Thursday, October 19, 2017 

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
A100 – Centre of Excellence
Glendon Campus, York University
2275 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON


The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, the US and Mexico came into effect on January 1st, 1994. On May 18, 2017, President Donald Trump officially notified Congress of his intent to renegotiate NAFTA.  After initially threatening to pull out of the trade agreement Mr. Trump agreed to ‘modernize’ it.  The extent of the proposed changes to NAFTA has yet to officially be determined but Canadians have been left with many questions as a result. Any alterations could have a profound impact on Canadian companies, businesses and investors with ties to cross-border trade between Canada, Mexico and the US. To lead the public discussion on NAFTA, the Glendon Campus of York University is organizing a conference to debate the political ramification of the negotiations.

At this Glendon Global Debates, experts will discuss some of these issues and will touch on the following:

  • The political impact of NAFTA discussions and the future of Canada/US/Mexico partnership;
  • Canada’s political role in the negotiations;
  • Boosting Canada’s economy in light of new political realities;
  • Challenges and fallout from a renegotiated NAFTA.

Recap of the NAFTA debate!


Laura Dawson
Director, Canada Institute, Wilson Center / Former Senior Economic Analyst, U.S. Embassy Canada

The Honourable Konrad Von Finckenstein
Arbitrator, International and domestic commercial disputes, trade and investor state disputes, competition issues (particularly mergers and acquisitions) and communications


Stephen Weiss
Associate Professor of Strategic Management/Policy and International Business, Schulich School of Business



Sam Billard
Partner, Aird and Berlis LLP