Donnelly provided a Washington perspective on North American and global trade issues, focusing on NAFTA and its successor agreement, the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA).
USMCA is front page news across Canada so audience interest was high for Donnelly’s candid presentation.
USCIB Vice President for Investment and Financial Services Shaun Donnelly traveled to Vancouver, Canada the week of October 15 to deliver a keynote speech at the annual gala dinner of the Pacific chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham Canada). Donnelly provided a Washington perspective on North American and global trade issues, focusing on NAFTA and the just-agreed successor agreement the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). USMCA is front page news across Canada so audience interest was high in Donnelly’s candid presentation and in the after-dinner panel discussion he joined along with former Canadian Minister of International Trade Stockwell Day and two prominent local business figures.
While in Vancouver, Donnelly was also the guest of honor at a reception for local political and business leaders hosted by the U.S. Consul General. Donnelly offered ten minutes of informal comments with a business perspective on the Washington and regional trade policy scene. Again, NAFTA and its putative successor USMCA were the main topic of interest.
Donnelly said it was a very useful trip. “Throughout my long Foreign Service career, I’ve always really enjoyed working with AmCham chapters around the world,” said Donnelly. “It was great to connect with the new Vancouver-based Pacific chapter of AmCham Canada. They are a great group! We had an really excellent exchange on the new USMCA and the path, or paths, ahead. Canada has long been a special partner for the U.S. in trade and investment and in so many areas. USCIB and our member companies are committed to strengthening business ties across North America.”