Lectures & Events

Back to the Future: the Canada-United States Relationship at a Crossroads

Thursday, April 12 - Friday, April 13, 2018
6 hours of in-person CLE credit, pending approval

Join the members, friends, and guests of the Canada-United States Law Institute for its 42nd Annual Conference. As the Administration of both countries continue creating and reacting to domestic ground-shifts across the policy spectrum, the resulting tensions continue to impact the breadth of the bi-national relationship. Below the 48th Parallel, the Trump Administration continues to pursue its "America First" agenda, seeking a return to a more U.S.-centered foreign policy. It has done so by re-opening negotiations of NAFTA, withdrawing from the TPP negotiations, reopening confrontation on the Softwood Lumber issue, decreasing funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and withdrawing from the Paris Accord on climate change. Conversely, Canada has remained a supporter of NAFTA, TPP, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, as well as multilateral initiatives on climate change and human rights, with Prime Minister Trudeau reaffirming Canada's commitment to these efforts. Such divergences have created friction within the bilateral relationship not seen for some time - yet there remain significant areas of cooperation. These include the areas of Energy, National Defense, and the joint stewardship of shared resources and the border at large. Will longstanding ties continue to guide the relationship, or do diverging interests mean a prolonged period of difficulty? Within the framework of this dynamic and shifting relationship, CUSLI will bring together law, policy, business, and government experts from Canada and the United States to explore what these developments mean for the historically close relationship between the two countries.
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Event Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Thursday April 12th, 2018 — Opening & Awards Banquet
11:00 am
Second Annual Niagara Law-Business Challenge
5:00 pm
Opening Reception and Dinner for all Conference Attendees
6:30 pm
Opening Address & Distinguished Lecture
The Honourable Peter MacKay, PC QC, Partner at Baker & McKenzie, former Canadian Foreign Minister, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Justice

Friday April 13th, 2018
8:00 am
Registration and Breakfast - Law School Lobby
8:30 am
Ambassador’s and Minister’s Roundtable
Moderated by Consul General Douglas George, Consul General of Canada in Detroit
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
The Hon. David Jacobsen, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada
The Hon. Peter MacKay, PC QC, Partner at Baker & McKenzie, former Canadian Foreign Minister, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Justice
10:15 am
Current State NAFTA and the Negotiations
Moderated by Mr. Lawrence Herman
Mr. Jeff Schott, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Mr. Peter Clark, President, Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates
12:30 pm
Friday Keynote
Mr. Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and CEO of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.
1:15 pm
NAFTA and the Auto Industry
Moderated by Dr. Christopher Sands
Ms. Ann Wilson, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
Mr. Basil "Buzz" Hargrove, OC, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, former National President of the Canadian Auto Workers
Dan Ujczo, Of Counsel and Cross Border (Canada - U.S.) Practice Group Chair
3:00 pm
Panel Discussion – North American Dispute Resolution
Mr. Scott Miller, Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Ms. Selma Lussenburg, Vice President and General Counsel, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Prof. Donald McRae, Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
4:45 pm
Closing Remarks
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