Guest Panel Finalized for Buy American Segment on PI Window on Business

As announced in my September 4th post “Buy American: A Clear and Present Danger?” Canada’s Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway Stockwell Day, will be joining us as a guest on the September 28th PI Window on Business Show on Blog Talk Radio.

The Honourable Stockwell Day

The Honourable Stockwell Day

We will be providing Minister Day, who is taking time out his incredibly busy schedule, with an uninterrupted platform to share his insights with us on the Buy American policy including the Government’s perspective on it’s impact.

At the conclusion of the Minister’s talk, a guest panel of both Canadian as well as international experts will discuss what was said, as well as provide their own take on what the Buy American policy means both domestically as well as globally.

Today, I am pleased to announce that the members of our guest panel have been finalized, and would like to take this opportunity to introduce them to you:

Corinne Pohlmann, CFIB

Corinne Pohlmann, CFIB

Corinne Pohlmann is Vice President, National Affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

The CFIB is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 105,000 small and medium-sized business members across Canada. Corinne is based in Ottawa and is responsible for managing CFIB’s strategic direction on national affairs, keeping track of emerging national business issues, and sensitizing the federal government to the needs of Canada’s independent businesses.

Since joining the Federation in 1998, Corinne first worked in research, where she authored several research reports on a variety of public policy and economic issues, then as the Manager of Member Services. In 2000, Corinne became CFIB’s Director of Provincial Affairs for Alberta/NWT based in Edmonton and spent almost six years representing the interests of Alberta and NWT members to all levels of government. In 2006 Corinne moved to Ottawa to pursue her current position.

This is Corinne’s second appearance as a guest on the PI Window on Business Show. Her first appearance was on the May 14th, 2009 segment “Government Procurement Policy: A Question of Synchronization Versus Compression.”

Mike Bowes, Managing Director

Mike Bowes, Managing Director

Mike Bowes is Managing Director of Associated Manufacturing, a joint venture of several eastern Canadian metalworking firms, established to develop new markets and partnerships.

A Business Development professional with extensive experience in metal industries and export markets, he brings an innovative planning approach to the position. He has previous Operations, Marketing and Business Development experience in forestry, machining and industrial fabrication sectors. He is also an expert in coach training and athlete development as a Master Learning Facilitator and Project lead for Long Term Athlete Development with Baseball Canada. He is able to bring his coaching, facilitation, operations and networking skills to his current position. He was educated at Saint Lawrence College (Quebec City), McGill University (Montreal), and the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton).

While this is Mike’s first appearance as a guest on the PI Window on Business Show, AMMG was featured in the October 6th, 2008 Procurement insights post “An Oasis of Creative Thought and Action in a Desert of Conflicting Policy.”

Tim Cummins, CEO IACCM

Tim Cummins, CEO IACCM

Tim Cummins is CEO of The International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (

Tim spent many years as a commercial manager and executive, working in the banking, automotive, aerospace and technology industries. His work has taken him to more than 40 countries and he has lived inthe UK, France and the United States. Tim’s career included a period on the Chairman’s staff at IBM Corporation, in a group studying the business impacts of globalization and options for corporate restructuring; he then led the reeingineering of IBM’s worldwide contracts and contracting organization. Tim was the founder of IACCM and has led its development since incorporation in 1999. In this role, he acts as an ambassador for change in the way that trading relationships are structured and managed, and provides advice to member companies and public sector agencies on how to improve contract and relationship outcomes.

While this is Tim’s first appearance on the PI Window on Business Show, IACCM has received extensive coverage throughout the entire PI Social Media Network including appearances by Vice-Chair Tim McCarthy as a guest panelist on the two-part segment (Is The Traditional Association Model Dead? Part 1) – Air Date, April 9th, 2009 & (Is The Traditional Association Model Dead? Part 2) – Air Date, May 21st, 2009.

Andy Arkouche, SRS Co-Founder and Principal

Andy Akrouche, SRS Co-Founder and Principal

Andy Akrouche is a co-founder of SRS, with 20 years experience in the information technology field.

He has an outstanding track record in forming and managing strategic relationships between clients and major IT vendors. Andy pioneered the first evolution of the Strategic Relationship Model in 1994, and worked with clients and large outsourcing corporations to bring about a new framework for client/vendor relationships that is based on strategic fit, flexibility and sustained mutual benefit. Having held senior positions at major IT providers such as IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation and Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Andy has in-depth knowledge and a thorough understanding of IT Vendors Sourcing Models, Service Delivery capabilities, and contract management policies.

This is Andy’s second appearance as a guest on the PI Window on Business Show. His first appearance was on the July 9th, 2009 segment “Simplifying the Contracting Process in a Complicated World.”

Justin Sacks, K2A

Justin Sacks, K2A

Justin Sacks has been a champion and leader in public procurement and sustainable development for nearly a decade. He has authored three books, each sponsored by major national government organizations and cited in UK Government sustainable procurement policy guidance. He was recognized in 2008 as one of the EFuture 100 young ethical entrepreneurs in the UK for his work.

While this is Justin’s first appearance as a guest on the PI Window on Business Show, he was featured in the October 10th, 2008 Procurement insights post “Quantifying The Intangible: How LM3 Cuts Through The Haze Of Partisan Agendas.”

Previous Posts Regarding the Buy American Policy:

Sept. 4/09 The Buy American Policy: A Clear and Present Danger?

Sept. 6/09 Buy American: Establishing Artificial Boundaries or Removing Unwanted Barriers?

Sept. 13/09 Is Canada really rich in natural resources?: Calculating the effects of Foreign Ownership?

Use the On-Demand Player below to access the September 28th PI Window on Business Show which airs at a Special Time 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT. (Note: Minister Day will be joining us at 3:20 PM EDT.)

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