Key insights on foreign trade and investment – challenges and opportunities in 2021


The past year contained one nasty surprise after another for businesses and policy makers focused on international trade. From the pandemic to hostile actions by foreign trade partners, the blows kept coming. So how do we prepare for what’s to come in 2021?

Join us for an enlightening series of talks featuring key insiders outlining the major macro changes they expect to see in the year ahead, and burrowing down to what these changes could mean for the West, prompted by questions from provincial co-moderators. This series is being presented by the Canada West Foundation with the support of Export Development Canada and in partnership with Calgary Economic Development, Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership, World Trade Centre Winnipeg and Edmonton Global.

Join us for four Zoom sessions in February and March. Register below.

Moving goods, will this little piggy get to market?

Join us Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM (MT)
Zoom Session 03
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Having access to foreign markets and willing customers doesn’t matter if we cannot move our goods, or if customers don’t trust our ability to deliver. CWF has a deep knowledge base on the current status, underlying issues and fixes to Canada’s trade infrastructure woes. We’ll share insights with a look at the year ahead and what businesses can do.

Insider

John Law, CWF Senior Fellow and former Deputy Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, Government of Saskatchewan and former Chair of the National Council of Deputy Ministers of Transportation and President of the Transportation Association of Canada.

Co-moderators

Chris Dekker, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Trade Export Partnership
Patrick Mattern, Vice President, Business Development, Calgary Economic Development
Mariette Mulaire, President and CEO, World Trade Centre Winnipeg
Mustafa Sahin, Vice President, Investment & Trade, Edmonton Global

 

The Other NAFTA Partner

Join us Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:00PM (MT)
Zoom Session 04
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Often forgotten because of our focus on the U.S., Canada’s other partner in the new NAFTA, Mexico, represents significant opportunities beyond energy. However, Mexico is still an under-explored market with a GDP per capita higher than that of China, and is integrated into NAFTA and CPTPP supply and production chains. But, there are numerous challenges for businesses in Mexico, including the stability of the investment climate. In this market, getting insights from someone on the ground is essential to success.

Insider

Ambassador Graeme Clark, Canadian Embassy, Mexico City. Ambassador Clark will present a frank, on the ground perspective on the current state of affairs in Mexico along with opportunities and risks that flow thereunder.

Co-moderators

Chris Dekker, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Trade Export Partnership
Patrick Mattern, Vice President, Business Development, Calgary Economic Development
Mariette Mulaire, President and CEO, World Trade Centre Winnipeg
Mustafa Sahin, Vice President, Investment & Trade, Edmonton Global


PAST EVENTS


The Rest of Asia: From ASEAN, to CPTPP and RCEP

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 6:00PM-7:00PM (MT)
Zoom Session 01

What’s coming from the alphabet soup of trade alliances in Asia? For those looking at managing or pursuing trade and investment opportunities beyond the big three Asian economies of Japan, Korea and China.

Insider

Dr. Deborah Elms, President of the Asian Trade Centre in Singapore and a frequent CWF collaborator. Dr. Elms is one of the leading global experts on Asian trade blocs and how these agreements impact SMEs.

Co-moderators

Chris Dekker, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Trade Export Partnership
Mariette Mulaire, President and CEO, World Trade Centre Winnipeg
Mustafa Sahin, Vice President, Investment & Trade, Edmonton Global

It was engaging and lively conversation – Carlo likened it to heading into bar following a major global trade conference and seeing the keynote speaker with four folks you know from Western Canada at a table talking, and you get to pull up a chair and listen.

Read highlights from the session here


 

Beyond Brexit

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:00PM (MT)
Zoom Session 02

From a new trade deal with Canada to joining the Trans-Pacific Trade agreement, where is the U.K. headed post-Brexit and what does this mean for Canadian businesses?

Insider

Andy Barr, Head of Economics & Trade at the British High Commission in Canada. This will be Andy’s second trip out west since coming to Canada. Andy is an engaging, straight forward speaker who gave one of the best received of CWF’s Calgary-based Pop-up policy talks.

Co-moderators

Patrick Mattern, Vice President, Business Development, Calgary Economic Development
Mariette Mulaire, President and CEO, World Trade Centre Winnipeg
Mustafa Sahin, Vice President, Investment & Trade, Edmonton Global


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