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Sunday - October 26, 2014

Room 202, Robert Sutherland Hall, Queen's University, 138 Union Street, Kingston [MAP]

2:00 pm

Welcome and Introduction
How trade contributes to growth in the Canadian and world economies

Practical implications of the G20 Trade and Growth Strategy: domestic objectives and trade strategy

John M. Curtis

2:45 pm

Matching trade policy objectives with trade policy tools and negotiation strategies
This session will introduce the themes for the seminars, framed in terms of how to prepare for the launch of a chapter in a new trade negotiation.

Terry Collins-Williams

3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm

Introduction to the new new trade theory

How have the new firm-level trade models changed our understanding of trade flows?  What is the connection between trade and productivity?  What are some of the main implications for trade policy? What does firm-level data look like, where is it, and what can trade negotiators do with it?

Beverly Lapham

4:45 pm

What a trade strategy looks like

Developing strategic approaches to trade negotiation having regard to the interdependence of trade liberalization and domestic policy reform.

Don Stephenson  
7:00 pm

Grandview Room
Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel

1 Johnson Street, Kingston, ON [MAP]


Trade Policy in Washington

Trade policy implications of the Obama’s Administration’s pivot to Asia

Gary Horlick


Monday - October 27, 2014 

Room 202, Robert Sutherland Hall, Queen's University, 138 Union Street, Kingston [MAP]

8:30 am

Trade and trade policy in a global value chains world 
How do Canadian firms participate in global value chains? What are the policy implications? Using practical examples the session will include suggestions on how the new thinking applies to trade negotiations.
Ari Van Assche

9:30 am

Implications of new trade models for Canadian trade negotiations


Given the policy implications of the new new theory and global value chains models, what are the options for trade negotiators? What have we learned from proliferating bilateral, regional, plurilateral and multilateral negotiations, notably in Asia?

Robert Wolfe


10:15 am Break
10:30 am

Small group seminars: applying the global value chains and heterogeneous firms concepts

Participants should be prepared to discuss how a concrete problem in their work can be reframed in light of these contemporary trade theories. 

11:30 am

Policy coordination on trade policy in Ottawa and Asian capitals                 

 Issues on the trade agenda now involve the provinces and many domestic departments. How do trade negotiators work with the responsible authorities in Canada? What are the implications of how other governments allocate responsibility for trade policy? 
David Elder

12:30 pm Lunch


A firm-level perspective on trade 

How do Canadian SMEs navigate international markets??

Peng-Sang Cau, CEO of Transformix Engineering
2:30 pm

[Working with Canadian firms in Asia]

What are the practical issues facing firms on a day to day basis?

Duane McMullen

3:30 pm

Small group seminars: trade policy implications of the business presentations

Do trade negotiators have the tools to help solve the problems identified? Are new disciplines needed? 

4:30 pm Break
4:45 pm

How can bilateral, regional, plurilateral and multilateral agreements be stitched together?

Asian countries are part of a proliferating set of agreements, with more negotiations under way. How will Canadian firms and trade negotiators respond to the challenges of overlapping and potentially inconsistent provisions? How can we manage the free rider issues associated with tariff elimination in plurilaterals negotiations?

Andrew (Sandy) Moroz

5:45 pm  Sessions End - Return to Residence Inn by Marriott
6:30 pm

Informal Dinner
(assigned seating in groups, with speakers at each table)

Preliminary discussion of the issues for the concluding roundtable on Tuesday


St. Lawrence Ballroom A
Residence Inn by Marriott

7 Earl Street, Kingston, ON [MAP]


Tuesday - October 28, 2014

Room 202, Robert Sutherland Hall, Queen's University, 138 Union Street, Kingston [MAP]

8:30 am

Regulatory cooperation and trade policy

Both the global value chain and the new new trade theory approaches stress the importance of regulatory differences for firm strategies. What can trade negotiators contribute?

Robert Carberry
10:30 am Break
10:45 am

Labour mobility in Asia-Pacific trade negotiations

What are the needs of Canadian firms in getting their people into foreign markets e.g. for after sales service; what are the needs of Canadian firms for labour and expertise; and what do our negotiating partners want from us?

Cathryn D. Sawicki

11:30 am

Trade and clean technology in the Pacific

Who are the Canadian firms engaged in this sector? How do they participate in global value chains? How can trade negotiators support their development?

Celine Bak
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm

Trade policy communications and consultation 


How can trade negotiators use firm-level ideas to think about who to consult at the outset of a negotiation? What is the role of communications in the development of a trade negotiation strategy?

Elly Alboim

2:30 pm

Small group seminar: Canadian trade policy strategy in the Asia/Pacific region

Participants will discuss talking points that would set out the Canadian negotiation mandate on the challenges they think are most important. 

3:15 pm Break
3:30-4:30 pm

Roundtable on Canadian trade policy strategy in the Asia/Pacific

Moderated by Martin Moen

Participants will be asked to identify the implications of the presentations and their seminar discussions. What are the top three challenges for Canada in the Asia/Pacific region in the next five years?


School of Policy Studies, Robert Sutherland Hall
Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.3020