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Susan Matton is Vice President for Economic Development at the North Country Chamber of Commerce. Susan has worked at the Chamber since 1995.  She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources and a Certified Economic Developer.

Susan is responsible for retention and recruitment of companies in the region, crossborder business development and technical assistance for new companies.  She works in cooperation with state, county, regional and municipal economic development agencies.

Susan has been involved in the Regional Council process since the Governor introduced the program last year.  She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Priority Project and Plan Implementation Committee, Chair of the Priority Project Selection Group and Chair of the Aerospace and Transportation Work Group.

Matthew T. Boire, President of CDC Real Estate Inc., has been assisting Canadian companies with their U.S. expansion plans for more than 23 years. Mr. Boire holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from St. Michael’s College in Vermont.  Having been in the Commercial Real Estate business since 1992, Mr. Boire has been directly involved in the sale or lease of millions of square feet of commercial/industrial space in the Upstate New York region.  Mr. Boire is a New York Licensed Real Estate Broker.

In addition to Commercial Real Estate work, Mr. Boire was the Vice President of Crossborder Development Corporation from 1992 until 2008 when it was sold.  Crossborder/CDC Immigration continues to be a strategic partner with CDC Real Estate Inc and provides consulting services to Canadian and European companies that are or have expanded into the U.S.  Mr. Boire continues to have immigration and real estate clients throughout North America and beyond.

Rob Casey is a Compliance Advisor for A N Deringer Inc.  He has been a licensed Customs Broker for 35 years including 8 years working in air and ocean imports in Boston.   Rob specializes in NAFTA and all other Free Trade Agreements and has extensive experience is US Customs Classification and Valueation.

Rob has worked with dozens of other US government agencies that regulate imports into the US, including, but not limited to, FDA, USDA, EPA, DOT, Department of Defense, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Rob is a fourth generation Customs broker and lives in Rouses Point, NY with his wife Lisa.

Patrick K. Russell, President of Abbott, Frenyea, & Russell, CPA’s, is responsible for coordinating the firm’s services for a variety of clients including manufacturing corporations, real estate partnerships, professional corporations, limited liability companies, and individuals.

Prior to forming Abbot, Frenyea, & Russell, he served as the vice-president of taxation at a regional accounting firm headquartered in Glens Falls, NY, held management positions with Ernst & Young in New York City, and was Manager of Federal Taxes for PepsiCo, Inc. at its world headquarters in Purchase, NY. 

Pat is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of CPA’s, and the Tax Division of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Pat and his wife Janice reside in Morrisonville, NY; they have four grown children and six grandchildren. 

William L. Owens, Esq. Former U.S. Congressman Bill Owens is a Strategic Advisor with Dentons headquartered in Washington, D.C and also returned as a partner to Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC in January 2015 and as of January 2016, he is the Co-managing partner of the firm.  As the federal representative for New York’s 21st District (previously 23rd) for five years, Congressman Owens developed a deep understanding of issues directly impacting his constituents, including matters related to U.S.-Canada trade,  health care and agriculture.

While in Congress, Congressman Owens served on the Agriculture Committee, Armed Services Committee, Homeland Security Committee, and Small Business Committee.  In his final two year term he served on the exclusive House Appropriations Committee including the Subcommittee on Defense and the Subcommittee on Homeland Security.  Congressman Owens authored five pieces of legislation that were signed into law during his tenure in Congress including three provisions included in the 2014 Farm Bill that had a direct, positive impact on the lives of the farmers in his district. 

Congressman Owens served as co-chair of the House Northern Border Caucus with Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) which coordinated five northern border events in past three years in both Washington, D.C. and New York’s 21st congressional district. 

During his service in Congress, he was appointed by Governor Cuomo to the North Country Health and Systems Redesign Commission.  While in Congress, he was appointed by the Governor as a panelist on the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP).  The Congressman was also involved in the waiver application by New York State to CMS, which resulted in the availability of $6.5 billion for distribution under the DSRIP Program.

Prior to serving in the U.S. House, Congressman Owens was in private practice in Plattsburgh for thirty years, and prior to that served for four years in the United States Air Force as a JAG officer.

Paul Grasso, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Development Corporation (TDC) in Plattsburg, New York, that owns and operates three industrial parks in Clinton County.  TDC owns 18 buildings occupied by 23 businesses.

Paul is an economic development professional with experience in working with individual communities, regional development agencies, multi-agency partners, industrial prospects, site location consultants, local governments and state development organizations.

Paul is committed to developing partnerships with companies that can benefit from the many strategic advantages of locating, expanding or relocating in the Greater Plattsburgh area.

Before joining TDC, Paul served as the Executive Director of the North Country Workforce Partnership, Inc. and the North Country Workforce Investment Board, the region’s designated workforce development planning agency.  He has over 20 years’ experience developing workforce and economic development programs. He is adept at developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with educational institutions and businesses focused on providing a skilled and qualified workforce and improving local economies.

Paul serves on the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, the Board of Trustees for Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH), the Clinton Community College Board of Trustees, the Business Advisory Board for SUNY Plattsburgh’s School of Business and Economics and the Glens Falls National Bank Advisory Board. He has a degree in political science and public administration. 

Randy Giltz joined the Northern Insuring team in 1990.  He has twenty five years of experience in the insurance industry and holds the designation of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter, as well as Certified School Risks Manager. As Senior Vice President, Randy is responsible for marketing business insurance, taking an active role in nurturing our excellent relationship with a variety of insurance carriers.  As a member of the sales team, he specializes in coverage for public schools.

Randy is past president of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Plattsburgh, and is currently serving as Vice President and an Investment Committee Member of the Plattsburgh College Foundation Board.

Thomas P. Robinson is currently, President/Owner of Crossborder Development Corporation. Mr. Robinson holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) and has received designation as a (CPC) Certified Personnel Consultant.

Mr. Robinson is also Founder &President of LaborQuest USA, which provides Guest Worker Programs (H2A/H2B) for seasonal employers. Prior to Consulting, Mr. Robinson served as President of Marquis Management a boutique executive recruiting firm. Mr. Robinson volunteers with several civic organizations in upstate New York and south Florida. He is a regular speaker on the topics of “Business Immigration” & “U.S. Work Visas”.

Garry Douglas has served as President and CEO of the North Country Chamber of Commerce since December 1992. Under his leadership, the North Country Chamber has become one of the largest business and economic development organizations in the state, representing more than 4,200 employers across five counties. The chamber has also become a recognized leader in the development of regional transportation infrastructure and in the facilitation of cross border economic partnership with Quebec. 

Garry also serves as Co-Chair of Governor Cuomo's North Country Regional Economic Development Council.

Previously, he served for 14 years as Executive Assistant to former U.S. Congressman Jerry Solomon.

Robert Dickhaut joined AN Deringer in October 2010. Robert is a licensed US Customs Broker with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Over the past 30 years he has gained extension knowledge and experience in Operations, Warehousing, Customer Service, Sales and Consulting.

Robert began his career as an entry processor at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry. As time passed and his knowledge grew Robert continued the ladder by holding positions such as Senior Import/ Export Rep, Senior Customer Service Rep, International Freight Specialist, Operations Supervisor, and finally settling into an Account Executive Role covering Eastern Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec Area. Because of his solid logistics knowledge, Robert is able to provide his customers with a global logistical solution.


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Événement organisé par Export Outouais et la FCCQ en partenariat avec la North Country Chamber of Commerce et avec l'appui de Développement économique – CLD Gatineau, Développement économique Canada pour les régions du Québec et le Ministère de l'économie, de la Science et de l'innovation.