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ACG Detroit, Toronto & West Michigan: “Cross Border Connections"

  • 03/04/2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • 03/05/2019
  • 1:30 PM
  • Detroit Athletic Club

Cross Border Connections 2019



March 4 & 5, 2019
Detroit Athletic Club
COST:  ACG Members: $100 (USD)
Non Members welcome: $175 (USD)

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.

Monday, March 4, 2019
Special Opening Reception
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Cocktails and Appetizers

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Morning Conference Agenda

7:30 - 8:00

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:00 - 8:05

Welcome and Introduction

8:05 - 8:35

Keynote Speaker: 


The Canada - U.S. Connection

8:40 - 9:00

Public Policy Update:


Patrick Morris, President & CEO ACG Global


Gretchen Perkins, Huron Capital

9:05 - 10:05

Panel Discussion:


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

David Olsen, Regional President and Principal Officer of PNC Bank Canada (Toronto, ON)

Dan UjczoPractice Group Chair-Canada-U.S. at Dickinson Wright, PLLC (Columbus, Ohio)

Kal Beidas (CFA), President of Aetna Bearing Company (Detroit, MI)

10:05 - 10:25


10:25 - 11:25

Panel Discussion:


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

11:30 - 12:30

Panel Discussion:


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

12:35 - 1:15

Lunch & Keynote Speaker:


The Canada-U.S. Connection & Luncheon

1:15 - 1:30

Closing Remarks & Adjournment



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:





West Michigan World Trade Association is a 501(c)6  non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the region's competitive edge in the global marketplace, while providing a forum for executives interested in sharing their experiences and honing their skills in international trade.

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