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October 27, 2017
7:15 am – 12:30 p.m.

With Brexit, NAFTA renegotiations, and America’s withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership, we are entering a new era of global trade volatility that will have a significant impact on the Canadian, British Columbia, and local economies. But has the rise of protectionism opened new opportunities for Canada to recalibrate our global trade efforts – south, east, and west?

Join us on Friday, October 27, for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s inaugural Trade Forum. This half day conference will bring together leading trade policy experts, business thought-leaders, senior government officials and media to discuss the future of NAFTA, trade in the Pacific Rim, European trade, the Pacific Gateway and how new policies and regulatory changes may impact your business.

SESSION 1

The future of trade in North America

Nearly one year into Donald Trump’s presidency, where do we stand with our country’s largest trade partner? What do the NAFTA negotiations mean for business in B.C.? How will the softwood industry be impacted? What’s next for bilateral trade with Mexico? This panel aims to take a deep dive into the future of continental trade.

Russell W. Crawford, Partner, US Tax, KPMG Canada
Matthew Kronby, Partner, International Trade and Investment Law, Bennett Jones, Toronto

Additional speakers to be announced.

SESSION 2

The future of trade in the Pacific Rim

With the America’s withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership, what does the future of trade look like in the Pacific Rim? Are we headed towards a bilateral trade agreement with China? This panel of experts will examine the future of emerging trade markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

Stewart Beck, President and Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
The Honourable Ed Fast, Member of Parliament for Abbotsford
Martha Hall Findlay, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada West Foundation
Moderator: Milos Barutciski, Partner and Co-Head, International Trade and Investment Law, Bennett Jones, Toronto

Additional speakers to be announced.

SESSION 3

The future of trade with Europe

With Brexit underway, how will this affect CETA? What would a Canada-United Kingdom free trade agreement look like? This panel will explore the future of Canada’s trade relationship with Europe.

James Crossland, Director, Harper & May

Additional speakers to be announced.

SESSION 4

The future of trade and the Pacific Gateway

As Canada’s gateway to the Pacific, greater Vancouver’s air, rail, and marine ports are essential for the health of our provincial and national economies. Hear from a panel of business leaders on what’s next for Canada’s most active trade corridor.

Speakers to be announced.

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