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NAFTA and TPP: Navigating the Geometry of Discord Among Neighbours

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Islington Golf Club

45 Riverbank Drive

Toronto, ON M9A 5B8

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International trade agreements such as NAFTA and TPP continue to pose concerns for politics and industries. The growing uncertainties surrounding the future of NAFTA, its impacts on the manufacturing and construction sectors of her member states, along side the recent announcement on the TPP by the Canadian government attract concerning interests for policy makers, businesses and industry practitioners alike. Academics’ fascination with these developments is also buzzing although research submissions on the discourse is still generally very fluid and evolving. However, they hold some interesting insights into the possible direction of the negotiations.

This session will attempt to connect some dots by giving a synopsis of relevant historic developments, the possible models that could emerge from the current NAFTA negotiations, and the concerns surrounding TPP accession by Canada. I hope to articulate reasons why the transformation of the Canadian manufacturing and construction industries is almost inevitable as a result of these developments. However, the extent to which both trade agreements will contribute to this transformation is open for debate.

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Kenneth Aidelojie is an expert in International Law with specialism in Trade, Environmental Laws and Energy policy. He until recently was the Senior Academic Lead at the Department of Energy, Procurement and Technology at GSM London - Plymouth University. With over 12 years in research and teaching in the subject area of Energy Policy, International Trade and Environmental law, Kenneth is published in international peer reviewed journals, spoken at conferences and consulted across industry during this period. He obtained his doctorate from Imperial College London. His most recent academic publication analyzed the historical protectionist agenda of the United States with emphasis on the energy sector.

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Islington Golf Club

45 Riverbank Drive

Toronto, ON M9A 5B8

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