|February 8, 2018||Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, Toronto, ON||$395-$595||5|
This timely seminar covers the current state of NAFTA and how it impacts our communities. This opportunity is meant to coincide with the end of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario conference.
Thursday, February 8
9:00 – 10:00 am: The State of NAFTA
Dan Uzcjo, Trade Lawyer and NAFTA Expert, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Columbus OH
- NAFTA 101
- NAFTA in the Age of Trump
- Understanding the economic implications of NAFTA
- What will changes to NAFTA mean for our communities?
10:00 – 10:15 am: Break
10:15 am – 12:30 pm: Economic Development & NAFTA
Stephen Thomson, CEO of Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, former Consul and Senior Economic Officer to the Western U.S.
- How is a changing relationship with the United States changing the opportunities for communities?
- How do individual communities leverage NAFTA for local economic development?
- What resources exist for communities to build bridges to US markets and trade and investment opportunities?
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm: Private Sector Perspectives on the “New” NAFTA
Arlene White, Business Development Manager, WP Warehousing, former Executive Director of the Binational Alliance
- How is trade with the US changing?
- What do economic developers need to know about the practical aspects and issues around trade and the movement of goods?
- How can companies link to local trade support structures?
2:30 – 2:45 pm: Break
2:45 – 5:00 pm: Politics and Partnerships: Building Effective Cross-border Relationships
Daniel Kolundzic, Vice President – North America, Nanos Research, Niagara Falls, ON and former Political & Economic Relations Officer, Canadian Consulate, Buffalo
- How US politics shape partnership opportunities
- How to identify the best possible partners
- How to build effective cross-border initiatives
Dan Ujzco, Trade Lawyer and NAFTA expert at Dickinson Wright PLLC, Columbus, OH
Dan is an international trade and customs lawyer who specializes in Canada-United States matters. Dan also provides public policy counsel to governmental officials and corporate leaders in areas of regulatory cooperation, border security, economic development, labour mobility, corporate social responsibility, and public-private-partnerships.
A US-licensed lawyer, Dan is one of the few individuals that has served in the US and Canadian governments, 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 also served as a liaison between government officials in Canada and the US, as well as routinely assisted companies in dealings with Canada-US regulatory agencies.
Stephen Thompson, CEO of Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, former Consul and Senior Economic Officer to the Western U.S.
Stephen Thompson joined Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership as CEO in 2017 following a four-year diplomatic assignment, where he focused on investment attraction and trade development as Ontario’s senior representative and head of office in the Western United States. Previously, he was General Manager and Director of Economic Development, Tourism & Marketing for the City of Port Colborne, Ontario. Stephen is among a select group of fewer than 40 people in Canada to have obtained the Economic Development Fellowship designation, the highest level of economic development certification in the country. A Certified Economic Developer and a Registered Professional Planner, Stephen is also a member of the Economic Development Association of Canada, Economic Development Council of Ontario, International Economic Development Council, Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and Canadian Institute of Planners. His career in economic development began in 1997 with the Region of Ottawa-Carleton. He also has experience operating a small business and working in local, regional, and provincial levels of government in both planning and economic development. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, with degrees in Environmental Studies /Geography and a master’s degree in Local Economic Development. Stephen currently serves the Economic Development Association of Canada as an elected board member and has been part of the University of Waterloo Economic Development Program committee since 2007. He has previously served on more than a dozen boards and committees including chambers of commerce, industry associations, investment attraction corporations and tourism organizations.
Arlene White, Business Development Manager, WP Warehousing
Arlene is the Business Development Manager, WP Warehousing, former Executive Director of the Binational Economic and Tourism Alliance. She is a participant of the Ontario Printed Paper and Packaging Rapid Lab as well as a member of the Circular Economy Innovation Lab Steering Committee. Arlene has more than 40 years of experience in banking, government, trade relations and project management in Canada and the U.S., including work with Scotiabank, the Ontario Ministries of Economic Development and Tourism, the Binational Alliance and the communities of Niagara, Hamilton, Haldimand and Norfolk.
Daniel Kolundzic, Vice President, Nanos Research
Dan Kolundzic, former Political & Economic Relations Officer at the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo and Vice President at Nanos Research, one of North America’s premier market and public opinion research firms. Dan has over fifteen years of progressive experience across academic, government and business environments. His expertise ranges across a wide practice area including energy, agriculture, health care, education, innovation, among others.
|EDAC or EDCO members||Non-EDAC and non-EDCO members|
|Early bird||$395 + HST||$495 + HST|
|After February 1, 2018||$495 + HST||$595 + HST|