Economic Coordination and Adaption

The Sixth North American Process Symposium

Friday, October 23, 2020
Virtually Hosted by the Wilson Center via Zoom

Watch a recording of the event here.

On October 23, 2020, 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, in association with The Wilson Center in Washington D.C., joined together for the Sixth Annual North American Process Symposium: Economic Coordination and Adaption.

Participants highlighted that the purpose of the symposium is to develop concrete solutions to pressing policy problems faced by North Americans. The aim is to promote a creative dialogue that will make North America economically competitive as a region. This issue is particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic which has made it imperative for us to think as North Americans. Participants hope the symposium will help the private sector, government, and civil society improve the economic well-being of the North American people. It is an important moment to reflect on where we are and where we want to go and how to collaboratively get there and construct a community that can promote the North American idea.

To this end, panelists associated with the federal governments of all three countries discussed issues pertaining to trilateral economic coordination in North America. Two working groups followed the panel. The first group developed policy options concerning North American coordination and competitiveness and the second dealt with the adaptation of business supply chains in North America. Participants from all three countries and a range of professions participated in the discussion.



Guests Connecting to the Event


(all times EST)

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, Arizona State University

• Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

11:10am-12:15 pm

Panel: 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) - Marie-France Paquet, Chief Economist, Global Affairs Canada

• (MEX) - Lydia Antonio, General Director of Monitoring and Administration of Trade Agreements, 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 Moderators:

• Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

• Christopher Sands, Director, Canada Institute, Wilson Center