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CIC#10 - Rob Norris - Saskatchewan's Stake in NAFTA

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Saskatoon Club

417 21st Street East

Saskatoon, SK S7N 4J8


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DATE: Wednesday, 28 March 2018

PLACE: Saskatoon Club, 417 21st Street East, Saskatoon

TIME: 8:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

SPEAKER: Rob Norris, Senior Strategist for Partnerships, University of Saskatchewan

TOPIC: Saskatchewan's Stake in NAFTA

What difference does the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) make? Plenty, when you live in the province of Saskatchewan.

Keen observers of international trade are watching closely the dynamics and the back and forth of the current rounds of NAFTA modernization negotiations, and all agree that a dissolution of NAFTA would have serious ramifications on Canada. But some regions of Canada have more at stake than might be imagined - Saskatchewan annually exports $14 billion worth of agri-food products alone, much of this to the US.

What aspects of our economy are threatened by the uncertainty surrounding NAFTA? How deep are the threats? And what can we do about it? Join us as Mr. Norris introduces us to the problems and some potential solutions.

Two ways to register: [1] Public presentation, 8:00 pm – free; or

[2] Dinner with the speaker 6:00 pm, followed by presentation

$20 – Student Special

$25 – All other CIC members

$30 – Nonmembers

*** Registering for dinner (see below) - if Eventbrite is not responding properly, register for dinner by sending an email to saskatoon@theCIC.org before 4:00 pm on Monday, March 26. ***

About our speaker:

From inside and outside of government, Rob Norris has been keenly aware of the issues, and has worked hard for youth, First Nations and newcomer communities, and for innovation in the Saskatchewan economy. From 2007 to 2015, his work as an MLA and Cabinet Minister saw key roles for him in producing: the government’s Immigration Policy; Saskatchewan’s Graduate Retention Program; provincial green energy strategies; MISSION ZERO (advocating standards aimed at zero workplace injuries); and many others.

Within the University of Saskatchewan, where he has served as Coordinator for Global Relations and now Senior Strategist for Partnerships, Mr. Norris significantly expanded the worldwide impact of the U of S through international collaborations for: the CLS (synchrotron); VIDO-Intervac; the Global Institute for Water Security; the Sylvia Fedoruk Centre for Nuclear Innovation; the Global Institute for Food Security; and a number of Colleges. He also currently serves as chair of Canada World Youth and is Bangladesh’s honorary consul to Saskatchewan.


6:00 p.m. Doors open, pre-dinner chat

6:30 p.m. Dinner with the speaker (RSVP)

7:40 p.m. Doors open for public presentation

8:00 p.m, Speaker presentation - open to the public

Student Special: Students - if you are not yet a member of CIC, come to dinner with us, and pay $20 for your meal - then CIC-Saskatoon will pay for your membership for the next 12 months. Please complete a membership application (available on-site and online) before the end of the event, and we'll do the rest.

Registration for presentation and for dinner/presentation through the Eventbrite website.

If joining for dinner, payment by credit card (deadline: March 26, 4:00 p.m.). Dinner registrants will be expected to pay even if they cannot or do not attend. Persons with dinner reservations who cannot attend are encouraged to find someone else to take their place.

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