Lectures & Events

State of Our Nations: Canada-United States Perspectives on Law, Policy and Politics in Tumultuous Times

Thursday, March 30 - Friday, March 31, 2017
Approved for 6 hours of in-person CLE credit

In the past year, the United States and Canada have seen dramatic and diametric shifts in their respective political landscapes, with opposing ideological waves set to remake each country’s energy, economic, security and trade policies.

While Canada’s 2015 election saw a sweeping victory for the Liberal Party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the 2016 election in the United States resulted in a unified conservative party holding both the executive and legislative branches, and a president unlike any other in the nation’s history.

President Trump has promised to renegotiate international trade deals, impose import tariffs, remove regulatory restrictions, withdraw from climate change agreements and strongly defend American interests both at home and abroad.

This year’s Canada-United States Law Institute Conference will bring together law, policy, business, and government experts from Canada and the United States to analyze the new dynamics of cooperation and competing priorities between our two countries, while exploring emerging issues and challenges for the bi-national relationship in international trade, national security, energy and environment, and financial compliance and integrity.

The conference will open with a dinner and distinguished lecture on Thursday, March 30, from 5:00-745 p.m. in the CWRU School of Law Upper Rotunda.

The main conference will take place on Friday, March 31, from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the School of Law's moot courtroom.

Tickets for 8.25 hours of CLE credit are $100 for CWRU Alumni, $200 for non-alumni. For attendees not interested in CLE credit, tickets are $50. There is no charge for CWRU students, staff and faculty.

Continuing Legal Education Readings & Additional Materials
Event Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Thursday March 30th, 2017 — Opening & Awards Banquet
11:00 am
Second Annual Niagara Law-Business Challenge
2:30 pm
Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Canada-United States Law Institute
5:00 pm
Opening Reception and Dinner for all Conference Attendees
6:00 pm
Welcome and Introduction - Law School Rotunda
6:15 pm
Presentation of the Henry T. King Award and Sydney J. Picker Award
6:30 pm
Opening Address & Distinguished Lecture
Ambassador Bruce A. Heyman, formerly Ambassador of the United States, and formerly Managing Director of Private Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs
8:00 pm

Friday March 31st, 2017
8:00 am
Registration and Breakfast - Law School Lobby
8:15 am
Welcome and Introduction
8:30 am
Distinguished Roundtable - the Canada-United States Relationship at Large
Moderated by Consul General Douglas George, Consul General of Canada in Detroit
The Hon. Bruce A. Heyman, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada
The Hon. James J. Blanchard, former Governor of Michigan, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Ambassador to Canada
The Hon. James S. Peterson, P.C., former Minister of International Trade for Canada and Minister of Parliament
Minister Christine St. Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Quebec Minister of Parliament (confirmation pending)
9:45 am
10:00 am
Distinguished Panel - Face Off or Fresh Start? International Trade in Times of Turmoil
Moderated by Christopher Sands, Ph.D., Senior Research Professor and Director, Center for Canadian Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Terence P. Stewart, Managing Partner, Stewart & Stewart LLP
The Hon. Alan Wm. Wolff, Senior Counsel, Dentons LLP, and Chairman, Board of the National Foreign Trade Council (confirmation pending)
John M. Weekes, Senior Business Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP, former Canadian Ambassador to the World Trade Organization
11:15 am
11:30 am
Panel - Watersheds: System-Wide Opportunity in the Great-Lakes St. Lawrence
Moderated by Prof. Avidan Cover, Associate Professor of Law, CWRU School of Law
Julie Gascon, Ast. Commissioner, Central and Arctic Region, Canadian Coast Guard
Rear Admiral June Ryan, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District
Betty Sutton, Administrator, St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
12:45 pm
Break - Lunch Distribution
1:15 pm
Afternoon Keynote
Peter G. Bates, Canadian Political Advisor to the Commander, NORAD & USNORTHCOM
1:45 pm
2:00 pm
Panel - Balancing Acts: Energy Innovation in a Complex Market
Moderated by Prof. Mark Purdon, Executive Director, IQCarbone
David Hults, Assistant Chief Counsel, California Air Resources Board
Gitane DiSilva, Senior Representative of Alberta to the United States
Chris Zeigler, Executive Director, American Petroleum Institute - Ohio
3:30 pm
3:45 pm
Panel - Preserving Financial Integrity and Promoting Compliance
Moderated by Diane Francis, Editor-at-Large, National Post
Josée Nadeau, former Senior Chief, Financial Crime International for Finance Canada
Carmina Hughes, Global Anti-money Laundering Officer, TD Bank
Prof. Richard Gordon, CWRU School of Law, Director, Financial Integrity Institute
5:00 pm
Closing Remarks
6:00 pm
Closing Reception and Dinner Off-Site
This agenda is subject to change
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