2020 Symposium Agenda

PANEL DESCRIPTION: Trilateral Economic Coordination, Despite Everything
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, but despite the headwinds facing global trade and international coordination, the governments of Mexico, Canada and the United States were able to coordinate their counter-COVID-19 efforts. Although all three governments closed their borders to the flow of people, they remained open for important goods such as Personal Protective Equipment. In a time of unparalleled disruption, what positives can be taken from this trilateral coordination? And what steps must be taken to reopen our borders to the movement of people?

The pandemic is not the only headwind facing trilateral cooperation. There appears to be increasing political rhetoric surrounding protectionism and economic nationalism. Both U.S. Presidential candidates' campaign platforms contain ‘Buy American’ elements. Is North America entering a period of economic nationalist policies? If so, what does that mean for North American economic integration? Can economic nationalism and trilateralism coexist? Are supply chains moving closer to home in the form of onshoring and nearshoring, and how can North American firms leverage supply chain disruptions to their advantage?

Agenda for Friday, October 23, EST


  Guests Connecting to the Event


  Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Eugene Beaulieu, Program Director, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
  • Carlos García Fernández, Dean, Universidad Anáhuac México
  • Jonathan Koppell, Dean, Watts College, Arizona State University
  • Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

12:15 pm

Panel 1: Trilateral Economic Coordination, Despite Everything   

Moderator: Earl Anthony Wayne, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

Scene setter: Luz María de la Mora, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, Mexican Ministry of Economy


  • (CAN) - Mary-France Paquet, Chief Economist, Global Affairs Canada
  • (MEX) - Luz María de la Mora, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, Mexican Ministry of Economy
  • (USA) - John Andersen, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere, U.S. Department of Commerce 


Working Groups Sessions

Symposium attendees are invited to develop specific and realistic recommendations for North American cooperation as part of one of the following two working groups:

Group A: North American Coordination and Competitiveness

Facilitator: Larry Rubin, Managing Partner for Latin America, DHR International

Group B: The Adaptation of Business Supply Chains

Facilitator: - Ari Van Assche, Professor, HEC Montreal


Presentation and Discussion of Working Group Findings

Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Chris Sands, Director, Director, Canada Institute, Wilson Center