September 10, 2012 STAFF/STU

Today: The Netherlands: Gateway to the Great Lakes

Discover how developing new waterborne commerce between the Netherlands and Great Lakes ports can be an engine for job creation and give manufacturers and shippers a competitive advantage in our global economy at:

The Netherlands: Gateway to the Great Lakes
Monday, September 10, 2012
8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. with reception to follow
Donahue Auditorium of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology
John Carroll University
University Heights, Ohio


  • William D. Friedman, president/CEO, Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority, “Potential for Expanded International Commerce on the Seaway”
  • Rear Admiral Michael Parks, Ninth U.S. Coast Guard District, “Ensuring the Safety, Security and Resiliency along Our Shared Maritime Border”
  • Roy B. Norton, Ph.D., consul general of Canada to Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky, “Canadian Perspective on International Transportation”
  • Bart Kuipers Ph.D., director of business development and business relations, Erasmus Smart Port Rotterdam, “The Netherlands: Gateway to the Great Lakes”
  • Sjoerd Haazen, M.S., Erasmus University, “Optimizing the Great Lakes-St Lawrence Seaway Transportation System”
  • Henri Verboon, M.S., Erasmus University, “The Great Lakes: The World’s Most Underutilized Waterway”

Panel Discussions:

  • “Capabilities of the Great Lakes Ports and St. Lawrence Seaway”
  • “International Commercial Opportunities”

Admission is $35, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception. Register online today!

If you have any questions, please contact Brad Hull at or 216.397.4182.