The United States and Canada have the largest trade relationship in the world. The trade relationship between our two countries crosses all industries, and is vital to both nations’ success. Western New York Foreign Trade Zone is proud to partner with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Welke Customs Brokers and Celebrezze Law for this roundtable discussion to learn the finer points of doing business with the U.S. for Canadian companies.

The panel discussion, “Doing Business in the U.S. for Canadian Companies,” part of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce’s monthly “Lunch and Learn” program, will be held on Tuesday, Feb 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, 2 North Service Road, St. Catharines. The discussion, moderated by Craig Turner of Momentum Public Affairs in Tonawanda, NY, will feature speakers:

Tim Palisano, President, Western New York (WNY) Foreign Trade Zone

As president of WNY Foreign Trade Zone Operators Inc., Tim oversees all aspects of the trade zone, engaging directly with customers and clients and show them how they can achieve significant savings by storing, warehousing or shipping through the facility. Tim is also president of the Lincoln Family of Companies in Buffalo, which has been serving the logistics needs of the WNY community since 1914.

Damon Piatek, President & CEO, Welke Customs Brokers USA

Damon is a Licensed U.S. Customs Broker and Customs Compliance Specialist, with over 18 years of experience in the import/export, customs, transportation, and logistics sectors.

Jaclyn Celebrezze, Immigration Attorney, Celebrezze Law

An Attorney at Celebrezze Law, LLC in Westlake, Ohio,  Jaclyn has spent her entire legal career practicing in employment-based immigration, holding positions in both the academic and private legal sector. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.  Ms. Celebrezze is admitted to the Ohio Bar.

Topics include:

  • NAFTA and CanAm Trade
  • U.S. and Canadian Customs Compliance
  • Foreign Trade Zone Opportunities and Regulations
  • Cross Border Business Immigration Rules
  • U.S. Business Culture

For more information or to register, visit the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce web site.