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. 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
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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