Parties to NAFTA (via Shutterstock)
Parties to NAFTA (via Shutterstock)

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) are jointly hosting a conference centred on one of the most impactful trade discussions of the year: how can NAFTA be modernized, and what impact will the renegotiated pact have on the North American and global economy?

The afternoon event will start with a lunch-time keynote, followed by two sessions. The first is devoted to situating the current NAFTA modernization process in each country in the larger context of its history and economic policies. The second session spans four negotiation topics: dispute resolution, rules of origin, labour and environment, and forward looking digital/innovation matters. The conference will close with a cocktail reception.

Photographs will be taken at the event and used by CIGI for promotional material.

For more information or to request registration, please contact:
Heather McNorgan
CIGI Global Economy Program Manager
[email protected]
+1-519-885-2444 ext 7231

Event Speakers

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Andrés Rozental

Eminent Ambassador of Mexico

Andrés Rozental was a career diplomat for more than 35 years, having served his country as Mexico’s ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1995 to 1997, as deputy foreign minister (1988–1994), as the ambassador to Sweden (1983–1988). He was the permanent representative of Mexico to the United Nations in Geneva (1982–1983), and held responsibilities within the Mexican Foreign Ministry and abroad. Andrés founded the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and since 1994, he has held the lifetime rank of eminent ambassador of Mexico.

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Armand de Mestral

CIGI Senior Fellow

Armand de Mestral has been a CIGI senior fellow since 2014. An expert in international economic law, Armand is professor emeritus and Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration at McGill University.

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Paul Jenkins

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Paul Jenkins is a CIGI distinguished fellow. He provides strategic advice to CIGI, including activities related to CIGI’s partnership with the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and broader macroeconomic issues. His own research focuses on international policy coordination and financial stability, with a particular interest in the G20. From 2003 to 2010, he served as senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada.

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Patrick Leblond

CIGI Senior Fellow

Patrick Leblond is a CIGI senior fellow. He is an expert in global economic governance and international political economy, regional economic integration, financial regulation, and business and public policy. At CIGI, Patrick specializes in the investigation of international trade in the areas of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. 

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Dan Ciuriak

CIGI Senior Fellow

Dan Ciuriak joined CIGI in April 2016, focusing on the innovation and trade research theme. At CIGI, Dan is exploring the interface between Canada’s domestic innovation and international trade and investment, including the development of better metrics to assess the impact of Canada’s trade agreements on innovation outcomes. Based in Ottawa, Dan is the director and principal of Ciuriak Consulting, Inc.

Meredith Lilly

Meredith Lilly

CIGI Senior Fellow

Meredith Lilly is a CIGI senior fellow, effective February 2017. At CIGI, Meredith’s research is focused on trade policy, Canada-US relations and international security issues.

Chad P. Bown

Chad P. Bown joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics as a senior fellow in April 2016.

C. Fred Bergsten

C. Fred Bergsten, senior fellow and director emeritus, was the founding director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (formerly the Institute for International Economics) from 1981 through 2012. He is serving his second term as a member of the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

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