United States speaker--Daniel Ujczo
MR. UJCZO: We are already in violation of Henry's longstanding rules as we are running a few minutes late this morning. I am Dan Ujczo, (1) the managing director of the Canada-United States Law Institute. (2) On behalf of the Institute, our two founding institutions, The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law (3) and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, (4) I again welcome you to our 27th Annual Conference.
I extend a warm welcome to our two national directors, our Canadian director, Professor Chi Carmody, (5) as well as members of the faculty, staff, and students from The University of Western Ontario, as well as our United States director, Jon Groetzinger, (6) and our colleagues of the administration, faculty, and staff that are joining us here at our host institution. I further extend a heartfelt welcome to the members of our Executive Committee and advisory board that are joining us this weekend. This has been a period of not only providing their talents and leadership to this conference, but there have been a number of side meetings, including one pretty early this morning, as we begin planning for next year, Accordingly, I would like to thank the leaders for their leadership of our institute.
I also thank all of our speakers and panelists for contributing their extraordinary talents to these conference proceedings. An event like this does not happen without the support of a number of institutions. I encourage you to look in your materials to see the list we have of not only all our speakers today, but also of our sponsors and members. I would like to mention several sponsors in particular: Cliffs Natural Resources, (7) who is not listed on the materials but has provided support, and Jim Graham, (8) as well as the consulate general of Canada-Detroit. (9) I had the opportunity to meet with Robert Noble (10) last night, as well as George Costaris (11) and a number of our other colleagues that will be here. They offer their support.
We started last night by marking not only the beginning of this conference, but also the new era of our Institute. I, again, offer our heart-felt thanks to the new co-chairs of the Canada-United States Law Institute, Governor Jim Blanchard (12) and Minister James Peterson. (13) Thank you for setting the perfect tone for the weekend.
As we discussed last night, this is a weekend of mixed emotions. This is our first conference in twenty-seven years...