Cross-Border Connections 2019


Event Details


March 4 - 5, 2019

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Joint Conference

March 4-5, 2019

Hosted at The Detroit Athletic Club





The launch of this Conference is a partnership between the ACG Chapters in Detroit, Western Michigan and Toronto.   At this event, business leaders from both the U.S. and Canada will be able to network and learn more about Cross-Border Trade, Commerce, Investment and Public Policy opportunities. 


Canada and the U.S. have had a long partnership in Trade and Commerce.  In addition, the Province of Ontario and State of Michigan are leading trade partners.  The new USMCA agreement was signed by all three parties in November 2018 and is now pending ratification by each country in 2019.  

Event Secondary Body

Monday, March 4, 2019

SPECIAL Opening Reception

6:00pm – 8:30pm Cocktails and Appetizers

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


7:30 - 8:00am         Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:00 - 8:05am         WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

8:05 - 8:35am         KEYNOTE SPEAKER

The Canada – U.S. Connection

  • Joseph Comartin, Consul General of Canada-Detroit

8:40 – 9:00am         PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE 

  • Patrick Morris, President & CEO, ACG Global 
  • Gretchen Perkins, Partner, Huron Capita

9:05 – 10:05am        PANEL DISCUSSION

The March to Managed Trade - USMCA, Steel and Aluminum Tariffs, China, Auto Tariffs, and Trade Diversification 
Sponsored by Dickinson Wright PLCC


  • David Olsen, Regional President & Principal Officer, PNC Bank 
  • Dan Ujczo, Practice Group Chair-Canada-U.S., Dickinson Wright
  • Kal Beidas, CFA, President, Aetna Bearing Company
  • Sergio Lora Gomez, CEO, IQOM
  • Alex Kotsopulos, Vice President & National Government, Healthcare and Education Industry Leader, RSM Canada

10:10 – 10:25am     BREAK

10:25 – 11:25am     PANEL DISCUSSION

Cannabis in Canada & the U.S.: - Convergence and Divergence 


  • Bob Hendricks, Cannalex Law
  • Michael Elias, President & CEO, Michigan Pure Med
  • Doug Mains, Partner, Honigman, LLP
  • Wes Reynolds, CEO, Green Mill Supercritical
  • Wendy Hulton, Partner, Dickinson Wright LLP

11:30 – 12:30pm      PANEL DISCUSSION

Ontario and Michigan - The Future of Canada – U.S. Trade & Investment


  • Mark High, President, Canada-US Business Association-Detroit/Windsor
  • James Illikman, Partner, Peninsula Capital Partners LLC
  • David Costa, CEO, Windsor Industrial Services
  • Rob Wildeboer, Executive Chair, Martinrea International Inc.
  • Therese Thill, VP Business Development, The Right Place Inc.

12:35 – 1:15pm         LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE SPEAKER

The Canada-U.S. Connection & Luncheon

  • Heather Grondin, Vice President of Communications & Stakeholder Relations, Windsor - Detroit Authority

1:15 – 1:30pm           CLOSING REMARKS & ADJOURNMENT     


ACG Members: $100 (USD)
Non Members welcome: $175 (USD)

Cost includes reception and conference registration, Tuesday breakfast and lunch.

If you plan to spend the night in Detroit, please make your own hotel reservations. There may be a few rooms at the Detroit Athletic Club, but likely better options are:

Hosted by: ACG