Woods, LaFortune LLP to Attend Round 3 of NAFTA Modernization Talks

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

With the first two rounds of the NAFTA negotiations completed the next meeting is scheduled for Ottawa starting September 23rd.  Michael Woods has been invited to attend as an observer.  Global  Affairs Canada has undertaken to arrange on-going briefings and meetings upon request with Canada’s NAFTA Chief Negotiator and Deputy Chief Negotiator and subject-matter experts for observers during the round which is scheduled to continue until September 27th...

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Inside US Trade Interviews Michael Woods on NAFTA and Participation of Indigenous People

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017

Michael Woods and his International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment (IITIO) colleague, Wayne Garnons-Williams were interviewed by a leading American journal, Inside U.S. Trade, on the subject of Indigenous Peoples and their interest and future role in the negotiation of modern trade agreements. Michael spoke to the Nation to Nation aspect of the Government of Canada’s relationship with First Nations and what this meant in the context of the current NAFTA talks. With Canadian negotiators...

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Michael Woods participates in NAFTA Roundtable

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017

On August 2, 2017,  Michael Woods participated a joint Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAC)/ Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI) Roundtable on the subject of Intellectual Property (IP) rights and upcoming NAFTA re-negotiations. Participants included representation from First Nations, Government of Canada, and others interested in the upcoming  NAFTA negotiations.  Jim Balsillie, former co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM) and the  founder of CIGI, launched the session with an informal  presentation on...

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Michael Woods & IITIO Submission on NAFTA Modernization Indigenous Peoples Participation Consistent with Canadian and International Law and Policy

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

Michael Woods was recognized by his colleagues at the Inter-Tribal Trade Investment Organization (IITIO) for his contribution to the organization’s submission to Global Affairs Canada with respect to the upcoming negotiations with the United States and Mexico on the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The submission  draws on recent decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada and  important developments in international law including the  adoption of United Nations Declaration on...

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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...

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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...

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Responding to NAFTA Renegotiation

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017

Many are asking what the Trump Administration’s “America First” position on international trade will mean for Canada, how it will affect NAFTA (the world’s largest bilateral trade relationship) and how they can respond. The United States has indicated that it wants to renegotiate the NAFTA. In May 18, 2017 letters, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) notified Congress that the Administration intends to use renegotiation to modernize the NAFTA.   USTR noted “NAFTA was negotiated 25...

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Sweeping Changes to Canada’s Food Regulations

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017

It is fair to say that Canada’s food safety programs strive to keep pace with the global food environment, with a view to protect the health of Canadians. For years the federal government has been working on improving standards in food safety while keeping an eye on harmonizing the Canadian system as much as possible with those of its key trading partners. Well, the long-awaited modernization of Canada’s food regulatory landscape is finally coming...

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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...

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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...

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