The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada – Quebec Chapter will be hosting a new series of conferences throughout 2017 on the NAFTA treaty and cross border trade. As AmCham’s primary mission is the promotion of cross border trade, the NAFTA treaty sits at the very center of the bilateral trade strategy.
As President-elect Trump prepares his transition to the White House in January, NAFTA and related cross border issues have raised to the surface as a major issue of his upcoming administration. AmCham has assembled a panel of experts to kick off our series of conferences to discuss these issues and its implications on cross border trade in Canada and what can we expect of a Trump administration and a possible NAFTA 2.0 treaty. Join us for the first of these conferences and learn the effects it might have on your business.
The conference will be held primarily in English with Q&A in both French and English. A continental breakfast will be served.
When: Tuesday, January 31 2017, 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Where: Le Westin Montreal, St-Antoine Room, 270 Rue Saint-Antoine O
Cost: AmCham members $79. Non-members $95. Plus applicable taxes.
The Honourable Jean Charest, Former Premier of Québec and Partner, McCarthy Tétrault
As a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and a former Premier of Québec, Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures. The Honourable Jean Charest was notably the initiator of the negotiation for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). Furthermore, the Charest government initiated an unprecedented labour mobility agreement between France and Québec and was best known for a major initiative for the sustainable development of Northern Québec called “Plan Nord”. Jean Charest is a Partner at McCarthy Tétrault. He provides invaluable expertise to the firm’s clients with his in-depth knowledge and experience with public policy, corporate Canada and international matters.
Maryscott (Scotty) Greenwood, Principal, Dentons
A recognized thought-leader in the public policy field, Maryscott “Scotty” Greenwood is a Principal in Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation practice and a co-leader in the Advocacy and Government Affairs group, in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Greenwood is a government relations practitioner, assisting clients with legislative and public policy challenges in the US and Canada. Ms. Greenwood has over two decades of government relations experience in the energy, life sciences and cross border policies sectors. Ms. Greenwood is also Senior Advisor to the Canadian-American Business Council and a frequent commentator on US-Canadian relations. She was recognized by The Hill Times in its listing of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Government and Politics" in 2010, and on the "Top 100 People Influencing Canadian Foreign Policy” in 2014. Before joining the firm in 2001, Ms. Greenwood was appointed by President Clinton to serve in the US foreign service at the United States Embassy in Canada.
Peter Iliopoulos, Senior Vice-President, Public and Corporate Affairs, Gildan Activewear
Peter Iliopoulos joined Gildan in July 2002 and is responsible for the overall management of the customs and duties, governmental affairs, corporate social responsibility and tax functions. Prior to joining Gildan, Peter previously held head of tax positions with a publicly traded company in the manufacturing industry as well as a mutual fund company. Mr. Iliopoulos is a member of the Quebec Order of Chartered Professional Accountants and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University. He currently serves on the executive committee of the National Council of Textile Organizations in the United States.
William Polushin, Founder and President, AMAXIS
William Polushin is Founder and President of AMAXIS Inc. He is also a Lecturer in international business at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. Over the past 27+ years, William has been helping Canadian and foreign enterprises grow or expand their businesses in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and/or other global markets. His experience spans several sectors and industries including, engineering and construction, information and communications technology, manufacturing (industrial and consumer products), and oil and gas. A graduate of the North Americas Business Fellows Program – a trilateral MBA program offered by McGill University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Tec de Monterrey in Mexico, William currently serves as a Member of the Executive Council of AmCham Quebec, a Member of the Advisory Council of Room to Read, Montreal Chapter, and the SME Advisory Committee at the University of Alberta. He previously served as President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico.