WTCBN Announces 2016 World Trade Celebration - The Global Trade and Economic War: Critical Lessons Learned and Forgotten

June 22nd, 2016 at Buffalo RiverWorks: World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara's annual event celebrating international trade will be here soon, mark your calendars! 

The keynote speaker will be William C. Lane, former Global Director of Government Affairs, Caterpillar Inc..   

A 40-year Caterpillar Veteran and President Emeritus of the US Global Leadership Coalition, Bill Lane is one of the business community's leading advocates for free trade and global engagement. As the leader of a global team of government affairs professionals, Bill has been responsible for Caterpillar's advocacy in support of competitiveness, trade liberalization and economic growth.

From supporting free trade agreements to opposing unilateral sanctions and protectionist schemes, Bill has been center stage during many of the most contentious trade debates of the past three decades. Currently, he is a leader of the Cuba normalization effort while continuing to play a leadership role in support of America's diplomacy and development efforts.

Bill’s numerous leadership positions in Washington, DC include the chair of the U.S. Latin America Trade Coalition and Russia PNTR Coalition, co-president of The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and founder of the USA Engage Effort and the Coalition of American Steel Using Manufacturers. Bill also helped lead successful business advocacy efforts in support of Trade Promotion Authority as well as the resulting Australia, Chile, Colombia, Panama, and Peru FTAs. From 2004 through 2015, Bill has been named one of Washington’s top corporate lobbyists by the Hill newspaper. 

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World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN) is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to build economic vitality through global trade. WTCBN provides vital trade services to support companies in the Upstate New York and Southern Ontario binational region. Support to our members includes consulting, education and training, along with worldwide membership affiliation with the international World Trade Centers Association comprised of over 330 World Trade Centers located in 90 countries.