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April 25, 2017


The Westin Hotel, Calgary, Alberta


CCA Alberta invites you to our upcoming International Business Forum and Gala Dinner “Canada and The Future of the Economic Regions in the Americas”. The program will include keynote presentations and business panels for an in-depth conversation about business opportunities in the Americas and Pacific Regions with recognized experts in international trade and foreign policy in the region.

The full day preliminary program will include the following presentations:


Opening Address

“Calgary and the Pacific Rim: Opportunities for Diversification”

Eric Farnsworth, VP Americas Society, Washington D.C.

Introduced by His Worship Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary (Invited)

Welcoming Remarks

Her Honour The Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

Morning Address

“The State of the Americas: What Canadian Business Need to Know”

Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski, Canadian Executive Director, Inter-American Development Bank.

Ambassador Susan Schwab, Former United States Trade Representative, (Invited)

Panel Discussion: “The Future of Business in NAFTA: A View from Three Perspectives”

Matt Rooney, Bush Presidential Center, “North American Competitiveness Scorecard”

Dr. Sergio Alcocer, Former Under Secretary North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

Andrea van Vugt, Vice-President Policy, North America, Business Council of Canada

Moderator: Carlo Dade, Trade and Investment Director, Canada West Foundation

Ambassadors Panel: The Pacific Alliance: Opportunities for Western Canada Businesses

Marcel Lebleu, Canada’s Ambassador to Chile

Pierre Alarie, Canada’s Ambassador to Mexico.

Gwyneth Kutz, Canada’s Ambassador to Peru & Bolivia

Nicolas LLoreda, Colombia’s Ambassador to Canada


VIP and Ambassadors Reception

General Reception & Gala Dinner Recognition CCA Alberta Presidents

Her Honour The Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

Keynote Address: “Canada and the Future of the Economic Regions in the Americas”

The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, Canada