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Apr 24 - Spring Dinner 2018
Halifax, N.S.
Apr 24, 2018

Global Affairs, Women Influencers – An Evening in Conversation with Laura Dawson.

Nothing has shaped Canada’s modern-day economy more than free trade with its closest allies and neighbours to the south. Carefully constructed over 24 years the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was designed to create one of the world’s largest free trade zones - laying a foundation for economic growth and synergies with our North American counterparts.

Canadian industries – in particular Canada’s energy industry, has benefited greatly from its lucrative positing and ongoing alliance with the United States and Mexico. Canada relies heavily on the U.S. for much of its energy exports. New England for instance, remains the largest market into which the Maritimes natural gas is sold.

Under NAFTA, our North American partners exchange about US$2.6 billion in goods each day—that’s about US$108 million per hour – with employment across North America increasing by almost 40 million jobs. Many agree the benefit has been clear. But while many American’s believe that Canada needs NAFTA more than the US – data suggests it’s not as cut and dried as they would like to think. Today, Canada remains the largest importer of America products and is one of their largest foreign investors.

As the US President Donald Trump is now threatening to walk away from the NAFTA and plans to impose hefty tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum – acknowledging this potential new trade landscape is difficult to comprehend.

Laura Dawson knows a thing or two about Canada-U.S., NAFTA, TPP, and international trade issues. Having served as senior advisor on economic affairs at the United States Embassy in Ottawa – she is a speaker, writer, and thought leader on international trade issues. Laura is the Director of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute - having been named one of Canada’s Top 100 foreign policy influencers.

A Fellow at the MacDonald Laurier Institute, and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Dawson holds a PhD in political science – and is known as one of Canada’s preeminent leaders on Global Affairs, with more than 15 years’ experience as an interagency liaison for economic departments in both the US and Canadian federal governments.

On Tuesday, April 24th, The Maritimes Energy Association is excited to host Laura, as we set the stage to discuss the complexity and uncertainty surrounding NAFTA renegotiations, while digging deeper into the important role of diversity in trade.

We hope you can join us. Registration is now open!

When: Tuesday, April 24th, 2019
Venue: The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

Reception: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Dinner Served: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Event tickets are $125 for Members and $155 Non-Members.

Tables of 10
$1250 – Members
$1550 – Non- Members

Dress: Business Formal
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