US Deputy of Mission to Discuss Canada-US Trade 20 Years after the Signing of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) at Annual Policy Conference of Canadian Association of Business Economists and Ottawa Economics Association

    OTTAWA, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Terry Breese, Deputy Chief of Mission for
the U.S. Embassy, will discuss Canada-U.S. Trade, 20 years after the signing
the original Free Trade Agreement (FTA), at the Annual Policy Conference of
the Canadian Association of Business Economists and Ottawa Economics
Association being held in Ottawa on March 17-18. Mr. Breese will be the
luncheon speaker on March 18.
    Mel Cappe, President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, and
former Clerk of the Privy Council and High Commissioner to Great Britain, will
be the keynote speaker at the Conference's opening dinner on March 17 at the
Chateau Laurier. He will address "Policy Priorities for Canada".
    The remainder of the Conference on March 18 will look at economic and
financial issues having an impact on Canada's economy: Tiff Macklem, Associate
DM of Finance, will discuss global financial markets; Andre Plourde, Chair of
the University of Alberta's Economics Department, will discuss energy issues
and Alberta's oilsands; and, Nicholas Lardy, a senior fellow at the Peterson
Institute for International Economics, will look at the impact of China and
India on the global economy.
    Chris Varvares, President of Macroeconomic Advisers LLC, will provide an
economic overview examining the US economic outlook and its potential impact
on economic growth throughout the global economy.
    "This year's policy conference, entitled Canada's Opportunities in
Uncertain Times, will provide insights into some of the key factors that will
be affecting Canada's economy in the years to come," said Peter Hall,
President of the Ottawa Economics Association.
    "Participants will benefit from the extensive expertise our speakers are
bringing to the Conference", added Craig Alexander, President of the Canadian
Association of Business Economists.

    The Conference Program is available at:

For further information:

For further information: Ken Slemko, Fleishman-Hillard Canada, (613)

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