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Webinar: NAFTA


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Webinar with Dan Ciuriak, Daniel Trefler and Christopher Sands
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 14:00 to 14:45
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C.D. Howe Institute events are open to members and their guests. Members can register online by signing in here, or contacting cdhoweevents@cdhowe.org.

To register for this webinar, please contact Jacquelin Wong at jwong@cdhowe.org.


Dan Ciuriak - Former Deputy Chief Economist, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Director and Principal, CiuriakConsulting Inc.

Dan Ciuriak is Director and Principal, Ciuriak Consulting Inc., and Fellow-in-Residence with the C.D. Howe Institute. He specializes in international trade, finance and development. He has published widely as author and editor, within government and in a personal capacity, commented frequently in the media; and made numerous presentations at various academic, business and official venues, including the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, APEC and the OECD. His recent report, "Three cornerstones of a European growth initiative," co-authored with Volker Brühl, was awarded the McKinsey Global Institute essay contest.

Previously, he was Deputy Chief Economist at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) with responsibility for economic analysis in support of trade negotiations and trade litigation, and served as contributing editor of DFAIT’s Trade Policy Research series (2001-2007 editions). Prior positions with DFAIT include acting as deputy to the Chair of the APEC Economic Committee and serving as Finance Counsellor at Canada’s Embassy in Germany. Before joining DFAIT, he worked at the Department of Finance, including from 1983-1990 with the Financial Sector Policy Branch where he served as Project Director, Financial Institutions Reform Project, and chaired the Inter-Departmental Legislative Review Committee, which guided the development of the 1992 reforms that overhauled the federal financial institutions statutes (the Bank Act, the Insurance Companies Act, the Trust and Loan Companies Act and the Cooperative Credit Associations Act).


Daniel Trefler - Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy, Rotman School of Management

Daniel Trefler is the J. Douglas and Ruth Canada Research Chair in Competitiveness and Prosperity at the Rotman School of Management and a Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Studies.

Professor Trefler is an internationally respected trade economist, known for his path-breaking contributions to fundamental research. This research has been instrumental in the design and pursuit of trade agreements that promote productivity, innovation and investment while minimizing the harmful effects on workers and the most disadvantaged. In recent years he has advised Global Affairs Canada on national policies towards foreign direct investment and helped to frame the document that launched the Canada-EU trade agreement.

The importance and influence of Professor Trefler’s work has been recognized through numerous distinctions including the 2016 Killam Prize in Social Sciences (Canada’s ‘Nobel Prize’), the 2016 Bank of Canada Fellowship Award, a Canada Research Chair, and all three major awards of the Canadian Economics Association.

Born and raised in Toronto, Professor Trefler holds degrees in economics from the University of Toronto (BA), Cambridge University (M.Phil) and UCLA (Ph.D). 


Christopher Sands - Senior Associate, Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies 

Christopher Sands is a Senior Research Professor and Director of the Center for Canadian Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a graduate division of Johns Hopkins University. Professor Sands teaches courses on Federalism in North America and Europe (SA.840.705) and Middle Power Diplomacy (SA.840.706) and an annual Policy Consulting Practicum (SA.840-718). He serves as a faculty advisor to the Johns Hopkins University Research Administration (JHURA), the university-wide office for sponsored research, and on the editorial board of the SAIS Magazine.

Dr. Sands began his career as a policy research scholar, and is a nonresident Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) the Washington think tank where he was a resident specialist on Canadian affairs from 1993 until 2002. He is also an associate member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. His policy research has been published by think tanks in Canada and the United States including the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution, the C.D. Howe Institute, the Fraser Institute, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, the Migration Policy Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center. He is a member of the board of the Canada – United States Law Institute, a joint venture of the law schools of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Sands was elected in 2017 to a two-year term as a member of the executive council of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, and he is a member of the American Political Science Association (where he served as treasurer and a member of the executive of the Canadian Politics Group from 2010 until 2017) and the International Studies Association. Sands earned a B.A. in political science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota inn 1989, and his M.A. in international economics (1994) and Ph.D. in international relations and Canadian Studies (2009) from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan Sands now lives with his wife and their dog in Silver Spring, Maryland.



This webinar is open to CD Howe Institute members. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Not sure how to register for this webinar? See below for five easy steps:

Click on one of the invitation links on this webpage

Once on the “Event Information” page for the webinar (hosted by Cisco WebEx), scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the box that says “Register”

Once on the webpage that’s named “Register for NAFTA Webinar”, fill out the required information (identified with an asterisk next to it).

Click on the “submit” button on the bottom right corner of the page.

You should receive a registration confirmation email message. Open the registration confirmation email, and click the “Join” link once the meeting starts, on October 3rd at 2:00pm EST.

If the meeting has already started by the time you click on the link, you will join the meeting immediately.

*This will be a video webinar, so it is recommended that you join using a computer.


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We recommend joining a few minutes before the webinar is set to begin, so that you are logged on once the webinar starts at 2:00pm EST

Go to the confirmation email you received after you registered for the webinar. Click on the link that says “Go to”, below the line that says “To join the online event”.   

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For more information, or if you have any questions, contact Jacquelin Wong at jwong@cdhowe.org.



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