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NAFTA 2.0: Potential Impacts and Critical Trade Choices

October 3, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

SPECIAL OFFER – 2 for 1 – Come to the conference with someone and continue the conversation!

Join us on October 3, 2018 to analyze critical sector NAFTA renegotiation issues in autos, steel and supply managed food products and to engage in timely panel discussions with key economists, industry experts, and consul generals.

The purpose of this conference is to identify current trade policy risks and impacts from NAFTA 2.0, including related U.S. “national security” import tariffs, and the resulting challenges that Canadian organizations must now manage to remain trade competitive and attract foreign investment. In addition, the potential for Canada to diversify and expand its trading relationships with offshore markets will be explored.

Key Topics to be discussed are:

  • Managing NAFTA 2.0 Uncertainty
  • Key Auto Provisions; U.S Auto & Steel Import Tariffs
  • Supply Management of Dairy and Poultry Products in Canada
  • Canada’s Trade Competitiveness Challenge
  • Impacts on Canada’s Supply Chains beyond NAFTA
  • Diversifying Canada’s Trade

7:30 am          Registration, breakfast and networking

8:00 am          Welcome from the Van Horne Institute

  • Alex Phillips, President & CEO, Van Horne Institute

8:15 am          Conference Kickoff:  Understanding NAFTA 2.0 Trade Policy Uncertainty

  • Brett House, Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist, Scotiabank

8:45 am           NAFTA 2.0 Auto Provisions & Trade Impacts of U.S Auto & Steel Tariffs 

  • Vince Guglielmo, Vice President, Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA)
  • Alla Drigola, Public Affairs Specialist, Canadian Auto Dealers Association (CADA)
  • Trevor Harris, Vice-President Corporate Affairs, STELCO

9:45 am          Break

10:00 am         Likely Economic Effects for Canada’s Automotive Supply & Distribution Chain

  • Jeff Edwards, Assistant Vice-President Market Strategy & Demand, Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
  • Mary Ballantyne, Director, International Trade Policy, Alberta Economic Development and Trade

10:45 am         NAFTA 2.0 Changes to Supply Management of Dairy and Poultry in Canada

  • John Weekes, Senior Business Advisor, Bennett Jones
  • Peter Kuperis, Director of Domestic and International Trade Policy, Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Alberta
  • Jason Born, Chairman, Alberta Chicken Producers
  • Albert Kamps, Vice-Chairman, Alberta Milk

12:15 pm         Lunch

12:30 pm         Lunch Keynote – Prospects for Canadian Trade Diversification with Asia     

1:15 pm           Impacts on Canada’s Supply Chain beyond NAFTA

  • Matthew Rooney, Managing Director, Economic Growth, George W. Bush Presidential Center
  • Mike Holden, Chief Economist, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

2:15 pm           Networking Break

2:45 pm           Canada’s Priority for Trade Diversification

  • Darryl Davies, Regional Director, Senior Trade Commissioner, Government of Canada – NAFTA 2.0 and looking towards Asia
  • Evan Lewis, Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa Division, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – NAFTA 2.0 and looking towards Europe and Africa

3:45 pm           Expanded Export and Inbound Investment Opportunities? (U.K., Japan and China)

  • Caroline Saunders, British Consul General, Consulate General of UK in Calgary
  • Paul Pryce, Political and Economic Advisor, Consulate General of Japan in Calgary
  • Gary Guo, Principal, Chinway International Limited

5:00 pm           Wrap up



Hotel Information:

Ramada Calgary Downtown; Room Rate of $108 a night; http://ramadacalgary.com/

Please call Toll Free 1-800-661-8684 or the hotel direct at 403 263 7600 or email: reservations@ramadacalgary.com. Please use the group name “1810THEVAN” when making your reservation.





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October 3, 2018
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


University of Calgary Downtown Campus
906 - 8 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 1H9 Canada
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