Canada’s State of Trade: At Home and Beyond

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February 19, 2019 | 8:30am - 6:00pm | TwentyTwo, The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Dr, 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 China Challenge
  • Breaking Down Internal Trade Barriers
  • ‘America First’: How do we Manage?
  • Getting Goods to Market: What we need to do

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Program Details

08:30 - 09:00: Overview of Facts & Figures of Trade: Stephen Tapp, Deputy Chief Economist, EDC

09:00 - 09:15: Canadian Trade Overview: John HannafordDeputy Minister, International Trade, Global Affair Canada

09:15 - 10:00: Panel 1: “Positioning Canada Against Protectionist Forces At Home & Abroad”
Hon. Perrin Beatty, Hon. John Manley, and Susannah Pierce moderated by Colin Robertson

10:20 - 11:10: Panel 2: “Making Trade Deals -- CETA, CPTPP, China, India, et al. -- Work for Canada”
Eugene Beaulieu, Claire Citeau, Corinne Pohlmann, and John Weekes moderated by Sarah Goldfeder

11:10 - 12:00: Panel 3: “The China Challenge”
Mark Agnew, Brian Kingston, and Eric Miller moderated by Deanna Horton

12:00 - 12:15: Armchair Discussion: “The Future of the Canada-U.S. Relationship”
H.E. David MacNaughton and Colin Robertson

12:45 - 01:00: G20 Overview: Jonathan Fried, G20 Sherpa

13:00 - 13:40: Armchair Discussion: “Unfinished Business: Breaking Down Trade Barriers Within Canada”
Hon. Jean Charest, Don Leitch, and Colin Robertson

13:40 - 14:20: Panel 4: “On From The USMCA: Managing North America”
Meredith Lilly, Matthew Poirier, and Adriana Vega moderated by Sarah Goldfeder

14:40 - 15:30: Panel 5: “Getting Goods To Market: What We Still Need To Do”
John Masswohl, Ian McLeod, and Jim Quick moderated by Laura Dawson

15:30 - 16:00: Armchair Discussion: “Canada's Trading Future: CETA, CPTPP, Africa, Latin America”
Omar Alghabra and Colin Robertson

16:00 - 16:45: Armchair Discussion: “Wrap-Up Debate on USMCA and Canada's Trade Regime”
Hon. Andrew Leslie, Hon. Erin O'Toole, and Sarah Goldfeder

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