Working Together to Advance Cross-Border Commerce

Friday, June 14, 2019
09:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Does business take you across the border in either direction?  Are you interested in cross-border expansion or networking?  If so, this FREE conference is for YOU! Lunch Provided



  • Legal considerations for International Business Activity.
  • Cross-Border Business Travel Best Practices.
  • Economic trends and business opportunity.
  • Thousand Islands Border Facilities Update.


  • Potential business-to-business partners, vendors, and customers.
  • Agencies that can assist you.


Pierre Cléroux , Chief Economist, Business Development Bank of Canada.


9:00am – 9:30am    Welcome and Introduction

9:30am – 10:15am  Legal Considerations for Cross-Border Business Activity

Primary issues for conducting business or expanding across the border.

Forming a US/Canadian corporation through which to conduct business, registration requirements, protecting intellectual property, and related concerns.

Session 1: For Canadians interested in Business formation in the US. Richard Day, Barclay Damon LLP. Cross-Border Team

Session 2: For Americans Interested in business formation in Canada. Michael Otto, Loopstra Nixon LLP
Specified Breakout Rooms

10:30am – 11:15am  Rules for Cross-border Business Travel

Overview of relevant visa/permit categories, update on the USMCA (the new NAFTA), privacy issues, etc. Tips for easier clearance at the border.

Session 1: For Canadians entering the US on business. Rosanna Berardi, Berardi Immigration Law

Session 2: For Americans entering Canada on business. David Nachfolger, CAIN LAMARRE LLP.
Specified Breakout Rooms

11:30am – 12:00am Update on Thousand Islands Border Facilities

Rob Horr III, Executive Director, Thousand Islands Bridge Authority.

Update on border facilities, improvements and traffic figures.

12:00pm – 12:30pm   Lunch
Buffett style with Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit, Soup, Vegetarian Offerings

12:30pm – 1:15pm Keynote
Pierre Cléroux, VP of Research and Chief Economist for The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
Canadian – US border area economic outlook.

1:15pm – 1:45pm Trends in Cross-Border Business Activity.
John Tracy, US Department of Commerce

1:45pm – 2:00pm   What Next?

Your ideas and suggestions for advancing cross-border business opportunities Ball Room 


A Jefferson County Economic Development event

800 Starbuck Ave
Suite 800
Watertown, NY 1360

Phone: 315 782 5865

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Watertown, NY 13601
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