CETA 5 Year Anniversary - a Platform for Partnership

CETA 5 Year Anniversary - a Platform for Partnership

Date(s) - 29/03/2023
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm



The European Union (EU) is one of the largest economies in the world and Canada’s second-largest trading partner. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) presents Canadian businesses with preferential access to and excellent opportunities for growth in the EU. September 21, 2022 marks the fifth anniversary of CETA’s provisional application. The Agreement will come into full effect when all EU Member States have completed the ratification process. Until then provisional application of CETA will continue and remain accessible to Canadian and EU business alike.

29 March 2023 – Program

15.00 – 15.05    Welcome & Introduction: Reuben East, Counsellor (Trade) Canada’s Mission to the European Union

15.05 – 15.10    Opening remarks by the Honorable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade [live or pre-recorded message]

15.10 – 15.15    Introduction of Canada’s Ambassador the European Union, Reuben East, Counsellor (Trade) Canada’s Mission to the European Union

15.15 – 15.20    Address of H.E. Dr. Ailish Campbell, Canada’s Ambassador to the European Union (to be confirmed)

15.20 – 15.25    Introduction of the European Commission Representative, Sam Ayoub, President of the Canada-Europe Economic Chamber-EU

15.25 – 15.30    Address of Matthias Jørgensen, Head of Unit for USA and Canada at DG Trade, European Commission

15.30 – 15.35    Introduction of the Keynote Speaker, Mark Camilleri, President, The Canada EU Trade and Investment Association

15.35 – 15.50    Keynote Address of Jean Charest, former Premier of Québec &Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP

15.50 – 16.10    Networking break

16.10 – 16.40    Panel 1: CETA as a Platform for Partnership–An Industry Perspective (Panel discussion on how CETA can be leveraged with a focus on the next frontiers of regulatory cooperation followed by Q&A)


  • Laura Jones, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses
  • Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum
  • Eleonora Catella, Deputy Director, International Relations, BusinessEurope
  • Michael Harvey, VP Policy & International, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Moderator: Melina Howard, Business Developer Director, Fidefield –Luxembourg

16.40 – 17.10    Panel 2: CETA as a Platform for Cooperation – a Business Perspective (Panel discussion on how CETA can play a role in establishing strategic and durable business links and new supply arrangements between the EU and Canada followed by Q&A)


  • Shannon Blanchard, Director Supply Chain Innovation, Port of Saint-John
  • Louis Roy, CEO, Optel Group
  • Vincent Lhoest, International Nuclear Business Development & Sales Manager, Tractebel
  • Moderator: Rosie Birchard, Brussels Correspondent, Deutshe Welle

17.10 – 17.15    Closing remarks, Karen Kennedy, Head of Trade, Canada’s Mission to the European Union

17.15 – 18.30    Cocktail Reception

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