Media Advisory - First-ever New York-Ontario Economic Summit set for June

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Media Advisory - First-ever New York-Ontario Economic Summit set for June

TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - The New York-Ontario Economic Summit, convened by Mike Harris, Ontario's Premier and New York Governor George E. Pataki, will take place June 25 and 26, 2001 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York.
A forum for business and community leaders, and others to explore business and trade opportunities of mutual interest, the Summit begins June 25 with a reception and dinner hosted by Premier Harris and Governor Pataki, at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, Niagara Falls,
The Governor and Premier will also host a breakfast for Summit delegates on June 26 at the Adam's Mark Hotel, Buffalo. A series of workshops will take place on the 26th, involving Ontario Government Ministers and Parliamentary Assistants and New York State officials (For more details, please see agenda attached.)
Media are invited to attend any of the sessions during the Summit as well as the following events involving the Premier and Governor:

Date: June 25, 2001
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Oakes Ballroom, 2nd floor, Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, 6755
Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls (905) 374-1077. (NOTE: The
Sheraton has satellite transmission capability.)
Media OP: Premier Harris will address conference delegates, following
which he and Governor Pataki are scheduled to be available to
the media (approximately 8:00 p.m. outside the Oakes Ballroom,
2nd floor.)

Date: June 26, 2001
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom, 3rd floor, Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church
Street, Buffalo
(716) 845-5100
Media OP: Governor Pataki will address conference delegates, following
which he and Premier Harris are scheduled to meet the media
(approximately 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Pavilion, 3rd floor.)

Media must register in advance for the conference and must carry photo identification. If you do not have a Photo ID media badge, you must have a signed letter of assignment from your media organization.
On June 25, media can pick up their accreditation at the Summit registration desk, in the lobby of the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, or on June 26, at the Summit registration desk at the Adam's Mark Hotel. At the Sheraton, the Haida Room will be the media room, at the Adam's Mark it is the Sullivan Room.
Please confirm your attendance by no later than Thursday, June 21, 2001 with Janet Goldhar, Communications Branch, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, 416-325-0794.

NIAGARA FALLS, Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre
ONTARIO 6755 Fallsview Boulevard
Monday, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3W7
June 25, 2001 Tel: (905) 374-1077 Toll Free 1-800-267-8439

6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner with Ontario
Premier Mike Harris and New York
Governor George E. Pataki
Keynote address delivered by Premier Mike Harris.
Bob Runciman, Ontario Minister of Economic
Development and Trade will act as Master of

BUFFALO, Adam's Mark Hotel, Buffalo
NEW YORK 120 Church Street
Tuesday, Buffalo, New York
June 26, 2001 Tel: (716) 845-5100 Toll Free 1-800-444-2326

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with Governor George E. Pataki and
Premier Mike Harris
Keynote address delivered by Governor George E.
Pataki. Charles A. Gargano, Chairman,
Empire State Development Corporation will act as
Master of Ceremonies

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions

Tourism - Building an International Destination
This session will highlight opportunities for
establishing the Niagara bi-national region as an
international tourist destination; identify
initiatives underway to develop and market the
region to visitors; and discuss ways to remove
barriers to tourism development and investment in
the area.

Co-Chairs: The Honourable Tim Hudak, Ontario
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation; and
Brian Akley, Deputy Commissioner, Division of
Marketing, Advertising and Tourism, Empire State

Speakers: The Honourable David Crombie, Founding
Chair, Waterfront Regeneration Trust; Robert
Shibley, Professor of Architecture and Urban
Planning, University of Buffalo; James V. Glynn,
President, Maid of the Mist Corp.

Partnership Opportunities for the New Economy:
Bio-technology and Information Technology
This session will explore opportunities for
strengthening cross-border relationships in
bio-technology and information technology to enhance
innovation and increase the economic impact of
clusters in this region. Speakers will examine ways
to develop networks to foster industrial
collaboration, strengthen clusters, and position
the region as a world leader in bio-technology and
information technology.

Co-Chairs: Bart Maves, Parliamentary Assistant,
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and
Bruce A. Holm Ph. D., Sr. Associate Dean for the
School of Medicine, School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences, State University
of New York at Buffalo.

Speakers: Mitzie Hunter, President, Smart Toronto;
Cian Robinson, Executive Director, Infotech Niagara;
William Burns, President and CEO, Minrad Inc.

Trade Corridors and International Gateways
This session will provide differing perspectives on
the trade routes that support the economic vitality
of southern Ontario and western New York, focusing on
transportation deliverables, private sector concerns
and future options for border crossings improvements.

Co-Chairs: The Honourable Brad Clark, Ontario
Minister of Transportation; and Joseph H. Boardman,
Commissioner, New York Department of Transportation.

Speakers: Paul M. Tellier, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Canadian National Railways
Company; Stephen Kelly, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S.
Embassy in Ottawa.

Marketing the Bi-National Region: Three Views
This session will look at marketing the Southern
Ontario/Western New York region from three unique but
complementary perspectives: economic development
organizations in both regions; the medical
diagnostic equipment industry and its efforts to
jointly market its industry cluster, and a leading
financial services firm with experience in doing
business on both sides of the border.

Co-Chairs: Albert J. Budney Jr., President and CEO,
Niagara Mohawk Holdings Inc., Syracuse and Chair of
Canada-U.S. BorderNet Alliance; Richard R. Wozenilek,
Partner, Weir&Foulds LLP, Toronto and Vice-President
of Canada-U.S. BorderNet Alliance.

Speakers: Alan Teichroeb, Manager Business
Development, Niagara Economic and Tourism
Corporation; Tom Kucharski, President and CEO,
Buffalo-Niagara Enterprise; John M. Stevenson,
Principal, Stevenson Associates.

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:45 - 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Doing Business in Ontario
This session will identify some of the key elements
of doing business in Ontario, including legal,
taxation, banking and other financial considerations
as well as explore local and municipal issues.

Chair: The Honourable Cam Jackson, Ontario Minister
of Citizenship.

Speakers: Dan Malamet, Baker and McKenzie; Mark
Walters, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Alex McLeod,
President, Economic Developers Council of Ontario and
Manager of Economic Development, Greater Peterborough
Area Economic Development Corporation.

Doing Business in New York
This session will identify some of the key elements
of doing business in New York, including legal,
taxation, banking and other financial considerations
as well as explore trade issues such as
warehousing and foreign trade zones.

Chair: Jeffrey D. Abramowitz, Vice-President,
International Operations, Empire State Development

Speakers: Richard G. Willoughby, Partner, Torys;
James A. Sachs, Director, Freed, Maxix, Sachs and
Murphy; Frank R. Bartenstein, Sales Representative,

Photonics and Microelectronics: Bridging the Gap
This session provides an opportunity to hear and
discuss potential areas for cross-border
collaboration, with discussion leading to branding
the region as a world leader in photonics and

Co-Chairs: Dr. Gerard (Gerry) F. Lynch, President and
CEO, Photonics Research Ontario; and George (Bud)
Hippisley, Executive Director, Photonics Industry
Association of New York State.

Speakers: Dr. Ted Sargent, Nortel Junior Chair
Emerging Technologies, University of Toronto;
Dr. Laura Turbini, Executive Director, Centre for
Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging (C-MAP);
Dr. Hong Luo, Institute for Lasers, Photonics and
Biophotonics, SUNY at Buffalo; Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Physics; Wayne Knox, Director of the
Institute of Optics, University of Rochester.

Niagara Bi-National Region Economic Roundtable:
Building an Economic Action Strategy
The regions of Niagara and Halton, the City of
Hamilton and neighbouring New York State counties
will form, with the private sector, a unique trade
corridor alliance, called the Niagara Bi-National
Region Roundtable. Private sector leaders of this
unique process will describe the initiative and
explain how the Roundtable will prepare an economic
vision and action strategy for this emerging
economic region followed by a facilitated

Co-Chairs: Ted Chudleigh, Parliamentary Assistant,
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade;
other Co-Chair (tbc).

Speakers: John Mayberry, President and CEO, Dofasco
Inc.; Robert E. Rich Jr., President, Rich Products

3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Closing Networking Session

Please confirm your attendance by no later than
Thursday, June 21, 2000 with Janet Goldhar,
Communications Branch,
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade,
For further information: Janet Goldhar, Communications Branch, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, (416) 325-0794