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CN Forum

Thursday, October 1, 2015
11:30-3pm, Lincoln Room, Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI


Join us for the tenth anniversary of Michigan State University's CN Forum, a regional gathering of business, policy, and research leaders. The forum is where new information is exchanged on the status of the U.S. and Canada connection in areas of trade, travel, and Great Lakes stewardship. New contacts are made to help move the U.S. Midwest region and Canada forward, making this binational connection the world's model for crossborder collaboration.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 5 – 7pm, Kellogg Center (, East Lansing, MI. More Reception information. (/outreach/cn_forum/byyear/2015/reception.htm)


Complete agenda (PDF)* (/outreach/cn_forum/byyear/2015/agenda.pdf) for the Reception and the Conference on Thursday, October 1, 2015, 11:30am – 3:30pm in the Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Center (, East Lansing, MI.

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John Orr (/outreach/cn_forum/byyear/2015/orr_full.jpg)

Mr. John Orr, Senior Vice President of Operations, Canadian National Railway
Former CN Chief Safety and Sustainability Officer

Mr. John Orr has been Senior Vice-President of Southern Region at Canadian National Railway Company since April 2015 and served as its Vice-President of Eastern Region from March 15, 2013 to April 2015. Mr. Orr served as Chief Safety & Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Canadian National Railway Company from September 2011 to March 15, 2013. He joined CN in 1985 as a conductor in London, Ontario, taking on positions of increasing responsibility with a variety of duties before being named Assistant General Manager, MacMillan Yard in Toronto in 2005. He was promoted to General Manager, Mac Yard in 2006. He was appointed to lead the Prairie Sub-region as General Manager in Edmonton in 2007, and was promoted to Assistant Vice-President, Operations, BC South in Vancouver in April 2009.

Mr. Orr holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has continued his own professional development at the University of Guelph, the Niagara Leadership Institute, and the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Tom Casperson (/outreach/cn_forum/byyear/2015/casperson_full.jpg)

The Honorable Tom Casperson, Senator, 38th District (Escanaba)
Chair, Transportation and Natural Resources Committees

Tom Casperson served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years, from 2002 to 2008. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate, and was re-elected for a second term in 2014. Prior to being elected to the legislature, Senator Casperson worked for 27 years in his family's log trucking business, including 12 years as its owner and operator. That business, Casperson & Son Trucking, was started by his grandfather.

While in the Michigan House of Representatives, Mr. Casperson served as an Assistant Majority Whip and as Chair of the House Conservation, Forestry and Outdoor Recreation Committee and Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee. In the State Senate, he serves as chair of the Transportation Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Senate's Families, Seniors, and Human Services Committee and Finance Committees.

Andrew Doctoroff (/outreach/cn_forum/byyear/2015/doctoroff_full.jpg)

Andrew S. Doctoroff, Special Projects Advisor
Office of Governor Rick Snyder, State of Michigan

Andrew S. Doctoroff serves as the Special Projects Advisor to Gov. Rick Snyder and he has held this position since March 2013. In this capacity, he is responsible to the Snyder administration for managing the state's participation in the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. He also has overseen, with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a comprehensive study addressing how Michigan might become an internationally competitive provider of logistics services.

Prior to working for the Snyder Administration, Andy was a long-time partner at the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP where he specialized in commercial litigation. He was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and DBusiness Top Lawyers, and named as one of Michigan Super Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys.

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Registration is required. The cost to attend is $30.00.
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Students scholarships are available.
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Should overnight stay be needed, a limited number of rooms are available at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center ( at a reduced rate of $140. Other options include:


There is a one-level sponsorship opportunity. Take this opportunity to relay your group's key messages to CN Forum attendees—policy leaders, supply chain experts, transportation professionals, economic development authorities, and research specialists. Sponsorships are set at $1,000 and include 1) material inserts distributed to all participants, 2) name and logo noted on all signage, 3) an introduction from the podium and further acknowledgement during the CN Forum, 4) four admissions to the invite-only reception and the CN Forum.

Call 517.353.9349 or email your logo and commitment to to confirm your sponsorship of the CN Forum.

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