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USMCA & COVID-19: Opportunities in the Global Supply Chain

Date: August 13, 2020

Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Instructions will be emailed on Tuesday, August 11

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Recent events have created a great deal of turmoil in international trade and investment. Over the last 18 months, trade tariffs and recently COVID-19 have prompted many companies to rethink their global supply chain. In July, we will see the implementation of the United States – Mexico - Canada Agreement (USMCA), continuing and expanding the free trade conditions of NAFTA. All three of these events will push North American companies to reevaluate, make operational changes, and look more closely at opportunities in the USMCA market. Hosted by the IEDC International Advisory Committee, this session addresses the drivers and opportunities in North America for trade and investment and will be illustrated through several cross border business cases.




Patrick Leblond, PhD
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Patrick Leblond is CN – Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy and Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Research Associate at CIRANO and Affiliated Professor of International Business at HEC Montréal. Dr. Leblond is an expert on economic governance and policy with a particular focus on Canada, North America, Europe and, increasingly, China. He has published extensively on financial and monetary integration, banking regulation, international trade, data governance, and business-government relations.

Kenneth Smith-Ramos
AGON Consulting
Mexico City, MX

Kenneth Smith Ramos is a Partner at AGON, a Mexican consulting firm that specializes in competition, regulatory affairs, and international trade. Ken focuses on helping international clients to identify trade and investment opportunities derived from the new generation of FTAs that Mexico has negotiated, such as CPTPP, the MX-EU FTA, and the NAFTA/USMCA. Ken also advises clients who face trade barriers and assists them in developing strategies to obtain or expand access into key international markets, including Mexico. Prior to joining AGON, Ken served as Mexico´s Chief Negotiator for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that led to the signing of the USMCA.


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