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North American Economic Security in an Era of Geopolitical Uncertainty

May 2, 2024 • 2:00 – 5:00 pm EDT

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Join the Americas Program and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for a discussion on the opportunities to strengthen North American economic security in an era of geopolitical uncertainty.

The economies of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, are highly integrated and underpinned by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Together, Canada, the United States, and Mexico comprise almost a third of global GDP. As governments and companies alike increasingly prioritize economic resilience and security in response to larger geopolitical forces, there are significant opportunities for enhancing cross-continent trade and investment to the mutual benefit of all three countries.

This event will bring together former trade negotiators from the three USMCA countries who will discuss the state of North American cooperation and integration as well as opportunities and challenges in the lead up to the 2026 USMCA review. It will also investigate the growing relevance of North American economic security as a shared policy objective, delve into the political context, pathways to greater economic integration, as well as the major risks and opportunities facing businesses, among other key issues.

This event is made possible by the general support of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. 

Agenda


2:00-3:30pm: Looking Forward: Perspectives from U.S-Mexico-Canada Trade Negotiators

This panel will bring together trade negotiators from the three USMCA countries who will discuss the state of North American cooperation and integration as well as opportunities and challenges in the lead up to the 2026 USMCA review.  

 

Opening Remarks: 

  • John J. Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS
  • Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Kirsten Hillman, Ambassador of Canada to the United States

 

Panelists:

  • Ronald Kirk, United States Trade Representative (2009-2013)
  • Kenneth Smith Ramos, Chief Trade Negotiator for Mexico (2017-2018)
  • Steve Verheul, Chief Trade Negotiator for Canada (2017-2021)

5 minute break

3:35-5:00pm: Geopolitics and the Future of North American Trade

This panel will bring together former ambassadors and political advisors from the three USMCA countries to discuss the effects of broader geopolitical forces and domestic politics on the future of North American cooperation and integration, as well as opportunities and challenges in the lead up to the 2026 USMCA review.

 

Panelists: 

  • Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006–2007), Minister of National Defence (2007-2013), and Minister of Justice and Attorney General (2013–2015)
  • Kimberly Breier, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2018-2019)
  • Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States (2017-2018)

5:00-7:00pm: Cocktail Reception

Join us for a networking reception after the conclusion of the event. Hors d'oeuvres and open bar will be available. 

Hosted By

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John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
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The Hon. Perrin Beatty

Perrin Beatty

President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
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Kirsten Hillman

Kirsten Hillman

Ambassador of Canada to the United States
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Ronald Kirk
United States Trade Representative (2009-2013)
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Kenneth Smith Ramos

Kenneth Smith Ramos

Chief Trade Negotiator for Mexico (2017-2018)
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Steve Verheul

Steve Verheul

Chief Trade Negotiator for Canada (2017-2021)
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The Hon. Peter MacKay

Peter MacKay

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada (2006–2007), Minister of National Defence (2007–2013), and Minister of Justice and Attorney General (2013–2015)
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Gerónimo Gutiérrez

Gerónimo Gutiérrez

Ambassador of Mexico to the United States (2017-2018)