North American Process

Enhancing North American Competitiveness and Security

The Fifth Annual North American Process Symposium

October 22 - 24, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, the School of Global Studies at Universidad Anáhuac México and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University joined together for the Fifth Annual North American Process Symposium: Enhancing North American Competitiveness and Security. With the announcement of the new trade agreement between the U.S, Mexico and Canada, this timely conference brought together policymakers, industry leaders and government officials from Canada, Mexico, and the United States to discuss how to strengthen North American competitiveness and security.

The new provisions within the USMCA trade agreement require renewed cooperation on trade and security between Canada, Mexico and the United States. This symposium plays a key role in promoting goals and specific recommendations to the three nations and their officials on the key elements needed for a globally competitive North America.

Discussions at the previous four symposia have made it clear that business is leading the way to a more integrated and efficient North America. The Fifth Annual North American Process Symposium was a unique forum for policymakers, members of the business community, and academics to discuss and develop recommendations for a more competitive and secure North America. 

Through a series of working groups and plenary sessions, attendees discussed and developed specific and realistic recommendations for North American cooperation in the sectors of automotive manufacturing, cybersecurity of infrastructure and energy assets and the agriculture and food production sectors. These recommendations are being disseminated to policymakers in the three countries to inform ongoing and future policy decisions about the future of North American trade policy.