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Saturday April 16th, 2011

Energy Security and Climate Change: A Canada-US Common Approach? – Panel Five: Facing the World Together: The Role of Great Lakes States and Provinces in Developing Canada-US Energy


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


Kim Hill, Director, Sustainability and Economic Development Strategies; Director, Automotive Communities Partnership, Center for Automotive Research, Ann Arbor, MI

Benjamin Teitelbaum, Coordinator, Commision for Environmental Cooperation of North America, Montreal, QC

Friday April 16, 2011, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 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…

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.

Kim Hill is director of the Automotive Communities Program and Sustainable Transportation and Communities Group within the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). The Automotive communities Program (ACP) is a program aimed at helping government and economic developers in traditional automotive communities across the upper Midwest and Canada understand the ever-changing dynamic of the automotive industry as these organizations work on attraction and retention efforts. Currently, 40 communities participate in the program, along with five of the largest automobile manufacturing companies in the world and numerous tier one suppliers.

Mr. Hill’s work with CAR has focused on economic and business modeling, for the purpose of public analysis. He has authored and c-authored studies, for instance, examining the total annual economic activity of the domestic automotive industry; the economic well-being of the top suppliers in the State of Michigan; and an analysis of the effects state regulations have on automotive capital investment.

Mr. Hill is Car’s lead investigator on economic impact analyses. These analyses estimate employment and economic impacts on the national and state economies that result from automotive company activities. Studies by CAR have previously examined the impact of the entire U.S. motor vehicle assembly sector, the U.S.-based international assembly sector, and Toyota’s U.S.-based operations, and will soon be examining the impact of the entire U.S.-based automotive supplier sector.

Mr. Hill received his B.F.A. degree from the University of Michigan. He ran his own freelance photography business and managed a department for a commercial photographic lab. After many interesting years in the business, he returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
After graduation, Mr. Hill joined the staff of the City Administrator’s Office with the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he analyzed public policy issues and their potential effect on the city, including a proposed city income tax. Concurrently, with the Center for Environmental Policy, Economics, and Science, he co-authored a study which quantified the economic benefits of enhanced recycling of automobiles at the end of their life cycle.

Mr. Hill then joined the University of Michigan’s Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation, and co-authored many studies which focused on issues affecting the global automotive industry, such as global expansion and capacity impacts, changes in the automotive retail structure, and modeling automotive sales during various states of economic expansion and recession. After leaving the University of Michigan, and before joining CAR he worked as a business consultant, specializing in customer satisfaction studies, for CFI Group, of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Benjamin Teitelbaum is presently Special Assistant at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The CEC is an International Governmental organization with a special mandate to support the coordination of policies and programs focused on Trade & Environment as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

His present mandate is focused in providing support to the Commission on a number of “transportation” related initiatives, including “Greening the Trade & Transportation Corridors in North America”. Previously, Mr. Teitelbaum has assumed a number of responsibilities in both the Quebec and Canadian Governments. His background has therefore been shaped by experiences in both policy and government relations.