8 a.m.  
Continental Breakfast

9 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks:

  • Karen Schuele, Ph.D., dean of the Boler School of Business, John Carroll University
  • Bradley Hull, Ph.D., associate professor and Reid Chair, Boler School of Business, John Carroll University
    (The Chicago-East Coast Corridor: Changing Intermodal Patterns with permission of the Transportation Journal)
  • Ambassador Hans Heinsbroek, consul general of the Netherlands in Chicago

9:20 a.m.
Will Friedman, CEO/president Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority,
“Potential for Expanded International Commerce on the Seaway”

9:40 a.m.
Bart Kuipers Ph.D., director of business development and business relations, Erasmus Smart Port Rotterdam
“The Netherlands: Gateway to the Great Lakes”

10:15 a.m.  

10:30 a.m.
Presentations: Study Team from Erasmus University, Rotterdam

11:30 a.m.

11:45 p.m.

12:30 p.m.
Rear Admiral Michael Parks, Ninth U.S. Coast Guard District,
“Ensuring the Safety, Security and Resiliency along Our Shared Maritime Border”

1 p.m.
Roy Norton, consul general of Canada to Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky,
“Canadian Perspective on International Transportation”

1:20 p.m.
Panel Discussion: “Capabilities of the Great Lakes Ports and Saint Lawrence Seaway”

  • Moderator: Dave Sanders, president, Great Lakes Coalition, and former Seaway administrator
  • Panelists:
    • John D. Baker, assistant general organizer, International Longshoremen’s Association and president emeritus of Great Lakes District Council ILA
    • Dave Gutheil, VP maritime, Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority
    • Bruce Hodgson, director of business development, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
    • Adolph Ojard, executive director, Duluth Seaway Port Authority
    • Donna Taylor, CEO and port director, Port of Oshawa, Ontario

2:35 p.m.

2:50 p.m.
Panel Discussion: “International Commercial Opportunities”

  • Moderator: Charles A “Arnie” de la Porte, honorary consul, Kingdom of the Netherlands (Ohio)
  • Panelists:
    • Marc Gagnon, director, Government Affairs and Regulatory Compliance, FedNav Group
    • Michael Miller, director, Great Lakes Network, US Export Assistance Center
    • Bernardine van Kessel, director, International Business Attraction, Team Northeast Ohio
    • Stephen A. Wilkes, director, US Government & Regulatory Affairs, TATA Steel

4 p.m.

4:10 p.m.
Concluding Comments

4:15 p.m.
Networking Reception with Refreshments