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Keeping Up with Both Sides of The NAFTA Debate and its Impacts on the Global Economy

Date: June 7, 2018

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: June 7 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on June 6

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Tuesday, May 29

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


Having trouble untangling the many aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement? Regardless of where you stand on the issues, trade and investment between NAFTA members -- namely the USA, Canada and Mexico -- are vital to each country and to the rest of the world. Trade helps enable economic opportunity in communities around the world. Where do you jump in and how do you help your stakeholders understand the benefits of NAFTA that your community may be missing out on? Hear from experts on the potential for outward investment from NAFTA members, and the potential of North America as a market for companies around the world. This is your opportunity to chime in on a global discussion of trade and investment between NAFTA members.

What you'll learn:

• The value of free and fair trade between the USA, Canada and Mexico
• Where North American Free Trade Agreement stands today
• Emerging opportunities for foreign direct investment (FDI) from the NAFTA region
• Opportunities for exporters to the USA, Canada and Mexico




D. Paul Zito
VP of International Development
RGP Northwest Ohio
Toledo, OH

Paul has over 20 years of international business development experience and has worked with companies around the world to help grow their overseas markets. For ten years he was an international sales executive and for 13 years Paul served as Managing Director of the State of Ohio European Office (Brussels, Belgium), one of the overseas offices of the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD). He generated tens of millions of dollars per year of European investment into Ohio and exports from Ohio working with companies such as BMW, Siemens, Reed-Elsevier, CAP Gemini, ThyssenKrup, Groupe Danone, Kuka, Siemens, Daimler AG, Glud & Marstrand, ArcelorMittal and many small and medium-sized companies. Paul currently works to promote the Toledo region and Northwest Ohio as a location for overseas businesses and to assist local companies with their international strategies.

He currently serves as Chair of the International Advisory Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and previously served as Chairman of the Council of American States in Europe (CASE).

Paul holds an MBA in International Management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University. He speaks German and French fluently.



David A. Colligan
Manager of Global Business Recruitment and Expansion
City of Austin, Economic Development Department
Austin, TX

Providing professional, knowledgeable, and friendly assistance is how David Colligan has been able to create successful relationships between business and government for cities across the Southern region of the United States. In order to provide his clients with a comprehensive and seamless approach to starting, expanding or relocating their business, David has connected his unique customer service training from the Walt Disney Company to the business knowledge he has gained through working experience with professionals from across all industry sectors.

As the Manager of Global Business Recruitment and Expansion for the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department, David leads a division that is responsible for creating jobs and implementing strategies for an economically competitive Austin, while strengthening an international reputation and brand for business and cultural exchange. The division evaluates an annual average of 70 competitive business expansion projects for local incentives and has successful located seven expansion projects in the last year that will create 2,169 new full‐time jobs that average $107,042, retain 830 full‐time jobs, and bring $275 million of investment to the City of Austin. David’s division is also responsible for implementing the department’s International Business Strategy, awarded as the best strategic plan for international business development by the International Economic Development Council in 2013. Elements of this strategic plan include promotion and development of an international brand for Austin, a Cultural Ambassador Program, as well as creative and arts exchange.

Focusing on proactive development, David has also led his colleagues in the development of several new programs for the City of Austin that provide seamless industry interaction and feedback from the business community that promotes Imagine Austin, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, and the organization’s mission to make Austin the best‐managed City in the country. With a strong background in economic development for entrepreneurial and technology driven economies, David’s team has developed a strategy focused on connecting international cities for science and technology collaboration. David also serves as the liaison for the city’s Digital Inclusion initiative, while also developing a strategic plan for industry and STEM interaction, and oversees $1.2 million in contract for Career and Occupational Development.

Douglas George
Consul General of Canada
Consulate General of Canada
Detroit, MI

Douglas George is the Consul General of Canada in Detroit, and is responsible for the States of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He is a career diplomat with over 30 years of experience, and most recently served as Canada’s Ambassador to Kuwait. Recognized as a trade policy expert, Mr. George has worked in numerous economic posts at Global Affairs Canada, including the Commercial Policy Division, the GATT Division, and the US Trade and Economic Policy Division. He served as Senior Departmental Advisor to Canada’s Minister of International Trade as well as Director of the Softwood Lumber Division, the Intellectual Property Trade Policy Division, and the Tariffs and Goods Market Access Division. Abroad, Consul General George has directed trade policy issues at the Canadian Mission to the European Union in Brussels as well as serving as a negotiator at the Canadian mission to the GATT/World Trade Organisation in Geneva. He also served in Kingston, Jamaica. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Zoology) from the University of Toronto and his Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

C. Stephen MacKenzie
Chief Executive Officer
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
Windsor, Ontario

Stephen MacKenzie is the CEO of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation; (WE EDC) a not-for-profit organization responsible for advancing economic development to grow and sustain prosperity in the region.

Mr. MacKenzie has spent 23 years in economic development organizations in Connecticut, Nova Scotia and now Ontario. Prior to joining WE EDC, he served as the Executive Director of the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region Corporation where he was responsible for the administration of all of seCTer’s functions, including the Procurement Technical Assistance Program, the Corporation’s Revolving Loan Funds, and the Economic Development Department activities. He previously held the position of Senior Vice President of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center. At CERC he was responsible for the Economic Development Services Division, which includes Connecticut's Business Response Center, the Connecticut Licensing Information Center, and the Real Estate Department. He was the primary liaison between CERC and its state and utility partners, as well as with the site selection consultant community. Mr. MacKenzie was also part of the state team that developed CTNext, the innovation ecosystem for Connecticut.

Prior to joining CERC, he was the director for economic development in the city of Stamford's Office of Economic Development. Among his many accomplishments in that position was his role as a founding committee member of the Academy of Information Technology for the local school system, and the implementation of a business assistance program called "The Mayor's Initiative for Small Business." Under his supervision, the OED completed more than 30 business relocation files in the technology, banking and finance, manufacturing, and entertainment sectors.

In Halifax, Mr. MacKenzie was a senior executive for major projects for the Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development's Investment and Trade Division. Highlights of his work there include the planning and implementation of the Province of Nova Scotia's participation in two-team Canadian missions to Asia, which resulted in numerous multi-sectoral commercial contracts for Nova Scotian firms.

Before entering the economic development industry, Mr. MacKenzie spent four years with the Toronto Dominion Bank, and later served in several sales and marketing functions at different organizations in both Canada and Belgium.

Mr. MacKenzie has previously been a part-time lecturer at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, where he has taught in the classroom and via the Distance Learning Program. His courses include Introduction to Marketing, Applied Marketing, International Marketing and International Business.

He received a bachelor's degree in Commerce from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and completed his MBA at European University in Belgium. His continuing education includes several workshops from the Canadian Foreign Service Institute and he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. He is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Angel Habid Ramirez
Director of the Trade and Investment Commission, Eastern Midwest US
Detroit, MI

Angel Ramirez is the Director of the Trade and Investment Commission Eastern Midwest US for ProMéxico, based in Detroit. His office covers the states of Indiana, South of Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. ProMéxico is the Mexican Government institution in charge of strengthening Mexico's participation in the international economy by supporting the export activity of companies established in the country and coordinating actions to help foreign companies to invest or expand their current businesses in Mexico.

Ramirez joined ProMéxico in August 2013 with the assignment of reopening the Detroit Office after several years of absence in the area. He has 11 years of experience in the private industry. He worked in the plastics industry for 6 years at Tupperware US lnc. and Supply Chain and Production planning in Tupperware's manufacturing plant in the U.S. for 3 years after being transferred from Mexico's production plant in 2008. He was also the link between the plant and Marketing in headquarters to assure that production plans will meet the development trends of highly volatile sales catalogs.

Prior to that, he worked in several companies in the auto industry, like General Motors, Bocor Group, and Kennametal Inc. in their Mexico operations as Customs and Traffic Coordinator of the import/export of raw materials for production and finished goods for spare parts and assembly. Other responsibilities included the optimization of freight expenses and the compliance of regulations and free trade agreements depending on the origin of the product.

Born in Mexico City, he has a Bachelor's degree in International Business and Commerce from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. He is also certified in CPLM Basics of Supply Chain Management by The Association for Operations Management (APICS). Other studies include certification of Lean Manufacturing Principles in Mexico City, and several courses in economy, marketing, logistics, and international competitiveness of Europe in the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands and the École Supérieure de Commerce in Toulouse, France.

Daniel D. Ujczo
International Trade and Customs Attorney
Dickinson Wright PLLC
Columbus, OH

Dan is an international trade and customs lawyer who specializes in Canada-United States and North American matters. Dan is the Practice Group Chair for Dickinson Wright’s innovative Canada-US and NAFTA Platforms which include more than 300 attorneys practicing throughout North America. A US-licensed lawyer, Dan is one of the few individuals that has served in the US and Canadian governments, as well as private practice and academia. Dan is the President of the Ohio-Canada Business Association and he serves on the boards of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute, and the North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO). Dan founded the U.S.-Canada S.A.G.E. initiative that is a collaboration of more than 300 U.S. and Canadian business associations to address the NAFTA renegotiation process. He frequently testifies before U.S., state, and Canadian governmental agencies and his commentary may be found in various media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Reports, Bloomberg News, The Globe and Mail, the CBC, and the Business News Network.


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