Palmer House Hotel  •  Chicago, Illinois  •  April 22–25, 2014



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Tuesday April 22, 2014

Registration Open                                                     5:00 PM

State Ballroom

Opening Reception                                                   6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Introductory Remarks by Honorary Summit Chairman

Hon. Rodney Slater, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation                    

                                                          State Ballroom


Wednesday April 23, 2014

Registration Open                                                     7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

State Ballroom

Breakfast                                                                    7:00 AM to 8:30 AM

Press Conference                                                       7:30 AM to 8:15 AM

News Conference: “NAFTA 20 Years After” Study Release: What recent research studies can tell us about where we are and where we are headed? A meta-analysis released by Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Mr. Juan Carlos Villa, Regional Manager, Latin America, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Dr. Stephen Blank, Co-Chair, North American Transportation Competitiveness Research Council

Mr. Amgad Shehata, Vice President, International Public Affairs, United Parcel Service (UPS)

                                                            State Ballroom

Summit Opening                                                          8:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Hon. Mort Downey, Founding Chairman, Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors; Senior Advisor, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Welcome by Summit Chairman

Hon. Rodney Slater, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Grand Ballroom

 Keynote Speaker                                                       9:00 AM to 9:45 AM

Hon. Gary Doer, Canadian Ambassador to the United States

North American Competitiveness – The emergence of Asia as an economic power has challenged North American industry to increase efficiency while driving down cost. How can the NAFTA bloc continue to compete in the world marketplace and cement itself as the economic center of the world?

Town Hall Plenary                                                     10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

NAFTA and North American Competitiveness - A discussion about the state of North America from beginning expectations to prospects for the future. Discussion led by Summit Chairman and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater and Mr. Juan Carlos Villa, Regional Manager, Latin America, Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Discussion Leader: Hon. Rodney Slater, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Speakers: Mr. Juan Carlos Villa, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Mr. Al Zapanta, President and CEO, U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

Hon. Ann Schneider, Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chair, U.S. Department of Transportation National Freight Advisory Committee

Hon. Brian Searles, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Transportation

Mr. Amgad Shehata, Vice President, International Public Affairs, United Parcel Service (UPS)

General Session Address                                           11:30 AM to 12:15 PM

            Opportunities in the New Arctic

Mr. John Higginbotham, Senior Fellow, Arctic program, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Senior Distinguished Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University                                               

Lunch                                                                          12:15 PM to 1:30 PM

State Ballroom

Keynote Speaker                                                       1:30 PM to 2:15 PM

Mr. Matt Rose, Executive Chairman, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)

Grand Ballroom

General Session                                                         2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

Cross-border Transportation and Nearshoring Trends: A panel discussion on cross-border transportation and future trends for near-shoring in Mexico.

Discussion Leader: Mr. Flavio Díaz Mirón Alvarez, Director General, ProMéxico in North America

Speakers: Dr. Thomas Klier, Senior Economist, Chicago FederalReserve

Mr. Antonio de la Cuesta, Senior Investigator, Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo, A.C. (CIDAC) 

Mr. Kenneth Smith Ramos, Minister Counselor, Trade and NAFTA Office, Embassy of Mexico  

Break                                                                                         3:30 PM to 3:45 PM

Breakout Sessions 1, 2, 3 & 4                                                3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

Breakout #1: Enhancing Transportation Capacity to Expand Trade – Using the Chicago region as an example, the nation’s largest inland port, the panel will address the critical need for improved rail and road infrastructure coupled with effective transportation polices in order to increase growth from trade, especially the re-shoring of manufacturing.

Discussion Leader: Mr. Paul Fisher, Chair, Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago (SINC); Vice Chair, CenterPoint Properties

Panelists: Mr. Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Mr. James Kvedaras, Director, U.S. Government Affairs, CN; Executive Committee, Illinois Railroad Association

Mr. Robert Nathan, CEO, Load Delivered Logistics

Mr. Brad Henderson, Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

Breakout #2: Ports, Inland Ports & Trade Corridors

Discussion Leader: Hon. Mort Downey, Founding Chairman, Coalition for America’s  Gateways and Trade Corridors; Senior Advisor, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Panelists: Mr. Bill Johnson, Director, PortMiami

Mr. Kerry Cartwright, Director of Goods Movement, Port of Los Angeles

Mr. Brian McKiernan, Senior Vice President, Development, CenterPoint Properties

Breakout #3: Powering New Freight Systems - Get a technology update from leading North American manufacturers of engines, vehicles and equipment used to move NAFTA trade.  New engine and vehicle technologies are improving fuel consumption and emissions.  Find out how a variety of hybrid technologies are also being adapted to improve freight efficiency and how new sources of North American energy will play a role in moving North American commerce.

Discussion Leader: Mr. Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director, Diesel Technology Forum (DTF)

Speaker: Ms. Marti Lenz, Director of Engine Development, Electro-Motive Diesel Inc.

Dr. Don Stanton, Director, Advanced Engine Development, Cummins Inc.

Dr. Richard Stewart, Director, University of Wisconsin Superior Transportation and Logistics Research Center

Breakout #4: Borders of the Future: Challenges of Today - Following on the recommendations from the report “Destination Sustainability: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Freight Transportation in North America” and the current 2013-2014 project “Greening Transportation at North American Land Ports of Entry,” the Commission for Environmental Cooperation is soliciting the views of experts and interested participants to identify best practices and solutions to increase sustainability at our borders.

Discussion Leader: Dr. Irasema Coronado, Executive Director, Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)          

Speakers: Dr. Kathryn Bryk Friedman, Director of Cross-Border and International Research, University at Buffalo Regional Institute

Mr. Juan Carlos Villa, Regional Manager, Latin America, Texas A&M Transportation Institute         

Ms. Christina Casgar, Goods Movement Policy Manager, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)                                                           

Ms. Melissa Fanucci, Senior Planner, International Mobility & Trade Corridor Program (IMTC)     

Mr. Benjamin Teitelbaum, Program Manager,Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Reception                                                                   6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

Honoré Ballroom


Thursday April 24, 2014

Registration Open                                                     7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

State Ballroom

 Networking Breakfast                                               7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

State Ballroom

Opening Keynote                                                      8:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Dr. José Zozaya – President & Executive Representative, Kansas City Southern de Mexico

            Investment Climate in Mexico

Grand Ballroom

General Session                                                         9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

The Future of North American Logistics – A lively discussion, led by Barry Horowitz, offering insights into North America’s challenges and opportunities for the global logistics marketplace.

Discussion Leader: Mr. Barry Horowitz, Consultant, Port of Portland                        

Speakers: Mr. Gene Seroka, President, APL Americas                       

Mr. David Stevenson, Director, Global Logistics Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls 

Ms. Ann Drake, Chairman and CEO, DSC Logistics                                                                                             

Break                                                                           10:15 AM to 10:30 AM

General Session                                                         10:30 AM to 11:15 AM

North American Infrastructure Development – Commerce and trade depends on connectivity, and in the 20 years since NAFTA’s implementation North America has grown closer, but the infrastructure that binds us needs improvement. What innovations are needed? How can the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States work together to fully modernize North American infrastructure?

Discussion Leader: Ms. Robyn Boerstling, Director, Transportation and Infrastructure Policy, National Association of Manufacturers

Speakers: Mr. David Narefsky, Partner, Global Infrastructure Practice, Mayer Brown LLP                

 Hon. Ted Dean, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, International Trade Administration/U.S. Department of Commerce

 Mr. Donald James, Chairman and CEO, Vulcan Materials

General Session                                                         11:15 AM to 12:00 PM

North American Opportunities

Speaker: Hon. Sam Skinner, Chair, Chicago Government Law & Policy Practice, Greenberg Traurig; Former White House Chief of Staff and U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Lunch                                                                          12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

State Ballroom

General Session                                                         1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

New Energy: The Game-Changer in North America

Speakers: Mr. Graham Brisben, CEO, PLG Consulting

Mr. Taylor Robinson, President, PLG Consulting

Grand Ballroom

Breakout Sessions 1, 2, & 3                                       2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Breakout #1: The Environmental and Economic Benefits of Utilizing Existing and Emerging Clean Freight Technology - Goods movement is key to economic vitality but is also among the largest contributors to regional air pollution, local air toxics, and greenhouse gas emissions.  Cleaner transportation technologies powered by alternative fuels and zero emission solutions are now being demonstrated and deployed which can help address environmental issues and help regions attain U.S. health-based federal air quality standards.  These technologies also have the potential to provide substantial fuel and operational cost savings, to create jobs, and to provide other economic and public relations benefits.  This panel will discuss and explore these issues.

 Discussion Leaders: Dr. Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer, Science & Technology Advancement Office, South Coast AQMD / Ms. Lisha B. Smith, Deputy Executive Officer, Legislative & Public Affairs, South Coast AQMD

Speakers: Mr. James Jack, Executive Director, Coalition for Responsible Transportation            

Mr. Robert Filosa, West Region Automotive Coordinator, United Parcel Service (UPS)

Ms. Dawn Fenton, Director, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Volvo Group North America     

 Breakout #2: Trade and North American Metropolitan Economies

Discussion Leader: Dr. Roy Norton, Canadian Consul General in Chicago      

Speakers: Mr. Joseph Parilla, Research Analyst, Metropolitan Policy Program, the Brookings Institution

Mr. Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)     

Mr. Gary Gallegos, Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)                 

Breakout #3: Big Data & TechnologyIn transportation, Big Data is being generated everyday by trucks, trains, ships, ports, planes, shippers, consignees and, of course, governments. Onboard electronics will grow.  And with that growth, the amount of big data available for review and analysis will explode. It will be a gold   mine of data for both carriers and their regulators. Multiply that number times three, once for each of the NAFTA governments, and then again for the many different data requirements in each country.

Discussion Leader: Hon. Kevin Kruke, CEO, Strategic Communication Inc.

Speakers: Mr. James Roberts, Co-Founder, Redirect Digital & Direct Marketing

Mr. Taso Zografos, Account Manager, Surface Transportation, Maritime & Intermodal Solutions, Leidos

Mr. Dan Filby, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, First Advantage

Mr. David Ladner, Executive Director and Partner CLS, LLC

Break                                                                            3:15 PM to 3:30 PM

Afternoon General Session                                       3:30 PM to 4:45 PM

North America’s Environmental Responsibility – With the emergence of new sources of energy, it is time for the NAFTA bloc to embrace sustainability and promote greener commerce throughout the region. What role should government and industry play in the promotion of sustainable practices?

Discussion Leader: Rep. Tom Davis, Director, Federal Government Affairs, Deloitte, Former Congressman (R-VA)

Speakers: Hon. Stéphane Dion, Former Canadian Minister of the Environment, Member, Canadian House of Commons

Mr. Alejandro Sosa, Executive Director of Iniciativa Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)

Ms. Fran Inman, Senior Vice President, Majestic Realty Co.; Member; California Transportation  Commission

Daily Mashup                                                                         4:45 PM to 5:30 PM

Media Roundtable moderated by Peter Hurme, Senior Editor & Publisher, Cargo Business News, featuring major trade publications from the transportation, energy and environment industries.

Discussion Leader: Mr. Peter Hurme, Senior Editor & Publisher, Cargo Business News

Speakers: Mr. Eric Kulisch, Trade & Transportation Editor, American Shipper

Mr. Mark Szakonyi, Senior Editor, Journal of Commerce

Mr. Ken Gaebler, President, Resources for Entrepreneurs

Reception                                                                               5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Remarks by Dr. Carlos Almada, Undersecretary of Transportation, Mexican Secretariat of                       Communications and Transport

Mezzanine Level


Friday, April 25, 2014

Networking Breakfast                                                           8:00 AM to 8:30 AM

General Session                                                                     8:30 AM to 9:45 AM

Boots on the Ground – A real-world perspective of how freight is moved across the NAFTA surface borders”

Discussion Leader: Mr. Mark Szakonyi, Senior Editor, Journal of Commerce            

Speakers: Mr. Alan Russell, CEO, The Tecma Group of Companies  

Mr. Jim Phillips, President and CEO, Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance (CANAMBTA)

Mr. Erik Markeset, Principal, Tsol, and Executive Vice President of Sociedad Mexicana de Logistica

Break                                                                                        9:45 AM to 10:00 AM

Closing Day Keynote Address                                               10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Hon. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Transport Canada

General Session                                                                     10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Tri-National Transport Officials Panel

Discussion Leader: Mr. Bruce Agnew, Director, Cascadia Academy; Co-Chair, Transportation Group, Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER)

Speakers: Mr. Federico Dominguez, Director General of Federal Motor Transport, Mexican Secretariat of  Communications and Transport

Mr. John Drake, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation

Mr. Craig Hutton, Director General, Strategic Policy, Transport Canada

Mr. Shant Boyajian, Majority Highways and Transit Counsel, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

North American Energy Challenges                                     11:30 AM to 12:15 PM

Discussion Leader: Ms. Libby Ogard, President, PrimeFocus LLC

Speakers: Ms. Erica Bowman, Vice President, Research & Policy Analysis; Chief Economist, America’s Natural Gas Alliance

Mr. Matt Koch, Vice President, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Empire Room

Summit Summary & Closing Remarks                                 12:15 PM        


**Summit Agenda Subject to Modification**