Panel discussion in Calgary on the TPP: Can Canada push out of its trade comfort zone?

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Dawson Strategic will convene a panel of experts in Calgary this Wednesday for a discussion on Canada’s prospects when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

CALGARY, Dec. 1, 2014 – The future of Canada’s economic growth lies in Asia but will we take the risks to get there?

With all the world’s major economies looking to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as the next step to trade opportunity, it’s time to look at widening the circle.

TPP negotiations are expected to not only set the stage for future trade agreements, but to open the door for additional economies demonstrating willingness to liberalize and to the world. Who should join after the original twelve seal the deal and what will it mean for Canada and its business community?

Join the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Dawson Strategic as they convene expert discussions on TPP trade opportunities for Canada.

WHAT: Expanding Canadian Trade with Asia: New Prospects for the TPP

WHEN: December 3, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 5 Ave SW (Calgary, Alberta)

Dr. Laura Dawson, International Trade Expert and Founder of Dawson Strategic, Dr. Hugh Stephens, Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation and Dr. Wenran Jiang, Special Advisor to the Alberta Department of Energy on Asian market diversification will talk about the TPP’s role in Canada’s future economic growth, who should come next to the TPP table and what that expansion could mean for Canada.

Dr. Dawson will also discuss the key elements of her new report on the role Taiwan can play in Canadian trade growth entitled, “Finding the Hidden Dragon: Why Taiwan matters to Canada’s Economic Future”.


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