Leaders Lunch: How can trade agreements impact SME’s?
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Canada has signed multiple trade agreements in the last few years, but what do they mean for small and medium sized businesses?
Join Carlo Dade, Director of the Trade & Investment Centre at the Canada West Foundation as he breaks down how trade agreements have re-shaped the business environment. Carlo will also discuss where risks have increased, how we’ve secured better opportunities, the effects trade agreements have had on exports as well as supply and production chains, and share ideas on how to deal with supporting services enabling businesses to trade.
Carlo has written guides for small businesses in Western Canada to navigate the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). His work on U.S. trade protectionism has been recently featured on the Financial Post.
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About Carlo Dade: As Director of the Trade & Investment Centre, Carlo Dade develops and leads research to promote growth and profitability in western Canada’s export economy. Carlo has a long history in international public policy most recently as Senior Fellow in the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI).
Carlo has been a leading voice in debates on recent Canadian free trade agreements and development of trade infrastructure. He has a reputation for big-picture thinking and is a leading global expert on pan-Pacific trade, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Pacific Alliance trade blocs. He is one of Canada’s leading commentators on North American competitiveness and Canada-Mexico relations. Carlo is a highly sought-after media commentator throughout North America.