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									               CAN/AM BORDER TRADE ALLIANCE
         OCT. 2-4, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. CONFERENCE
                     SUMMARY HIGHLIGHTS

CAN/AM BTA is an organization with far-reaching beneficial impact on the
Important issues of Border Management, Trade, Business and Travel between
The World’s “2” Largest Trading Partners (Canada/United States).
“ MUST INSURE EXPEDITED SECURE FLOW AT THE U.S./CANADA BORDER”
“Future” Can/Am BTA Conferences:
 Corridors, Gateways& Economies St. Cath., Ontario  Nov. 6-8, 2011
                                Ottawa, Ontario     May. 6-8, 2012
                                Saskatoon (w/PNWER) July 15-19, 2012
                                Washington, D.C.    Sept. 23-25, 2012
Conference Highlights:
Excellent Speakers provided provocative insight;
the Roof Top Reception at the Canadian Embassy.
Conference Speakers acknowledged CAN/AM BTA’s leadership role:

Senator Lindsey Graham
“Recognized Can/Am BTA’s work strengthening the Canada/U.S. relationship.”

Gregory Nadeau, Deputy Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
“Can/AM BTA is a very valuable resource to develop and exchange
knowledgeable ideas.”

Congressman Bill Owens, Co-Chair Northern Border Caucus
“Can/Am BTA conducts excellent Canada/U.S. dialogue.”

Ambassador Roger Noriega, Former Asst. Secretary of State Western Hem.
"Can/Am BTA is a proven practical forum for U.S./Canada issues.”

Gord Brown, M.P., Co-Chair Canada-US Inter-parliamentary Group
“Can/Am BTA keeps Border Issues “Top Of Mind.”

Thomas Winkowski, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Ops., CBP
“Need Can/Am BTA to continue to work closely in this historical period of
how we should manage our Border.”

Chris Henderson, Director General, International and Partnerships, CBSA
“Can/Am BTA’s vital leadership constructively helps understanding and provides
focus to make progress.”

Tricia Johnson, Canada Desk Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce
“Can/Am BTA is a very important venue.”

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CAN/AM BORDER TRADE ALLIANCE CONFERENCE SUMMARY OCT. 2011

             CONFERENCE SPEAKERS AND THEIR MESSAGE

Karen Phillips, Vice President, North American Affairs, CN
                   Executive Board Member CAN/AM BTA

Welcomed participants to the Conference. A broad array of timely topics by very
knowledgeable speakers will be provided. Noted that the 10th Anniversary of 9/11
had just recently occurred. Reminded all that while security must be achieved,
we must also achieve the smooth flow of legitimate Trade and Visitation. If not “the
bad guys have won.” Risk Management is key. We must examine ways to
enhance our Global Competitiveness. We must work hard to get it right and
avoid protectionist language and actions.

            ALBERTA OVERVIEW AND OIL SANDS INSIGHT

Len Mitzel, Member Legislative Assembly, Alberta Government

Provided a wide range of updates and insight on “key issues” for Alberta.
Extended greetings from the new Premier Elect Alison Redford (as a result of the
just completed election). Cited the critical importance of the Trading Relationship
of Canada and the U.S. with Alberta shipping 85% of their total exports to the U.S.
As the largest energy supplier to the U.S. with the importance of the ability to
efficiently transport their energy exports to the U.S. emphasized the importance of
the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline will add 700,000 barrels a day
capacity, create 20,000 jobs and support U.S. energy security. Overall Alberta Oil
Sands are projected in the next 20 years to add $300 billion to the U,S, economy
and create some 150,000 new jobs a year. Provided update on the Kearl project,
the new Wild Horse Border crossing facility and developments in the Ports to
Plains Trade Corridor. Thanked Can/Am BTA for its effective commitment to the
efficient flow of goods across the Canada/U.S. Land Border.

           BEYOND THE BORDER PERIMETER VISION

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

Thomas Winkowski, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Ops.

Provided excellent insight surrounding the “Beyond the Border
Perimeter Vision Initiative.” Specifics to be announced in the near
future by the President and Prime Minister.

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Emphasized we are entering an historic period of determining how we
will manage the Border. The proposed plan includes 32 points of which
CBP and CBSA have responsibility for 15. It’s about relationships and
methodology. There are many similarities and some differences. The
challenge is to work thru it right. The Border is not a line. To efficiently
manage flows, the process must begin well before the Border itself.
Positioning protocols i.e. Container Security Initiative (CSI) to do
inspections for each other (the NORAD model). Must have Trust,
accept Risk Management and Automation. Address threats early
before they reach our shores. Pushing the Border Out developing
protocols to move Trade and Travelers harmonizing Recovery Process
relative to Natural Disasters and Terrorists. Reduce Transaction Costs
by 20% eliminating duplication and redundancy utilizing Advance
Information. Cited the Vicinity RFID Ready Lanes that save about
25 seconds per individual inspection. Modernize Infrastructure and
Technology (technology for personnel presence at small volume
crossings); pre-inspection; new ways of doing business; change old
ways and work to blur the lines of differences. Be Smart, Protect
Privacy. You will see a change in Management of the Border.

CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY (CBSA)

Chris Henderson, Director General, International & Partnerships

Canada and the U.S. have a long history of cooperation on Border
Management. Threats to National Security and Public Safety exist.
Continued success is founded on Trust, Common Cause and Common
Interest. Focus on Risk Management, better harmonization and
integration of operations, more effective, affordable and compatible
with the Business of International Trade. Described the evolution of the
CBSA. Provided impactive insight into the Canada-US CBSA-CBP
Cooperation on the Border Management Strategic Framework agreed
to in the summer of 2010. Three Thematic Pillars: Information Sharing;
Policy/Program Harmonization and Infrastructure Coordination /
Cooperation. This work evolved into Perimeter Vision cooperation.
When the Perimeter Vision is made public people will recognize many
of the programs as inputs of stakeholders like Can/AM BTA have been
vital in shaping the Perimeter Vision. CBSA values its participation in
Can/Am BTA and is committed to a strong partnership with CBP.
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                 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Tricia Johnson, Canada Desk Officer, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Provided very useful understanding of the activities and future initiatives with their
impact on enhancing economic activity, export growth and the resultant Job
Creation. The National Export Initiative remains the top priority. 2011 year to date
export increase is 17%. Exports support 9 million U.S. jobs with pay rates 15%
higher than the average U.S. wage rate. Given the sheer size of U.S. Trade with
Canada it is designated a priority market. A new initiative is the Mature Markets
Initiative focused on a smaller increase in Trade with our largest Trading Partners
has a bigger impact than focusing on the fastest growing world economies. In
2010 U.S. export dollar value increase to Canada exceeded the increase of U.S.
exports to Brazil, Russia, India and China combined. In Building Products we have
identified a number of possible areas for cooperation with Canada related to
product standards and certification requirements. Another high priority is making it
easier for companies who have never exported to sell their goods outside the U.S.
(currently only I % of U.S. firms export and 58% of those export to only one
country). Canada is strategically important as it is a natural first market for new-to–
export firms. From the Department of Commerce’s perspective, it is incredibly
important that the Beyond the Border Perimeter Vision reflect the needs of
businesses and address long-standing Trade Issues at our Shared Border.

                FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION

Gregory Nadeau, Deputy Administrator, FHWA

Infrastructure is an important part of how Border Crossings work. We are in a
transformational period with priorities to reduce congestion and shorten project
delivery. Job creation is key to the U.S. economy. Increasing Exports can figure
prominently, but without transportation Export increase are very difficult. The U.S.
is a mobile society. A long term Transportation Bill is needed and critically
important. We need to rapidly deploy technology. Discussed the outlines of Bills
that have been released (House 6 year 33% reduced funding level-Senate 2 years
at current funding level). Positive discussions and focus are underway. U.S.
investment benefits Canada by increasing integration in Global Competitiveness.
The U.S. and Canada share common concerns in making Borders work efficiently
and will benefit from increased partnership and communication. Committed to the
new Detroit International Trade Crossing.




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                 LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Michael Eyestone, Minister Counsellor, Canadian Embassy

Provided a very insightful overview of the Canadian perspective.
The North American economy runs North/South. An inefficient Border is an
impediment to Commerce and restricts Global Competitiveness. Canada and U.S.
economies are integrated. A remarkable achievement while we have maintained
separate sovereignty. Supply Chains benefit from coordinated Inspection.
Regulators don’t think International Implications. Economic Logic needs to become
Political Reality. Jobs are created by economic activity, improved markets and
lower transaction costs. Canada/U.S. Trade is fundamental to both of our
Economies. Buy American wording is of grave concern to open markets. Perimeter
Vision must take pressure off the 49th parallel internal shared Land Border.
Perimeter is a practical ideology. To align Regulatory cooperation is top attention.
Need the new Detroit International crossing. Noted the Harbor Maintenance Tax
study about diversion from U.S. Seaports to be made. Commented that the Asia
Pacific Gateway initiative had coordinated all modes of transport.

   CAN/AM Border Trade Alliance TECHNOLOGY MONITORING

Brian Bowen, President, Bowen Enterprises, Inc.
Brian is Can/Am BTA’s Designated Member of the CBP Trade Support Network
(TSN). He presented an excellent comprehensive update on: CBP – ACE Issues
including M1- Ocean and Rail Multi-Modal Release and Automated Export
Processing; CBSA – eSPN Update (ACI) Policy Decisions including: Split
Shipments; Importer identification Numbers; Barcode requirements for Empties;
Consignee Definitions and U.S. CBP Turn-Arounds Clarification.

  FIELD OPERATIONS – CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

Kevin Mcaleenan, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Field Ops.

Provided comprehensive and candid comments on CBP realities. Beyond Border
Perimeter Shared Vision with Canada involves shared philosophy with whole
Government commitment. Get advance information and targeting, share with Canada
and provide facilitation benefits. Make Border processes efficient and effective. We are
in an austere budget environment. Developing Hand Held Technologies. User Fee
Revenue is recovering. Will use advance risk segmentation to use dedicated lanes
efficiently (directions to get in right lane early). Stream Traffic (NEXUS, VRFID Ready
Lane and OTHER). Agriculture Regulations in Rail is an explicit Vision Action Item.
Intercept Pests before they reach U.S./Canada soil. Land Border Pre-Inspection Pilot
with U.S. Primary in Canada mid 2012. Global Entry Kiosk processing great
improvement (currently 12 million RFID travelers). CBP has no intention to build a fence
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                 WESTERN HEMISPHERE ENERGY

Ambassador Roger Noriega, VISIONAMERICAS
                          Can/Am BTA Senior Advisory Board

Shared his extensive expertise describing the capabilities and reality of energy
generation in the Western Hemisphere. Solyndra has provided a new dose of
doubt on the solar and wind energy reality. Hydrocarbons will supply a majority of
energy. Canada will play a leadership role as we find our way toward practical
energy independence in North America. Free nations of this hemisphere should
work together to develop and amass capital and with sensible and sustainable
exploration implement a Western Hemisphere Energy Strategy. The result would
prioritize job creation and energy security. Completing the Keystone XL pipeline is
extraordinarily important to creating new jobs in both of our countries and to insure
the secure and reliable supply of U.S. energy needs. Assessments of energy
capability and reality were provided for Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Columbia,
Ecuador and Brazil. A major reason the Western Hemisphere needs a serious
energy strategy is that China has one and is widely contracting crude oil and
refined petroleum products in the Americas for delivery to China ($65 Billion in just
the last year mostly from Venezuela). At the same time the majority of Americans
have begun to demand our Government urgently reverse anti-exploration and
anti-drilling regulations.


             CANADA/US INTER-PARLIAMENTARY GROUP

Gord Brown, Member of Parliament, Co-Chair
Senator Michael MacDonald

An insightful view of the Groups activities and involvements was discussed.
Interactive and innovative visits with: State Legislators; Governors; Premieres
and Federal Governments involved discussion and information exchange
covering: Forest Products; Health Care; Energy (Canada is the most secure and
reliable energy supplier to the U.S. It provides the majority of the various energy
types the U.S. requires for its economy and citizen’s needs); New Detroit
International Crossing; International Trade; Economic Turmoil and Offshore Wind
Generation. Encouraging Innovation is the key to prosperity. Canada insures the
long term supply of energy to the U.S. with stable prices. The Keystone XL
Pipeline is critical. U.S./Canada is a great shared strength. We must eliminate
bureaucratic nightmares at our shared Border. Buy American language is of
serious concern as it also has a detrimental impact on U.S. companies.


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                          VIEW FROM RAIL

Murray Ross, General Manager, Customer Services, Canadian Pacific Rail
Karen Phillips, Vice President, North American Affairs, CN
Bruce Burrows, Vice President, Railway Association of Canada

Rail Business is up! CBP Empty Residue Rule is a real problem that thankfully
Commissioner Bersin adjusted to be a less onerous reality. Looking forward to the
announcement of the Shared Border Perimeter Vision. CP is having real problems
with the new Ag Pest Inspections in Detroit at the Border versus previously being
able to proceed to Chicago.

CN has 1/3 of its volume in Cross Border Business, active in 16 U.S. States
crossing at 7 Land Ports. “That the Border Works” is a must! Customs working
“hand in hand” to find reasonable solutions. Under Perimeter Vision required
inspections should occur at Seaports and no longer be duplicated at the Shared
Land Border as is the case today, since container pulling from a train is very
difficult and costly. The Risk Management approach is key. Harmonized
regulations would be welcome. Commerce must be enhanced by the Perimeter
Vision.

Rail is a key player in the economy. 47% of revenue results from Cross Border
Business. Rail is not risky nor can it alter routes. Rail now carries 60% of weight
volume up from 45%. The Competitive Global Trading Block status currently hurt
by current Land Border crossing process. Hopefully Perimeter Vision will pre-
inspect passenger train service Montreal - U.S. also Vancouver - U.S. in each
direction eliminating the current costly stops at the actual Border.

                          BORDER BRIEFING

Jim Phillips, President & CEO CAN/AM BTA
Presented the Coordinated Clearance - Point of Departure Determination
Perimeter Strategy with the specific points for inclusion in the Beyond the Border
Perimeter Vision that were presented and discussed in detail with the
Canadian and U.S. Vision Border Working Teams.

Included was that the Land Border will continue to be “inefficient” experiencing
long delay wait-times if Canada does not issue a Vicinity RFID Passport
Companion Card like the US PASSCARD that has issued 6 million + cards to-
date at a price that covers the card cost. Background and identity checks having
already been done in order to issue the persons passport and their costs covered.

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                        ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY

Craig Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator,St. Lawrence Seaway

Presented a comprehensive and enlightening view of “key aspects” of the
St. Lawrence Seaway as a well positioned dynamic Bi-national Trade Corridor with
a 9 month season. Detailed the: History; Capabilities; Volumes; Cargo Types and
Markets Served. A vessel traveling from Montreal to Lake Erie crosses the
International Border line 27 times. Reviewed and discussed: Systems; Inspections;
Reinvestment Program ($186 million 2009-2018); Efficiencies and Environmental
issues (Air, Invasive Species and Ballast Water). Advised that a Short Sea
Shipping waiver from the Harbor Maintenance Tax Bill had been introduced.

                         VIEW FROM CONGRESS

                   CO-Chair Northern Border Caucus

Congressman Bill Owens, New York

Provided an impressive “Plain Speaking” view of his extensive activities and
interest in the Border. Outlined the numerous interactions with the Canadian
Ambassador, Premiers, Gord Brown M.P. and CBP Commissioner Bersin
focused on the Border operations and relations of shared interests. Noted his
district contains 13 Land Ports of Entry. Congressman Owens is continually
focused on finding ways to expedite the movement of goods and people while still
ensuring security. Discussed: FAST; Border Enforcement Security Task Force;
Shiprider Program; expanding Trusted Traveler Programs; CBP’s Residue
Position; Insure the Canadian Exemption from Buy American in the Jobs Act Bill;
an improved passenger inspection process for Amtrak to cut down delays; his
office quarterly monitors dwell times at each of the crossings in his district and
interacts with appropriate officials. Noted his extreme concern with the CBSA
fisherman fining incident that caused such an uproar and so negatively affected
recreational boating on the St. Lawrence River. Working with Gord Brown to
harmonize reporting requirements of the two countries to not require reporting
when crossing the international line unless the boat anchors or docks in the other
country or ties up with a boat of the other country as was the understood rules
before the incident in May.




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                    VIEW FROM THE SENATE

Introduction Ambassador David Wilkins, Partner Nelson Mullins
                      Can/Am BTA Senior Advisory Board

I have high respect for the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance. Senator
Graham makes a difference. He is a “go to guy” who gets things done. He is a
great friend to Canada. After visiting the Oil Sands he referred to them as a
“National Treasure to Canada.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
I thank my long standing friend David. Canada/U.S. relations are both a
convenience and a need. Out fates are tied together. We have common interests
in the Rule of Law and Free Speech. I recognize and applaud the very effective
and dedicated Canadian troops in Afghanistan. A defining issue for U.S./Canada is
the Oil Sands with great potential and a productive economic engine for Canada. It
would be catastrophic to the U.S. energy supply and the economy if the U.S. took
a negative position. In the real world Oil Sands are a stable energy supply to the
U.S. “You get Oil Sands from your cousin and geographically close neighbor.” The
Fact is Oil Sands have a lower carbon content than California oil being extracted.
Secretary of State Clinton has recommended to the President building the
Keystone XL Pipeline. Working to change the DOD policy on Oil Sands. There is
no upside to deny Oil Sands use in the U.S. It is an unnecessary provocation.

                  Summary and Closing Remarks

Robin L. Brown, Executive Board Member CAN/AM BTA
Vice President Government Affairs, Corn Products International
Excellent highlight of the critical points made. The importance of constructing the
Keystone XL Pipeline for essential oil supply to the U.S. We await the
announcement of the “Beyond the Border Perimeter Vision” having heard the
inputs and the work done to produce it. The excellent CBP-CBSA relationship. The
Mature Markets and Export Expansion initiatives by the Department of Commerce.
Excellent overview of the Western Hemisphere Energy capabilities and realities.
The important view from Rail and the extensive insight into the St. Lawrence
Seaway operations. Salient points were made by our elected Officials Gord Brown
M.P., Senator Michael MacDonald, Congressman Bill Owens and Senator Lindsey
Graham (a great friend to Canada). Thanked our excellent speakers and the
participants that together made this Conference very worth while.

                                                    Jim Phillips, President & CEO
                                                              canambta@aol.com
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