International Trade Assistance Center at Cleveland State University
Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky together equal about 15% of Canada's world export, with a high percentage of components that are remanufatured and shipped abroad. Over 700,000 jobs in OH, IN, KY and MI depend on the two-way trade relationship with Canada. - Roy B. Norton Consul General of Canada
Come hear from cross-border experts and former members of the Canadian Consulate General on how your company can go "coast to coast". Learn how to make the most of our neighbors to the north: distributors, investment, suppliers and more.
Laurie is Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Russell A. Farrow, Ltd. Laurie is an accomplished lawyer, and has been in the international trade industry since 2004. Laurie practiced immigration and international business law in Ontario as a barrister and solicitor prior to joining Farrow. In 2006, she became certified as a special legal consultant in the state of Michigan. Previous to that, Laurie was employed for seven years by the Canada Border Services Agency as a customs and immigration officer responsible for the enforcement of Canadian customs and immigration law and regulations.
In her position as Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Farrow, Laurie is responsible for directing Farrow's international consulting group, developing relationships with government agencies, participating in government work groups and forums, developing and maintaining industry-affiliated relationships and making speaking engagements.
Throughout her career, Laurie has been a speaker and presenter on various topics including Business Immigration, International Business Development Strategies, Investment into Canada, Border Security, Canada U.S. Issues, Border Policy and International Trade issues before numerous government and elected officials throughout the United States and Canada.
Daniel (Dan) Ujczo is a US based attorney who specializes in
Canada-US trade and policy matters. Dan is a Principal/co-Founder
of the Canada-US SAGE Group, a network of international trade law
and policy practitioners that provide Canada-US strategies,
advocacy, gateways, and engagement counsel. He presently acts on
behalf of the Government of Canada on issues relating to Canada-US
trade and policy in Ohio, as well as collaborates with the University of
Calgary’s School of Public Policy on matters relating to Canada’s regulatory reform efforts in the energy sector.
Dan previously served as the Economic Relations and Regulatory Affairs Officer at the Consulate General of Canada-Detroit. He also served as the Border Network Affairs and Advocacy Officer where his
responsibilities included coordinating a whole-of-government process to North American border security, management, and facilitation.
Dan was the Managing Director of the Canada-United States Law Institute and was as a member of the visiting law faculty at Case Western Reserve University (2004-11). Dan was the co-faculty advisor to the Canada-United States Law Journal and the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law.
Dan served as a Senior Judicial Law Clerk to United States District Judge Peter C. Economus (OHND) and performed by designation in cases pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Dan is a Vice-President of the Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group; a member of the Columbus Region International Advisory Committee; and a member of the Great Lakes
Dan earned his B.A. from The Ohio State University and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He received the Distinguished Recent Graduate Award from the Case Western Reserve Law Alumni Association in 2010. Dan additionally is an alumnus of Miami University’s John E. Dolibois European Center (Luxembourg) and St. Petersburg State University Summer Law Institute (Russian Federation).
Mr. Thomas Quinn
Mr. Quinn is president of TQ Marketing and Consulting. A native Clevelander, Mr. Quinn served as a trade commissioner at the Canadian Consulate in Detroit for sixteen years. His areas of focus included information and communication technology, computer hardware and software, lumber, building materials, construction services and most prominently, agriculture and food trade.ITAC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Ohio SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Department of Development. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author (s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommoda-tions for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
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