From NAFTA to USMCA: Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
with Speakers Carrie Goodge O’Brien and Kellie Meiman Hock
Tuesday, December 11 at noon EDT
For those engaged in the business of international trade, the Trump Administration’s policies have been nerve racking. Trade wars have colored the past two years and uncertainty has made businesses large and small uncomfortable and unable to plan for tomorrow.
Join the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) to discuss the resolution of some of this discomfort through the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Our speakers will discuss the current trade situation, the new agreement and its impacts, and what to expect going forward.
CARRIE GOODGE O’BRIEN is the Counsellor (Trade Policy) at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. In this capacity, Ms. Goodge O’Brien leads the Government of Canada’s engagement with U.S. interlocutors on a broad range of goods market access issues, including trade agreements, government procurement, and trade remedies. Prior to joining the Embassy, Ms. Goodge O’Brien served as the Senior Counsellor to the Executive Director for Canada on the Board of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and was formerly a government procurement and goods trade negotiator for the Government of Canada. Since joining Global Affairs Canada in 2002, Ms. Goodge O’Brien has also served as a spokesperson and Trade Commissioner for arts and cultural industries. Ms. Goodge O’Brien holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Trade from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters of Arts in Globalization and International Development from the University of Ottawa.
KELLIE MEIMAN HOCK is Managing Partner at McLarty Associates. She has led the Brazil & Southern Cone and trade practices of McLarty Associates since 2000. During this time, Ms. Meiman has helped major multinational companies in this dynamic region and beyond to take advantage of opportunities, as well as to troubleshoot obstacles to market access and investment. She has worked on various aspects of national industrial policies, ranging from local content requirements to data localization and trade remedies. Ms. Meiman has been deeply engaged in companies’ efforts to manage increased unilateral US trade actions as well as renegotiation of NAFTA and the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement. Ms. Meiman previously worked at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) as Director for Brazil and the Southern Cone, where she had primary responsibility for trade negotiations with Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Prior to her work at USTR, Ms. Meiman served as a foreign service officer with the US Department of State, where her posts included handling crisis management in the State Operations Center. An Economic Officer in the foreign service, Ms. Meiman previously had served in Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, and Recife, Brazil, and in Bogota, Columbia. She has lived and studied in Central America and Japan.