North American Integration – where do we go from here?”

The Canadian Council for the Americas in partnership with the Canadian International Council presented a luncheon discussion, January 26, 2012. The creation of NAFTA in 1994 delivered seven years of impressive trade and cross-border investment growth.  Since 2001, however, NAFTA momentum has slowed down as a result of a number of factors. Trade block integration has continued a pace in Europe and Asia, leaving North America behind.  Is there a path out of the bog for North America?

Speakers – Robert Pastor, Director of the Center for North American Studies, VP of International Affairs, and Professor at American University, Washington, D.C., Gerald Butts, President and CEO, WWF-Canada, Isabel Studer, Founding Director, Center for Dialogue and Analysis on North America, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City. Moderator  – Stephen Blank, Co-Chair of the North American Transportation Competitiveness Research Council. He recently retired as a professor of international business and management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.