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US/Canada Border Conference Set for September 10th and 11th, Program Developed by Former Top Security Agency Officials


On September 10th and 11th, 2013, top officials of border security agencies from the U.S., Canada, as well as state, local and international law enforcement agencies, and industry, will gather at the US/Canada Border Conference in Detroit, Michigan at the Cobo Center to address the 5,525 miles that make up the International Boundary of the U.S. and Canada border. Commonly referred to as “the world's largest undefended border,” it is now the focus of both the Obama and Harper administrations.

Eagle Eye Expositions, the company that produces the US/Canada Border Conference, announced an alliance of former border protection, law enforcement and security industry veterans from the United States, Canada, and industry, that make up the US/Canada Border Conference Advisory Board. The Board will direct the development of the educational program, recruiting a strong slate of speakers to share their knowledge and expertise with those tasked with border security, including those charged with expediting trade and travel at over 327 U.S. ports of entry and 15 preclearance centers.

Ralph Basham, a Partner at Command Consulting Group, and a former Commissioner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection serves as Chairman of the US/Canada Border Conference Advisory Board and has assembled a prestigious group of colleagues to join him:

W. Ralph Basham

Advisory Board Chairman

Partner, Command Consulting Group

Former Commissioner,

U.S. Customs and Border Protection;

Former Director, U.S. Secret Service

Jayson P. Ahern

Principal, The Chertoff Group

Former Acting Commissioner,

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Robert C. Bonner

Senior Principal, Sentinel HS Group

Former Commissioner,

U.S. Customs and Border Protection;

Former Administrator,

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; and

Former U.S. District Judge for California's Central District

Pierre-Yves Bourduas

President, P-Y Public Safety Management Inc.

Former Deputy Commissioner of Federal Services and Central Region, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (ret)

Ronald S. Colburn

President, The Border Patrol Foundation

Former National Deputy Chief, U.S. Border Patrol

Charlie T. Deane

Police Chief (ret)

Prince William County, VA

Alain Jolicoeur

Principal at Fleury, Bouchard, Jolicoeur and Associates; President of AMPRAX, Inc.

Former President, Canada Border Services Agency

Michael C. Kostelnik

Major General, USAF, (ret); Former Assistant Commissioner, Air and Marine, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, (ret)

Art Morgan

Former Assistant Director, Seattle Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection;

Former Director, CBP Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco Campus

Joseph L. Nimmich

Director of Maritime Surveillance and Security, Raytheon Homeland Security

Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (ret);

Former Director, Joint Interagency Task Force South

D. Brian Peterman

Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, (ret)

James D. Phillips

President & CEO, Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance


The US/Canada Border Conference is a comprehensive two-day educational program and exhibition that focuses on implementation of the “Beyond the Border” declaration with specific goals outlined in the Action Plan including: addressing threats early, trade facilitation, economic growth and integrated cross-border law enforcement. To learn more, visit

Eagle Eye Expositions, LLC, a leading producer of conferences and trade shows, produces the US/Canada Border Conference. The company also owns the 7th annual Border Security Expo, coming up March 12-13, 2013 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ, a comprehensive program focused on disrupting and dismantling transnational criminal organizations; and the Global Summit on Borders, scheduled for 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The Summit is an invitation-only event focusing on the intersection of international trade, travel and homeland security. For more information, visit

Eagle Eye Expositions, LLC
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