List of conference speakers.

Position:CANADA-UNITED STATES LAW INSTITUTE CONFERENCE on An Example of Cooperation and Common Cause: Enhancing Canada-United States Security and Prosperity Through the Great Lakes and North American Trade: April 2-4, 2009
 
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Jean Anderson, a partner at Weil Gotshal in the firm's International Arbitration and Trade practice, is an international trade policy strategist and litigator for companies and governments around the world. She provides strategic trade policy advice and counsels companies, associations, and governments on trade and investment matters, including World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlements, subsidies and antidumping litigation, treaty-based arbitration, regional and multinational trade negotiations, market access, and international regulatory issues. She has been counsel in more than twenty WTO panel and Appellate Body proceedings; she was lead respondents' counsel in the United States-Canada softwood lumber dispute--one of the largest, most complex, and most politically charged international trade disputes in history; and she has successfully represented companies in trade remedy and other proceedings involving a range of industries, including steel, semiconductors, industrial equipment, metals, and agricultural products. Ms. Anderson has consistently been recognized as a leading international trade lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Who's Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.

Before joining Weil Gotshal in 1989, Ms. Anderson was Chief Counsel for International Trade at the United States Department of Commerce. In that position, she was a principal negotiator of the United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement and a primary architect of the Chapter 19 dispute settlement system. In prior government and private positions, Ms. Anderson was a chief United States negotiator on steel trade and an international business consultant on Asia.

Ms. Anderson has been a member of the Council of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and has chaired the Section's International Trade and Canada Committees. She has taught international trade law at Georgetown University Law Center, and is on the faculty of the Academy of WTO Law and Policy at Georgetown. She holds degrees from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques of the University of Pads, Northwestern University, and Georgetown University Law Center, where she was executive editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.

Kevin Banks is appointed to the Faculty of Law at Queen's University. He holds an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School (2003), and an LL.B. (1989) and B.A. (1986) in economics from the University of Toronto. He has served in a number of senior positions within the Public Service of Canada, including Director General, Labor Policy and Workplace Information, Director of Research with the Federal Labor Standards Review Commission, and Director, Inter-American Labor Cooperation. In the latter capacity was responsible for the office that negotiates and implements Canada's trade-related labor agreements in the Americas, and for managing Canada's participation in Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor. From 1998 to April 2001, he was Senior Labor Law Advisor with the Secretariat of the Commission for Labor Cooperation, created under international labor agreement linked to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Prior to joining the Commission Secretariat, Kevin practiced labor law for seven years, representing unions and individual workers. In 1993, he acted as a consultant to the United States Department of Labor's Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations. His S.J.D. dissertation explored the policy underpinnings of the linkage between international trade and labor standards, and the challenges that this linkage poses to traditional models of international governance. He has a number of publications on domestic, international, and comparative labor law and related matters, including a recent contribution to an edited volume published by Cambridge University Press ("The Impact of Globalization on Labour Standards," Globalization and the Future of Labor Law (John Craig and Michael Lynk eds., 2006)), and a co-authored book entitled North American Labor Relations Law-A Comparative Guide to the Labor Relations Laws of Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Hon. James Blanchard joined DLA Piper LLP (United States) upon the conclusion of his duties as United States Ambassador to Canada in April 1996. In recognition of his outstanding performance, Secretary of State Warren Christopher presented Governor Blanchard with the Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service in a ceremony at the Department of State, making him one of only a handful of ambassadors to receive this prestigious award.

Mr. Blanchard was named Ambassador to Canada in May 1993, after serving two terms as governor of Michigan (1983-1991) and four terms as a member of the United States Congress (1975-1983). In 1992, he chaired President Bill Clinton's successful campaign in Michigan. Governor Blanchard is also former chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and the National Democratic Platform Committee, as well as a former member of the National Governors Association's executive committee.

During his tenure as Ambassador, Mr. Blanchard managed a broad range of trade, natural resources, environmental, and national security issues between the United States and Canada, providing support critical to the passage of both the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Open Skies Agreement. Commenting on Mr. Blanchard's role in the Open Skies Agreement, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said, "Tomorrow, we will show the world that even the sky is not the limit for our relationship as we sign an open skies agreement. It will enhance what is already the largest bilateral air relationship in the world. Ambassador Blanchard has played a key role in these negotiations, and he has done a fantastic job here in Ottawa. I want to take this opportunity to salute him."

The Governor's eight years as Michigan's chief executive were notable for his success in turning around Michigan's finances and working with the private sector to attract business investment and trade from around the world. Mr. Blanchard won national acclaim for his innovative approaches to economic development, education, crime fighting, environmental protection, and helping children and families.

Newsweek credited Mr. Blanchard with leading "one of the most dramatic economic turnabouts in the recent history of state government," and national publications such as U.S. News and World Report listed Mr. Blanchard among the best governors in America, one of the innovators and energizers who made things work in an era of declining federal aid.

Mr. Blanchard remains active in Michigan and in United States-Canada relations. In 2008, at the invitation of Jean Chretien, former Prime Minister of Canada, he was a special guest at the InterAction Council's 26th Annual Plenary Meeting in Stockholm. The InterAction Council brings together former world leaders who look beyond the immediacy of current issues and the limitations of national interests to focus on the long-term structural factors driving the global agenda. Its three priority areas are peace and security, world economic revitalization, and universal ethical standards.

In 1997, Mr. Blanchard authored Behind the Embassy Door, a book highlighting his experiences as Ambassador. He serves on the board of directors of several corporations and, in February 2005, co-chaired the American Assembly project on United States-Canada relations, hosted and sponsored by Columbia University. Mr. Blanchard served on Senator Hillary Clinton's national finance committee. The respected English research publisher Chambers & Partners names Mr. Blanchard in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, commenting that he is "singled out for his knowledge of the governmental decision-making process" and that clients call him "hugely dependable and extremely efficient."

Dr. David B. Brooks is a natural resource economist whose main interests lie in the linkages between environmental protection, on the one hand, and the use of minerals, energy, and water, on the other. Formerly the founding director of the Canadian Office of Energy Conservation in 1973, he subsequently worked for six years with two Canadian environmental nongovernment organizations (ENGOs), Energy Probe and Friends of the Earth Canada, and for several years served as President of the Board for the latter. Then for five years Dr. Brooks was a principal with the firm of Marbek Resource Consultants, during which time he also served on the Board of Directors of Ontario Hydroelectric Corporation, the provincial utility at the time. Between 1988 and 2002, Dr. Brooks worked with Canada's International Development Research Centre. (IDRC is a Canadian crown corporation that supports research on international development proposed and carded out by people in developing countries.) He held several positions, including that of Acting Director of the Program for Environment & Natural Resources Management. After retiring from IDRC in May 2002,

Dr. Brooks returned to the ENGO world and became Senior Advisor-Fresh Water for Friends of the Earth-Canada on a part-time basis. Dr. Brooks was born in the United States in 1934, and was educated in geology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SB 1955) and Cal Tech (MS 1956), and in economics at the University of Colorado (PhD 1963). He has worked in the United States and numerous developing countries, as well as in Canada, to which he moved in 1970. Much of his research has focused on sustainable alternatives for conventional energy and water policies. More recently, he has focused much of his research on problems in the Middle East, and particularly in Israel and Palestine. Dr. Brooks is author of Zero Energy Growth for Canada (McClelland and Stewart 1981) and Water: Local-Level Management (IDRC 2002). He is co-anther of Life After Oil: Renewable Energy Policies for Canada (Hurtig 1983); Water: The...

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