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Cross-Border Institute at the University of Windsor


The Cross-Border Institute is dedicated to research, education, and public outreach related to the movement of people, goods, and funds across borders.

Our mission is to leverage our expertise so that private and public-sector decision makers have access to innovative – and pragmatic – solutions to cross-border issues.

We bring together the right mix of people in an environment that leverages expertise from a wide range of perspectives, and undertake cutting-edge and purpose-driven research that leads to more efficient and effective borders.  With an entrepreneurial mindset, we are committed to developing a thorough knowledge of the business via multidisciplinary approaches that identify opportunities and solve real problems.

Our Vision – Highly efficient, safe borders that honour national policies and enforce national laws while posing minimal disruption to legitimate cross-border activities.

CBI continues to form partnership with public agencies, private firms, industry groups and community groups to advance the cause of making a better Canada – US border. It also works with institutions in other countries to address the global challenges of border management and cross-border commerce.

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The Cross-Border Institute is pleased to welcome Mr. Virgil Parker to the University of Windsor, Cross-Border Institute, for the duration of his The Fulbright Program Scholarship as Visiting Scholar. While on scholarship, Virgil will work with CBI Director, Dr. Bill Anderson, on research to examine factors that constrain the participation of firms owned by minorities and women in Canada-US Trade.“Virgil Parker has emerged at a young age as prominent voice for diverse and inclusive economic development. His visit will provide an opportunity for mutual learning as he researches an issue that is vital to CBI’s mission.” Dr. Bill Anderson Virgil Parker Bio: Virgil Parker is a U.S. Fulbright Student, community advocate and Howard University graduate with a degree in Journalism and minor in Afro-American studies. Mr. Parker plans to commit his life to helping others by promoting social equity and supporting underserved communities. Mr. Parker has moderated and participated in recent conversations about a variety of topics such as 'Improving Police-Community Relations', 'Increasing Philanthropic Impact for Communities and Institutions of Color' and The United Nations' 8th Sustainable Development Goal: Decent Work and Economic Growth. His work has been included in publications such as Forbes and Diverse Issues In Higher Education. Virgil served as the Master of Ceremony for the 50th Anniversary Gala for the Howard University Cathy Hughes School of Communications. He credits his passion for servant leadership to being inspired by the legacy of places like Howard University and other Minority-Serving Institutions. His Fulbright research has awarded him $20,000 to learn how to strengthen woman-owned and minority-owned companies in the U.S., as they trade with Canada. Additionally, he intends to encourage corporate social responsibility in both nations. ... See MoreSee Less
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This policy paper sets out ideas that could be applied to broader decision making in order to resume land border operations across the Canada-US border during a global pandemic, in a safe and calculated manner.


The ultimate goal of all research at CBI is to make the border work better. This means listening carefully to public and private sector border stakeholders and translating the results of our research into better government policy and better private sector practice.

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Traffic Lab

The Traffic Lab maintains sophisticated software, data and hardware including sensing resources to conduct cutting edge research. The overarching goal is to generate information that can lead to improved traffic performance at Canada-US border crossings.

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