NAFTA 2.0 and Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, June 13, 2017 at 02:00 PM EDT
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There is virtually no segment of the Canadian economy that is not influenced by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. Presidency marks the most serious threat to the future of NAFTA since the pact was signed in 1994. Canada will soon be entering a renegotiation of its most crucial trade agreement and the stakes are extremely high.

Canada will need a well-developed strategy during this negotiation to maintain the benefits that it has enjoyed under NAFTA and to update the agreement so that it reflects current business realities. Join the Conference Board’s trade experts to receive an evidence-based understanding of the specific trade issues that are likely to come up in negotiations and recommended negotiating positions for Canada to take.

The Conference Board of Canada’s Global Commerce Centre has conducted leading-edge research on Canada’s international trade and investment for more than a decade. Based on the Global Commerce Centre’s expertise and research capacity, this webinar will provide governments, businesses, labour unions and civil society organizations with the information they need to stay informed about the future shape of NAFTA.

Webinar Highlights

The presenters will highlight the major issues that Canadian negotiators will have to face, including:

  • Maintaining access to the U.S. market for Canadian goods and services, and resolving long-standing trade irritants such as softwood lumber and supply management in agriculture.
  • Updating NAFTA to bring it in line with the reality of how business is done in the 21st century—including digital trade and labour and environmental standards.
  • Facilitating greater mobility of workers across NAFTA boundaries, despite the increasing sentiment in opposition to cross-border movement of people.
  • Striking a balance between encouraging innovation and protecting intellectual property and Canadian culture.

About Danielle

Danielle GoldfarbDanielle Goldfarb is Director of the Conference Board of Canada’s Global Commerce Centre. She leads research and analysis on emerging global economic trends of importance to Canada. The team’s current focus is on inclusive globalization, the impact of technology on trade, tapping into green global value chains, and modernizing NAFTA.

Maclean’s magazine called Danielle one of Canada’s top trade experts. Recent publications have focused on Canada’s strategy under Trump, the impact of disruptive technologies on Canada’s trade, the global appetite for high-value services, the Canada-EU free trade agreement (CETA), and Canada’s smaller businesses in fast-growth markets. Her recent chapter “Why Canada’s Global Commerce Policy Needs to Lean In” in an edited volume on Canada’s foreign policy was used as a foundation for the Canadian government’s trade strategy. Danielle’s regular commentaries have been published by several think tanks and by most major Canadian media, including the Globe and Mail and Maclean’s magazine.

Danielle has an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University and a B.Comm. in Honours Economics from McGill University. You can follow Danielle on Twitter at @DIGoldfarb

About Kristelle

Kristelle AudetKristelle Audet is Senior Economist in the Industrial Economic Trends group. She is responsible for overseeing and producing the economic forecast, research and analysis for several Canadian industries. Kristelle is also the author of regular custom economic analysis and forecast for public and private sector clients. Since joining the organization in 2011, she produced several research projects related to international trade and firm competitiveness for the Conference Board’s Global Trade Centre, the Centre for Food as well as for external clients. Topics she covered include foreign direct investment, value added trade, Canada’s global competitiveness, as well as trade in food and financial services.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Kristelle was a market analyst at the Pulp and Paper Products Council where she was covering the European market. She also taught Economics to undergraduate students and did research for HEC Montreal’s Centre for Productivity and Prosperity. Kristelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in economics from HEC Montréal as well as Master’s degree in Economics and International Financial Economics from the University of Warwick in the UK.

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