Columbus Welcomes You_Sept 19-20

North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO) recently held its 25th Continental Reunion in Columbus, OH, convening officials from Canada, the United States, and Mexico, along with North American businesses and institutions. Following the ratification of NAFTA, NASCO first started in 1994 to improve supply chain effectiveness for the trucking industry along the I-35 freeway corridor, which cuts through the center of the U.S., from Mexico to Canada. Since then, NASCO has continued to work with governments and the private sector across North America on supply chain management. As North America has become more integrated, NASCO has also expanded to look at trilateral workforce and energy independence.

Moving forward with the new USMCA was top of mind for attendees at this year’s conference. Discussions focused on ways the new agreement, once ratified, will keep North America at the forefront of the global economy. After all, NAFTA enables free trade among 490 million customers, trading $144 million per hour! Our total merchandise trade has more than tripled since 1993. The new USMCA modernizes our trading rules to better facilitate this commerce.


Excerpt from Connect 2 Canada

The Consul General of Canada from Detroit, Joe Comartin, spoke about the strong economic partnership between Canada and the U.S. Other Canadians in attendance, including former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford all emphasized the importance of USMCA to our future prosperity and a strong North American economy. They also spoke to ways Canada and the United States can increase regulatory cooperation, cut red tape, and ensure the efficient and safe flow of people and goods across our borders.

Featured Speakers Included


Highlights REEL


Canada's 22nd Prime Minister

Canada's 22nd Prime Minister Stephen Harper served as our opening keynote with candid thoughts on North American trading relationships and beyond, moderated by Dave Olsen, Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Toronto and President, PNC Bank Canada.

Experience Columbus

We experienced Columbus this year thanks to our magnificent hosts at One Columbus (Kenny McDonald and Deb Scherer) and Dickinson Wright (Dan Ujczo). Pictured LtoR: Deb Scherer, Councillor Scott Gillingham (City of Winnipeg), Andrea van Vugt, Dan Ujczo, and Tiffany Melvin.


An Evening in the Garden

In partnership with the Consulate of Canada in Detroit and Consul General Joe Comartin, we hosted a beautiful evening for our North American guests in the Wells Barn and Garden at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus.

U.S.-Canada Fireside Chat

Dan Ujczo of Dickinson Wright, and host to this year's NASCO Reunion, moderated a U.S.-Canada fireside chat with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to discuss opportunities to expand trade and economic growth. Listen to the conversation HERE.


Fueling Ohio's Economy

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Ontario Premier Doug Ford held bi-lateral meetings with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine during the 2019 NASCO Continental Reunion. "Canadians & Americans win when states & provinces collaborate," says Dan Ujczo.

Passing the Flags to Mexico

At our closing luncheon on Friday, September 20, our Columbus hosts "passed the flags" to Michele Porrino, Executive Director, of WTC Industrial Park in SLP and hosts of our 2020 NASCO Reunion in San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico.


Farewell Football Game

In true Ohio fashion, we ended this year's NASCO Reunion by attending the Ohio State vs Miami of Ohio tailgate (graciously hosted by Roetzel) and football game! As you can imagine, Ohio State dominated the game with a 76-5 win. Wow!


Experience Columbus

There's an energy and excitement in Columbus that's going to hit you as soon as you arrive. Big things are happening here, and you're invited to join in. The city is booming, and not just in population. COSI, the nation’s top science center just got even better with the brand-new, permanent American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery, including a life-sized T. rex cast. A 36,000-sq.-ft. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is now open at Easton and the brand new National Veterans Memorial and Museum is now open along downtown's Scioto Mile.

The capital city’s incredible culinary scene features top-ranked chefs, a rich farm-to-table movement, one-of-a-kind restaurants and creative artisan dessertsbeerswines and spirits. Nationally acclaimed distilleries work together with brewers, coffee roasters and high-end cocktail bars, black box stages, music halls and dive bars to deliver unforgettable nightlifeNeighborhoods on all sides of downtown are bursting with new places to eat and shop, and artists are shaping new areas of the city into dynamic spaces to explore. It's time to get to know the Columbus that grew up when you weren't looking.

Attendee profile photo_Bush Center_2016

Attendee Profile

Our NASCO Continental Reunion attendees are high-level North American leaders -- a mix of industry, government, academia, and organizations who all have a vested interest in seeing our North American continent succeed.

Each year, we have senior level industry participation ranging from international banking, insurance, shippers, logistics providers, technology solutions, railroads, real estate developers, ports, etc. We have government participation from local government leaders, to Ministers and Secretaries from the state and provincial level, up to senior federal agency officials from across the three countries.

If you would like to see a sampling of past attendees, programs or additional information please contact Rachel Connell.


A big thank you to our host community and 2019 sponsors!