"Leveling the Playing Field â€“ A Discussion of USMCA/NAFTA Resolutions and the Impact of US Tax and Regulatory Reform on Canadian Competitivenessâ€
Mr. David McLellan and Mr. Romeo Rojas
In the current trade battles, the US looks to use all possible sources of leverage to negotiate trade deals with countries in key markets around the world. Canada, meanwhile, has relied heavily on free trade agreements to increase market access for Canadian exporters.
NAFTA negotiations stalled as the US pressured Canada to join their new deal with Mexico. USMCA developments are of particular interest to Canadian Producers and Midstreamers as the US is both our biggest customer and our biggest competitor. Our October luncheon is a detailed discussion of USMCA Issues, Disputes, and the Interim Trade and Tariff wars with speakers with Legal Arbitration and Strategic Business Development insights.
Mr. David McLellan
Mr. David McLellan is a Principal at Ridgeway Strategic Consulting Ltd. Woodlands, Texas.
He provides strategic guidance and business development services to governments, energy and energy services businesses. providing consulting services to clients in the natural gas, crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas processing businesses throughout North America.
Mr. Romeo Rojas
Mr. Romeo Rojas, Associate at Bennett Jones, works out of Bennett Jones' Calgary and Doha offices. His practice is focused on domestic and international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration. Mr. Rojas represents companies in complex commercial disputes in a wide range of sectors. He acts as counsel in ad hoc domestic and international arbitrations, as well as arbitrations under various international and domestic arbitration rules, such as the UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA rules. He also represents sovereign states and multinational companies in investor-state disputes under investment treaties. Before joining Bennett Jones, Romeo served for seven years as a Trade Commissioner with the Government of Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), where his assignments included postings to the United Arab Emirates and articling with DFAIT's Trade Law Bureau.