NEWS RELEASE March 15, 2017

International Business Forum

“Canada and the Future of the Economic Regions in the Americas”

nafta, pacific alliance, pacific rim, canada-us

April 25, 2017, The Westin Hotel, Calgary

The Canadian Council for the Americas Alberta (CCA Alberta) is presenting an international business forum and gala dinner on April 25, 2017 with the theme “Canada and the Future of the Economic Regions in the Americas”. The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade with the Government of Canada, will be our keynote speaker at the event.

The Business Forum will discuss relevant topics related to business opportunities for Canadian companies, and policy issues that affect the Americas and Pacific regions in terms of trade and investment. The opening address will discuss “Calgary and the Pacific Rim: Opportunities for Diversification” presented by Eric Farnsworth with the Americas Society/Council for the Americas from Washington D.C. The morning address will be delivered by Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski, Canadian Executive Director with the Inter-American Development Bank who will be presenting “The State of the Americas: What Canadian Business Need to Know”.

The program includes an in depth conversation on NAFTA from the perspective of Mexico, USA and Canada. “The Future of Business in NAFTA: A View from Three Perspectives” includes the participation of Matt Rooney, Director of Economic Growth with the Bush Presidential Center, Dr. Sergio Alcocer, Former Under Secretary North America with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, and Andrea van Vugt, Vice-President Policy, North America with The Business Council of Canada. The panel will be moderated by Carlo Dade, Trade and Investment Director, Canada West Foundation.

In the afternoon the business program will include an Ambassadors Panel to discuss opportunities at The Pacific Alliance for Western Canada Businesses. The panel will count with the participation of Marcel Lebleu, Canada’s Ambassador to Chile, Pierre Alarie, Canada’s Ambassador to Mexico, Gwyneth Kutz, Canada’s Ambassador to Peru & Bolivia, and Nicolas LLoreda, Colombia’s Ambassador to Canada, in a session moderated by Deborah Yedlin, Business Columnist at the Calgary Herald. Her Honour, The Honourable Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, will be in attendance.

For more information you can contact Miguel Cortines, President, CCA Alberta at 403.585.5675 o