What does the Trans-Pacific Partnership Mean for Canada’s Trade in the Americas?

Canada and Mexico officially joined the TPP negotiations on October 9. The other members are Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. What are the TPP negotiations covering? What do they mean for our existing FTAs with Mexico, Peru and Chile? Is there a link with the Pacific Alliance process? Are Canada’s Latin American partners allies in these negotiations?
In order to answer these questions the CCA is pleased to host two of Canada’s leading experts on TPP negotiations. Both of our experts also have extensive experience in Canada’s trade policy towards the Americas.


Laura Dawson

President of Dawson Strategic, Laura has more than fifteen years’ experience providing advice to government officials on trade and economic issues in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Russia and CIS, and China. She is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Senior Fellow at the McDonald-Laurier Institute conducting research in North American competitiveness, supply chains and energy policy.



Matthew Kronby

Practicing in the area of international trade and investment law, Matthew was head of the Government of Canada’s Trade Law Bureau from 2009 until he joined Bennett Jones in 2012.  Matthew was the Government of Canada’s lead lawyer in the negotiation of trade and investment agreements with Singapore, Colombia, Peru and most recently, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union.


Our panel will be moderated by CCA Director Craig Walter, from KPMG.
Craig Walter

Craig is a Partner in KPMG Canada’s Transactions and Restructuring practice where he advises clients investing in infrastructure and power & utilities projects. Craig has over 15 years of M&A experience in advisory, corporate, and private equity environments. He is a fluent Spanish speaker and has led transaction teams throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.