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Cross Border Travel

Building a Better Border for Canada and the U.S.

Cross-Border Institute conference on Thursday, March 10 to explore trade opportunities created by new bridge planned for Windsor-Detroit border crossing

Windsor – Business leaders from Canada and the United States will come together at a day-long conference in Toronto next week to discuss the future of the busiest commercial land crossing in North America.

Organized by the Cross-Border Institute at the University of Windsor, the “Building a Better Border” Conference on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel will explore important trade opportunities that will be created by the planned Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit, Mich.

The event will feature a keynote address by the Hon. Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, who will speak about the economic development benefits of the new crossing.

“We’re pleased to provide an opportunity for people with an interest in trade to get a glimpse of what the future holds in store for our international border and better understand how it will impact our economy years down the road,” said Bill Anderson, Director of the Cross-Border Institute.

The conference will also include several plenary sessions where participants will be able to network and hear from leading experts in the fields of cross-border logistics and border security, including researchers from the University of Windsor who will demonstrate cutting-edge security technologies.

The Windsor-Detroit trade corridor is the busiest commercial land crossing between Canada and the U.S., handling nearly one third of all trade carried by truck between the two countries.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge, identified by the federal government as Canada’s most-important infrastructure project, will provide additional border crossing capacity, shorten trip times and lessen congestion and traffic delays on the critical trade route.

The project, slated for completion in 2020, will feature a new six-lane bridge, associated border inspection plazas and direct connections to Highway 401 in Ontario and Interstate 75 in Michigan.

Founded in 2008, the Cross-Border Institute’s location, steps away from the Windsor-Detroit border, provides a unique perspective from which to study the impact of trends in cross-border transportation, trade, technology, and policy decisions by governments on both sides of the border.

“The new bridge project and how well the Windsor-Detroit border crossing functions will have huge implications on the efficiency and growth of trade between Canada and the U.S.,” Anderson said. “It’s critical that we look ahead and plan for the future.”

For more information or to register for the conference, go to www.cbinstitute.ca/events.

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