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Friday April 15th, 2011

Energy Security and Climate Change: A Canada-US Common Approach? – Introduction and Panel One: Inextricably Intertwined: Canada and the US as Global Partners in Securing Safe, Reliable, and New Sources of Energy


Hon. James J. Blanchard, Partner, Co-Chair, Government Affairs Practice Group, DLA Piper LLP (US); and Co-Chair, Executive Committee, Canada-United States Law Institute, Washington, DC

Hon. James S. Peterson, P.C., Counsel, Fasken Martineau; and Co-Chair, Executive Committee, Canada-United States Law Institute, Toronto, ON

Chris Sands, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; and Co-Chair Henry T. King, Jr. Annual Conference on Canada-United States Relations, Washington, DC

Daniel Ujczo, Managing Director, Canada-United States Law Institute, Cleveland, OH


David Crane, Syndicated Journalist, & Co-Chair Henry T. King, Jr. Annual Conference on Canada-United States Relations, Toronto, ON


Carl Bauer, Director (Retired), National Energy Technology Laboratory, US Department of Energy, Pittsburgh, PA

Meera Fickling, Research Analyst, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington,DC

Friday April 15, 2011, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Canada-United States Law Institute at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law

The Henry T. King, Jr. Annual Conference has served as the premier forum for addressing the issues confronting the Canada-U.S. relationship. For nearly three decades, the annual conference has united members of the respective governments, corporate leaders, legal practitioners, scholars, and the media in one forum to address issues from security and trade, to energy and the environment. Along the way, the event has fostered the development of longstanding professional linkages and personal friendships on each side of the border.

This year’s conference will address the Canada-US energy relationship. It is the only event that will:

Examine the relationship from a bi-national perspective;
Provide a comprehensive review of all sectors;
Examine policy implications at the federal, state, and provincial levels;
Discuss funding initiatives that will assist companies in securing the capital needed to develop these projects.

Additional Information About Our Guest…

Jim Blanchard has dedicated his life to public service and law, serving with distinction as governor of the State of Michigan, ambassador to Canada and a member of the United States Congress. Currently, he is co-chair of Government Affairs for the global law firm of DLA Piper and chairman of the Meridian International Center, a leading public diplomacy, non-profit center in Washington D.C.

During his tenure as ambassador (1993-96), Blanchard managed a broad range of trade, environmental and energy issues between the United States and Canada, including spearheading the Open Skies Agreement. In recognition of his outstanding performance as ambassador, Blanchard received the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service, making him one of only a handful of ambassadors to receive this prestigious award.

Blanchard’s eight years as Michigan’s chief executive (1983-91) were notable for his success in turning around Michigan’s finances. When he took office the state faced a $1.7 billion deficit, the threat of bankruptcy, record high unemployment of more than 17 percent and the worst credit rating in America. Working with leaders of business, labor, education and local government, Blanchard made the tough decisions to put Michigan on the right track. The result was seven upgrades in Michigan’s credit rating, 650,000 net new jobs, and a ‘rainy-day fund’ of $422 million. Most noteworthy, Blanchard initiated Michigan’s first Office of the Great Lakes and created the Michigan Education Trust (MET), the nation’s first tuition guarantee program.

Newsweek Magazine credited Blanchard with leading “one of the most dramatic economic turnabouts in the recent history of state government,” and US News and World Report listed him among the best governors in America.

During four terms in Congress (1975-1983) Blanchard distinguished himself by leading the fight to save the Chrysler Corporation.

From 1969 to 1974, Blanchard was an assistant attorney general of Michigan.

Blanchard is on the Board of Directors of the National Archives Foundation and has recently been named to the National Debt Reduction Task Force by the Bipartisan Policy Center. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Chrysler Group and Enbridge.

In 1997, Blanchard authored Behind the Embassy Door—Canada, Clinton and Quebec, a book highlighting his experiences as ambassador.

Jim and Janet Blanchard reside in Beverly Hills, Michigan. Both Jim and his son Jay Blanchard are proud graduates of Michigan State University.

James Peterson has served in the Government of Canada as Minister of International Trade, Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions (1997-2002), and Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (1993-97). As a former Minister of International Trade (2003-06), he represented Canada at the World Trade Organization’s Doha round of negotiations. He retired from the House of Commons in 2007 after 23 years of service as the Member of Parliament for Willowdale (Toronto).

Before entering public life, he had a distinguished career as both a legal scholar and teacher and as a practitioner of international tax and business law. He was also a consultant for the U.N. Industrial Development Organization. He was appointed head of Negotiation for Ontario in its efforts to reduce barriers to trade, investment and labour mobility, and to enhance economic cooperation with Quebec.

He is the author of numerous articles and studies for Canadian and foreign publications. He received a DCL (1970) from McGill University; an LLM (1967) from Columbia University; a Certificate d’Assistance (1966) from L’Académie de Droit International, The Hague; a Diplôme d’Etudes de Civilization Française (1966) from La Sorbonne; and a BA (1963) and LLB (1964) from University of Western Ontario.

Christopher Sands is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, a professorial lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an adjunct professor in Government at the American University School of Public Affairs. He lectures at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State and for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He holds a B.A. in political science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Canadian studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sands currently serves as a member of the advisory board of the Canada-United States Law Institute.

Daniel Ujczo is Managing Director of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute and has been a visiting professor at the School of Law since 2004. After earning his law degree, he was appointed a Senior Judicial Law Clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He is now a Political, Economic Relations, and Public Affairs Officer for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

His responsibilities have included strategic coordination of Canada-US border cooperation, management, and security between the Consulate-Generals and Consulates of the Government of Canada located throughout the U.S. and Mexico, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa. Additionally, Prof. Ujczo is the liaison with U.S. businesses, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations for Canada-U.S. security and economic relations.

He implements the Canada U.S. Law Institute’s programs in Canada and the U.S., teaches Canada-U.S. Legal Relations and the Homeland Security Lab, and is faculty adviser to both the Journal of International Law and the Canada-U.S. Law Journal. The Case Western Reserve University School of Law Alumni Association named him “Distinguished Recent Graduate” in Fall 2010.

David Crane is an award-winning Canadian writer on economic, political and environmental issues. His writings appear in publications across Canada. He is a member of the National Statistics Council, an advisory body to Statistics Canada, the President’s International Advisory Council at the University of Toronto, and the advisory board of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute. He has also served as a board member of the University of Toronto’s Innovations Foundation, a member of the Ontario Science and Technology Council, a member of the original steering committee of the Toronto Vital Signs Project, and as a member of the Challenge Dialogue of the Alberta Energy Research Institute. David Crane also served for five years as a judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

He is a graduate of the University of Toronto. David Crane has an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for his contributions to the university, honourary doctorates from Wilfrid Laurier University and Victoria University (part of the University of Toronto), and an award of recognition from Conestoga College He was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canadian life. He was also awarded a Social Work Doctoral Award by the Social Work Doctors’ Colloquium. He is also a member of the Davos Circle, an association of long-term participants in the World Economic Forum. He has written several books, including The Next Canadian Century, The Canadian Dictionary of Business and Economics, and Controlling Interest. He has also been a contributor to a number of other books. He is currently writing a book on how Canada should position itself in the global economy.

Carl Bauer served as Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) for four Years retiring in January 2010. NETL, a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory. Mr. Bauer was responsible for directing and overseeing the implementation of major science and technology development programs at the Lab as well as $1 B of jointly funded RD&D with the Energy Industry.

Mr. Bauer has more than 30 years of executive experience for technical and business management in both the private and public sectors. He is currently President of C.O. Bauer Consulting, Inc.

Mr. Bauer received an advanced degree in nuclear power engineering from the Naval Nuclear Power Postgraduate Program in 1972 and a B.S. in marine engineering/oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971. He has taken additional postgraduate courses at the Wharton School of Business and George Washington University in business administration, finance, and management, and has received additional executive management training at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Meera Fickling has been a research analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 2008 and works with Senior Fellows Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Jeffrey J. Schott.

Her areas of research include climate change and trade issues, particularly in North America. She is co-authoring a book, NAFTA and Climate Change, to be published in spring 2011. She has also co-authored a chapter on “Trade and the Environment” to be published in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on the World Trade Organization by Oxford University Press.

Her prior work at the Institute includes “North America’s Uphill Battle on Climate Change” (CESifo Forum Vol. 2010/4) and “When Oil Policy Springs a Leak,” (Globe and Mail op-ed, August 4, 2010). She graduated summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary, where she majored in Economics.