The U.S. is our first export market, representing 75% of our total exports, and it’s also our first foreign supplier, representing about 55% of our imports. In effect since 1994, NAFTA is the tool that enabled this trade to grow. But it has since been renegotiated as the Canada-United-States-Mexico Agreement, with important opportunities and changes Canadian businesses need to understand.
Maintaining and improving our position in the US market is essential but market diversification is a necessity, to lessen our dependence on our neighbours and grow our business. Our other Free Trade Agreements, including the TPP and CETA are the ideal tools to achieve this.
Kevin Riddell, CCLP, CCEP
Director, Trade and Regulatory Compliance
Tremco Construction Products Group
Kevin has worked for Tremco for 27 years. Based in Toronto, his responsibilities are global and cover customs, import/export controls, sanctions, and related responsibilities. He volunteers as the chair of the Ontario chapter of the America’s SAP User Group (ASUG). He co-authored the two-part “Practical Guide to SAP GTS” and speaks regularly at industry events.
Chad Swance, BCom (Hons), MIT, CCS
Director of Regulatory Affairs and Trade Compliance
Kuehne + Nagel
Chad Swance has a unique background within the operation of multinational corporations and the Government of Canada. During his undergraduate degree and immediately after, he started his career with two different major political parties. After completing a Master of International Trade from the Estey Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, Chad went on to work for major Canadian corporations in increasingly responsible roles implementing global trade and supply chain solutions. He continues to navigate corporations through complex national and international legislation, regulation and agreements while understanding the operational impacts on business functions in his current role. He is currently with Kuehne + Nagel Limited as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Trade Compliance. He is also actively involved in the wider global trade community in Canada through his involvement with the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters and various Government of Canada advisory panels.
Quentin Vander Schueren
International Trade and Investment Lawyer
Bennett Jones LLP
Quentin Vander Schueren has a general international trade and investment law practice, where he advises clients on matters including Canadian customs, trade remedies, bilateral and regional free trade agreements, import-export compliance, Canadian economic sanctions and a variety of other regulatory issues impacting the cross-border movement of goods.
Quentin represents clients in trade controversy matters, including compliance verifications by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) relating to the tariff classification, valuation and origin of imported goods. He also represents clients in trade remedy and customs appeal proceedings before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) and the Canadian Federal Courts.
Quentin served as Chair and Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association International Law Section. He is also an active member of the Canadian Bar Association International Law Section and an Officer of the International Bar Association’s Trade and Customs Committee.
Quentin was recently recognized in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada for his work in International Trade and Finance Law.