Celebrating 25 years

2019 NASCO Continental Reunion

September 19-20, 2019

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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

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.



Wednesday, September 18, 2019 
NASCO Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation) 
VIP Welcome Reception at North Bank Park Pavilion

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

Friday, September 20, 2019 
Program Day 2 at Hyatt Regency Columbus
Evening at The Loft at dock580

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)


VIP Welcome Event for former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper (by invitation)

Thursday, September 19

8:30 A.M.

VIP Keynote Breakfast
Featuring The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Fmr. Prime Minister of Canada

9:30 A.M

Welcome from Ohio

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.


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, IQOM, Houston, Texas

11:00 A.M.

Networking Break

11:30 A.M.

The NASCO Connection

A "trade" focused presentation by a NASCO Partner that is innovative and reflective of the next step in North America.

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

11:45 P.M.

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

12:15 P.M.

Luncheon Keynote
Government of Mexico Official (Pending) 

1:30 P.M.

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

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

2:15 P.M.

Plenary Session: 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.


Patrick Smith 
Interim Lead, Drive Ohio 


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

Sarah Houde  
CEO, Propulsion Quebec 
Montreal, Quebec 

Fed-Ex Senior Executive (TBC)  
Memphis, Tennessee 

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, ACAMP

4:15 P.M.

End of Day Keynote

Guillermo Fernandez 
CEO, The United States-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC) 
Mexico City, Mexico 

4:45 P.M.

Adjourn for the Day


The Wells Barn + Garden at Franklin Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is central Ohio's premier botanical garden and home to the iconic John F. Wolfe Palm House which dates back to 1895. A 200-year-old, hand hewn timber frame from a Richland County barn provides the framework and inspiration for the one-of-a-kind Wells Barn venue. 

Friday, September 20

8:30 A.M.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 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

10:15 A.M.

Networking Break

10:30 A.M.

The NASCO Connection
A "Mexico" focused feature presentation 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 

10:45 A.M.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) or U.S. Senator Robert Portman (R-OH) 

11:00 A.M.

Morning Keynote: Innovative Workforce Solutions 

Penny Naas
Vice President, International Public Affairs, UPS
Washington, D.C. 

11:30 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

11:45 A.M.

The NASCO Impact

Workforce Report-Out
Francisco Martinez, Vice President, Mexico Relations

12:15 P.M.

Luncheon Keynote: Welcome to San Luis Potosi in 2020

WTC Industrial / Government of SLP hosts of the NASCO Reunion 2020    

1:30 P.M.

Premier + Governor Fireside Chat

Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario   (Invited) 

Jason Kenney
Premier of Alberta   (Invited) 

François Legault
Premier of Quebec   (Invited) 

Mike DeWine
Governor of Ohio   (Invited) 

Juan Manuel Carreras
Governor of the State of San Luis Potosi  (Invited) 

2:00 P.M.

Networking Break

2:15 P.M.

Plenary Session: 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

4:30 P.M.

Adjourn for the Day


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


Tailgate Party
Sponsored by: Roetzel Law Firm 


Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Miami Red Hawks

Hotel Accomodations

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.


We offer an array of customized (and memorable!) sponsorship opportunities at our NASCO Reunion. If you are interested in more information please contact Rachel Connell.

Past Sponsors + Speakers