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“A Diplomacy Vacuum Canada Well Positioned to Fill”

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017

Michael Woods was quoted at length in the June 2017 edition of Lexpert Magazine, a leading Canadian business law publication.  In the article, A Siren Call among Shrill Notes by  Julius Melnitzer, Michael is one of the leading members of Canada’s international trade bar asked to comment on the implications for Canada of the current U.S. Administration’s protectionist moves on trade. He takes a positive view that that “ … the demand for international business expansion remains alive and well … [Canada] is a G7 country that looks like the global leader in promoting trade liberalization.” The article addresses both NAFTA and Canada’s growing options with respect to Europe and the CETA and Asia on continuing negotiations with TPP partners as well as China. Michael encourages continuing and deepening strategic partnership between Canada’s businesses and government in building the strongest partnership possible – one that will keep Canada “punching above our weight” in terms of global...

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Michael Woods Participates at Inter-Tribal Trade Conference in Oklahoma

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017

Michael Woods participated in the third Inter-Tribal Trade Investment Organization (IITIO) Conference on June 4-6 hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The conference itself was proceeded by a visit to the Choctaw Nation and Citizen Potawatomi Nation and trade discussions these two Nations as well as the Chickasaw Nation.  Michael chaired two panels at the conference – one on “Optimizing Conditions for Tribal Trade” featuring Miles Richardson O.C. former President of the Council of Haida Nation and Robert Fox, former Chief of the Blood Tribe and current President and CEO of Indian Resource Council of Canada.  He also chaired a panel on Trade Agreements and Trading Frameworks in International Trade Law and Inter-Tribal Trade”  and led a discussion on the implications of the upcoming NAFTA modernization negotiations. The conference was followed by the Supreme Court of Oklahoma’s 30th Annual Sovereignty Symposium and Michael took an active part in discussion on economic development for Canada’s First Nations and the American Native communities through  greater and broader economic co-operation. [ For further details see http://iitio.org/agenda/...

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Geography, History, Economic, Necessity … A Comprehensive Plan, Mutually Beneficial and Advantageous to Both Sides

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017

On the eve of an official visit to Canada almost twenty years ago Canada in one of his weekly radio addresses President Ronald Reagan spoke to the American people about and his broad vision for the future. He began by quoting from President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 speech to a joint session of Parliament in Ottawa; Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder. President Kennedy’s words occurred to me when I reflected on the recent American Conference Institute Forum on U.S. Export and Re-Export Compliance in Toronto where Jean-Marc Clément and I were among the presenters. My panel featured two senior representatives of Canada’s aerospace industry whose experience and expertise allowed them to address the specifics of Canada’s Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and the Enhanced Security Strategy (ESS) with great facility. That freed me up to make a few comments on the “big picture” and so I reminded the conference participants – Canadians and Americans engaged in the aerospace, defence, and high-tech sectors – that their work represented a vital element in the $ 2.4 billion a day bilateral trade relationship between our two countries. I was thinking of President Kennedy’s words in the context of both these key sectors and the Canada-U.S. partnership –  one that is built on much more than economic self-interest. Geography, history and necessity have created a unique and enduing alliance. At this conference we addressed one important product f that alliance. The “Canadian Exemption” allows U.S. suppliers to export certain export controlled goods to Canadian recipients registered in the CGP. At last week’s conference, I referred to the hard work of business people on both sides of the border that makes these special bilateral measures work and the free trade- driven approach that Professor Michael Hart refers to as “embedded in the industrial structure of both countries.” I also pointed to the hard work of government officials in building the regulatory bridge that accounted the need to maintain and grow bilateral trade and economic integration while addressing...

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Jean-Marc Clément and Michael Woods Speak at ACI Forum on U.S. Export & Re-Export Compliance for Canadian Operations

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017

Jean-Marc Clément and Michael Woods both spoke at the  American Conference Institute (ACI)  6th Forum on U.S. Export & Re-Export Compliance for Canadian Operations which was presented in Toronto January 30 to February 1, 2017. Jean-Marc partnered with Pascal Girard, the Director of the Government of Canada’s  Controlled Goods Directorate, offering a workshop on obligations under recently revised Controlled Goods Program (CGP).  Later during the conference Michael teamed up with Selina Hui-Garreaud, Director, Export Controls, Bombardier, and Bruce Latimer, President and General Counsel, L-3 Communications Electronic Systems. Their panel addressed practical steps in compliance with the CGP’s Enhanced Security Strategy. If you have export compliance issues or questions about Canada’s Export Controls regulations, the Controlled Goods Program, and/or Canada’s economic sanctions regime, please contact us at Woods, LaFortune...

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Michael Woods Participates in CIGI Roundtable on International Human Rights & Trade

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017

On January 20th 2017 Michael Woods participated in the Bridging International Human Rights, Trade and Investment Law Roundtable in Ottawa. This by invitation event was organized by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. The roundtable featured experts from government, academia, and private practice.  The participants reviewed recent developments in international economic and human rights including the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015 and recent developments affecting the international trading system, including the Brexit vote, the post-negotiation reaction to CETA, the Trump Administration’s position with respect to international trade. The primary focus of the experts was the evolving relationship between international human rights, trade and investment law.  The group identified areas for further policy research and future collaboration.  Michael shared his experience international trade and investment negotiations, including NAFTA,  and investor-state-dispute settlement.  He also discussed indigenous rights and international trade investment law in the context of his work on First Nationals and inter-tribal trade.  He referenced his work with the International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization and the important work of Risa Schwartz of the CIGI International Law Research Program, who served as one of the moderators. About CIGI: The Centre for International Governance Innovation is an independent, non-partisan think tank with an objective and uniquely global perspective. The group’s research, opinions and public voice make a difference in today’s world by bringing clarity and innovative thinking to global policy...

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