International trade is a crucial driver of Canada’s economy

International trade is a crucial driver of Canada’s economy and as a small open economy, Canada has long recognized the importance of sound international rules and institutions. Canada has long supported and benefited from the GATT, the WTO and agreements such as NAFTA. However, the world has changed dramatically since progress was made at the WTO and since NAFTA was ratified. Moreover, globalization is facing strong headwinds and several countries are experiencing strong protectionist pressures. Leaders advocating mercantilist trade policies, notably the United States, lead some governments. Other countries, such as China, are pursuing large-scale industrial policies with strong protectionist elements in order to create national champions. In certain sectors of the global economy, few global firms are becoming ever larger and dominant, threatening competition. At the same time, new technologies such as digitization, automation and artificial intelligence are developing rapidly and in ways that will change how economic production and exchange will take place in the future, potentially distorting economic policies in areas such as trade, taxation, competition and regulation.

What should Canada do in this context?

Please join The School of Public Policy, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy at the University of Ottawa for a must-attend symposium for anyone who depends on trade or is interested in the future of the economy. 

All are welcome to share this invitation with colleagues who may be interested in attending.
For more information, please contact [email protected].

Event Speakers

Meredith Lilly is associate professor and Simon Reisman Chair in International Economic Policy at Carleton University, and associate director of the M.A. program at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

Patricia Goff is a CIGI senior fellow. She is also a professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Patrick Leblond is a CIGI senior fellow and an expert on economic governance and policy. He is an associate professor and holder of the CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy at the University of Ottawa.

Susan Ariel Aaronson is a CIGI senior fellow, research professor of international affairs at George Washington University and co-principal investigator with the National Science Foundation/National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she leads research on data and AI governance.

Judit Fabian is a post-doctoral scholar in the School of Public Policy’s International Policy and Trade Division at the University of Calgary.

Wendy K. Dobson is a professor and co-director of the Institute for International Business at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Robert David Atkinson is a Canadian-American economist. He is president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C.