Cross-Border Connections 2019


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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

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


Tuesday, March 5, 2019


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

8:00 - 8:05                Welcome and Introduction

8:05 - 8:35                KEYNOTE SPEAKER

The Canada – U.S. Connection

Introduction - Event Sponsor 

Speaker(s) – TBC 

8:40 – 9:00               PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE 


9:05 – 10:05             PANEL DISCUSSION

The March to Managed Trade - USMCA, Steel and Aluminum Tariffs, China, Auto Tariffs, and Trade Diversification

Session Chair - Event Sponsor – Dickinson Wright PLCC


  • David OlsenRegional President and Principal OfficerPNC Bank CanadaToronto, ON
  • Dan UjczoPractice Group Chair-Canada-U:S, Dickinson Wright, PLLCColumbus, Ohio 
  • Kal BeidasCFAPresident, Aetna Bearing CompanyDetroit MI


10:10 – 10:25           BREAK

10:25 – 11:25           PANEL DISCUSSION

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

Session Chair - Event Sponsor     

Speakers – TBC 


11:30 – 12:30           PANEL DISCUSSION

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

Session Chair – TBC          

Speakers – TBC 


12:35 – 1:15             LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE SPEAKER

The Canada-U.S. Connection & Luncheon

Introduction - Event Sponsor

Speaker - TBC 


1:15 – 1:25               CLOSING REMARKS 

1:25 – 1:30               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:

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Hosted by: ACG