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.
Danielle Goldfarb is Director of the Conference Board of Canada’s Global Commerce Centre. Danielle heads up research that delves into underexplored and emerging areas critical for evidence-based policy-making. Ongoing topics of interest include responding to rapid global economic change, selling Canada’s high value services in global markets, and improving the links between Canada’s multicultural population and global trade.
Danielle speaks regularly to government, media, academic, and business audiences. Danielle’s commentaries have been published by several Canadian think tanks and by most major Canadian media, including the Globe and Mail and Maclean’s magazine.
Danielle has been part of Statistics Canada’s advisory committee on trade, the Georgetown University’s leadership seminar, the Department of Foreign Affairs Academic Advisory Group on trade, and the US International Visitor Program on trade. Danielle has an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University and a B.Comm. in Honours Economics from McGill University.
Kristelle 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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