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President Trump: What it means for Canada

Friday, November 18, 2016
11:30 AM
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Schedule:Registration:  11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Program:  12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

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On November 8th Americans went to the polls and elected their 45th president — Donald J. Trump. This decision will profoundly shape American foreign and domestic policy for the next 4 and possibly 8 years.

As our largest trading partner and neighbour to the south, the Trump administration will influence a broad range of policy issues that will directly impact Canada. These include the future of NAFTA and the TPP, the Arctic and geo-politics, the renewal of the Softwood Lumber Agreement, as well as Climate Action and the energy sector.

Join us as we take a deep dive into the election results, including what it will mean for Canada-U.S. relations, for key B.C. industries, and for your business. To give us insights into Washington, D.C., we'll be joined by Gary Doer, former Canadian Ambassador to the U.S., and Gordon Giffin, U.S. Ambassador to Canada under Bill Clinton. The conversation will be moderated by James Moore, former Canadian MP and Cabinet Minister.


Gary Doer
Senior Business Advisor, Toronto, Dentons
Former Canadian Ambassador to United States (2009-2016)

Gary Doer is a Senior Business Advisor at Dentons, bringing to clients his exceptional experience at the critical intersection of business, public policy and cross-border relations.

Highly regarded throughout political and business communities, Mr. Doer served as Canada's Ambassador to the United States from October 2009 to March 2016. Prior to this high-profile assignment, Mr. Doer was the 20th Premier of Manitoba, from 1999 to 2009, leading his party to win three consecutive majority governments. As Premier, he led strategic investments in health care, education and infrastructure; worked with both US and Mexico governors to improve trade and energy cooperation; and introduced balanced budgets during each of his ten years in office. In late 2005, Business Week recognized Mr. Doer as one of the top 20 international leaders on climate change.

Mr. Doer works closely with Denton's Canada-US cross-border practice, which is known for providing clients with unparalleled legal services and solutions-driven advice around the largest trading relationship in the world, and is deeply involved with Denton's market-leading global public policy initiatives.


Gordon Giffin
Partner, Dentons
Former United States Ambassador to Canada (1997-2001)

Ambassador Giffin is chair of Dentons' US Public Policy and Regulation practice, and a co-chair of Dentons' global Energy sector team. His work focuses on international transactions and trade matters, government procurement, energy regulatory and policy matters, and federal and state regulatory matters and public policy. He maintains offices in Washington, DC and Atlanta.

Ambassador Giffin has been engaged in the practice of law or government service for thirty-five years. His law practice involves substantial experience at the state and federal levels in regulatory and administrative litigation in the energy, technology and telecommunications fields; government procurement counseling and litigation; public policy strategic counseling and advocacy; corporate compliance counseling and internal audits; election law; international transactions; trade matters, including trade disputes and policy counseling.

From August 1997 to April 2001, Ambassador Giffin served as the nineteenth US Ambassador to Canada. As Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Ottawa, he managed US interests in the world's largest bi-lateral trading relationship in the context of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as well as US collaboration with Canada on global issues in international fora. In addition to the Department of State complement in Canada, more than 900 personnel from 21 federal departments and agencies, along with six consulates, reported to the Ambassador. He received the Superior Honor Award from the Department of State for negotiating a pre-clearance agreement.


Moderator: James Moore
Senior Business Advisor, Dentons
Former MP and Cabinet Minister, Government of Canada

James Moore is a Senior Business Advisor at Dentons. Based in Vancouver, James provides strategic advice to clients in British Columbia, across Canada and around the world. With an extensive background as a senior cabinet minister in the Government of Canada, extensive knowledge of Canada's business community, and his public policy background, he is a valued member of the Dentons team.

Previously, James served as Canada's Minister of Industry, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages, Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Minister for the 2010 Olympics. He served as the Senior Regional Minister for the province of British Columbia, he was also Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Prosperity and Vice Chair of the Operations and Social Affairs Cabinet Committees.

James has earned an outstanding reputation over his years spent in government, most notably as Minister of Industry from 2013 to 2015, where he oversaw a wide range of Canada's public policy decisions and led a team responsible for the Canada Space Agency, the Canada Tourism Commission, the Business Development Bank of Canada, Statistics Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation and more.
A Member of Parliament for 15 years, James is the youngest Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister in British Columbia's history, the youngest Regional Minister in Canadian history and the third youngest Cabinet Minister in Canadian history. He has been named "One of the 50 Most Important People in Canada" by Macleans magazine, "One of Vancouver's 50 Most Powerful" by Vancouver Magazine, and "One of the Top 25 People in the Capital" by the HillTimes newspaper.

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