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Macdonald-Cartier Club Panel on NAFTA, May 3rd 2018

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Western Fair Carousel Room

900 King Street

London, ON

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One of the most politically contentious topics facing Ontario and Canada is NAFTA.

As such, The Macdonald-Cartier Club has invited Alister Smith, an expert in NAFTA and Carol Stephenson, a member of the board for GM, to share insights into topic.

This is a little different than our typical politician guests, and we are hoping that given the importance of the topic, our members and their guests will be inspired to attend to gain insights that aren’t available anywhere else!

Please get your tickets early and feel free to invite guests who will enjoy the topic and an excellent networking opportunity.


Our Panelists:

Alister Smith is Deputy Director of the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing. He is an economist by training and served most of his career with the federal Department of Finance (with responsibilities for trade, investment and international finance issues) and with Treasury Board. He was involved in the NAFTA negotiations as a working group member (while serving as the Finance representative at the Canadian Embassy in Washington) and in implementation of the specific provisions of NAFTA while at Finance. He spent five years at CIBC as Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist before returning to Finance as General Director of the International Trade and Finance branch. He subsequently moved to Treasury Board where he was successively an Assistant Secretary (with responsibilities first for corporate priorities and then for expenditure management) and then Associate Secretary. His last position with the federal government was as Canada’s Executive Director at the World Bank.


Carol Stephenson, O.C.
In a forty-year career that has seamlessly spanned private and public sector leadership roles, Carol
Stephenson was a highly respected CEO, who played a critical part in restructuring the
telecommunications industry; a visionary, who helped transform business education serving as Dean of
the Ivey Business School at Western University from 2003-2013.
Prior to joining Ivey, Stephenson spent 30 years in the telecommunications industry, advancing through
a series of management positions to join the executive ranks of Bell Canada in 1988. From 1995 to 1998,
as President and CEO of Stentor Resource Centre Inc., she led the national marketing and technology
development centre for Canada’s nine telecommunications companies. Then, as President and CEO of
Lucent Technologies Canada from 1999 to 2003, she spearheaded the team that succeeded in tripling
Lucent’s market share in Canada despite an industry downturn.
Stephenson, a Corporate Director, currently serves on the Boards of several leading companies. She is a
Director of General Motors Company, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and Intact Financial Services Inc.,.
Stephenson was Chair of the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board and was also a member of the
Board of Directors of the Vancouver Olympic Games Organizing Committee (VANOC). She currently
serves on the Board of Governors of the Stratford Festival.
She has earned significant recognition for her community work and industry involvement over the years,
including induction into Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame, London’s Business Hall of Fame,
Women of Influence’s Top 25 Women of Influence, and National Post’s 50 Most Powerful Women. In
2009, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2012 received the Queen Elizabeth II
Diamond Jubilee Award.
Stephenson, a graduate of the University of Toronto, successfully completed the Executive Program at
the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley, as well as the
Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. She has received honorary degrees from
Ryerson University and Western University.

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