Canada’s Consul General Nadia Theodore on Trade and Relations | Podcast Ep 35

President Trump signed the USMCA last week. Hear from the Canadian Consul General for the Southeast US on the agreement’s details, global trade issues, US-Canada relations and the trade relationship between Tennessee and our neighbors to the north.

The country of nice people meets the home of southern hospitality in this insightful Pod about trade and relations.


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Consul General Nadia Theodore

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Global Trade and the Importance of Canada to Tennessee’s Prosperity

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Recorded: Jan 8, 2020 — In this episode Canada’s Consul General to the Southern US, Nadia Theodore talked with host Patrick Ryan, Ambassador Charles Bowers and TNWAC Chair Jim Shepherd about the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement signed by President Trump on Jan 29, 2020; about US-Canada and US-Tennessee commercial relations and the global issues connecting Americans and Canadians.

Biography

Nadia Theodore joined the Canadian civil service in 2000. She has made her career in the Trade Agreement and Negotiations Branch of Global Affairs, holding leadership positions on several recent and major trade initiatives of Global Affairs Canada, including serving as one of the two Deputy Chief Negotiators for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and as the Executive Director of Canada’s Secretariat for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

Consul General Theodore previously served at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization and at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in Geneva Switzerland. Directly prior to being named Consul General for the US Southeast, in August 2017, she served in Ottawa as Chief of Staff and Executive Director to Canada’s Deputy Minister for International Trade.

With over 10 years of trade policy experience, Ms. Theodore’s appointment came as Canada, Mexico and the United States launched negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As part of Canada’s international trade negotiating team, Ms. Theodore built a reputation for forging strong partnerships with government and business leaders and managing complex, priority trade initiatives.

Ms. Theodore was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London and an M.A. in Political Science from Carleton University.

— United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
Why was an agreement necessary? NAFTA shortcomings?
What are the main points of the agreement?
What are the benefits for Canada?
What are the benefits for the USA?
— CPTPP – Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership
Can you tell us about Canada’s reaction to the death of the TPP and its participation in the CPTPP?
— Canada commercial activity with Tennessee
Discuss the scope of trade/investment
What should Tennessee business people know about Canada opportunities?
THE RELATIONSHIP
— What is the state of US-Canada relations?


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