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Canada's State of Trade: At Home and Beyond

February 13, 2018 | 9:00am - 6:30pm | Rideau Club, 99 Bank St, Ottawa, ON


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Synopsis

Always a trading nation, especially since the negotiation of the Canada-US FTA in 1988, Canada has become a nation of traders. Trade in goods and services, as well as investment has expanded throughout the world. But now Donald Trump and his America First policies put the recent gains at risk.

How should Canada respond?

The day-long State of Trade conference, drawing together parliamentarians, government practitioners, trade policy experts, business executives, diplomats, and other key stakeholders will look at these themes:

  • Positioning Canada against Protectionist Forces at home and abroad
  • Making Trade Deals – CETA, CPTPP, China, India, et al
  • The Progressive Trade Agenda: What is it and how do we make it work for Canada?
  • ‘America First’: How do we Manage?
  • Getting Goods to Market: What we need to do
  • Reconciling International Ambition with Domestic Interests: Intellectual Property, Rules of Origin, Supply Management

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Program

Trade Overview: Tim Sargent, Deputy Minister of International Trade

Panel 1: “Positioning Canada against Protectionist Forces at home and abroad”
Hon. John Manley, Hon. Bob Rae, Hon. Ed Fast, Jeff Schott moderated by Colin Robertson

Making Sales for Canada Overview: Annie Dube, Director, Trade Commissioner Services

Panel 2: “Making Trade Deals – CETA, CPTPP, China, India, et al – work for Canada”
Jason Langrish (Canada Europe Round Table), Brian Kingston (Business Council of Canada), Claire Citeau (Canada Agri-Food Trade Alliance) moderated by Sarah Goldfeder

Luncheon Address: Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food

G20 Overview: Jonathan Fried, G20 Sherpa

Panel 3: “The Progressive Trade Agenda: What is it and how do we make it work for Canada?”
John Weekes, Angelo DiCaro (UNIFOR), Angela Macewen (Canadian Labour Congress) and Kathleen Monk moderated by Jeffrey Simpson

NAFTA Renegotiation Overview: Steve Verheul, Chief NAFTA Negotiator

Panel 4: “‘America First’: How do we Manage?”
Patrick Leblond (Ottawa U), Meredith Lilly (Carleton), Andrea Durkin (CSIS Trade Vistas) moderated by Sarah Goldfeder

Panel 5: “Getting Goods to Market: What we need to do”
Jennifer Fox (NASCO), Bruce Burrows (Chamber of Maritime Commerce), David Miller (CN Rail) moderated by Laura Dawson (Wilson Center)

Panel 6: “Reconciling International Ambition with Domestic Interests: Intellectual Property, Rules of Origin, Supply Management”
Kim Furlong (AMGEN), Corinne Poehlmann (Canadian Federation of Independent Business) and Larry Herman (CD Howe)

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