Monday, February 4, 2013 (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
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The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was concluded twenty years ago between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and it has resulted in a dramatic increase in trade and investment between the three countries, leading to higher levels of economic growth and interdependence. But where do we go from here? Has the “North American idea” run its course or can we move beyond a free trade area and build a truly North American community? To address these questions the Tower Center has assembled a distinguished panel of experts, led by our own Board member, Roger Wallace, who was a lead negotiator for the NAFTA during the presidency of George H. W. Bush. He will be joined by Professor Robert Pastor, Director of the Center for North American University at American University and author most recently of The North American Idea (Oxford University Press, 2012), the Honorable Geronimo Gutierrez, Managing Director of the North American Development Bank and former Secretary for North America in the government of Felipe Calderon of Mexico, and the Honorable Paula Caldwell, Consul General of Canada.
Round Table Discussion
Roger Wallace is vice president of government affairs and corporate communications at Pioneer Natural Resources. Previously he served as president and CEO of Investamex, an investment and consulting firm he cofounded in 1993. During the NAFTA negotiations Roger was minister counselor for commercial affairs at the United States Embassy in Mexico City. From 1989 to 1991, he served as deputy under secretary for international trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Geronimo Gutierrez serves as Managing Director of North American Development Bank. Mr. Gutierrez was the Under Secretary of North America at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations from 2003 to 2006. He was also the Under Secretary of Latin America and the Caribbean. In the financial arena, Mr. Gutierrez served as Head of Advisory Staff in the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit from 1992 to 1994 and an Advisor for the Mexican development bank, Banco de Obras y Servicios Públicos (BANOBRAS).
Paula Caldwell St-Onge was appointed Consul General of Canada to the South Central United States in the summer of 2010. She was Minister Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City from 2008 to 2010. She served as Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 2005 to 2008. Formerly, Ms. Caldwell St-Onge was Director General of National Programs (Enforcement, Emergencies/Security and Environmental Assessments) at Environment Canada.
Robert Pastor is Professor of International Relations and Founder and Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University. He served on the National Security Council and as a Consultant to the State and Defense Departments. He is the author of numerous books, including Exiting the Whirlpool: U.S. Foreign Policy to Latin America and A Century’s Journey: How the Great Powers Shape the World.
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