2017 Conference Speakers

2017 speakers as of September 7, 2017. 

Maurice-ChénierMaurice Chénier
Chief Information Officer, Vice-President, Information, Science and Technology
Canada Border Services Agency


As Chief Information Officer and Vice‑President of the Information, Science and Technology Branch, Mr. Maurice Chénier provides strategic direction and management for the implementation...
…maintenance and evolution of information, science and engineering, and technology solutions in support of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and its program delivery. Maurice has held Senior Assistant and Assistant Deputy Minister level positions with Shared Services Canada and Public Works and Government Services Canada, respectively. His experience as the President of the Association of Public Sector Information Professionals from 1999 to 2000 has helped him maintain a strong focus on the growth and contributions of Information Technology professionals.

Maurice also held several leadership positions at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Justice Canada, and Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. He is an industry and Government recognized seasoned expert in the field of relationship management, program and project management towards predictable service delivery performance.

Maurice joined the CBSA in April 2013 and is a strong advocate of bilateral internal communication.

Maurice holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Richard-F-DiNucciRichard F. DiNucci
Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security
Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


On September 10, 2014, Mr. Richard DiNucci became the Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security for CBP.
The Executive Director is the primary lead within CBP related to all cargo policies and oversight with regard to the security and release of both inbound and outbound commercial cargo within the United States. Additionally, Mr. DiNucci is responsible for leading critical components of OFO’s trade mission to include the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE), the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and other cargo initiatives. From September 28, 2014 until January 31, 2015, Mr. DiNucci served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations (OFO) at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Headquarters in Washington, DC. With over 28,000 employees, OFO is the largest component in CBP and is responsible for securing the U.S. border at ports of entry while expediting lawful trade and travel.

Mr. DiNucci began his career 23 years ago in the former U.S. Customs Service at the Port of Baltimore in the Commercial Operations Division, OFO. He later served in the Office of International Affairs working on the framework for the World Customs Organization’s Kyoto Convention standardizing international customs clearance processes and facilitating cooperative law enforcement operations with international partners. He returned to OFO in 1995 where he served in a variety of positions in the field and at Headquarters in risk management and commercial enforcement operations. Mr. DiNucci was one of the original members of the team that designed and implemented C-TPAT in 2001. In 2003, he was appointed Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner where he served until 2005 prior to beginning a detail at the Department of Homeland Security in the Directorate of Border and Transportation Security.

Upon his return to CBP, Mr. DiNucci served in a number of positions including the Deputy Director in the Office of Anti-Terrorism managing the Commissioner’s Situation Room, the Deputy Director of Border Targeting and Security in OFO overseeing the Automated Targeting System, the Director of Cargo Control in OFO working on the design and implementation of the Importer Security Filing (“10 + 2”), and administering CBP’s overseas efforts in response to the 9/11 Commission Act mandating 100% scanning of all ocean-going cargo into the U.S. Mr. DiNucci also served as the Acting Assistant Director Field Operations for Trade and Cargo Security in the New York Field Office.

In 2013, Mr. DiNucci served as the Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade (OT) for CBP where he led the daily operations of approximately 1,000 employees at Headquarters and field locations, managing commercial enforcement and compliance operations and implementing CBP policy to ensure the facilitated clearance of compliant cargo. Prior to assuming the Acting Assistant Commissioner position, he was OT’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner since 2011.

Mr. DiNucci is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a Bachelor Degree, Magna Cum Laude in History.

Gary-DoerGary Doer
Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States
Former Premier of Manitoba


Gary Doer was the 23rd Canadian Ambassador to the United States and Former Premier of Manitoba.
Mr. Doer won three consecutive elections as Premier of Manitoba. In 2005, he was named by Business Week magazine as one of the top 20 international leaders on climate change. His government introduced balanced budgets during each of his ten years in office. As Premier, he led strategic investments in health care, education, and infrastructure.

Mr. Doer was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the United States in 2009. During his six year tenure, he worked with leaders in both Canada and the U.S. at the state and federal level to ensure Canada’s entry into the Trans-Pacific-Partnership and helped to negotiate a presidential permit for the construction of the Detroit-Windsor Bridge. Mr. Doer worked to have hydro-electric power recognized as renewable energy in the U.S. and assisted in ushering in a new cooperative approach to regulatory reform. As Canada’s chief advocate in the U.S., Mr. Doer garnered support for harmonizing light vehicle emission standard and a part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, was directly involved in the signing of the border pre-clearance agreement in 2015, which enables the legitimate flow of trade and travel between Canada and the U.S.

In 2011, the World Affairs Council awarded Mr. Doer its distinguished diplomatic service award. He is currently volunteering as Co-Chair of the Wilson Centre’s Canada Institute, based in Washington, DC.

CAPT_Brian-GildaCaptain Brian Gilda
Chief of Prevention, Thirteenth Coast Guard District



Captain Gilda assumed the duties of the Chief of Prevention for the U.S. Coast Guard’s 13th District in July 2015.
He is responsible for oversight of vessel safety and waterfront inspections for safety, security and environmental compliance; approximately 1,700 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers; and waterways management and maintenance of over 2,000 aids to navigation and permitting of over 1,000 bridges over navigable waterways in states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Captain Gilda’s area of responsibility includes more than 4,400 miles of coastline, 600 miles of inland waterways, and a 125 nm international border with Canada.

His 26-year career has taken him to five continents; from the low lands of Holland to the rugged coastal cliffs of South Africa, London to Shanghai, and many points in between. Captain Gilda previously served at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England; Sector New York; Coast Guard Activities Europe, Coast Guard Headquarters; Coast Guard Marine Inspection Office Europe, Marine Safety Office Puget Sound, and USCGC STEADFAST.

Some of his most memorable events include the Coast Guard’s response to USAIR Flight 1549 “Miracle on the Hudson,” marching down 5th Avenue in the 90th New York City Veterans Day Parade, and being part of the Coast Guard’s 1991 massive response operation that ultimately involved 75 Coast Guard units and rescued over 40,000 Haitians.

He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1990 and earned a Masters of Fire Protection Engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Captain Gilda is a native of Bellingham, WA. His wife Margreet is from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She was sworn in as a U.S. citizen in 2010 on the Coast Guard’s 220th birthday (August 4th). They have two sons Tim (age 14) and Thijs, sounds like Tice, (age 11).

He credits the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the local Coast Guard station crew with sparking his interest for service in the Coast Guard. He is an Eagle Scout.

Paul-HaskinsPaul Haskins
Vice President, Gartner Consulting



Paul Haskins is the Practice Solution Lead for the Gartner Consulting Data and Analytics practice.
Paul has more than 30 years’ experience leading high performance teams. During this time he has worked in Europe, Asia and North America, always with a focus on helping clients to get the most from their data and technology assets. His recent projects have employed information valuation techniques, Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning to formalize decision models for organizations that enable discovery of new insights and scale beyond the scope of traditional human-only capacity.

Before joining Gartner, Paul was Vice President, Consulting at CGI for eight years where he led the Information Management practice. In 2001 Paul co-founded TrueContext Corporation (now ProntoForms PFM:CN) where, as Vice President Product Management and Operations he led the requirements specification, design and management. He is named as co-inventor for three patents in the area of policy-based mobile content management and mobile form data collection.

Darby-LaJoyeDarby LaJoye
Assistant Administrator, Office of Security Operations
U.S. Transportation Security Administration


Darby LaJoye was named the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Security Operations in September 2016.
Prior to assuming his current role, he served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the office.

As Assistant Administrator, LaJoye oversees risk-based, adaptive security that includes airport checkpoint and baggage screening operations, regulatory compliance, cargo inspections, and other specialized programs designed to secure transportation. He leads security operations for approximately 440 airports nationwide, including a workforce of more than 50,000 employees.

Previously, LaJoye served as the Federal Security Director of Los Angeles. He was responsible for Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport and Palm Springs International Airport, with inter-modal responsibilities throughout Southern California and Hawaii. He managed the largest field staff, with nearly 3,000 employees, and sat on several executive boards from universities and law enforcement organizations. LaJoye also served as the Federal Security Director at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and held other management positions within operations throughout his tenure. He joined TSA in 2002 and was instrumental in the federalization of airports throughout the Northeast and Midwest regions.

Before joining TSA, LaJoye served in the U.S. Army in various light infantry and airborne units. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Richmond, earning a degree in Human Resource Management. He attended the Harvard Business School for Executive Education and has a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

Jim-MarriottJim Marriott
Former Head of Aviation Security and Facilitation, ICAO



Bio coming soon.

Gilles-MichaudGilles Michaud
Deputy Commissioner, Federal Policing
Royal Canadian Mountain Police


Deputy Commissioner Gilles Michaud has been a proud member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) since 1986, when he was first posted to work in the Province of Quebec where he honed his Federal Policing experience from a small detachment in Mont Laurier to more specialized investigative units in St Jerome and Montreal.
He eventually transferred to Ottawa where he continued his progression in the Federal Policing environment as a Commissioned Officer both within a Division and at National Headquarters.

During his 30 years of service with the Force, D/Commr. Michaud acquired a wealth of experience in the areas of organized crime, proceeds of crime and commercial crime investigations at the national and international levels. For a number of years, he was in charge of the RCMP’s National Security Criminal Investigations Program which was entrusted with investigating counter-terrorism and espionage cases.

He recently served as the first Commanding Officer of the newly-established National Division, whose mandate is to oversee the conduct of sensitive investigations of threats to Canada’s national interests, as well as, to provide protective policing services in the National Capital Region, including security for the Parliamentary Precinct, the Prime Minister of Canada and other Canadian Executives and foreign dignitaries.

In October 2016, Deputy Commissioner Gilles Michaud was appointed to lead the Force’s Federal Policing business line, which is the core line of service carried by the RCMP across Canada and around the world.

D/Commr. Michaud is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute’s 39th Session, the FBI National Academy’s 213th Session, as well as of the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Program administered by the FBI National Academy. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Program in National and International Security and McGill University’s Executive Development Program.

He is a recipient of the Governor General’s medal for academic achievements, as well as, the Queen’s Jubilee and RCMP Long Service medals. In January 2014, D/Commr. Michaud was also appointed Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. He is originally from St Leonard, New Brunswick and is a loving father to his two adult children.

Nicole Murphy
Senior Intelligence Research Specialist, National Critical Infrastructure Team
Royal Canadian Mounted Police


Nicole Murphy is a Senior Intelligence Research Specialist (Transportation Sector) with the RCMP National Critical Infrastructure Team (NCIT) at National Headquarters in Ottawa.
In this role, she is responsible for the collection and analysis of information relating to criminal threats and risks to Canada’s critical infrastructure. NCIT builds innovative partnerships with private sector critical infrastructure owners and operators, the Canadian intelligence community, Federal government agencies, and other police services to protect critical infrastructure and to support criminal investigations.

Previous to joining NCIT, she worked as an intelligence analyst with the RCMP Criminal Intelligence Program. Nicole has been a civilian member with the RCMP for the past 10 years.

Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan
Commander, Ninth Coast District
U.S. Coast Guard


Rear Admiral Nunan assumed duty as the Ninth Coast Guard District Commander in August 2017.
She is the senior Coast Guard Commander for the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway, an area that encompasses eight states, a 1,500 mile international border, and a workforce of over 6,000 Coast Guard active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women.

A Bridgeport, Connecticut native, Rear Admiral Nunan graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1987. Her early sea duty was in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Western Pacific before she became the last commanding officer of the WWII era USCGC IRONWOOD in Kodiak, Alaska, and subsequently the first commanding officer of its state of the art replacement, the 225-foot SPAR, which was built in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Ashore, she served the duties of Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Her primary responsibility was to provide counsel to the Secretary in affairs concerning the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense. She served as Deputy Sector Commander in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Sector Commander, Honolulu, Hawaii. (The Sector position includes the following roles: Captain of the Port, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, Federal On Scene Coordinator, Officer In Charge of Marine Inspection, and Federal Maritime Security Coordinator.) Earlier assignments have involved Academy Admissions, Personnel Services, Civil Rights, Innovation, and most notably, serving as Military Assistant to Secretary of Transportation Norman H. Mineta and Chief of Staff at the Coast Guard Force Readiness Command in Norfolk, Virginia.

Her professional studies began with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991. In 1999, she earned her Merchant Mariner License as Master (1,600 Tons), Second Mate (2,000 Tons) and Third Mate (Unlimited). From 2002 to 2003, she was a Seminar XXI Fellow in MIT’s Center for International Studies, and in 2003- 2004 a participant in the Executive Potential Program, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Leadership Development Academy. In 2006, she was assigned as the Coast Guard Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bi-partisan think tank in Washington, DC. Shecompleted the 2012-2013 Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security and Harvard’s National preparedness Leadershipinitiative from 2016 to 2017.

Rear Admiral Nunan’s personal awards include the Secretary of Transportation Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement, DOT Outstanding Public Service Award, two Legion of Merits, threeCG Meritorious Service Medals, recognition via an American Samoa Senate Concurrent Resolution, and selection as the CG’s first Female Elite Athlete of the Year.

John-OsswoskiJohn Ossowski
Canada Border Services Agency


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.

Kurry-PastilongKurry M. Pastilong
Assistant Director of Field Operations
Preclearance Field Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Mr. Kurry M. Pastilong currently serves as Assistant Director of Border Security for the Preclearance Field Office and in charge of strategy, policy development, and timely execution of operations at 16 existing locations and engagement with stakeholders for expansion to additional CBP inspection locations.

Mr. Pastilong leads approximately 600 personnel stationed overseas in 6 different countries at 15 international airport locations as well ferry, cruise, and rail operations along the U.S. northern border. The preclearance locations conducted inspections for more than 18 million travelers which represents fifteen 15 percent of all commercial travelers destined to the U.S in fiscal year 2016.

Mr. Pastilong has served for 13 years within CBP in multiple leadership roles. The Assistant Director has played a key role in CBP’s strategy and development of further expansion to additional PC locations in support of the Department of Homeland Security goal to preclear 33% of total volume by 2024. Mr. Pastilong implemented several business transformation initiatives which are available at preclearance locations – Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks which have reduced inspection and queue time at airports up to 30 percent; Mobile Passport Control (MPC) which will soon be piloted at preclearance locations; and Global Entry which makes program benefits available to over 3.5 million travelers. Electronic boarding pass (eBP) as well as removal of customs declarations at Preclearance locations were also spearheaded by Mr. Pastilong at several preclearance airports; leading to increased efficiency of travelers and cost savings to commercial air carriers.

Mr. Pastilong began his career as an officer at Detroit Metro Airport in 2004. His pursuit of service in a leadership role began as a supervisor and acting port director during his tenure at Aruba Preclearance from 2009 – 2012. Mr. Pastilong took his first assignment to Headquarters Preclearance as the Branch Chief for Caribbean Operations and served in that role until assuming the position as Deputy Director in 2013 and eventually into his present day position as Assistant Director.

Recipient of the DHS Secretary’s Meritorious Silver Service Medal for his role in the U.S. – Canada Land, Rail, Maritime and Air Preclearance Agreement negotiation team. The Assistant Director is also a recipient of the CBP Commissioner Unit Citation for his role in establishing the preclearance operation located at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Pastilong is a native of West Virginia, and graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science and has two young sons.

Carla-L-ProvostCarla L. Provost
Acting Chief
U.S. Border Patrol


Carla L. Provost is the Acting Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, located in Washington DC.
Acting Chief Provost entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol on January 8, 1995, as a member of U.S. Border Patrol Class 277. Her first assignment as a Border Patrol agent was at the Douglas Station in the Tucson Sector. She was subsequently promoted to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent in 1998, and to Field Operations Supervisor in 2001.

In 2006, she transferred to the Yuma Sector as Assistant Chief Patrol Agent. In 2009, she became the Patrol Agent in Charge of the Wellton Station in the Yuma Sector, and in 2011, she was appointed to the SES position of Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the El Paso Sector.

In 2013, Acting Chief Provost became the Chief Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector, where she led 1,200 employees and oversaw all operations within her area of responsibility. In 2015, she became the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Professional Responsibility, where she oversaw compliance with all CBP-wide programs and policies relating to corruption, misconduct, or mismanagement. In 2016, Ms. Provost was selected as the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Among Acting Chief Provost’s many accomplishments in her distinguished career, is her successful standup of CBP’s Use of Force Center of Excellence, newly named the Law Enforcement Officer/Agent Safety and Compliance Directorate (LESC), which is responsible for the development and articulation of all CBP use of force policies and provides the agency with comprehensive and operational Use of Force programs. Acting Chief Provost also led the CBP-wide implementation of Comprehensive Use of Force Policy/Law Training, with 100 percent compliance by all CBP law enforcement-covered employees in support of the newly released Use of Force Policy. Acting Chief Provost served as an instructor for bike patrol units, firearms training, and post-academy law while stationed at the Tucson Sector, and while at the Yuma Sector, she directed sector budgets and human resources, and later oversaw all station operations.

Prior to joining the U.S. Border Patrol, Acting Chief Provost served for 2 1/2 years as a police officer with the Riley County Police Department in Manhattan, Kansas. She earned a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Kansas State University.

Chris-RickardChris Rickard
Senior Managing Partner, Gartner Consulting



Chris Rickard is a Senior Managing Partner with Gartner Consulting with over 15 years of business consulting experience advising both public and private sector clients with a focus on delivering business value through Information Technology.
Mr. Rickard’s key areas of expertise include supporting organizations develop IT strategy to support business needs, business analytics and their application to real business challenges and the optimization of IT resources and operations. Chris is responsible for Gartner consulting relationship with portions of the Government of Canada where he works with a broad spectrum of clients to drive improved application of IT.

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Rickard was a Director at CGI where he oversaw the Ottawa Business Intelligence Practice and supporting clients through the implementation of impactful analytics systems, including leading the development of an enhanced analytics application for banking sector analysis at Moody’s Investor Services in New York City.

Daniel-UjczoDaniel D. Ujczo
Of Counsel, Dickinson Wright PLLC
International Trade Lawyer


Dan is an international trade and customs lawyer who specializes in Canada-United States and North American matters.
In addition to his legal practice, Dan has responsibility for coordinating the firm’s innovative Canada-US Platform where Dickinson Wright is one of a limited number of legal service providers that have full-service offices located in Canada and the United States, and the only firm with offices located in the key North American trade corridors ranging from the Great Lakes Region, the U.S. Southeast, and the U.S. Southwest.

A US-licensed lawyer, Dan is one of the few individuals that has served in the US and Canadian governments, as well as private practice and academia. Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Dan served as an officer in Canada’s foreign ministry where he was responsible for coordinating a network of government departments and Canada-US industry associations toward improving North America’s borders and ports-of-entry. Dan was the Managing Director of the Canada-United States Law Institute, an organization of cross-border corporate executives and in-house counsel, law firms, public policy experts, scholars and the media housed at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Western Ontario. Dan was a visiting professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law for nearly a decade and managed a lab that served as a legal adviser to the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Coast Guard. Dan’s US government experience also includes serving as a Career Judicial Law Clerk to United States District Judge Peter C. Economus (OHND).

Dan is the President of the Ohio-Canada Business Association, and the Vice Chair and National Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada. Dan founded the U.S.-Canada S.A.G.E. initiative that is a collaboration of more than 300 U.S. and Canadian business associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, to address the NAFTA renegotiation process. He frequently testifies before U.S., state, and Canadian governmental panels and his commentary may be found in various media outlets including the The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Reports, The Globe and Mail, the CBC, and the Business News Network.

Denis-VinetteDenis R. Vinette
Acting/Associate Vice President, Operations
Canada Border Services Agency


After graduating from the University of Ottawa in 1991 and obtaining a Bachelor of Social Sciences, with a concentration in Criminology and Psychology, Denis embarked on his public service career the following year when he was hired by the former Revenue Canada as a Customs Inspector in Prescott, Ontario.
Denis became a Customs Superintendent in 1994 in Cornwall and later at Macdonald Cartier International Airport (MCIA) before spending two years working on various projects in the regional Planning and Program Integration Division. After a one-year assignment as Chief of Operations, MCIA, Denis embarked on the headquarters portion of his career, working in progressively more senior positions including those of Manager, Detection Technology; Director, Border Enforcement; Director General, Strategic Planning and Integration; Director, Personnel Security and Professional Standards; before returning to his career in the field as Regional Director General, Northern Ontario Region.

In September 2012, Denis assumed the position of Director General, Border Operations Directorate until November 2015, when he became the Acting Associate Vice-President of Operations Branch at the CBSA.

From August 2016 to June 2017, Denis was the Regional Director General of CBSA’s International Region, overseeing CBSA’s international operations and its overseas liaison officers that are posted in over 31 countries, in addition to the Agency’s National Security Screening Division and the National Document Centre.

Denis has since re-assumed the role of Acting Associate Vice-President of Operations Branch at the CBSA as of June 26, 2017.

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


John P. Wagner has been the Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations since April of 2014.
In this role, Mr. Wagner oversees nearly 30,000 employees including approximately 23,000 CBP Officers and over 2,400 CBP Agriculture Specialists that protect U.S. borders. An annual operating budget of $4.8 billion provides for operations at over 330 ports of entry, and many programs that support the national security, immigration, customs, and commercial trade-related missions of CBP.

In his 25 plus years of service, Mr. Wagner has worked on a wide variety of operational and policy issues. Mr. Wagner has been a leader in developing many successful transformative efforts for the organization, including the development of the internationally acclaimed Global Entry program and the Automated Passport Control kiosks for international travelers. He is recognized as a driving force behind many of CBP’s resource saving and time saving initiatives, while simultaneously enhancing security operations at the ports of entry.

A native of Long Island, NY, Mr. Wagner graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. He began his Federal law enforcement career in 1991 when he joined the U.S. Customs Service as a Customs Inspector, and has worked at the New York/New Jersey seaport and the land border port of Laredo, TX before being assigned to Headquarters. Mr. Wagner is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows course at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and was honored as a finalist for a Service to America’s medal in 2015.

Chris WellstoodChris Wellstood
Director Marine Operations & Security, Harbour Master,
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority


Mr. Wellstood is the Director of Marine Operations & Security with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and is responsible for all Marine operations, Security and Emergency response activities within the Port of Vancouver.
Besides his role as Director, Mr. Wellstood also acts as the Harbour Master for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and provides leadership and guidance in all facets of port marine logistics and operations; ensuring secure, safe, efficient freight flow and environmental protection within the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s jurisdiction.

Mr. Wellstood started his career as a Maritime Officer sailing on semi submersible heavy lift deep sea vessels and later moved to the offshore industry where he became a Dynamic Positioning Officer on the largest self propelled crane vessels in the world. In these years he traveled the world extensively and visited many ports in many different countries.

After getting his hands “wet and dirty” in the marine environment Mr. Wellstood moved toward the management side of the marine business, starting out as Management Trainee with SMIT International, a division of Boskalis, one of the largest dredging and hydraulic engineering companies in the world, operating in the marine salvage, marine transportation, harbour towage and oil and gas terminals markets.

In the fifteen years with SMIT Mr. Wellstood was deployed in many different management challenges around the world and moved on from management trainee through various management positions to the position of General Manager. His last position with SMIT was as General Manager of SMIT Marine Canada Inc., based in Vancouver, where he was responsible for all operational and commercial aspects of SMIT’s operations in Canada.

Mr. Wellstood holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Maritime Sciences from the Maritime Institute “De Ruyter”, HZ University of applied sciences in Vlissingen, The Netherlands, a Master of Science Degree in Maintenance and Safety Management from the University of Bradford in Bradford, United Kingdom and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

Chris is an inspirational leader with strong analytical skills, who enjoys leading and guiding his teams in activities that require ingenuity and unusual resourcefulness. He loves outdoor sports, such as skiing, skating, waterskiing and mountain biking and enjoys living in Vancouver with his wife, daughter and son.

Jeremy-WesingerJeremy Wesinger
Chief Operating Officer


As COO, Jeremy oversees the day-to-day performance of Peraton’s global business operations.
He helps drive Peraton’s performance by ensuring the alignment of staffing, capital deployment, and overall strategic management.

Jeremy was most recently principal at Augusta Management Strategies. He has also served as the President of PAE’s National Security and Solutions business, COO of GTSI, and Chairman and President of Cobham Defense Systems. He spent 20 years with Harris Corporation, where he served as President of the IT Services business and Group President of the Government Communications Systems division.

Jeremy serves on the advisory board of the University of South Florida School of Business. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Bowling Green University, an MBA in finance and management from the University of South Florida, and executive education from the Harvard Business School.

Richard Wex
Richard Wex
Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration
Refugees and Citizenship, Canada

Richard Wex was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, in September, 2015.
Prior to this appointment, he served as the Vice-President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) responsible for policy and program development, covering the full span of the CBSA’s mandate, from facilitating low-risk travel and trade to preventing illegal goods and people from entering or staying in the country.

From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Wex served as the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Law Enforcement and Policing Branch at Public Safety Canada, where he provided strategic leadership and policy advice to the Minister of Public Safety in carrying out his responsibilities for the RCMP and the CBSA. In this capacity, he successfully negotiated a multi-billion dollar 20-year services agreement between the RCMP and contracting provinces, territories and municipalities; led the establishment of a new civilian oversight body for the RCMP; and worked extensively on Canada-US cross border initiatives.
Prior to joining Public Safety Canada, Mr. Wex held a number of executive positions with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He began his public service career with the Department of Justice, practicing in the areas of Public and Aboriginal law.

Mr. Wex has a Bachelor of Laws degree (L.L.B.) from Queen’s University, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a graduate of the Public Service Advanced Leadership Program, and the Senior Managers in Government program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Solomon-WongSolomon Wong
Executive Vice President
InterVISTAS Consulting Inc.


Solomon Wong is InterVISTAS Consulting’s lead consultant on border and security facilitation and has spent 20 years advising clients in government, airports and airlines.
Mr. Wong has helped to improve processes for international air travel including major facility and process changes in Vancouver, Houston, San Diego, Aruba, among others. He has also supported a range of border process improvements including trusted traveler program development to current border automation solutions.

In 2017, Mr. Wong served as Principal Investigator for a major research project into the future of CBP facilities. He delivered a Companion Guide to the CBP’s Airport Technical Design Standard, designed to provide airports and designers with practical guidance to future-proof facilities. Additionally, he is an expert on the evolution of U.S. Preclearance, including policies, regulations, flows and business case development for new sites.

Mr. Wong is a member of the Airports Council International Facilitation committee, serves on the Board of the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance and is active on the Airports Consultants Council.