The China Institute of the University of Alberta will host its 8th annual "National Forum on Canada-China Economic Policy." The theme this year is "Economic Policy & Trade Options for Canada Amidst Uncertainties Surrounding NAFTA and US/China Trade Disputes." This invitation-only one-day event will be held in the Crystal Ballroom at the Fairmont Palliser in downtown Calgary on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Senior federal and provincial officials with responsibility for investment and trade policy will attend, along with industry leaders, including those from Chinese firms operating in Canada, and leading experts on trade and investment issues.

With a looming trade war between the U.S. and China, the ongoing negotiations of NAFTA and the revived Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new dynamic in global trade relations for Canada has emerged. As well, there remain uncertainties regarding the opening of formal negotiations on a Canada-China Free Trade Agreement. Evolving economic and policy environments in China and Canada add to the complexity and uncertainty surrounding Canadian economic relations with China and Asia that warrants a closer look at some key issues. The Forum this year will focus on the following topics:

- Canada-China Trade: Closing in on Free Trade Talks or Miles Apart?
- Bringing Energy to Asian Markets: Pipelines and Investment
- Working with Chinese State-Owned Enterprises: The Complexities and Opportunities
- Beyond Energy: Market Diversification - Industry Perspectives

Confirmed speakers include:

Consul General Lu Xu, Consul General, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China - Calgary

Sarah Taylor, Director General, North Asia & Oceania, Government of Canada

Guy Saint-Jacques, former Canadian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China; Senior Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta

Dave J. Murphy, Minister (Commercial), Canadian Embassy in China - Beijing

Mark Agnew, Director, International Policy, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Philip Calvert, former Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, Senior Fellow, China Institute at the University of Alberta

Royce Chwin, CEO, Travel Alberta

Margaret Cornish, Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

Donald E. Greenfield, Q.C., Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

Gordon Houlden, Director, China Institute, University of Alberta
Brett House, Deputy Chief Economist, Scotiabank

Ron MacIntosh, former Director General, Strategic Planning, Resources and Coordination, Senior Fellow - Ottawa Representative, China Institute, University of Alberta

Mary Moran, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development
Ken Sunquist, former Assistant Deputy Minister (Asia and Africa) and Chief Trade Commissioner for Canada; Senior Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta

Darryl Nelson, President and CEO, Nelson Environmental Remediation

Martha Hall Findlay, President and CEO, Canada West Foundation
Andrew Pickford, Director, Indo-Pacific Energy Security Program, Perth USAsia Centre, Senior Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta

Ray Price, President, Sunterra Market

Normal Rinne, Vice President, Business Development, Kinder Morgan Canada Limited

Jim Saunderson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Western Economic Diversification Canada

Brian Tuffs, Chief Executive Officer, Sinopec Canada

Paul Whittaker, President and CEO, Alberta Forest Products Association
Ian Wild, Chairman, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

Se Yan, Deputy Director, Institute of Economic Policy Research, Peking University

FeiYu, Deputy Representative, Asian Development Bank, North America


Chatham House Rule will apply to encourage frank and robust discussion. A detailed programme will be available closer to the event.

For more information please contact Event and Administrative Coordinator Ms. Erin Asselin, by telephone at 780-492-1263 or by email at erin.asselin@ualberta.ca.