New England Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition

APICS - The Association for Operations Management North Shore Chapter 20 and Boston Chapter 10    --   The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) New England Roundtable    --    The Northeast Supply Management Group, A Special Interest Group of ISM®

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2011 New England Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition - Birgit Matthiesen Bio

Birgit Matthiesen
Senior Advisor, US Government Relations, to the President for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association

Birgit MatthiesenMrs. Matthiesen is currently the Senior Advisor, US Government Relations, to the President for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association. In this capacity, Mrs. Matthiesen is the association’s point person in the United States to advocate trade and economic issues on behalf of Canada’s manufacturing and export interests. She covers the Hill, the Executive Branch and works closely with U.S. associations such as the National Association of Manufacturers, the US Chamber of Commerce and other groups towards a common North American competitiveness cause.

Prior to her appointment to the CME, Mrs Matthiesen was on staff at the Embassy of Canada in Washington DC in the Economic and Trade Policy Division where she monitored and provided analysis of U.S. legislative and regulatory developments as they affect Canadian access to the US marketplace. Here she was often referred to by colleagues as the Embassy's "border person". In 2005, she was called to Ottawa to join the Canadian government negotiating team for the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America initiative.

But she also has “on the ground” experience at the border. Before Washington, Mrs. Matthiesen worked for the Canadian Employment and Immigration Commission where she held numerous positions - including the refugee review directorate. Her career, however, began as a Canada Customs inspector on the border between Vermont and Quebec.

In November 2008 she co-authored a strategic border management report entitled: A New Bridge for Old Allies – a collaborative work with former Canadian Ambassador Michael Kergin on behalf of the Canadian International Council. She is a frequent “on background” analyst for media interviews on border management and competitiveness issues and has appeared on live media including C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

Born in Germany, Mrs. Matthiesen was raised in a small town south of Montreal, Quebec. She is a graduate of Dawson College and Concordia University, both of Montreal and received her Masters Degree at Virginia’s George Mason University in International Trade Policy. She and her husband currently reside in Virginia

Keynote Presentation:
North American Manufacturing – the Move Back

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