Canada Logistics Conference 2018  -  Learning Sessions  -  Panel: International Trade Update

International Trade

Hear the latest on international trade agreements and get insight into the unpredictable and rapidly evolving global trade environment

Friday, October 26 • 10:30 am - 11:15 am

In the era of ever-increasing globalization, nearly all supply chain logistics professionals are impacted by international trade. And with constant uncertainty in an already complex regulatory environment, strategy and planning can make the difference between profitable operations and costly errors and delays.

This session will give delegates a deeper understanding of CETA, TPP, Canada’s international trade agenda, and how to prepare to do better business internationally. It will provide a future-looking analysis of Canada’s major new trade agreements, including insider perspectives on forecasted trade increases.  

The session will also discuss how Vancouver is well situated to become North and South America’s west coast maritime business hub - as currently one does not exist. Delegates will learn about Canada’s opportunities to attract the international business activity of global maritime and trade activities that are part of both international trade and the global supply chain, and what those opportunities could mean for their businesses. The session will conclude with a Q&A with the presenters.

Given the constantly evolving nature of regulation, this presentation may be finalized closer to Canada Logistics Conference 2018 to ensure delegates get the most up-to-date information and analysis.


Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein
Executive Director, Vancouver International Maritime Centre

Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein is the Executive Director of the Vancouver International Maritime Centre. A maritime lawyer by profession with a Masters in Maritime Law from Kings College, University of London, Kaity has over 17 years of experience in the global shipping industry. Kaity has worked for various international firms including Gard Protection & Indemnity Club, the National Oil Refineries of Greece, Teekay Corporation, Seaspan Ship Management and the International Ship Owners Alliance of Canada as the President and Secretary-General. As an active member of the shipping community, Kaity is a member of the Canadian Maritime Law Association and has been past President and Director of the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association, Trustee of the Insurance Dispute Resolution Services of BC and Trustee of the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Furthermore, Kaity has been an industry advisor and expert to Transport Canada and Environment Canada as well as the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada.

Kaity has received Honourary Membership of the Company of Master Mariners of Canada and has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal by the Governor General of Canada.

Michael Broad
President, Shipping Federation of Canada

Michael Broad has been President of the Shipping Federation of Canada since January 1, 2004. Prior to assuming his position at the Federation, he was President of B & K Shipping Agency Ltd., a ship agency with offices in Toronto & Montreal. He was also a member of the Federation’s Board of Directors from 1987 to 2003 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1997-1998. Mr. Broad is currently the Industry Co-Chair of the National Marine Advisor Board and is a board member of several community organizations, including Mariners House of Montreal. Mr. Broad holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Loyola College and a MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1903, the Shipping Federation of Canada acts as the pre-eminent voice of shipowners, operators and agents involved in Canada’s world trade. Its main areas of activity are advocacy, education, information and operations, all of which are provided to members in the interests of achieving a safe, efficient, competitive, environmentally-responsible and quality-oriented marine transportation system.

Christian Hansen
Regional Director and Senior Trade Commissioner, Pacific Regional Office - Vancouver, Global Affairs Canada

Christian Hansen is Regional Director and Senior Trade Commissioner Pacific Regional Office – Vancouver at Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Mr. Hansen is a long-serving Foreign Service Officer who is driven to build international relationships for Canadians. He has helped companies grow their business through his work at Canada’s offices in Japan, Norway, Belgium and Vancouver. A long time ago he went to school at UBC and Princeton.

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