Please join Baker McKenzie for a special event where we bring together leading voices in global trade for a one day conference to discuss the risks and opportunities businesses face in these uncertain times.

Conference Chair:

Paul D. Burns
Partner, Toronto
Featuring special guest speakers:

  • Mathew Wilson, SVP, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters;
  • David Plunkett, Former Canadian Ambassador to the EU;
  • Ashley Prime, Managing Director, Navigator Ltd – UK; and
  • Baker McKenzie speakers from our offices in the UK, US, Mexico City and Canada.


Panel 1: Seizing the Trade, Investment and Market Access Benefits of ‎CETA

  • A brief history of negotiating with the EU
  • IP changes: geographic indications and patent protections for pharmaceutical companies
  • Accessing government procurement opportunities in Canada and the EU
  • Understanding “real world” rules of origins
  • Standards and rule making under CETA
  • Key persons, temporary entry and stay for business purposes

Panel 2: Assessing Brexit’s Impact on Canadian Trade and Investment in the UK

  • Risks and opportunities facing Canadian business
  • State of play in the UK and the EU
  • Supply chain implications of a “hard” Brexit
  • Prospects for preserving financial passporting into the EU
  • Long term impact on ‎customs programs and tariffs

Panel 3: NAFTA’s Prospects and What Can be Done to Preserve Its Benefits

  • Assessing the business and investment impact of renegotiating NAFTA
  • Latest views on the US, Mexican and Canadian negotiating positions
  • Adopting new negotiating positions
  • Lessons from NAFTA’s efforts to enhance environmental and labour protection
  • Exploring opportunities for North American business

Panel 4: Trade Barriers in Global Data Protection and Privacy Requirements

  • Utilizing our Financial Times award winning DataComplianceIQ to ensure compliance with
  • global data protection and governance rules
  • Understanding the emerging business risks in the cross-border trade of data
  • How countries are using cyber security and commercial encryption rules to impede trade
  • Mitigating the impact of the EU’s revised General Data Protection Regulation
  • How the Trade in Services Agreement plans to address cross-border data flow and protection

About this Event

This conference is complimentary.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Breakfast/Registration: 8:00am
Program: 8:30am-5:00pm
(Eastern Standard Time)

Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre, 130 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario  M5X 1A9 (map)

This program can be applied towards the Substantive Hours of Continuing Professional Development required by the Law Society of Upper Canada.