ASSESSING NORTH AMERICA: FLASHPOINTS FOR THE 2007 LEADERS' SUMMIT On August 20-21, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will host President George W. Bush and President Felipe Calderón at Montebello, Quebec to review progress and continued cooperation under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). Discussions will focus on competitiveness in the region, emergency management, the avian and pandemic influenza, energy security, and smart and secure borders. Ahead of the trilateral meeting, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to present a discussion panel on the state of North America, with Stephen Blank of the North American Center for Transborder Studies, Duncan Wood of the Instituto Technologica Autonoma de Mexico, and Daniel Schwanen of CIGI.

Panelists:

Stephen Blankis Senior Research Fellow, North American Center for Transborder Studies at Arizona State University and Adjunct Research Scholar, Center for Energy, Marine Transport and Public Policy at Columbia University. He is the main driver behind the Building North America education project. Blank recently retired as a professor of international business and management at Pace University's Lubin School of Business, where he founded the Pan American Partnership for Business Education, an alliance of four North American business schools.

Duncan Woodis Director of the Canadian Studies Program and Professor of International Relations at the Instituto Technologica Autonoma de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City. His research focuses on the political economy of international finance, with a concentration on issues of financial supervision at the international level; and Canadian foreign policy, with a primary focus on Canadian relations with Latin America.

Daniel Schwanen is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Research at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and an experienced economist, project leader, author and advisor specializing in economic growth and international issues. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Montreal and Queen's University.

Moderator: Ginny Dybenko, Dean, School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University

A light lunch will be provided to those who RSVP.