The Future of NAFTA: Views from Canada and Mexico – June 12th

  • June 12, 2017
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invite you to a Trade Talk to discuss the future course of one of the main trade priorities of the new administration- the renegotiation of NAFTA. We will hear from experts from Canada and Mexico on the benefits of the agreement, how NAFTA has served their economies and that of the United States and possible options towards renegotiation.


Kenneth Smith Ramos, Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office of the Ministry of the Economy of Mexico

Mr. Kenneth Smith Ramos is currently the Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office of the Ministry of the Economy of Mexico, in Washington DC. This office is in charge of promoting the trade relationship between Mexico and the United States and ensure proper implementation of the NAFTA. It engages with relevant stakeholders from the academic, private, and public sectors on the key trade issues that affect the bilateral relationship and also addresses global issues that are relevant to the NAFTA region.

Prior to serving in his current post, Mr. Smith was Coordinator General for International Affairs at the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA), where he was responsible for agricultural trade negotiations and international cooperation.

Previously, Ken Smith worked at the Mexican Federal Competition Commission, as Director-General for International Affairs, as well as in the Ministry of Economy, where he was Director-General for International Trade Negotiations. He started his professional career working for Mexico’s NAFTA negotiating team.

Mr. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University, and a Master’s Degree in International Economics from Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


Colin Bird, Minister-Counselor (Economic and Trade Policy), Embassy of Canada

Colin Bird is the Minister-Counsellor for Trade and Economic Policy at the Canadian Embassy in Washington.  Prior to his current posting, Mr. Bird was a divisional director in the Trade Negotiations Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Ottawa (North America Bureau).  He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has practiced primarily in the area of international trade.  Within government, he has served as counsel to the NAFTA Secretariat and in Canada’s Trade Law Bureau, where he focused on trade remedies, aerospace and softwood lumber trade issues.  He has represented Canada before dispute settlement panels and the Appellate Body at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

Mr. Bird received his law degree from the University of Ottawa and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.


Stephan E. Becker, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Steve Becker leads Pillsbury’s International Trade practice. His work encompasses a broad range of legal subjects in the areas of international trade regulation and international law.

Steve has represented clients in numerous international dispute settlement proceedings conducted under the rules of regional trade agreements, the World Trade Organization and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. Steve advises clients on export control restrictions and embargoes; customs laws and duty-reduction programs; foreign investments in U.S. companies; and trade remedy proceedings such as antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.

He works with companies from a range of industries, including semiconductors, aerospace, electronics, software, energy and agriculture. Steve represents companies, associations and foreign governments in administrative and criminal enforcement actions, international dispute settlement proceedings and domestic litigation involving international law.

He is recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Global in International Trade: Trade Remedies and Trade Policy, and by Chambers USA in International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions


Lunch will be served. Guests are requested to arrive by 12 pm for registration and lunch.

Preregistration recommended

Members: Free
Non-members: $25



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1200 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., United States


1200 Seventeenth Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C.

Nearest Metros:  Dupont Circle (red), Farragut North (red), Farragut West (red)