Canadian Businesses, Organizations Continue to Turn to Chamber CEO for Insight on NAFTA

By: Michael Lewis II

With the Trump Administration re-opening the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah continues to receive requests to provide insights based on his current role at the Chamber and his past work in Washington, D.C.  While NAFTA negotiations are not getting much attention in the U.S., it is a significant issue for Canadian executives.

Last week, Baruah joined a panel in Toronto to discuss the future of the NAFTA, border security, and the impact on trade between Canada and the United States that included Perrin Beatty, CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Steve Verheul, Canada’s Chief NAFTA negotiator.  Baruah served a similar role in June when he addressed the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal.

Verheul noted that Canada and Mexico are aligned on several key areas of negotiation and the U.S. representatives have yet to put forth proposals in areas of interest to the U.S. team.  Baruah noted that from a U.S. business perspective, the first goal for a revised NAFTA was to “do no harm” as the supplies chains, especially in automotive, are tightly and delicately integrated across the NAFTA region.  Disruptions to this supply chain could cause significant economic and job loss in Michigan and other states.

The Detroit Regional Chamber has endorsed the NAFTA framework and recognizes the importance of the agreement to Michigan businesses.


Michael Lewis II is digital marketing coordinator at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Dickinson Wright to Partner with Canadian Government and PNC Bank on “International Insight: Succeeding in Canada” Seminar

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that it will partner with the Consulate General of Canada for Michigan and PNC Bank for a seminar on “International Insight: Succeeding in Canada” on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The event will feature experts to assist those companies seeking to explore new markets in Canada. Key topics will include the Canada/U.S. trade and investment relationship, government and legal practices, and cross border payment. Speakers at this event include: Sebastien Roy of the Consulate General of Canada for Michigan; Dan Ujczo from Dickinson Wright; Richard Corson from the U.S. Department of Commerce; Gerald Solensky from Zomedica; Sue Tuson from Clayton & McKervey; and Ric DeVore, George Hoffman, Daniel McCarty, Louise McDonnell, and David Olson from PNC Bank. Below are the event details:

“International Insight: Succeeding in Canada” Seminar

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Registration & Lunch Buffet)
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Speaker Presentations)
Location: Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Dickinson Wright’s U.S.-Canada team consists of more than 200 highly-trained, dedicated lawyers who are at the forefront of working with businesses and governments to navigate legal issues surrounding the largest two-way trading relationship in the world. Dickinson Wright’s cross-border expertise in corporate structuring, financing, and taxation – coupled with the firm’s unrivalled regulatory, real estate, immigration, intellectual property, and distribution expertise – makes Dickinson Wright a leading provider of cross-border legal services.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 425 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Dan Ujczo Named to the National Board of the American Chambers of Commerce in Canada

DETROIT, Mich., October 12, 2015 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Dan Ujczo, Of Counsel in the firm’s Columbus office and coordinator of Dickinson Wright’s Canada-US Platform, has been appointed to the National Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AM-CHAM Canada).

AM-CHAM Canada is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which includes more than 117 American Chambers of Commerce in 103 countries around the globe. With seven chapters located throughout Canada, AM-CHAM Canada is committed to promoting trade opportunities, advancing economic growth, and facilitating the mobility of people, goods and services across the longest safe and secure border in the world. Other National Board members include entities such as Fed-Ex, KPMG, and PNC Bank.

Dan is an international trade and customs lawyer who has devoted nearly two decades to assisting Canada-US companies. He regularly assists businesses on issues such as customs and regulatory compliance, corporate structuring, business immigration, intellectual property protection, and financial incentives. Dan also provides public policy counsel to government officials and industry leaders on matters relating to Canada-US regulatory cooperation, border security and management, trade and investment attraction initiatives, government procurement, and public-private-partnerships.

Dan has served in the US and Canadian governments, as well as managed a large Canada-US association comprised of leading corporate executives, in-house counsel, scholars and the media. Dan is the President of the Ohio-Canada Business Association (OH-CAN) and a board member of the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council.

To learn more about the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, please visit www.amchamcanada.ca.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 400 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has fifteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and eight other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn. (2); Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Dickinson Wright to Host Webinar on the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

Do you send commercial electronic messages to any Canadian consumers or Canadian businesses? If so, join Dickinson Wright Attorneys Wendy Hulton and Dan Ujczo for an insightful webinar on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) on June 12, 2014.

The CASL begins on July 1, 2014 and will affect all businesses that send commercial electronic messages (CEMs) to either consumers or businesses in Canada. CEMs may include e-mails, voicemails, text messages, social media, and instant messaging. If you wish to continue sending email to Canadian consumers and businesses after July 1st 2014, you need to understand how to comply with CASL.

Below are the event details for the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation Webinar:

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST
Speakers: Attorneys Wendy Hulton & Dan Ujczo

To register, please click the following link: http://tinyurl.com/lukv282