City & State’s New York – Canada Summit will highlight the importance of cultivating and maintaining a strong, efficient border relationship to support and expand New York and Canada’s $32.2 billion bilateral trade network. By convening government and business leaders from both sides of the border, City & State will advance the conversation between these two entities, focusing on how public-private partnerships and collaboration can benefit New Yorkers and Canadians.



8:30AM WELCOMING REMARKS from Consul General of the US in Toronto Jim Dickmeyer and Consul General of Canada in NY John Prato

9:00AM BORDER, PORTS & BRIDGES Panelists analyze transportation issues plaguing the 445-mile shared border that supports a $32.2 billion bilateral trade relationship. 

James H. I. Weakley, President, Lake Carriers’ Association
Craig H. Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Rose Hilmey, Director of Area Port of Buffalo, US Customs & Border Protection
Bryan Roth, Manager of Regional Development, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Stephen Laskowski, Canadian Trucking Alliance & Ontario Trucking Association

Sam Hoyt, Regional Director, Empire State Development & Chair, Buffalo Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority

Lew Holloway, General Manager, Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

Jeff Walters, Director of Port of Entry Operations, Canada Border Services Agency

11:00AM DEVELOPMENT, TRAVEL, & TOURISM Panelists highlight Western New York and Canadian tourism initiatives, economic development projects surrounding those initiatives, and potential partnership or collaboration opportunities.


Markly Wilson, Director of International Marketing,  “ I love NY” Empire State Development

David Altman, Director of Sales and Sponsorship, TORONTO 2015/PANAM GAMES
Carl Paladino, Owner/Operator, Ellicott Development

Kithio Mwanzia, Interim CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Patrick Kaler, President, Visit Buffalo Niagara

Dorian Dickinson, Board of Directors, Council of the Great Lakes Region

12:00PM LUNCH:



1:30PM THE NEW YORK – CANADA BORDER MAYORS DISCUSSION A panel of mayors from both sides of the border discuss local transportation and energy policy, and the state of cross-border relations between Canada and New York’s localities.


Mayor Paul Dyster, Niagara Falls, NY

Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo, NY

Mayor Lovely Warren, Rochester, NY

Mayor Jim Diodati, Niagara Falls, ON

Mayor Doug Martin, Fort Erie, ON

Event contact: Samantha Diliberti or 646-442-1617