E-Commerce shipments pose the same health, safety, and economic security risks as containerized shipments, but the volume is higher and growing. An effective e-commerce strategy is needed to address the growing volume of trade and associated border risks.

  • Simplification of Procedures for e-Commerce
  • Safety & Security
  • Cooperation between Customs/Post
  • Data Exchange with E-Commerce Operators

Moderator: David Aguilar, Principal, GSIS; Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Former Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol


  • Kelly Wilton, Customs Brokerage Compliance Manager, UPS (confirmed)
  • Thomas Overacker, Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (confirmed)
  • Mike Leahy, Executive Director, Commercial Program Directorate, Canada Border Services Agency (confirmed)

11:30am – 1:00pm | Panel: Impact of Legalization of Marijuana and Criminalization – Law Enforcement Panel

Marijuana will be legal for recreational use in Canada on October 17. However, Cannabis remains completely illegal under U.S. Federal Law despite legalization in nine states and use for medical purposes. The panel will discuss the potential law enforcement challenges and criminal ramifications.

  • Impact of legalization on law enforcement practices – new laws, training and education
  • Illegal marijuana: black and gray markets
  • Cross border complexities
  • Diplomatic challenges of international treaties on drug trafficking

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


  • Peter Sloly, Partner, Deloitte, Canada; Former Deputy Chief of Toronto Police Service (confirmed)
  • Staff Superintendent Myron Demkiw, Toronto Police, Canada (confirmed)
  • Andrew Douglas, Assistant Port Director, Port of Detroit, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (confirmed)
* as of September 17, 2018; subject to change