Canada-United States Law Institute Conference on the World's Longest Undefended Border: Gateway or Checkpoint? The Post 9/11 'Safe and Secure' Canada-United States Border in the Era of Global Supply Chains: list of speakers.

April 18-19, 2008


Joy Aldous is the Director of the Licensing, Export and Accounting Policy Division in the Admissibility Branch of the Canada Border Services Agency. She has over 30 years of experience in the agency and has contributed to many initiatives including Customs Self Assessment, ACROSS, Titan and the Customs Commercial System.

David Bradley joined OTA in 1985 and became its president in 1991. In 1997, he was given the added responsibility of Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Trucking Alliance. Before entering the trucking industry, David was a management consultant with one of the large global consulting firms based in Toronto and a financial markets analyst at a Canadian chartered bank. David completed his undergraduate work in economics at the University of Toronto and earned a master's degree in economics from Queen's University.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak joined the International Trade Law Group, the Business Law Group and Tax Group as counsel in Lang Michener's Toronto office in October 2007. She is known for her expertise in the area of free trade agreements, regional trade agreements and preferential trading arrangements (collectively, PTAs). She appears before regulatory bodies and tribunals such as the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, and makes representations to the Canada Revenue Agency, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Export and Import Controls Bureau, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Department of Finance and the Ontario Ministry of Revenue.

Cyndee is the co-founder of Trade Lawyers Blog, Women Lawyers Blog and Canada Law Blog. Cyndee is a vice-chair of the American Bar Association, International Law Section customs and membership committees and the Diversity Task Force. She is pastchair of the ABA, Women's Interest Network, and a member of the organizing committee of the 2006 ABA Annual General Meeting. Cyndee is the chair of the Canadian Bar Association, National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section, Customs Subcommittee.

Garland Chow is Associate Professor in the Operations and Logistics Division and Director of the Bureau of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Freight Security (BITSAFS) in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Chow actively teaches and writes in the fields of supply chain, business logistics and freight transport planning, management and policy. He is an internationally known authority on motor carrier transportation and author of over 200 articles and reports. Recent research includes: the role of Canadian firms in global supply chains, the relevance of Canada's labor standards to long distance truck drivers, modeling the supply chains utilizing the Asia Pacific gateway and the modeling of total logistics cost performance.

Since June 2005, he has been the director of BITSAFS. The Bureau has the mandate to encourage and conduct research on the use of intelligent transportation systems to enable secure, safe and efficient movement across borders. Dr. Chow's principle research within BITSAFS has been the modeling of the intermodal transport chain across all modes and the use of these models to simulate public policy and IT scenarios. Other BITSAFS projects include vehicle infrastructure integration, the intelligent gateway concept, smart corridors, and securing the marine container supply chain.

Jason Conley is the Senior Manager for Homeland Security policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation. As such, he is responsible for the organization's advocacy, policy, and outreach on issues including transportation security for all modes, supply chain management, and customs policy. Notably, Mr. Conley led the Chamber's successful lobbying campaign on recently-enacted SAFE Port Act of 2006, and Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act. Prior to joining the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Conley served as Vice President of National Strategies, a boutique public policy firm in Washington, DC. While with National Strategies, he provided Fortune 500 clients with strategic counsel and coalition management services on policy issues related to transportation, telecommunications, and public safety.

Prior to joining National Strategies, Mr. Conley served for three years as Director of Government Relations & Deputy General Counsel for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Mr. Conley directed federal government relations for the intelligent transportation industry. Mr. Conley led a broad coalition of public and private sector transportation stakeholders in a successful lobbying campaign to increase federal funding for intelligent transportation systems in the surface transportation legislation, known as SAFE TEA-LU. Earlier in his career, Jason practiced with the Washington, D.C. firm of Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal, L.L.P. Jason graduated from The Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. He also received a B.A. in Politics from Wake Forest University. He is an active member of both the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia State Bar. He is also a member of the American Bar Association's Homeland Security Task Force and the Legal and Policy Committee of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Trade Support Network.

Hugh Conroy is a project manager at the Whatcom Council of Governments (WCOG), a U.S. metropolitan planning organization in Bellingham, Washington. For 11 years, his work has centered on the WCOG's leadership of the International Mobility and Trade Corridor Project (IMTC)-a binational and cross-border transportation planning coalition. Ongoing regional coordination and multi-agency project delivery through the IMTC Project have covered a variety of United States-Canada cross-border trade and travel issues. Public and private entities, working through the IMTC, continue to identify priorities for the regional border gateway, plan improvements, assemble project funding partnerships, and cooperatively oversee implementation of several initiatives. Over the last four years, Hugh has also been participating on the Canada-U.S. Transportation Border Working Group (TBWG), working on coordination of national programs and policies related to our countries' shared interests in cross-border transportation. Hugh received a master's degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

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