Wednesday, October 17th

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Networking Registration

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Concurrent Panel Sessions (Choose 1)

Track 1 - Why Virginia? Why Poland?

An interactive session with an expert panel of Poles and Americans that will address why Poland should be an attractive location for Virginians looking to do research and business in the EU. A similar discussion of why Virginia should be attractive for Poles looking to enter the U.S. market.

Moderated by: Dr. Michael Czekajlo, Co -Chair, Polish American Foundation - Alliance for Innovation

  • Lt. Colonel Wilson Ariza, Medical Service Corps, US Army, Retired
  • Piotr Dytko, President, “PORT” Polish Center for Technology Innovation
  • Robert Lugowski, Managing Partner, CobinAngels; Vice President, European Business Angels Network (EBAN)
  • Dr. Cezary Mazurek, Deputy Director for Technology, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center
  • Professor Aleksander Nawrat, Deputy Director National Center for Research and Development
  • Adam Olszewski, Head of R&D Markets
  • Magdalena Siekacz, Head of CROS CRO Clinical Operation Services and Business Development
  • Marc Sanderson, President and Owner, Wilkie Sanderson

Track 2 - Global Manufacturing Competitiveness

  • Optimizing Supply Chain with the International Buyers Program
  • Using Foreign Trade Zones to Your Advantage
  • Reclassifying Products on the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and Tariff Exemptions
  • Managing Currency Risk to Lower Costs

Moderated by: Brett Vassey, President & CEO, Virginia Manufacturers Association

  • Anne Grey, Executive Director of Trade Promotion Programs, US Department of Commerce
  • John Huddle, Founder & CEO, The Global Law Group, PLC
  • Erik Miller, Vice President of Foreign Exchange Services, Wells Fargo

6:00 PM: Special Reception at the Governor's Mansion

Please note that due to capacity requirements we are only able to offer a limited number of invitations to the Governor’s Mansion reception on the evening of Wednesday, October 17th.

We are sorry but the maximum capacity for attendance at The Governor’s Mansion Reception has been reached. We are no longer able to provide any additional invitations.


Thursday, October 18th

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Barry DuVal, President & CEO, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • Stephen Moret, President & CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM: Panel - A Discussion with Virginia Governors

Virginia has created a strong portfolio of trade programs that contribute significantly to Virginia’s economy through jobs, income and taxes. As we celebrate 70 years of the Virginia Conference on World Trade, join former Virginia Governors for a discussion on the impact international trade has on creating jobs and bringing businesses to Virginia.

  • The Honorable George Allen
  • The Honorable Terry McAuliffe
  • The Honorable Bob McDonnell

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: Networking Break

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Kirsten Hillman, Deputy Ambassador of Canada to the United States

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Panel - Global Trade Winds

Global trade is critical to Virginia’s prosperity – fueling economic growth, supporting jobs, raising living standards and providing Virginians with affordable goods and services. From tariffs to transportation and logistics, trade experts discuss the head winds and tail winds affecting Virginia’s position in global trade.

Moderated by: Todd Haymore, Managing Director, Global Economic Development, Commerce & Government Relations, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

  • Richard Willey, President, Perdue AgriBusiness
  • Cornelia Steinert, Senior Manager, International Trade, Canon Virginia, Inc.
  • Takashi Masuda, Senior Vice President - North America Human Resources, Marketing & Yield Management, ONE
  • John Reinhart, CEO and Executive Director, Virginia Port Authority
  • Marguerite Bates-Frier, Intermodal/Regional Vice President, XPO Logistics

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Luncheon (Sponsored by TMEIC)

With Keynote Remarks by The Honorable Ralph Northam, Governor of Virginia

2:00 PM: Adjourn