Conference – 2018

The 2018 Conference was held November 7th-8th, 2018

View the session presentations on the CBHA/ACHA YouTube Channel HERE


Date:  November 7th-8th, 2018
Location: Massey College and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Sponsors: Deloitte Canada

Synopsis:  A conference of academics, politicians and business practitioners to study and analyze the history of Canada’s efforts in negotiating past trade agreements, and assess the status of its current negotiations, with the United States.  This critical assessment will be the basis of a series of broad guidelines for future trade negotiation efforts.  This conference will be archived on the CBHA/ACHA YouTube channel.  A book of the proceedings of the conference will be published and widely available in January 2019.


November 7th, 2018:

6:00 pm     Keynote Reception and Dinner, Massey College, University of Toronto          Welcome:  Joe Martin, President, CBHA/ACHA
Speaker:  The Honourable Jean Charest, Former Premier, Province of Quebec
Introduced by:  The Honourable Hugh Segal, Principal, Massey College

November 8th, 2018:

Morning Sessions: Fleck Auditorium, Rotman School of Management

8:00 am –   8:45 am          Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 am -   9:00 am           Welcome – Tiff Macklem, Dean, Rotman School of Management

9:00 am – 10:30 am           Framing of Free Trade and Protectionism

Joe Martin (Rotman School of Management), ‘An Historical  Overview’
Stefano Tijerina (University of Maine), ‘Deja-vu From 1854’
Patrice Dutil and David Mackenzie (Ryerson University), ‘The Road to Reciprocity: 1911’

10:30 am – 10:45 am         Comfort break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm         The Auto Pact

Greg Keenan (Globe &Mail)
Andrei Sulzenko (Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary)
Eugene Beaulieu (Director, International Economics Program, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary)

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm           Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Martha Hall Findlay, President – Canada West Foundation
Introduced by:  TBA

Afternoon Sessions:    Fleck Auditorium, Rotman School of Management

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm            Free Trade Agreeement/North American Free Trade Agreement

Moderator:  Joe Martin (Rotman School of Management)
Larry Herman (Herman & Associates)
John Weekes (Bennett Jones, Former Canadian Chief Negotiator, NAFTA and former Ambassador to the WTO)
Walid Hejazi (Rotman School of Management)

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm            Comfort break

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm            The Future

Patrice Dutil (Ryerson University) ‘Comparing the Nixon and Trump Shocks to Trade Between Canada and the United States’
Jon MacKay (University of Waterloo) ‘Changing Patterns of Trade – Implications for the Future)

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm            Closing Summary and Remarks

Craig Alexander (Chief Economist, Deloitte Canada)


5:00 pm – 6:00 pm            Cocktail Reception