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Whither NAFTA?


By Robin Loving

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been praised, reviled, celebrated, and feared. What are its prospects at present? How will NAFTA affect any of us in the future? Come to Rotary Tuesday, February 6, at 12:30pm when former Canadian Ambassador to Mexico David Winfield will share his views on the January NAFTA trilateral renegotiations. The meeting will be at Hotel Misión, Salida a Querétaro 1, free and in English.

Winfield will address a series of questions, including: Why NAFTA? What are the benefits and disadvantages of the agreement? What will happen next with NAFTA? He also will look at what might happen if the negotiations are terminated without a new agreement and will address the Canada-Mexico Agricultural Workers Program and the Canadian Guest Worker Program.

Winfield specialized in trade and economic affairs for 30 years in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the US. He was Canadian Ambassador to Mexico from 1989 to 1995.

After leaving the Foreign Service, Winfield became Senior Vice President, Government Relations, at Nortel Networks. In addition, he has had extensive international experience in leadership development and corporate governance in financial services, most recently having headed up a leadership institute for the Central Bank of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

Winfield has served on boards of directors of Canadian and international not-for-profit organizations and corporations, including Canadian mining companies operating in Mexico and Mexico’s largest bank, Bancomer. He is on the board of directors of Amistad Canada, and is vice president of Patronato Pro Niños. Winfield has been recognized by both the Mexican and Canadian governments for his efforts to strengthen relations between the two countries.

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Rotary Presentation

“Whither NAFTA?”

Tue, Feb 6, 12pm

Hotel Misión

Salida a Querétaro 1

415 112 3413





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