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Aug 19

Globalization in a Post-pandemic World

Webinar with Steven Altman, Ailish Campbell, Paul Deegan and the Hon. Pierre Pettigrew

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The C.D. Howe Institute invites you to join us on August 19 to hear an expert panel discuss the lasting implications of COVID-19 on Canada and the world. Panelists will explore re-designing global supply chains, the rise in nationalism and decline in multilateralism, and Canada’s place in this strange new world.


C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please follow this link or contact events@cdhowe.org to register.



Steven Altman, Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University; Executive Director of the Center for the Globalization of Education and Management, Stern School of Business, New York University

Steven A. Altman is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Organizations at the New York University Stern School of Business, as well as Senior Research Scholar and Executive Director of NYU Stern’s Center for the Globalization of Education and Management. He holds a PhD in International Business and Strategy from the University of Reading, an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School, an MPA from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a B.S. in Economics summa cum laude from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Altman’s research focuses on understanding the patterns of international flows of goods and services, capital, information, and people, how cross-country differences and distances shape those flows, and their implications for business and public policy. He has managed the development of a variety of teaching and decision-making tools based on that research, and is the co-author of the DHL Global Connectedness Index, a detailed country-by-country examination of globalization.

Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Altman was a Senior Research Associate and Lecturer at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Professor Altman also brings to his academic work more than ten years of experience as a management consultant. He has assisted clients with international and emerging market strategies across a variety of industries and geographic regions.


Ailish Campbell, Chief Trade Commissioner and Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development, Global Affairs Canada

Ailish Campbell joined Global Affairs Canada as the Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada and Assistant Deputy Minister in March 2017.  She leads a global team that helps Canadian business find new customers, troubleshoot market access, sell their products, and grow their businesses  (www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca).  Ailish also leads work across global trade support services including export finance, foreign investment and responsible business conduct.

Previously, she held senior executive positions at Finance Canada, the Business Council of Canada and the Privy Council Office.  Ailish began her career in the Canadian federal public service as a trade negotiator on the Doha Round of WTO negotiations.  She holds a Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford and is designated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.   


Paul Deegan, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Deegan Public Strategies; Former Deputy Executive Director, National Economic Council, The White House

Paul Deegan is managing partner and CEO of Paul Deegan & Associates.  He is a seasoned corporate communications leader with over a decade of executive-level experience at two of Canada’s most iconic companies.


From 2015 to 2018, he was Vice-President, Public and Government Affairs at Canadian National Railway Company. He had North American responsibility for CN’s relationships with governments at all levels as well as media relations, social media, corporate advertising, sponsorships and donations, community relations, and internal communications.


Mr. Deegan joined BMO Financial Group in 1996 as a policy adviser in the CEO’s office. From 2009 to 2015 – a period which included the global financial crisis and a transformative acquisition by BMO – he was Vice-President, Government and Public Relations.


Prior to joining BMO, Mr. Deegan served as Deputy Executive Director of the National Economic Council in the Clinton White House.  He worked for the Government of Ontario’s Cabinet Office. He also interned in the office of the late United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy and at the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC.


He studied at McGill, and graduated from University of Toronto in History and Political Science. While at BMO, he completed two advanced executive programs with the Ivey/Kellogg and Rotman business schools.


Mr. Deegan is a director of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and the Michener Awards Foundation. He is a past director of Toronto Terminals Railway Co. Ltd., Toronto Financial Services Alliance, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Tarragon Theatre, and Aptus Treatment Centre for Complex Disabilities. In 2017, Mr. Deegan was named an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy by the Minister of Defence. In 2018, he was appointed to the Acquisition Committee – International Art after 1900 – at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. He is married with two children.



The Hon. Pierre Pettigrew, Executive Advisor, International, Deloitte; Chair of the Board, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew is Executive Advisor, International at Deloitte Canada. He is the Chair of the Board for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He was also the Government of Canada Special Envoy for the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement (CETA).

Pierre has had success in both the public and private sectors. While a consultant at the Deloitte Montreal office from 1985-1995, he emerged as a strong voice for business on international trade issues and unity matters that brought him an appointment to the Federal cabinet in 1996.

Pierre served as a Minister for 10 years, most notably as Minister of Human Resources Development, as Minister for International Trade and Foreign Minister.

Pierre sits on a number of profit and non-profit boards. He is a member on the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington.

Pierre arbitrated a number of international trade disputes between countries at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.


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