TABE/CABE - Negotiating Trade with a Superpower – Gordon Ritchie

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Thursday 12 October 2017, 11:45 - 13:45


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TABE/CABE  - Negotiating Trade with a Superpower – Gordon Ritchie

Our Event

Trade remains a key focus of policy.  Negotiations started formally at the end of August with long shopping lists on all sides and significant discussions through the press.  TABE is fortunate to be able to get a presentation from one of the architects of the original Canada-USA free trade agreement.  Now an advisor at Hill and Knowlton, Gordon will bring a strong perspective on the issues and the challenges of negotiating with a superpower.  His overview should help our understanding of the dialogue both official and in the press. TABE is grateful to CABE for the financial support for this event.

Our Speaker – Gordon RIchie

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Gordon Ritchie brings unparalleled experience in trade negotiations to this discussion as former Canadian ambassador for trade negotiations responsible for the FTA. After leaving the public service, in the run-up to the NAFTA he advised both the Canadian and Mexican governments. In 2005, he served as senior adviser to the Government of Canada in the softwood lumber dispute.  He is now a Principal Advisor – Public Affairs at Hill and Knowlton.

Gordon wrote Wrestling with the Elephant: The Inside Story of the Canada-US Trade Wars (Macfarlane, Walter and Ross, 1997), recounting his 22-year public service career in trade, and industrial and economic development. He also served as associate deputy minister of the Department of Regional Industrial Expansion and deputy secretary of the Ministry of State for Economic Development.

On leaving government, Gordon embarked on a 25-year career in the private sector, founding and running his own consulting firm, Strategico, and serving as a director of leading Canadian companies in the financial, communications, transportation, mining and food processing sectors, from which he has now retired.

Schedule and Venue:


Albany Club - Toronto

91 King Street East


Thursday, October 12, 2017



Lunch Service




Questions and Discussion



Early bird pricing in effect until October 6th

Early Bird: Members: $50, Non-Members: $75

Regular Pricing: Members: $65, Non-Members $90