Celebrating 25 years

2019 NASCO Continental Reunion

September 19-20, 2019

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Join North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO) as we celebrate our 25th anniversary and return to the United States to highlight the many advantages of the American Heartland! You won't want to miss U.S., Canada and Mexico political leaders providing comments in the political bellwether of Ohio. The NASCO Continental Reunion brings together North American industry and government leaders in a unique way and features ideas and solutions regarding our continent’s borders, trade and transportation network. The common thread at each year's reunion is how to strengthen North American cooperation at the grassroots level.

2019 NASCO Continental Reunion 
September 19-20, 2019
Columbus, Ohio

Event Cost:
NASCO Member Rate // $599.00 USD
Non-Member Rate // $699.00 USD
Academia Rate // $499.00 USD
Government Rate // $499.00 USD
Marketing Partner // $499.00 USD

All registrations include the following: 
2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 receptions/dinners

We try to keep our conference fees at a very reasonable rate. We are mindful most of our members and partners are already paying for travel and hotel, often outside the country. Registrations are refundable one month prior to the event, and transferable after that date.

Online registration has now closed.

You may register at the conference beginning at 7:30AM on Thursday, September 19.



Wednesday, September 18, 2019 
NASCO Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation) 
Welcome Reception at Juniper

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Program Day 1 at Hyatt Regency Columbus
Dinner at Franklin Conservatory

Friday, September 20, 2019 
Program Day 2 at Hyatt Regency Columbus
Explore the Short North District

Saturday, September 21, 2019 
Tailgate Party + Ohio State Football Game

Detailed Program Agenda

Wednesday, September 18

3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

NASCO Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation)

5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Welcome Reception at Juniper 
Stop by for a hug and hello! 

Juniper: Columbus’ Premier Rooftop Dining

580 North Fourth Street, Columbus, 43215 (Transportation on your own)

Thursday, September 19

7:30 A.M.

Registration and Hot Gourmet Breakfast

8:30 A.M.

Morning Keynote

David Olsen, Chair, American Chamber of Commerce in Canada-Toronto  Chapter President, PNC Bank Canada

The Right Honorable Stephen Harper, Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister

9:30 A.M

Welcome from NASCO
Tiffany Melvin, President, NASCO, Dallas, Texas

Welcome from O-HI-O                                                                   
Kenny McDonald, President & CEO, One Columbus

10:00 A.M.

Plenary Session: “AFTA’ NAFTA”

This high profile panel will discuss the current status of USMCA/CUSMA/T-MEC and provide insight as to a vision for the next generation of North American value chains and workforce professionals.


Dan Ujczo
Practice Group Chair, Canada-US, Dickinson Wright and President of the Canada-US Business Association


Pat Tiberi
President & CEO, Ohio Business Roundtable, Columbus, Ohio

Brian Kingston
Vice President Policy, International and Fiscal, The Business Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Sergio Gomez Lora
CEO, U.S. Office, Business Coordinating Council of Mexico (CCE) Washington, D.C.

Andrea van Vugt
Senior Associate, Harper & Associates, Ottawa, Ontario

11:00 A.M.

Networking Break

11:30 A.M.

Innovative Workforce Solutions with UPS

Moderator: Jennifer Fox, Vice President International Trade Policy & Canada Relations, NASCO, Ottawa, Ontario


Penelope Naas
Vice President & Managing Director Public Affairs, International, UPS, Washington, D.C.

12:00 P.M.

Luncheon with Keynote

Introduction & Moderator: Margaret Ference, Senior Vice President, BB Credit & Ops Director, Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio  


Chris Pilkerton
Acting Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, D.C.

1:15 P.M.

Remarks from Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted

1:30 P.M.

Lunch Concludes + Transition to Delaware AB

1:45 P.M.

The NASCO Connection

A trade focused feature presentation regarding an interesting program by a NASCO Partner that is innovative and reflective of the next step in North America.

Highlight: The North American Trade Dashboard Project
Matthew Rooney, Managing Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative, George W. Bush Center, Dallas, Texas

2:00 P.M.

The NASCO Impact

NASCO Supply Chain Borders Report Out Project Discussion
Jennifer Fox, Vice President International Trade Policy & Canada Relations, NASCO, Ottawa, Ontario 

2:15 P.M.

A “Smarter North America”

This panel will expand on the discussion of mobility in North America and examine key sectors/verticals that are global leaders in “smart” innovations such as energy, environment, supply chain management, and infrastructure.

Moderator: Dave Andrea, Principal, Plante Moran, Columbus, Ohio  


Patrick Smith
Interim Lead, Drive Ohio  
Columbus, Ohio 

Shari Diaz
Ecosystem and Innovation Leader, Watson Supply Chain, IBM Corporation
Columbus, Ohio 

Sarah Houde  
CEO, Propulsion Quebec 
Montreal, Quebec 

3:30 P.M.

Networking Break

3:45 P.M.

The NASCO Connection

An "supply chain/technology" focused presentation by a NASCO Partner that is innovative and reflective of the next step in North America.

Highlight: Edmonton Metro Region Connectedness
Malcolm Bruce, CEO, Edmonton Global and Ken Brizel, CEO, Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT (Micro Nano Technology) Products

4:15 P.M.

Quebec’s Role in North America

Gilles Belanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Government of Quebec

4:30 P.M.

Adjourn for the Day

6:00 P.M.

Shuttles depart the Hyatt Regency for Franklin Conservatory at 6:00 and 6:15pm

6:15 P.M.

Reception + Dinner, Wells Barn at Franklin Conservatory
Sponsored by: The Government of Canada

Join us for drinks and yard games during cocktail hour and a delicious dinner from Ohio’s leading farmers in a 200-year-old, hand hewn timber frame from a Richland County barn that provides the framework and inspiration for the one- of-a-kind Wells Barn venue.

8:30 P.M.

Shuttles begin returning to Hyatt Regency

Friday, September 20

8:30 A.M.

Networking and Hot Gourmet Breakfast

9:00 A.M.

Morning Keynote 
From the North American Production Platform to the Hub of Global Mobility

Tom Shoupe
Executive Vice President
Honda of America MFG., Inc 
Marysville, Ohio

9:30 A.M.

Plenary Session: The North American Advantage in the Next 25 Years

This panel will feature site selectors, financial professionals and companies that have expanded their investment in North America to detail the advantages that they see in North America over the next 25 years.


Eric Walsh 
Director General, North America Strategy, Global Affairs Canada
Ottawa, Ontario


Marc Beauchamp
President and CEO, CAI Global
Montreal, Quebec

Robert Richardson
Managing Partner
Blue Cardinal Capital
Buffalo, New York

Eric Miller
President, Rideau Potomac Strategy Group
Washington, D.C.

10:45 A.M.

Networking Break

11:00 A.M.

The NASCO Connection

A Mexico feature presentation regarding an interesting program by a NASCO Partner that is innovative and reflective of the next step in North America.

Highlight: Interpuerto Monterrey and Foreign Trade Zones in Mexico 
Mauricio Garza, Director General, Interpuerto Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

11:15 A.M.

The NASCO Connection
A "workforce" feature presentation regarding an interesting program by a NASCO partner that is innovative and reflective of the next step in North America.

Highlight: Purdue Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program 
Brad Bentley, President, FASTPORT
Dave Harrison, Executive Director of National Apprenticeship, FASTPORT

11:30 A.M.

The NASCO Impact

Workforce Report-Out
Francisco Martinez, Vice President, Mexico Relations, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

12:00 P.M.

Luncheon Keynote: Welcome to San Luis Potosi in 2020

Remarks and Invitation:

Michele Porrino

Executive Director
WTC Industrial, San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi

Jorge Viramontes Aldana
Director of Industrial Development and Promotion
Government of the State of San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi

1:30 P.M.

U.S. - Canada Fireside Chat


Dan Ujczo, Practice Group Chair, Canada-US, Dickinson Wright and President of the Canada-US Business Association 


Jason Kenney
Premier of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario   

2:15 P.M.

Sleepless in North America

A panel with experience behind-the-wheel, engineering, planning and international trade/brokerage will highlight the overlooked importance of truck parking to the efficient operation of the supply chain. 


Scott Grenerth
Truck Specialized Parking Services, Inc.
Detroit, Michigan 


Kellylynn McLaughlin
Training Engineer and Driver, Schneider National
Dallas, Texas 

Kim Campbell
Chairwoman, I.E. Canada
Toronto, Ontario 

Thomas Phelan 
Principal, BHX Engineering 
Parsippany, New Jersey 

3:30 P.M.

Closing Keynote
U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers, 15th District of Ohio

4:00 P.M.

Adjourn for the Day - See you in San Luis Potosi in 2020! 


Explore the Short North District -- The Art + Soul of Columbus

Short North Arts District is a hip, culture-rich area centered on N. High Street.

Contemporary galleries fill converted warehouses, and the Wexner Center for the Arts hosts boundary-pushing exhibitions. Shops selling records, streetwear, and vintage clothes are interspersed with student-packed coffeehouses, craft-beer bars, and casual eateries.

Saturday, September 21

1:30 P.M.

Tailgate Party

Sponsored by: Roetzel Law Firm

A local law firm Roetzel is kindly hosting us in their tailgate tent! Schmidt’s Sausage Haus will be catering along with traditional tail-gate beverages and non-alcoholic drinks. Just bring your appetite!


The white Roetzel tent is just outside of Gate 11 on the west side of the stadium and will begin two hours before game time.

If you have not RSVP’d but wish to attend, please let Rachel know!

3:30 P.M.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Miami Red Hawks Football Game

If you are in need of Ohio swag or Buckeyes gear, be sure to stop by Conrad’s or Buckeye Corner while you’re in town!

Hotel Accomodations

Hurry and reserve your room!
Our special rate ends on August 29. 

Hyatt Regency Columbus 
350 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Tel (614) 463-1234

Book your room online under our NASCO room block.
To make your reservation over the phone, please call 1-888-591-1234.

Our special rate is $179 USD for a King room.

Located within walking distance of Nationwide Arena and the trendy Arena District, Hyatt Regency Columbus redefines the modern hotel experience. Connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center and steps to the Short North Arts District, ours is the hotel in which to meet and play in downtown Columbus.



To say that the Columbus Region is well situated is an understatement. Located within a one-day drive or a one-hour flight of nearly half the population of the U.S. and Canada, the Columbus Region is perfectly positioned to connect you and your business with its most important resources.

Centrally located in Ohio with a diverse mix of air carriers, John Glenn Columbus International Airport is the airport of choice for millions of passengers each year. The airport is operated by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which also oversees the operation of cargo-dedicated Rickenbacker International Airport and general aviation airport Bolton Field.

You'll also find that travel within the City is a breeze. Whether you're biking, driving or taking public transit, our roadways and transportation systems are safe, modern and well maintained.


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.

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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! Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information please contact Rachel Connell.