Speakers


Dr. Reginald Brothers
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Peraton
Former DHS Under Secretary
(Confirmed)

 

As CTO, Reggie leads a new organization responsible for strategic planning, technology solutions, business development, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for the company.

As CTO, Reggie leads a new organization responsible for strategic planning, technology solutions, business development, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for the company.

Most recently, Reggie was a principal with The Chertoff Group, a premier global advisory firm focused on security and risk management. Prior to that role, he served as Under Secretary for Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security, where he was responsible for a science and technology portfolio that included basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing, and evaluation with the purpose of helping DHS operational elements and the nation’s first responders achieve their mission objectives.

From 2011 to 2014, Reggie served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Department of Defense, where he was responsible for policy and oversight of the Department’s science and technology programs and laboratories. Earlier in his career, Reggie held senior technology leadership roles in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Communications and Networking business area at BAE Systems.

Reggie earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Gerry Bruno
Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver Airport
Co-Chair of Beyond Pre-Clearance Initiative
(Confirmed)

 

Gerry Bruno, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority, leads the advocacy program for federal government policy development to support the Airport Authority’s strategic objectives.

Gerry Bruno, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority, leads the advocacy program for federal government policy development to support the Airport Authority’s strategic objectives.

Gerry Bruno began his airport career in 1974 with Transport Canada and went on to be Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Planning for the newly created Vancouver Airport Authority in 1992. From 1997 to 2013, Gerry was CEO of the InterVISTAS Consulting Group before rejoining Vancouver Airport Authority in 2013.

Gerry played a major role in advocacy efforts that led to the Canada-U.S. Open Skies Agreement in 1995, and advanced a number of passenger facilitation and security initiatives, including In-Transit Preclearance, Transit Without Visa and CANPASS. While at InterVISTAS, Gerry Bruno was actively involved in the 2001 Canada-US Preclearance Agreement, co-authored the Perimeter Clearance Strategy in 2002, and worked on a number of airport facilitation initiatives, including Automated Border Clearance (ABC).

Gerry is currently the Canadian Co-Chair of the Beyond Preclearance Coalition, Board Director and Secretary-Treasurer of the Vancouver International Maritime Centre and Chair of the Canadian Airports Council Facilitation Committee.

Gerry Bruno is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Marketing Major) from The University of The State of New York and an MBA in International Management from Asia Pacific International University.


Elizabeth A. Cappello
Deputy Chief Information Officer
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(confirmed)

 

Beth Cappello is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for ICE, supporting the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). OCIO provides mission-critical Information Technology (IT) services and products that enable ICE and DHS to meet their respective missions.

Beth Cappello is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for ICE, supporting the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).  OCIO provides mission-critical Information Technology (IT) services and products that enable ICE and DHS to meet their respective missions. OCIO has modernized vital IT systems, matured the organization to contemporary IT management disciplines, and significantly enhanced the cyber defense posture of the enterprise.

Ms. Cappello is a veteran senior executive with significant leadership and management expertise from a career spanning over 27 years in government service.  Prior to joining ICE, Ms. Cappello served as Executive Director, Field Support Directorate within U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Information and Technology.  There she led a geographically diverse team of over 750 Program Managers, Information and Telecommunications Technicians, and Mission Support specialists supporting approximately 62,000 CBP personnel.  Ms. Cappello was responsible for a highly complex portfolio of technology including traditional IT systems such as local area networks and desktops, voice, video, and wireless radio communications, as well as law enforcement specific technologies serving both the law enforcement and travel/ trade facilitation missions at over 1400 locations worldwide.

Ms. Cappello began her federal service as a United States Marine, then joined legacy U. S. Customs Service serving at the National Data Center and at field offices in Southern California. She previously served with ICE, providing centralized information technology support to the agency.  She is a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Managers in Government program. Ms. Cappello holds federal Chief Information Officer Certification and Information Assurance certification from the National Defense University as well as acquisition certification from the Department of Homeland Security.  She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in management from Johns Hopkins University.


Chief Superintendent Claude Castonguay
Commanding Officer, Quebec
Royal Canadian Mounted
(Confirmed)

 

Chief Superintendent Castonguay is an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Originally from the Quebec North Shore, Chief Superintendent Claude Castonguay began his career with the RCMP at Coquitlam Detachment in the Vancouver area.

He worked there as a patrol officer/investigator until he was transferred to Quebec for the first time in 1997. He was posted as an investigator to Rimouski Detachment, and later to the Montréal Customs and Excise Section and Undercover Operations Section.

In 2005, he returned to British Columbia, this time to Surrey Detachment, where he was promoted to a noncommissioned officer position with the Major Crime Unit.

He was commissioned in 2010 as the Officer in Charge of Homicide Section. He was involved in several major, high profile investigations, including the Surrey Six and the Pickton cases.

In 2014, he became a member of the Divisional Executive Committee of the RCMP in Quebec after being promoted to the rank of Superintendent with the Criminal Intelligence Section.

In 2015, he was put in charge of the Specialized Operational Techniques Program, and in October 2016 he was appointed to the position of Criminal Operations Officer with the Quebec RCMP, the position he currently holds.


Talal Dakalbab
Global Border Management & Data Analytics
Canada Border Services Agency
(confirmed)

Mr. Talal Dakalbab was appointed as the Director General, International Region, Global Border Management, Data Analytics Directorate, Canada Border Services Agency in January 2018.
Mr. Talal Dakalbab was appointed as the Director General, International Region, Global Border Management, Data Analytics Directorate, Canada Border Services Agency in January 2018. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of Executive Director General and Chief Operating Officer of the Parol Board of Canada (PBC). He began his career with the PBC in April 2011, as the Director of the Board Member Secretariat, where he led the development of approaches and methods for the selection and evaluation of Board members.  More recently, he held the positions of Director, Communications and Access to Information and Privacy, as well as Regional Director General in the PBC’s Prairie Region. Prior to joining the Board in 2011, Mr. Dakalbab held various positions within the Correctional Services of Canada, including various managerial positions within the Institutional and Community Correctional System.  Mr. Dakalbab is fluent in English, French and Arabic.


Staff Superintendent Myron Demkiw
Toronto Police, Canada
(Confirmed)

 

 

Myron Demkiw has been a member of the Toronto Police Service since 1990. He is presently the Staff Superintendent of Detective Operations.

Myron Demkiw has been a member of the Toronto Police Service since 1990. He is presently the Staff Superintendent of Detective Operations.

As the head of Detective Operations, he oversees 552 police officers, 131 civilian members and manages a budget of $108 million.  Detective Operations is responsible for the investigation of major crimes that occur within the City of Toronto or have an impact on our community.  Offences investigated by Detective Operations units include: homicides, robberies, sex crimes, financial crimes, drugs, organized crime, guns and gangs, auto theft, and cargo thefts, among others. Detective Operations is also responsible for intelligence gathering, asset forfeiture, forensic identification, fugitive apprehension, as well as repeat offender enforcement and bail/parole reporting.

Prior to attaining the rank of Staff Superintendent, he served as the Unit Commander of Intelligence Services, Officer in Charge of Strategy Management Corporate Projects, Second in Command of 32 Division, Duty Operations and participated in several Service wide initiatives.

Before entering senior management ranks Staff Superintendent Demkiw served in various front-line policing roles, both uniform and investigative. He has worked in 14 Division, 53 Division, Organized Crime Vice Enforcement, Provincial Weapons Enforcement and Intelligence Services.


Minh Doan
Vice-President, Information, Science and Technology
Canada Border Services Agency
(confirmed)

Mr. Minh Doan was appointed Vice-President of the Information, Science and Technology Branch (ISTB) on January 2, 2018.

Mr. Minh Doan was appointed Vice-President of the Information, Science and Technology Branch (ISTB) on January 2, 2018. Since joining the CBSA in 2014 as the Director General of the Business Applications Services Directorate, Minh has also taken on the role of interim Vice-President of ISTB from September 2016 until September 2017 and Director General of Enterprise Architecture, Information Management and Common Services from September to December 2017.

Minh has over 17 years of private and public sector experience in leading enterprise IT projects, improving the efficiency of IT and aligning IT with business operations.

Before joining the CBSA, Minh was an Executive Director at Employment and Social Development Canada where he led major Business and Technology Transformation Projects. Prior to that he worked at the Privy Council Office (PCO) on Administrative Services Review and government-wide IT strategies to transform service delivery to Canadians. He has also held progressively more senior positions at Service Canada and Bell Canada.

Minh has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Université du Québec and a certificate in Leading Change and Organizational Renewal from the Harvard Business School.

Most recently, Reggie was a principal with The Chertoff Group, a premier global advisory firm focused on security and risk management. Prior to that role, he served as Under Secretary for Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security, where he was responsible for a science and technology portfolio that included basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing, and evaluation with the purpose of helping DHS operational elements and the nation’s first responders achieve their mission objectives.

From 2011 to 2014, Reggie served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Department of Defense, where he was responsible for policy and oversight of the Department’s science and technology programs and laboratories. Earlier in his career, Reggie held senior technology leadership roles in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Communications and Networking business area at BAE Systems.

Reggie earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Andrew Douglas
Assistant Port Director, Port of Detroit
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(confirmed)

Mr. Andrew Douglas is the Assistant Director, Border Security for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Detroit Field Office.

Mr. Andrew Douglas is the Assistant Director, Border Security for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Detroit Field Office.  His responsibilities include assisting with the operational oversight of seven major ports of entry in the State of Michigan.  In this capacity Mr. Douglas’s responsibilities include: implementing anti-terrorism and anti-smuggling initiatives; traveler admissibility policies; managing the overall passenger operations (land, air, and sea); and special enforcement operations to ensure border integrity.

Mr. Douglas previously served as the Area Port Director, in Port Huron Michigan, where he oversaw 3 land border crossings, 1 rail crossings, 2 regional airports, and several small boat reporting stations.  He directed a workforce of over 300 U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) employees and oversees the inspection of approximately 3 million passengers and 1 million trucks annually.

Mr. Douglas has more than 16 years of Federal Service with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.  He’s held a variety of key management positions with CBP such as the Assistant Port Director, Laredo Texas, Associate Chief-East/Central Corridor, Office of Border Patrol (OBP) and the Acting Director of the Land Border Integration Team, CBP Headquarters.


Christine Durocher
Executive Director, Southern Ontario Region
Canada Border Services Agency

 

Ms. Christine Durocher is the Executive Director for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in the Southern Ontario Region.

Ms. Christine Durocher is the Executive Director for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in the Southern Ontario Region. Appointed to the position in May 2016, she reports to the Regional Director General responsible for the six busiest traveller border sites and four of the five top commercial sites in the country with a workforce of 1,700 employees. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Southern Ontario Region, Christine was the CBSA District Director of Passenger Operations at the Lester B. Pearson International Airport, the largest air traveller port of entry in the country.

Christine began her career in the Public Service as a Customs Inspector in the Niagara Falls/Fort Erie District in 1989. In 2001, Christine joined the management team within the Greater Toronto Area Region, where she has held progressively more senior management positions. Her areas of responsibility have included Chief of Intelligence Operations Division, Director of Trade Operations, and the District Director of Commercial and Postal Operations.

Christine was the recipient of the CBSA Presidents Award, for her role as the operational lead in the Greater Toronto Area on Operation Syrian Refugee and therecipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence for her role as the executive lead of the CBSA Airport Operations Service Improvement Group.

Christine is certified as a World Customs Organization Advisor and has participated in three capacity building missions in Central America on behalf of the Organization of American States.


Adam Fisher
Director General Intelligence Assessment Branch
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service
(confirmed)

 

Adam Fisher most recently served as the DG of the Intelligence Assessment Branch, a position which was immediately preceded by secondment to the Privy Council Office as Director of Operations, Security and Intelligence.
Completed a BA in Political Science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and a Master of Arts in War Studies from the Royal Military College in Kingston. Spent 12 years as a commissioned officer in the Governor General’s Foot Guards (Infantry reserve), during which time joined the Department of National Defence as a civilian policy officer. Moved to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in 2006, as Chief of Strategic Policy and later Director General of Strategic Policy and Foreign Relations. Most recently DG of the Intelligence Assessment Branch, a position which was immediately preceded by secondment to the Privy Council Office as Director of Operations, Security and Intelligence. Originally from Ottawa, married with two daughters.


Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison
Detroit Sector
U.S. Border Patrol
(Confirmed)

 

Chief Harrison entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol on March 9, 1998, as a member of Class 368.

Chief Harrison entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol on March 9, 1998, as a member of Class 368. His first duty assignment was at the Laredo South Station in the Laredo Sector. Chief Harrison came to Detroit after most recently serving as the Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the Grand Forks Sector.

Prior to joining the Border Patrol, Chief Patrol Agent Harrison served in the U.S. Army for more than 12 years as a military police noncommissioned officer, stationed in New York, Korea, Nevada, Puerto Rico, and finally, with the 101st Airborne Division in Kentucky. Chief Harrison graduated from high school in Arvada, Colorado, and attended college in New York and Korea. He graduated with honors from the Border Patrol Academy and several military schools.


Rachelle Henderson
Executive Director, Border Enforcement Management Systems
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(confirmed)

 

Rachelle B. Henderson serves as Executive Director over the Border Enforcement and Management Systems Directorate (BEMSD), in the Office of Information and Technology (OIT) within Customs and Border Protection.

Rachelle B. Henderson serves as Executive Director over the Border Enforcement and Management Systems Directorate (BEMSD), in the Office of Information and Technology (OIT) within Customs and Border Protection. BEMSD supports CBP’s border enforcement mission and administrative systems by providing information technology services to CBP operational components as well its mission support organizations. The BEMSD mission is to deliver timely and relevant, mission-focused technology solutions that integrate capabilities across systems, partner components, and agencies.

Prior to her return to Washington, D.C., Ms. Henderson served as the J-1 Section Chief at the Department of Homeland Security’s Joint Task Force – West, overseeing administrative functions such as personnel, budget, information technology, and facility management. She spent a number of years in CBP/OIT as a software developer, team lead, and program manager. In 2006, Ms. Henderson became a Branch Director, supporting U.S. Border Patrol and Office of Air and Marine national-level software programs. She also served as the OIT Field Support Regional Director overseeing CBP technologies along the Southwest Border.

Ms. Henderson received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Information Systems, from the University of Montana and a Juris Doctor from George Mason School of Law. She is a graduate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fellows Program and is a certified DHS Program Manager.


Peter Howard
Senior Director, Business Development and Strategy
General Dynamics Mission Systems
(confirmed)

 

Peter Howard is the Senior Director for Business Development and Strategy for the Federal Systems line of business at General Dynamics Mission Systems.

Peter Howard is the Senior Director for Business Development and Strategy for the Federal Systems line of business at General Dynamics Mission Systems. He is responsible for leading new business capture and revenue growth in the Federal Systems including Law Enforcement and Public Safety sectors for the company.

In June 2003, Peter joined General Dynamics where he stood up the Federal Business Sector and was instrumental in capturing more than $1 billion in new business in the Federal Market wireless and security programs.  A few examples includeDepartment of Commerce FirstNet, Department of Homeland Security, Custom Border Patrol Remote Video Surveillance (RVSS), and the Los Angeles World Airport security network.

Peter brings more than 30 years industry experience primarily in wireless communications development from technology evolution through implementation, gained through experience in leadership positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, Bell South Cellular; and M/A COM.

Howard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Merrimack College and a Master of Science, Technology Management from Mercer University.


Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan
Vice President, Policy
Public Policy Forum
(Confirmed)

 

Kabi, as he’s widely known, comes to PPF after five years at the Conference Board of Canada, where he was most recently Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight.

Kabi, as he’s widely known, comes to PPF after five years at the Conference Board of Canada, where he was most recently Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight. Before coming to Canada, he worked for the British Home Office, founded and managed two technology start-ups and led a research team at the University of Cambridge. He is a scientist, entrepreneur and internationally recognized expert in cyber security, emergency management and national security issues. He also has done work on long-term policy development, human resources strategy and the future of work, which will prove to be invaluable as PPF embarks on a three-year research initiative with the support of TD Bank and other partners.

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kabi studied at Imperial College in London and has a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge and an executive MBA from the London Business School. He says he chose Canada because of its values and quality of life but also because it would keep him close to family – his wife was born in Ontario.


Mike Leahy
Executive Director, Commercial Program Directorate
Canada Border Services Agency
(confirmed)

 

Mr. Leahy is responsible for Commercial Program Management and Transformation which includes administering and modernizing policies and procedures for the Import and Export of commercial goods.

Mr. Leahy is responsible for Commercial Program Management and Transformation which includes administering and modernizing policies and procedures for the Import and Export of commercial goods. This work has included sponsorship of projects such as Single Window, eManifest and most recently the development of a Framework of Standards on Cross Border E-Commerce where he co-chairs a working group on Facilitation at the World Customs Organization.

Mr. Leahy was born in Shannon Québec and has spent the majority of his 25 years in public service at the CBSA.


Colleen Manaher
Executive Director, Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
(confirmed)

 

Colleen M. Manaher is currently the Executive Director of Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Office of Field Operations at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Colleen M. Manaher is currently the Executive Director of Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Office of Field Operations at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Before assuming her position as Executive Director, Ms. Manaher served as the Director of the Land Border Integration Program Management Office.  Building on the successful implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) in 2009, the Land Border Integration Team was responsible for optimizing inbound passenger operations and leveraging technologies and process improvements for outbound, checkpoint and pedestrian environments.

Ms. Manaher also served as the lead for the US-VISIT biometric transition into CBP which included the transfer of 65 professional staff.  Prior to her current assignments, Ms. Manaher served as the Senior Advisor for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security and was an Implementation Program Manager at US-VISIT.  She has been the driving force behind several large scale projects including the implementation of biometric enrollment at ports of entry and establishment of the cross-border national travel document standards for radio frequency identification technology.

Ms. Manaher started her career with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in Buffalo, N.Y. as an Immigration Inspector and worked her way up the federal government ranks in both Buffalo, N.Y. and Washington, D.C.  She has served DHS, CBP and the Department of Justice with distinction and has held a number of key positions since beginning her career with the former INS over 23 years ago.  Ms. Manaher was born in Buffalo, N.Y., holds a master’s degree and is a Level 3 Certified Program Manager.


Judson Murdock
Acting Assistant Commissioner
Office of Intelligence, U.S. Customs & Border Protection
(confirmed)

 

Mr. Judson W. Murdock II is the Acting Assistant Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Intelligence where he oversees CBP’s intelligence enterprise.

Mr. Judson W. Murdock II is the Acting Assistant Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Intelligence where he oversees CBP’s intelligence enterprise.

Concurrently, he is the Director, Field Operations (DFO), Houston Field Office and has been in this role 2013. As the DFO, Mr. Murdock oversees CBP operations within Houston Field Office, which includes the Ports of Houston, Dallas, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Freeport, Lubbock, Midland, Port Arthur, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also oversees the Petroleum Center of Excellence and Expertise (CEE), which manages nationwide post-release trade workload for the petroleum, natural gas and minerals industries.

In 2017, he served a lengthy assignment as the Executive Director, Operations for the CBP’s Office of Field Operations (OFO) where he oversaw CBP operations nationwide that includes over 300 ports of entry and more than 24,000 CBP Officers and CBP Agriculture Specialists and a multi-million-dollar budget.

Prior to his selection as DFO, Mr. Murdock was the Area Port Director for the Area Port of Dallas, overseeing CBP operations at the Ports of Dallas/Fort Worth, Amarillo, Austin, Lubbock, Midland, San Antonio, as well as the Ports of Tulsa and Oklahoma City in Oklahoma.

Mr. Murdock also served as the Assistant Port Director for Passenger Operations at the Port of Detroit from 2006 to 2008 and as Chief CBP Officer at the Port of Hidalgo/Pharr, Texas from 2003 to 2006. During his career with CBP, Mr. Murdock was a program manager at CBP Headquarters.

He began his career as a U.S. Customs Inspector in El Paso, Texas in 1996.

Mr. Murdock is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as a Medic and attended Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executive Fellows program.


John-OsswoskiJohn Ossowski
President
Canada Border Services Agency
(Confirmed)

 

John Ossowski was appointed President of the Canada Border Services Agency on December 7, 2016.

Prior to this appointment, John was Deputy Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency from July 2015 to December 2016. He has also held senior positions as Associate Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canada and also as Assistant Secretary, International Affairs, Security and Justice Sector, at the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS). He has also worked at Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) where he was Director General, Policy and Communications and then Deputy Chief, Corporate Services. Before joining CSEC, John was Assistant Director, Government Relationships and Communications at the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, which is Canada’s financial intelligence unit. Prior to this, John spent a number of years at TBS in the Government Operations Sector and finally as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary.

John has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Victoria.


Thomas Overacker
Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(confirmed)

 

Mr. Overacker currently holds the Senior Executive Service position of Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations, in Washington, DC.

Mr. Overacker currently holds the Senior Executive Service position of Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations, in Washington, DC.

In this key role, Mr. Overacker provides leadership for all aspects of CBP’s cargo processing and trade operations at Ports of Entry and Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers). He overseesnon-intrusive inspection and radiation detection technology for the agency; policies and procedures for cargo verification and cargo control; and for trade compliance.  He also directs the Customs – Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT), and the Container Security Initiative (CSI).

Prior to this appoint, Mr. Overacker served as the Assistant Director of the National Targeting Center (NTC) – Cargo Division where heoversaw daily operations for tactical targeting of high-risk cargo.  He was responsible for developing and implementing risk assessment methodologies for all cargo related targeting activities, including oversight of the Automated Targeting System cargo modules.  He established the Integrated Trade Targeting Network, an operational network between all of CBP’s targeting assets to improve communications, coordinate actions, and standardize procedures for more effective enforcement. He guided the NTC’s international targeting fellowship as well as international and industry engagements and played a critical role in the Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot and CBP’s collaboration with the Transportation Security Administration.

Mr. Overacker began his career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1997 as an Import Specialist in Cleveland.  He has held various leadership positions throughout his career. While part of the Office of Trade, Mr. Overacker led the project team that created CBP’s industry-based Centers of Excellence and Expertise that replaced the service port as the organizational structure and operating model for processing trade.  He also served as Operations Manager in the Office of Intelligence where he managed programs for security targeting and laid the groundwork for integrating the latest intelligence information into CBP’s targeting methodologies.

Mr. Overacker graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations.  He is a 2018 graduate of the American University, Key Executive Leadership, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Senior Managers in Government Certificate Programs.


Robert-E-PerezRobert E. Perez
Acting Executive Assistant Commissioner
Operations Support, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(Confirmed)

 

Mr. Perez comes to this position from serving as the Director of Field Operations (DFO) for CBP's New York Field Office, where last year he directed the activities of nearly 3,000 CBP employees and oversaw the arrival of more than 21 million international travelers and over $240 billion in imported goods.

Mr. Perez has also held the positions of DFO and Port Director in Detroit, Michigan, leading the activities of more than 1,100 CBP employees throughout the state at seven ports of entry, which included three international bridges, the busiest commercial truck border crossing in North America, and the busiest privately owned vehicle border crossing between the U.S. and Canada.

Prior to his arrival in Michigan in 2005, Mr. Perez served as the first Director of the Customs–Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) in Washington, DC, a position he held for three years beginning in 2002. In that role, he oversaw the development and implementation of all the anti-terrorism industry partnership programs for CBP. Mr. Perez held various positions as a Program Manager in CBP headquarters from 1997 through 2001, and began his career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1992 as a Customs Inspector in Newark, New Jersey.

Mr. Perez has represented the Department of Homeland Security and CBP as a border security expert throughout the globe at scores of international business conferences, on official assignments alongside senior figures in U.S. and foreign government, and in the national and international press. He has been a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University Law Center, Michigan State University Law School, the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Mr. Perez also served on the Advisory Board of the Criminal Justice Department at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan.

Mr. Perez has been widely recognized throughout his career for his accomplishments and contributions to international border and trade security, including being named “Person of the Year” by the Maritime Security Council, receiving the “Keys to the City” by the Mayor of Cartagena, Colombia, and receiving the “True American Hero, Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation.

Mr. Perez is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He also is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Christopher Perry
Director Field Operations, Detroit Field Office
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
(confirmed)

Mr. Perry is the Director, Field Operations (DFO) in Detroit, Michigan, for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations.

Mr. Perry is the Director, Field Operations (DFO) in Detroit, Michigan, for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations.

In this capacity, Mr. Perry is responsible for anti-terrorism policies and operations, cargo and passenger clearance, admissibility and immigration policy, agricultural inspections, and trade enforcement and facilitation for all the ports in the state of Michigan.

He oversees seven ports of entry located throughout Michigan that include international land border, airport, rail, and maritime operations. In FY11, ports within the Detroit Field Office processed more than 17M passengers, nearly 7M vehicles, and over 12K aircraft. Additionally, imports through the Detroit Field Office in FY11 were valued at $119B with approximately 35% of all the trade with Canada crossing the border within Mr. Perry’s area of responsibility. Also, the single busiest commercial border crossing in the United States, Detroit’s Fort Street Cargo Facility, falls under Mr. Perry’s area of responsibility.

Prior to being selected as DFO, Mr. Perry has held a variety of positions with increasing management responsibility in both CBP Headquarters and in field locations. In 2009, Mr. Perry was the senior CBP field manager responsible for the response to the attempted terrorist bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day. In 2008, Mr. Perry served as the Acting Deputy Director of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) Program Management Office (PMO) in Washington, D.C. which resulted in passenger facilitation technologies being deployed to all land border ports in the nation. This level one investment was funded at $350M and was delivered on time and on budget. WHTI is the third largest investment in CBP and has been described as one of CBP’s most successful technology deployments. Mr. Perry also served as the Area Port Director in Champlain, N.Y. from December 2000 to August 2008 where he oversaw all CBP operations. Additionally, he oversaw the construction and opening of new CBP facilities valued at over $100M. These new facilities drastically improved the movement of both goods and people across the border.


Ron Rienas
General Manager
Peace Bridge
(confirmed)

 

John Ossowski was appointed President of the Canada Border Services Agency on December 7, 2016.

Mr. Rienas is the General Manager of the binational Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority which owns and operates the Peace Bridge between Buffalo, New York and Fort Erie, Ontario. He oversees operations of the Finance, Human Resources, Operations, and Toll/Traffic Departments.  Prior to holding this position, he was the Facilities Manager of the Peace Bridge Authority beginning in 2000.

He previously spent 12 years as the Director of Planning & Property Safety with the Town of Fort Erie where he oversaw the planning and building departments.  Prior to his tenure with the Town of Fort Erie, Ron was employed with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Ontario, and with an urban and rural planning consultant firm in the Niagara Region.

He holds an honors bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning with an environmental studies major and management studies minor.


Peter Sloly
Partner, Deloitte, Canada
Former Deputy Chief of Toronto Police Service
(confirmed)

 

Peter Sloly is a Partner and National Security and Justice Leader in the Risk Advisory practice, specializing in building leading edge cybersecurity capacity, modernizing organizations for success in the digital age, and implementing successful diversity & inclusion/human capital strategies.

Peter Sloly is a Partner and National Security and Justice Leader in the Risk Advisory practice, specializing in building leading edge cybersecurity capacity, modernizing organizations for success in the digital age, and implementing successful diversity & inclusion/human capital strategies. He retired as a Deputy Chief of Police after a decorated 27-year policing career.

Peter Sloly’s policing career included the successful implementation of a social media/cyber security strategy for Canada’s largest municipal police agency as well as implementing innovative corporate strategies in the areas of emergency management, operations center design, risk management, human capital management, and public safety.


Brenda-SmithBrenda Smith
Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade
Operations Support, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(Confirmed)

 

Since 2014, Ms. Smith has overseen a diverse portfolio of trade enforcement, security, and facilitation matters to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety.

Her work ranges from enforcing over 500 U.S. trade laws, to overseeing 14 trade agreements with 20 countries, to directing CBP’s seven Priority Trade Issues. She oversees national compliance audits and the management of trade data, along with CBP’s regulatory process for administering trade and border operations. She is also responsible for implementation of many components of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) of 2015. TFTEA, the first comprehensive authorization of CBP since Department of Homeland Security was created in 2003, ensures a fair and competitive trade environment.

Notably, under Ms. Smith’s leadership, CBP has automated and modernized trade processes through the completion of the U.S. Single Window via the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Through ACE, the private sector transmits import-export data to 47 partner government agencies, eliminating over 250 paper forms and streamlining trade processes. CBP now has 100 percent of the scheduled core trade processing capabilities in ACE. Because of her work saving the government and industry time and money through the development of U.S. Single Window, Ms. Smith was a 2017 finalist in the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America (“Sammie”) award for management excellence.

Ms. Smith was also honored with a 2017 Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award, the highest award in civil service. Only one percent of government executives receive this rank. The award recognizes her achievements in enhancing CBP’s enforcement to protect American consumers.

Since joining the U.S. Customs Service in 1994, Ms. Smith has served in a variety of roles overseeing trade and border enforcement issues. Most recently the Executive Director for the ACE Business Office, she has also served as Executive Director for Trade Policy and Programs, the Director of Policy and Programs in the Office of International Affairs and Trade Relations, and led the Commissioner’s Strategic Planning and Performance Division. Prior to joining Customs, Ms. Smith worked at the Department of the Treasury and on Capitol Hill.

Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Economics from Rutgers University and is also a graduate of the Customs Leadership Institute and the Federal Executive Institute.


Mike Tamilia
Senior Manager Customs, CN
(confirmed)


Joseph L. Trulik
President, Farrow U.S.; Customs Committee Member, The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America
(confirmed)

 

Joe Trulik is President, Farrow U.S., based at the Detroit Regional Center in Plymouth, Michigan.

Joe Trulik is President, Farrow U.S., based at the Detroit Regional Center in Plymouth, Michigan. Joe joined Farrow in January of 2017 and brings over 30 years of Customs and Forwarding experience as well as many years of operational and compliance leadership. He has served in several senior roles throughout his career including Manager Regulatory and Entry Services, Senior Classification Manager Classification, Senior Manager of Automotive Accounts, General Manager, and as a corporate officer and Global Managing Director of Regulatory Compliance for FedEx Trade Networks.

Joe now serves as the President, Farrow U.S., overseeing a diversified multi-office brokerage, forwarding, and warehousing operation.  Joe also serves on various industry boards, committees, and work groups with a number of Broker and Forwarding Associations including the Detroit Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, the Northern Border Customs Brokers Association, and Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee. Joe is a licensed Customs Broker, a Certified Customs Specialist, and a Certified Export Specialist.

Joe has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and acquired his MBA from Eastern Michigan University.


Kelly Wilton
Customs Brokerage Compliance Manager, UPS
(confirmed)

Kelly has worked in the Customs Brokerage industry since 1982 and earned her Customs Brokerage License in 1988.
Kelly has worked in the Customs Brokerage industry since 1982 and earned her Customs Brokerage License in 1988. She began her UPS career in 2003 as the Area Brokerage Manager responsible for US Northern Border brokerage offices in Maine, Vermont, New York, and Michigan.  In 2011-2012, Kelly took a short-term international assignment to the UK, as Customs and Freight Manager for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Since 2013, Kelly has held a variety of roles for both Brokerage and Global Freight Forwarding, including: Sales Support, Solutions & Implementations, and Project Management. In her current role, Kelly has Compliance oversight of UPS’s brokerage offices on both the Northern Border and Southern Border.
* as of September 17, 2018