CETA: Opportunities and challenges for British Columbia

The impending Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU) poses potential opportunities and challenges for Canadians in many areas, including – but not limited to – business prospects, legal constraints, and consumer behaviour. The purpose of this conference was to focus on some of the major public and private areas CETA is likely to affect in BC.

During this half-day conference at the University of Victoria, we hoped to provide an overview of some of the most visible regulatory impacts of CETA for British Columbians, and to engage with experts and practitioners from the areas of provincial government, municipal government, academia, business sectors, and labor unions, in order to offer an interesting and relevant showcase of informed opinions on what CETA means for BC.

This conference was held on February 18th, 2016, in the University Club Wild Rose Room, University of Victoria.

This conference was made possible by funding from the European Union Centre of Excellence at UVic.

For more information, please contact nbeamer@uvic.ca

Conference schedule

09:30 - 10:00 - Coffee and Introductions

10:00 - 10:40 - Keynote Address, Karsten Mecklenburg, Head of Trade and Economic Section, EU Delegation to Canada

10:40 - 12:00 - Expert Discussion and Q&A with Janel Quiring, Director International Trade, BC Govt; Valerie D'Erman, Amy Verdun, and Jen Baggs, UVic.

12:00 - 13:30 - Networking Lunch (by invitation)

Resources from the conference