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Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Information Seminar

International Trade & Customs Law seminar
Where Stock Exchange Tower
800, Place Victoria, 37th Floor
Montreal, QC
H4Z 1E9
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The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU) is Canada's biggest bilateral trade initiative since NAFTA. Comprising 28 Member States, with a total population of over 500 million and a GDP of over C$19 trillion last year, the EU is the world's largest single market, foreign investor and trader.

CETA will create significant new markets and opportunities for Canadian businesses, and it will also leave some facing competitive threat from new entrants into the Canadian market. It is therefore important that businesses understand how the agreement will affect them, the laws and regulations that will be changed because of the agreement, and, where necessary, seek the counsel of legal experts who will help them take full advantage of the opportunities, while protecting themselves from the risks.

Businesses interested in breaking into the EU market, partnering in Canada with European businesses, or concerned about competition from new European entrants into the Canadian market will want to understand the agreement and be kept apprised of developments as the parties work to complementing and implementing the agreement.

To help you make sense of the challenges and opportunities arising from the CETA, Fasken Martineau's International Trade & Customs Law practice group will be hosting a seminar at its offices to provide you with the information on key issues you need to know to organize your strategic thinking and help you determine how best to position your business for the new trading and investment world created by the CETA .

The topic broached :

Welcoming Remarks
Jean Masson, Partner, Fasken Martineau
Chair of the Program


Raymond Chrétien
Partner and Strategic Advisor, Fasken Martineau
Former Ambassador of Canada to France, the United States, Belgium, Mexico and the Congo

Overview: what we know and what we don’t know

  • The Deal that we know
  • The Issues to Watch

Speakers : Peter Kirby and Clifford Sosnow, Partners, Fasken Martineau
Guest Speaker: Daniel Denis, Partner, Advisory Services - Strategy & Management, KPMG - SECOR

Seizing the European opportunities
Guest Speakers: Karsten Mecklenburg, Head of the Economic, Commercial, and Trade Section, Delegation of the European Union of Canada

Conference with Mr. Steve Verheul, Chief Trade Negotiator, Canada-European Union

Opportunities and Challenges

  • Pharmaceutical Industry
    Guest Speaker: Russell Williams, President, (Rx&D)
    Co-Speaker: Julie Desrosiers, Partner, Fasken Martineau
  • Agriculture
    Speaker: Peter Kirby
  • Next steps in Canada and in Europe
    Speaker: Clifford Sosnow

Closing Remarks
Jean Masson


8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.   | Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Conference and Q/A
12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Lunch
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Conference and end 

Seats are limited.

Note: An application to have this training activity recognized as mandatory continuing education has been submitted to the Quebec Bar.

For more information:

Steeve Nadon
514 397 5182