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U.S./Canada Border Security Summit

Post-summit report


Covering an expanse almost three times the size of the border with Mexico, with a vast degree of difference in topography, the land and maritime passages shared by the U.S. and Canada have a specific set of challenges when it comes to securing and managing the border. With over $1 billion in trade crossing through the border each day, it is vital to both economies to manage the flow of goods and persons in an effective and efficient manner without compromising the security of either country.

The U.S. and Canada have been long time partners in border security and management, however, the last several years have seen an increased level of interoperability and shared intelligence efforts. In December 2011 the U.S. and Canada agreed to the Beyond the Border Declaration and Action Plan, demonstrating a formal commitment to establishing a new perimeter approach to security and trade. The U.S./Canada Border Security Summit held in April 2012 brought together thought leaders and key policy-makers across local, state, provincial and federal law enforcement for discussion and debate on ways to drive forward the Beyond the Border vision.

Topics addressed include:

  • Creation of force multipliers – understanding how bilateral collaboration and whole-of-government approaches can exponentially increase national security information sharing and intelligence capabilities
  • The next generation of identity management – developing unified standards for how fingerprints, facial recognition, and other forms of biometrics can be collected and shared to drive the facilitation of travel between countries and the identification of high risk individuals
  • Emerging tools for border security – building towards the interoperability of technology solutions, systems, and data to create new avenues for information sharing and establish a common operating picture

This Post-Summit Report highlights the key themes discussed by leaders in the border security mission, including a view of the collaborative work already underway to enhance individual and shared border security efforts, an analysis of the challenges faced by both countries in order to implement the Beyond the Border strategy, and a look forward to the future of a risk-based, intelligence-driven joint vision for supply chain security at the U.S./Canada border.


  • Bob Jacksta, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
  • Norman Montgomery, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Kwasi Mitchell, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Lauren Ross, Deloitte Consulting LLP

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