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Jock O'Connell (Ontario, California - September 2007)

Jock O'Connell has spoken before many business groups and other organizations over the past 30 years. Among the more prominent audiences he has addressed have been: the Institute for USA and Canada Studies in Moscow in; Japan's Keidanren in Tokyo; the Confederation of British Industry in London; the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California in Los Angeles; and the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. Mr. O'Connell has also been invited to participate as a guest speaker at a number of international conferences and symposia. These include the East/West Symposium in Linz, Austria on doing business in Eastern Europe; UTEC, Europe's largest annual conference and trade show devoted to environmental technology in Vienna; and an Oslo conference of the European Union Conference on Small Business Development, where Mr. O'Connell gave the keynote address.

Forthcoming and recent presentations on include:

October 11, 2016. Keynote speaker at the 2016 Cargo Logistics America conference and trade show. Long Beach Convention Center.

March 9, 2016. Panelist, American Association of Port Authorities Infrastructure Development and Financing Symposium, San Diego.

December 1-2, 2015. Keynote speaker and panelist, 2015 Cargo Logistics America Expo + Conference, San Diego Convention Center.

October 24, 2015. Speaker, Bay Planning Coalition Workshop on Port Competitiveness, Port of San Francisco.

January 17, 2015. Panelist. California Trucking Association Annual Convention, Monterey, California.

October 31, 2013. Luncheon address entitled "Imagining California in 2023" before the 32nd Annual Agribusiness Management Conference, Fresno, California.

July 22, 2013. Luncheon speech on California international trade before the Rotary Club of Sacramento.

April 26, 2012. Keynote address to the [San Francisco] Bay Planning Coalition's 25th Annual Decisionmakers Conference on "The Maritime Bay: Its Economic Importance to Northern California" - Oakland, California.

May 6, 2011, Panelist discussing California environmental regulations and their impact on the logistics of the state's international trade at the San Diego World Trade Center's 2011 Global Supply Chain Management Symposium, San Diego, California.

May 6, 2010, Panelist at the 10th Annual California Maritime Leadership Symposium, Sacramento, California.

April 25, 2008, Panelist discussing the State of the State at the 5th Annual Global California Conference, California Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento.

March 25, 2008, Testimony requested at a hearing of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy on the implementation of a new international trade strategy for the State of California. State Capitol, Room 447. To see a video of this testimony, go to and advance the tape to the 1:52:30 mark.

April 20, 2007, Panel Moderator, California Council for International Trade 9th Annual Trade Policy Forum, San Jose, California. "Moving People, Products, Data and Transactions Across Borders."

March 27, 2007, Speaker, Southern California Aviation Summit, Ontario International Airport.

March 16, 2007, Panelist, "Global California: Challenges and Solutions" conference, California Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento.

September 26, 2006, Panelist: Air Cargo: Understanding the Supply Chain, Airports Council International - North American Annual Conference, Reno, Nevada.

August 17, 2006, "Observations on Sacramento's Place in the Global Trading System" at the Rotary Club of Sacramento, Cathedral Hall, Sacramento.

August 11, 2006, "Existential Phenomenology and California's Infrastructure Crisis" at the University of California's Sacramento Center.

May 25, 2006, "The Logistics of International Trade" at the San Diego World Trade Center's 2nd Annual Global Logistics Conference: A Region in Motion 2006.

March 31, 2006, "Economic Impact of Cargo and Regional Planning," at the Airports Council International's Air Cargo Symposium in Berkeley, California.

March 16, 2006, "The Politics of Transportation Infrastructure Planning: How Misconceptions about International Trade Distorts Policymaking," University of California Center in Sacramento.

March 14, 2006, "California's Air Cargo System" at the California Department of Transportation's Planning Horizons series at Caltrans Sacramento headquarters.

February 16, 2006, "The Overlooked Significance of Air Cargo to California's Economy" at the annual Global California Conference in Sacramento, California.

February 14, 2006, "The Role of Air Cargo in California's Agricultural Export Trade" at the World Ag Expo in Visalia, California.

January 24, 2006, "Air Cargo and Trade in Perishables," Transportation Research Board annual conference, Washington, D.C.

November 7, 2005, "The Importance of Airports to the Sacramento Regional Economy," Urban Land Institute symposium, McClellan Air Park, Sacramento.

May 18, 2005, "The Economic Significance of Air Transport to San Diego," San Diego World Trade Center.

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