Michael Woods Invited to Discuss Canada-UK FTA Negotiations with Canadian Officials

Posted by on Jan 7, 2022

Michael Woods has been invited to take part in a special meeting later this month to discuss the upcoming launch of Canada’s negotiations with the United Kingdom towards a bilateral Canada-UK Free Trade Agreement.  The meeting will with Canada’s Chief Negotiator and other senior Global Affairs Canada officials.  Michael will be joined buy other Indigenous Working Group (IWG) members at the meeting.  The Government of Canada tabled a Notice of Intent to enter into...

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Canada Endorses the APEC Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement (IPETCA) – Michael Woods Participated in Consultative Process

Posted by on Dec 15, 2021

On December 10, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, Mary Ng, announced Canada’s endorsement of the Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement (IPETCA).[1] This APEC[2]  initiative is a new and innovative plurilateral Arrangement intended to create a framework for economies and Indigenous peoples to work together to increase trade and economic cooperation. In its announcement, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) acknowledged the importance of the “close cooperation with...

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National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Canada

Posted by on Oct 1, 2021

On September 30, 2021, Woods, LaFortune LLP marked National Truth and Reconciliation Day with  partner, Michael Woods moderating the International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization’s webinar –  Get Your Skills Ready for International Trade. [ Get Your Skills Ready for International Trade – IITIO] At the outset of the webinar, Michael acknowledged the importance of the commemorating and reflecting upon the painful history  and ongoing impacts of residential schools and his firm’s commitment to work with...

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Michael Woods – Director on FITT Board 2008-2021

Posted by on Aug 9, 2021

In June 2021, Michael Woods completed his fourth term and final term on the Board of Directors of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) [ | Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) (fittfortrade.com) ]. FITT is a Canada-based not-for-profit (NFP) organization dedicated to providing international business training, resources and professional certification to individuals and businesses. It provided the only international business training programs and related professional designation (CITP/FIBP) endorsed by both the World Trade...

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Michael Woods to Host a Indigenous Law and Policy Session on September 30, 2021

Posted by on Aug 3, 2021

On September 30, 2021, Michael Woods will host and moderate the fifth offering in an online educational series on aspects of Indigenous international and inter-tribal trade.  The series is offered the International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization (IITIO).  Michael is a founding member of IITIO and is active in the work of promoting Indigenous participation in international trade. He is  member of the Government of Global Affairs Canada’s Indigenous Working Group (IWG). [ https://www.wl-tradelaw.com/practice-areas/indigenous-trade-and-investment/...

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Michael Woods Invited to Participate in APEC Policy Dialogue on Indigenous Economies

Posted by on Feb 25, 2021

The APEC Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Co-operation has invited Michael Woods to attend a policy dialogue on Understanding and Valuing Indigenous Economies within APEC.  APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is a 21- member intergovernmental forum dedicated to promoting economic growth, and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.  The purpose of the March 3, 2021, virtual conference is to  review the findings of an APEC report on Indigenous economies and how they can contribute to...

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Global Affairs Canada – Indigenous Working Group

Posted by on Dec 14, 2020

On December 11, 2020, Michael Woods participated in the most recent meeting of Global Affairs Canada’s Indigenous Working Group (IWG). As part of its commitment and inclusive approach to trade Global Affairs established the IWG in September 2017 in order to better engage with Indigenous Peoples and their representatives during the NAFTA renewal negotiations that lead to the Canada-U.S.-Mexica Agreement (CUSMA).  Michael participates in the IWG as a founding member of the International Inter-tribal...

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CETA – Third Annual Civil Society Forum

Posted by on Dec 10, 2020

Michael Woods was honoured to be invited to participate in the third edition of the  Civil Society Forum, established under the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The event was held on December 8th and 9th.  The Civil Society Forum (CSF) is a joint initiative of the Government of Canada and the European Union that  provides an opportunity for important dialogue and exchange of views between Canadian and EU representatives from employers, unions,...

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China and the CPTPP – Comments by Michael Woods

Posted by on Dec 2, 2020

At the recent  virtual APEC Summit, Chinese President  Xi Jinping reiterated openness in joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) [Xi says China will consider joining TPP – Nikkei Asia]. To many, this underlined China’s aspirations to play a larger economic role – both in the Asia- Pacific region as well as globally. Michael Woods was interviewed on the subject by the South China Morning Post earlier this year [ Michael...

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COVID-19 and the Risk of Foreign Investor Challenges

Posted by on Sep 17, 2020

Michael Woods was quoted in the September issue of the Canadian Bar Association’s online magazine, National, about concerns that the global COVID-19 pandemic might lead to investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) claims aimed at government measures put in place in response to the challenge. Michael has experience form both the government and investor perspective and has served as counsel in several ISDS cases pursuant to NAFTA Chapter 11 as wells as Foreign Investment Protection Agreements...

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