OEA: NAFTA Risks and Opportunities

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Tuesday 17 October 2017, 11:45 - 14:00


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NAFTA Risks and Opportunities





Mark Warner



Jacqueline Palladini

Senior Economist

Conference Board of Canada


Brian Kingston

Vice President

Business Council of Canada



Jean-Francois LaRue
Executive Director

Employment and Social Development Canada


US demands in the NAFTA negotiations could have big implications for the Canadian economy. After two rounds of negotiation it is clear that NAFTA modernization will be a long and difficult process. Join the OEA for a panel discussion on what has been accomplished so far in the negotiations, what’s next and what it all means for the Canadian economy.

The OEA will also hold its brief Annual General Meeting during lunch, prior to the presentation.


WHEN:          Tuesday, October 17, 2017

                        11:45 a.m. – Registration and networking

                        12:10 p.m. – Lunch followed by presentation            

WHERE:        Chateau Laurier Hotel, Laurier Room

                       1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

COST:            OEA Members - $50 prepaid on-line; $80 at the door.

                        Non-members - $75 prepaid on-line; $100 at the door.

                        OEA Student members - $25 prepaid on-line; $30 at the door.

                        Table of 8 - $525 prepaid on-line.



Payment at the door subject to availability given space limitations and is via cash or cheque only. Tables of 8 must be purchased online in advance. Online prices do not include HST. To receive on-line discount, on-line payment must be made at the time of registration. OEA Payment Guidelines are available under OEA Chapter Information at www.cabe.ca.

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Mark Warner


Mark Warner is a an Ontario and New York attorney who has practiced trade, investment and competition law in leading law firms in Toronto, New York, Washington, D.C and Brussels and as counsel to the Organization of Economic Cooperation &  Development (OECD) in Paris. He was Legal Director of the Ontario Ministries of Economic Development & Trade and Research & Innovation where he led Ontario’s legal team in the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations and on various NAFTA Chapter 11 investor-state arbitration matters involving Ontario and led the Province’s legal team for the insolvency / restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler. Mark is also co-author of a leading Canadian trade law treatise and  has also published numerous articles. He earned a BA from McGill, an MA in Economics from the University of Toronto, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Centre.

Mark has provided technical assistance / legislative drafting advice to senior government officials relating to law & policy in Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, South America and Central & Eastern Europe. His academic experience includes a tenure-track teaching position at the University of Baltimore School of Law and serving as Assistant Director of its Center of International & Comparative Law; part-time teaching positions at the University of Leiden Law School, the World Trade Institute, the International Institute for Management in Telecommunications, the Howard University Summer program at the University of the Western Cape (Cape Town), the International Law Institute African Centre for Legal Excellence and Addis Ababa University Faculty of Business and Economics and appointments as Visiting Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School and Executive Fellow at the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation at the University of Toronto. In 2015, Mark was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Jacqueline Palladini

Senior Economist, Global Commerce Centre

Jacqueline Palladini is a Senior Economist and contributes to research on global trade and investment as part of the Conference Board of Canada's Global Commerce Centre. Her works include the changing nature of trade with Asia and groundbreaking research on importance of services in Canada's trade picture. She has been featured in major media outlets across the country and regularly presents the latest global commerce trends to policy and business leaders. She also has experience developing and maintaining economic forecasting models, conducting economic impact analyses, benchmarking business competitiveness, and conducting other custom analysis.

Prior to joining the Global Commerce Centre, Jacqueline spent several years forecasting provincial and territorial economies as well as the mining and motor vehicles and parts manufacturing industries. Ms. Palladini also spent five years working as a demographics expert on a technical assistance project in Ukraine. She built demographics models and trained municipal staff on how to forecast their regions' populations. She also helped Ukrainian professors design a technical course on the topic.

Jacqueline Palladini holds a MA in economics with a specialization in social statistics from McGill University and a BSc with distinction from the University of Victoria.


Brian Kingston

Vice President, Policy, International and Fiscal

Business Council of Canada

Brian leads the Council’s work on international trade, investment, fiscal and monetary policy issues. In this role he manages CEO engagement with India, Japan, Brazil and China, the Council’s tax policy advisory network and the annual Total Tax Contribution report. Prior to joining the Council, Brian gained comprehensive experience across the federal government through various positions at the Department of Finance, Global Affairs Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office. Brian is an Action Canada Fellow, World Economic Forum Global Shaper and alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Carleton University, a master’s degree in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and an MBA from Ivey Business School.  


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