North American Futures 2010: Canadian and U.S. Perspectives

Friday, March 12, 2010 8:30am to Saturday, March 13, 2010 3:15pm
Tamalpais Room, David Brower Center
UC Berkeley
Berkeley CA 94720-2370
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North American Futures - Conference Summary by Jeremy Kinsman


North America has long set the world standard for economic leadership and civic engagement. A common, often shared approach between Canada and the U.S. has proven historically a strong asset; there is a mutual exchange that takes place in the larger North American commons of ideas, practices, and resulting advances and accomplishments.

The recent economic downturn and its sharp dislocating effects stretched through all aspects of the public and private sectors. Canada and the U.S. need to pursue opportunities to strengthen cooperation and joint strategies for North American peace and prosperity.

"North American Futures: Canadian-U.S. Perspectives" is a two-day bi-national conference for private and public sector practitioners and scholars interested in the issues driving the North American, Canada – U.S. relationship.

The conference is being co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) and the University of British Columbia’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions & U.S. Studies Program, along with the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program and the Institute of International Studies (IIS). This conference is the inaugural event for the Berkeley-British Columbia Symposium on Politics and Public Policy.

Over the course of two days the conference will hear from experts and conduct panels in the following key areas:

  • Culture, Identity, and the Social Contract
  • Managing the Economic Arena
  • National Security and International Affairs
  • Managing the Artcic
  • Energy, the Environment, and Climate Change
  • The Trilateral Perspective - Mexico, The US, Canada
  • North American Futures: The Challenges of the 21st Century

Conference organization is under the direction of Jack Citrin, Director of IGS and Heller Professor of Political Science at Berkeley; Tom Barnes, Co-Director of the Canadian Studies Program; Richard Johnston, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at British Columbia; and former Canadian Ambassador Jeremy Kinsman as visiting Regents’ Lecturer at UC Berkeley. The conference will be convened by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau.

Friday, March 12, 2010

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Continental breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am: Welcoming Remarks by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau 

9:15 am -10:30 a.m.
Keynote Panel: A North American Commons?


  • Allan E. Gotlieb (Former Canadian Ambassador)
  • Thomas R. Pickering (US Ambassador)
  • Moderator: Jeremy Kinsman (Former Canadian Ambassador, 2009-10 Regents' Lecturer, UC Berkeley)

10:30 am - 10:45 am: Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm: 
Panel 1 - Culture, Identity, and the Social Contract


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Luncheon

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Panel 2 - Managing the Economic Area


  • J. Bradford DeLong, UC Berkeley
  • Rod Dobell, University of Victoria
  • Chrystia Freeland, U.S. managing editor, Financial Times
  • David Emerson, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of International Trade
  • Moderator: Paul Quirk, University of British Columbia

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Panel 3 - National Security and International Affairs


  • Steven Weber, UC Berkeley
  • Janice Gross Stein, University of Toronto
  • Roberta Jacobson, U.S. Department of State
  • Paul Heinbecker, former Canadian Ambassador & permanent representative to the United Nations
  • Moderator: Joe Clark, Canada's 16th Prime Minister and former Foreign Minister

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm 
Panel 4 - Managing the Arctic


  • Franklyn Griffiths, University of Toronto
  • David Caron, UC Berkeley
  • Moderator: Nelson Graburn, UC Berkeley

Saturday, March 13, 2010

9:00 am - 9:30 am:  Continental Breakfast and welcoming

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Panel 5: Energy, the Environment, and Climate Change


  • Daniel Kammen, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley 
  • Kathryn Harrison, University of British Columbia
  • Tom Huffaker, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Jeffrey Simpson, national affairs columnist, Globe and Mail
  • Moderator: Pierre Marc Johnson (former premier, province of Quebec

11:00 am - 11:15 am: Break

11:15 pm - 12:00 pm
Panel 6 - The Trilateral Perspective - Mexico, US, & Canada


  • Robert Pastor, American University
  • Jennifer Jeffs, Centre for International Governance Innovation
  • Moderator: Maxwell Cameron, University of British Columbia

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Luncheon

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Panel 7: North American Futures - The Challenges of the 21st century


  • Charles Doran, John Hopkins University
  • Colin Robertson, Carleton University
  • Henry E. Brady, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
  • Anne McLellan, Alberta Institute for American Studies
  • Moderator: Jeremy K.B. Kinsman, conference co-chair, former Canadian ambassador and 2009-10 UC Berkeley Regents' Lecturer

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm: Closing remarks

The webcast for the event can be viewed at:
UC-TV broadcasting schedule

For further details about this event, please contact:

Ms. Katherine Nguyen, IGS Manager
k.nguyen [at]
(510) 642-5658


Alan Unger
Conference Coordinator
afunger [at]