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Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation and Food Safety

Date & Time

Oct. 23, 2017
1:30pm – 4:30pm


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation and Food Safety

The Wilson Center Canada Institute, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute and the Lawrence National Center for Policy and Management at the Ivey Business School are pleased to invite you to join us for a discussion and expert panel to examine greater regulatory collaboration and cooperation between Canada and the United States. With the NAFTA renegotiation talks in full swing, it is a critical time for a conversation on how the NAFTA can advance deeper cooperation between regulatory agencies. The expert panels will bring together industry, government, and academic stakeholders on both sides of the border to review opportunities to enhance regulatory cooperation and present specific ideas related to agri-food cooperation.

Event Agenda

1:15pm - 1:30pm - Registration Opens
1:30pm - 1:40pm - Welcoming Remarks
 1:40pm - 2:25pm - Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation | Progress to Date and Leveraging NAFTA 2.0  
  • Featured SpeakerBob Carberry, former Canadian Assistant Secretary, Regulatory Cooperation Council. Founder Carberry Insights and Wilson Center Global Fellow. 
2:25 - 2:30  Break
2:30pm - 3:15pm - Risk and Reward Case Study: Canada-U.S. Food Safety Risk Assessment Organization
  • Yadira Tejeda Saldana, Post Doctoral Fellow, Lawrence Center, Ivey Business School, will present a Canada-U.S. food safety risk assessment organization case study. She will then be joined in conversation by:
  • Rory McAlpine, SVP Government and Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods,
  • Mike Robach, VP Corporate Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Affairs, Cargill, 
3:15pm - 3:25pm - Networking Break
3:25pm- 4:20pm - Panel Discussion NAFTA 2.0 implications and opportunities for agri-food regulatory cooperation
  • Al Almanza, former Deputy Undersecretary and Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator, USDA. Global Head of Food Safety, JBS Foods 
  • Bob Carberry, Wilson Center Canada Institute Global Fellow. Former Assistant Secretary, Reg Cooperation Council.
  • Jeff Weiss, Venable LLP. Former Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, DOC. 
4:20pm-4:30pm - Closing Remarks - Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow.

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Canada Institute

Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more

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