AAAE: June 1 with Stephen Tapp on Trade Policy for a New Global Era

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Thursday 01 June 2017, 12:00 - 13:45


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The Atlantic Association of Applied Economists (AAAE) invites you to attend:

A New Road Map for Inclusive Canadian Trade Policy

WHO: Stephen Tapp, Research Director, Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)

Stephen Tapp is a research director at the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Before joining the IRPP, he entered the federal government through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program to work as a senior economist and adviser on economic, fiscal and tax issues for Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer. He has worked as an economist in the research departments of the Bank of Canada and Finance Canada; as a research fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute; and as an economics instructor at Queen’s University. His research focuses on the Canadian economy and public policy, and has been published in the Canadian Journal of Economics and Canadian Public Policy. He is a board member of the Ottawa Economics Association and has a Ph.D. and an MA in economics from Queen’s University and a BA from the University of Western Ontario.

WHAT: Canada's economic prosperity depends critically on international trade and investment – areas where many countries are now reassessing long-standing policy goals and approaches. The United States, Canada’s largest trading partner, has abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is attempting to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and is generally seeking to reset global trade relationships on more favourable terms for American businesses and workers. After fifteen years of generally lackluster international performance by Canadian firms, this U.S. reset and its potential global ripple effects, bring considerable risk for the Canadian economy. In this context, it is now more important than ever to examine what new global trade realities mean for Canada and consider how we might update our suite of trade-related policies to deliver more broadly shared economic prosperity.

In this presentation, Stephen Tapp will provide an overview of the main findings and policy implications from a multiyear research program on Canadian trade. He will describe eight “new global trade realities” that need to be taken into account when formulating Canadian global commerce policies; review Canada’s poor overall trade performance in recent decades; explain why this matters; and propose a comprehensive suite of forward-looking policy priorities to improve outcomes.

WHEN: Thursday, June 1st, 2017, Noon to 1:45pm (Atlantic Standard Time)

WHERE: Bank of Canada Boardroom, Bank of Canada Regional Office, 13th Floor, 1701 Hollis St., (Founders Square), Halifax, Nova Scotia

COST: Members: $10, Non-Members: $20 (A light lunch will be provided)

CONFERENCE CALL: A teleconference call option is available for those living outside of Halifax. The cost is the same as for in-person attendance.

REGISTRATION: Seating is limited and spaces will be reserved until we reach capacity. Visit the CABE Store to register for this event. You must register no later than end of day Tuesday 30th May.  


Location Bank of Canada Atlantic Regional Office
1701 Hollis St., 13th Floor
B3J 3M8
Contact Tara Ainsworth, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.