Program

2017 NASCO Continental Reunion
Beyond Borders, Beyond Politics 

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017                                                         Location: Quinta Real

3:00-5:00 Private Tour of Sorteo Tec Offsite 
Meet in the Quinta Real Lobby at 2:45pm

3:00-5:00 NASCO Board of Directors Meeting Quinta Real 
By Invitation Only

5:00-6:30 Registration & Information Quinta Real Foyer
Check-in, pick up your name badge and program!  

6:30-8:30pm Welcome Reception Garden at Quinta Real
Hosted by the Government of Canada, CanCham, and Scotiabank

Wednesday, October 25, 2017        Location: School of Government/Tec de Monterrey

8:00 a.m. Depart Quinta Real for Tec de Monterrey Quinta Real Foyer 
Shuttles will depart at 8:00 am & 8:15 a.m.

8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast School of Government Foyer 

9:00 a.m. Welcome to Monterrey! School of Government Auditorium 

Ken Allen, Chairman, North American Strategy for Competitiveness
Tiffany Melvin, President, North American Strategy for Competitiveness

9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
Introduction: Hugo Gonzalez, General Director, CODEFRONT

Remarks: Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, Governor of Nuevo Leon

9:30 a.m. Beyond Borders, Beyond Politics 
Introduction: Gerald Schwebel, Executive Vice President, IBC Bank

Keynote:
Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary of the Economy, Government of Mexico

10:00 a.m. Fishbowl Networking Break
Sponsored by: IBC Bank

10:30 a.m. Navigating the North American Supply Chain
Moderator: Sara Wilshaw, Director General, North America Network, Global Affairs Canada

Luis Bazan, Bridge Director, Pharr International Bridge

Kevin Ekstrand, V.P. of Sales and Marketing, Scarbrough International

11:30 a.m. Laurentia Project: The Next Generation of North American Leaders
Carolina Salinas, Founder, Laurentia Project and MPA/MC Mason Fellow Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School

12:00 p.m. Networking Break: Transition to Lunch School of Government Auditorium

12:30 p.m. Luncheon: Super, Natural British Columbia
Hosted by the Province of British Columbia, Host of 2018 NASCO Reunion 

2:00-3:30 North America…What’s Now? What’s Next?
Moderator: Andrea Van Vugt, Vice President, North America, Business Council of Canada

Colin Robertson, Vice President and Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute & Senior Advisor, Dentons, LLP

Dan Ujczo, International Trade and Customs Attorney, Dickinson Wright and Co-Founder, U.S.-Canada S.A.G.E. Initiative

Alejandro Schtulmann, Founding Partner and President, Emerging Markets Political Risk Analysis – EMPRA

3:30-3:45 Fishbowl Networking Break
Sponsored by: IBC Bank

3:45-5:00 Canada-Mexico Workforce Partnership
Moderator: Sara Rivera, Commercial Officer, Ontario International Trade and Investment Office, Embassy of Canada to Mexico

Nathaniel VeltKamp, Manager of International Recruitment & Project Development for St. Clair College

Mario Santos, Engineering, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Strategist at Martinrea International Inc.

5:00 Wrap up Day 1

5:15 Departures to Quinta Real

5:30-6:30 BREAK 

6:30 Departures to Alfa Planetario Quinta Real Foyer

6:30-10:00 A Starry Night: At the Alfa Planetario
Hosted by CODEFRONT 

Dinner & festivities under the stars of Mexico 
Departures back to Quinta Real at 9:00, 9:30, 10:00pm 

Thursday, October 26, 2017                 Location: School of Business/Tec de Monterrey

8:00 a.m. Depart Quinta Real for Tec de Monterrey Quinta Real Foyer 
Shuttles will depart at 8:00 am & 8:15 a.m.

8:30 a.m. Networking & Continental Breakfast EGADE Foyer 

8:45 a.m. Welcome & Tec2020 Strategy

Introduction: Raul Rodriguez, Assistant Vice President, International Affairs, Tecnologico de Monterrey

Salvador Alva, President, Tecnológico de Monterrey

9:00 a.m. Re-Defining the U.S.-Mexico Relationship 
Agustin Barrios Gomez, President, Mexico Image Foundation

9:45 a.m. Quebec-Mexico: A Prosperous Partnership
Stéphanie Allard-Gomez, General delegate of Quebec in Mexico

10:15 a.m. Fishbowl Networking Break
Sponsored by: IBC Bank

10:30 a.m. Trade Alliances for Economic Prosperity 
Moderator: Hugo Gonzalez, General Director, CODEFRONT

Fernando Turner, Secretary of Economic Development, Government of the State of Nuevo Leon

Jesus Melgoza, Secretary of Economic Development, Government of the State of Michoacán

Ana Paulina Gonzàlez Reyes, UnderSecretary of Foreign Investment, Government of the State of Durango

11:30 a.m. North America Energy: The Foundation for NAFTA2 & The World Moderator: Jorge Canavati, President at J. Canavati & Co., LLC

Luis Pardo, President, Trinity Industries de Mexico

Ruben Medina, Director, Business Development, Port Corpus Christi

Ernesto Tatay, Commercial Director, FEMSA Logistica

Dra. Pilar Rodriguez, Coordinator, Master’s Degree Program Energy Law and Sustainability, School of Law, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, UANL

12:45 p.m. Lunch on the Esplanade EGADE Esplanade

2:00 p.m. Borders, Bridges and Corridors
Moderator: Vasken Khabayan, Acting Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in Dallas

Alex Hinojosa, Acting Managing Director, North American Development Bank (NADBANK)

Elaine Nessle, Executive Director, Coalition for Americas Gateways & Trade Corridors (CAGTC)

Nichola Wade, Executive Director, Strategy, Business Intelligence & Marketing, International Strategy & Competitiveness Division, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Government of British Columbia

Arturo Garza Barragan, Director General, Promotora Inmobiliaria Villa XXI

3:15 p.m. Brief Break

3:30 p.m. North America’s Workforce: Winning the Talent Battle
Moderator: Francisco Martinez, Vice President of Mexico Relations, NASCO

Leo Reddy, Chairman and CEO, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council

Prof. Roel Guajardo Cantu, Director General, CONALEP Nuevo León

Dr. Jesus Alberto Almaguer Rocha, Director General of the National Council for Standardization and Certification of Labor Competencies (CONOCER)

4:30 p.m. MOU Signing with MSSC and CONOCER

4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks 

5:00 p.m. Departures to Quinta Real

Evening Explore Monterrey // Dinner on your Own
Options for dining include the “The Main Entrance” and “Fashion Drive” restaurants at the Plaza Fiesta San Agustín across from Quinta Real