Trade and Commerce

Jason Alcorn (chair)

Jason Alcorn

Jason Alcorn is Senior Legal Counsel to the Financial and Consumer Services Commission (NB) since May 2006. He is also an adjunct professor in the MBA program at UNB Saint John, the Faculty of Law at UNB and the Faculty of Law at the Université de Moncton.

He also serves as a public representative on the Board of directors of CPA New Brunswick. Jason also recently was a member of the Commission on Electoral Reform of NB, and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.


Jason Alcorn est conseiller juridique principal à la Commission des services financiers et des services aux consommateurs (NB) depuis mai 2006. Il est également professeur auxiliaire au sein du programme de maîtrise en administration des affaires à l’UNB à Saint-Jean, à la Faculté de droit de l’UNB ainsi qu’à la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Moncton.

Il est représentant du public au conseil d’administration de CPA Nouveau-Brunswick et fut récemment membre du Comité sur la réforme électorale du Nouveau-Brunswick. Il est aussi membre du Bretton Woods Committee.


Munroe Eagles

Munroe Eagles

Munroe Eagles is Professor of Political Science, Academic Director of the Canadian Studies Program, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo. His most recent book is Politics is Local: National Politics at the Grassroots (with Ken Carty of the University of British Columbia). He is the president of the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States.

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Munroe Eagles est professeur en science politique, directeur académique du programme d’études canadiennes et président adjoint de la Faculté des arts et des sciences pour les études de cycles supérieurs. Son livre le plus récent est intitulé Politics is Local: National Politics at the Grassroots (coécrit avec Ken Carty de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique). Il est président de l’Association des études canadiennes aux États-Unis.


John Weekes

John Weekes

Mr. Weekes was Canada’s ambassador to the WTO from 1995 to 1999 and chair of the WTO General Council in 1998. From 1991 to 1994 he served as Canada’s chief negotiator for NAFTA. He was ambassador to GATT and served as chair of the GATT Council in 1989. He was Canada’s chief negotiator for NAFTA. From 2008 until 2015 Mr. Weekes was a director of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency and for several years chaired the Board’s Market Access Committee.

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M. Weekes fut ambassadeur du Canada pour l’OMC de 1995 à 1999 et président du Conseil général de l’OMC en 1998. Il a travaillé en tant que négociateur en chef du Canada pour l’ALENA de 1991 à 1994. Il fut ambassadeur pour le GATT ainsi que président du Conseil du GATT en 1989. De 2008 à 2015, M. Weekes fut directeur de l’Agence du bétail et de la viande de l’Alberta et présida également le Conseil du comité d’accès aux marchés pendant plusieurs années. Il est actuellement conseiller principal en affaires internationales et en mesures politiques liées au commerce et au gouvernement chez Bennett Jones Ottawa.


Chios Carmody

Chios Carmody

Chi Carmody teaches public international law, international trade law and international business transactions at Western University’s Law School. He also serves as Canadian Director of the Canada-United States Law Institute. He has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center and an Emile Noël Fellow at the Jean Monnet Center for Regional and International Economic Law & Justice, NYU Law School.

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Chi Carmody enseigne le droit international public, le droit commercial international et les transactions commerciales internationales à la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Western Ontario. Il est également le directeur canadien de l’Institut de droit du Canada et des États-Unis et il enseigne en tant que professeur détaché au Centre de droit de l’Université de Georgetown. Il a été nommé Emile Noël Fellow au Centre Jean Monnet pour la justice et le droit économique régional et international à la Faculté de droit de l’Université de New York.


Ian Brodie

Ian Brodie

Ian Brodie is a Political Scientist teaching in the Law and Society program at the University of Calgary. He earned his BA in political science from McGill University in Montreal, and an MA and a PhD from the University of Calgary.

Ian rejoined the University of Calgary from the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC, where he served as strategic advisor to the Bank president from 2009-2013. Prior to that, Ian worked for Prime Minister Stephen Harper for six years, including three years as his chief of staff and two years as executive director of the Conservative Party of Canada.

He played a central role in the 2006 Conservative campaign and the first three years of the Harper government.

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Ian Brodie est politologue et enseigne au sein du programme de Droit et société à l’Université de Calgary. Il a obtenu son baccalauréat ès arts en science politique à l’Université McGill à Montréal et son master et doctorat à l’Université de Calgary.

Ian a rejoint l’Université de Calgary depuis la Banque interaméricaine de développement à Washington, DC où il a été conseiller stratégique pour le président de la Banque entre 2009 et 2013. Avant cela, Ian a travaillé pour le Premier ministre Stephen Harper durant six ans, dont trois années comme chef de cabinet et deux ans en tant que directeur général du Parti conservateur du Canada.

Il a occupé un rôle central dans la campagne du Parti conservateur en 2006 ainsi que durant les trois premières années au pouvoir du gouvernement Harper.


David Alward

David Alward

David Alward was appointed as Canada’s Consul General to New England in May of 2015, and serves as Canada’s representative in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 1999, was sworn in as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2003, and took the oath of office to become the 32nd Premier of New Brunswick in 2010.


David Alward fut nommé consul général du Canada en Nouvelle-Angleterre en mai 2015 et représente ainsi le Canada dans les États du Maine, du Massachusetts, du New Hampshire, du Rhode Island et du Vermont.

Il fut d’abord élu à l’Assemblée législative du Nouveau-Brunswick en 1999, fut investi dans ses fonctions en tant que ministre de l’Agriculture, des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture en 2003 et prêta serment pour devenir le 32ème Premier ministre du Nouveau-Brunswick en 2010.


Robert Ghiz

Robert Ghiz

Robert Ghiz is the President and CEO of The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).

Mr. Ghiz has nearly 20 years of experience in government affairs and public policy, including 12 years in elected office. He was a twice-elected Premier of Prince Edward Island, with an additional four years’ experience as Leader of the Opposition.

Since leaving politics, Mr. Ghiz has been serving as Business Adviser at Gowling WLG and has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of Ducks Unlimited, the True Patriot Love Foundation and Medavie Blue Cross.


Dr. Jack M. Mintz

Jack Mintz

Dr. Jack M. Mintz is the President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.

He also serves on the boards of Imperial Oil Limited, Morneau Shepell and is chair and Vice-President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. As of September 1 2015, he has been appointed as the National Policy Advisor for the accounting firm EY.

Dr. Mintz became a member of the Order of Canada in 2015 as well as receiving the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for service to the Canadian tax policy community. Dr. Mintz was the inaugural Palmer Chair in Public Policy at U of Calgary (2008-2015).


Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson is Director of the Canada Institute. Named one of Canada’s Top 100 foreign policy influencers by the Hill Times in 2014, Dawson is a speaker, writer, and thought leader on Canada-U.S., NAFTA, TPP, and international trade issues. Previously, she served as senior advisor on economic affairs at the United States Embassy in Ottawa and taught international trade and Canada-U.S. relations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Dawson continues to serve as Emeritus Advisor at Dawson Strategic, which provides advice to business on cross-border trade, market access and regulatory issues. She is a Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute and serves on the board of the Council of the Great Lakes Region. Dawson holds a PhD in political science.


Wayne Easter

Wayne Easter

Wayne Easter has been the been the Member of Parliament for Malpeque (PEI) since 1993. He served as Solicitor General of Canada (2002-2003), and was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (1997-1999) and Agriculture and Agri-Food (2004-2006). He was awarded the Governor General’s Canada 125 Medal in 1992 for community service. He was vice-chair, and is now co-chair, of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University (Faculty of Agriculture) and holds an honourary doctorate from UPEI.


Pat Binns

Pat Binns

As consul general to New England from 2010 to 2014, Pat Binns worked extensively on Canada-U.S. trade issues and emphasized the reasons to resist “Buy American” legislation. He has also served as Canadian ambassador to Ireland (2007-2010), premier of P.E.I. (1996-2007), federal MP (1984-1988) and provincial MLA and then cabinet minister (1978-1984). When he was premier, the key advancements of his provincial government included promoting trade between Atlantic Canada and the U.S.