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METRANS Transportation Center University of Southern California California State University Long Beach I-NUF 2013



The Center for International Trade and Transportation at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) presents:

Collaborators and Competitors: Understanding the Connections Between
Canadian, American and Mexican West Coast Ports and Gateway Regions”

Thursday March 3, 2011

8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Post-Event Reception: 5:30 - 7:00 PM

The Pointe

CSULB Walter Pyramid

Long Beach, California

The lead sponsor for this conference is the Canadian Government's North American Research Linkages (NARL) program which facilitates North American collaboration within the research community and fosters the development of permanent exchange networks in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. 


Representatives from the goods movement industry, local communities,  governmental stakeholders, and researchers will explore the common trends that influence the economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability of Canadian, U.S. and Mexican Pacific Port Gateway Regions, as well as the unique pressures that drive policy making at the national, state/provincial, and local levels. 

Session topics include:

  • Implications of Trade Trends on the North American West Coast
  • Cross Border Issues (Land, Air, and Sea)
  • Environmental Policy Making  
  • Technology and Innovation at U.S., Canadian and Mexican Ports


Immediately following the conference, a core group of academic researchers from Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. will gather for a half-day workshop to review what was learned and to develop a future research agenda focusing on the unique needs of west coast gateway regions.   

The NARL effort is being led by Dr. Thomas O'Brien, Director of Research for the Center for International Trade and Transportation at California State University, Long Beach, who is partnering with Dr. Peter Hall of the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and Dr. Carlos Vázquez León of the Urban and Environmentalz Studies Program at Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Mexico.

This project is undertaken with the assistance of the Government of Canada/avec  l'appui du gouvernement du Canada.