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

Thursday, April 12th - Friday, April 13th, 2018

The Canada-United States Law Institute at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law

6 hours of CLE credit has been approved

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

Event Description

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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Thursday April 12, 2018 - Opening & Awards Banquet

Time Event
11 a.m. Second Annual Niagara Law-Business Challenge
5 p.m.
Opening Reception and Dinner for all Conference Attendees
6:30 p.m. 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 13, 2018 

Time Event
8 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast - Law School Lobby
8:30 a.m. 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 a.m.
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 a.m. Friday Keynote

Mr. Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and CEO of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

1:15 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 p.m.
Closing Remarks


Event Location

Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

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