Understanding the Impact of NAFTA
on the North Carolina Economy
On May 18, 2017, following consultations with relevant Congressional committees, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer informed Congress that the President intended to commence negotiations with Canada and Mexico with respect to the NAFTA. On June 27–29, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative held three days of public hearings attended by nearly 140 representatives of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico who testified to the breadth and depth of concerns that need to be addressed in the negotiations.
Join us as a panel of distinguished guest speakers share their knowledge of and experience with the North American Free Trade Agreement. They will explore the potential impact of NAFTA modernization, including changes to digital commerce and intellectual property, investment, procurement, rules of origin, and express delivery services, on North Carolina’s economy at a time when Canada and Mexico are North Carolina’s first and second largest trading partners, respectively.
James P. Cain – U.S. Ambassador to Denmark (Ret.) & Partner at Cain Global
Nadia Theodore – Consul General of Canada in Atlanta, GA
Nadia Theodore has made her career in the Trade Agreement and Negotiations Branch of Global Affairs, holding leadership positions on several recent and major trade initiatives of Global Affairs Canada. Most recently, Nadia served in Ottawa as Chief of Staff and Executive Director to Canada’s Deputy Minister for International Trade. She was named Consul General for the US Southeast in August 2017.
With over 10 years of trade policy experience, Ms. Theodore’s appointment comes as Canada, Mexico and the United States have launched negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As part of Canada’s international trade negotiating team, Nadia has built a reputation for forging strong partnerships with government and business leaders and managing complex, priority trade initiatives. Beyond trade negotiations, she helped Canada’s Trade and Investment Strategy, which is focused on ways to continue to help Canadian companies connect, compete and grow internationally.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London and an M.A. in Political Science from Carleton University. She is married and has one child
Remedios Gómez Arnau – Consul General of Mexico in Raleigh, NC
Remedios Gómez Arnau, diplomat, was appointed by the President of Mexico and ratified by the Senate as Consul General in Raleigh, North Carolina, taking office on June 16, 2016. Gómez Arnau has previously headed the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, and San Diego, California, from 2001 to 2008 and from 2008 to 2016, respectively.
Prior to her tenure in Atlanta, she was the Academic Secretary and Associate Researcher at the Center for Research on North America (CISAN) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research included U.S. foreign policy and the Mexico–U.S. relationship.
At the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) she has also served as consultant to the Undersecretary for North America in two presidential administrations (1992 to 1997), and has been Director of Consular Protection, Deputy Director of Consular Protection Studies, and Head of the Department of Political and Legal Affairs for the United States (1980-1987).
Gómez Arnau was appointed Technical Secretary for Mexico of the First Binational Study on Migration commissioned by the Government of Mexico and the United States, from 1995 to 1997. She was also invited to participate in the Mexico–U.S. Binational Migration Group organized by the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, that in February 2001, presented recommendations to then recently sworn-in Presidents of both countries.
From 1990 to 1992, she served as an external consultant for the Executive Secretariat of the National Commission on Human Rights.
Consul General Gómez Arnau is the author and coordinator of different books and specialized articles. She has a B.A. in International Relations and a Master’s and Ph.D. studies in the same field.
Scott Lincicome – Counsel, White & Case LLP
Scott Lincicome is an international trade attorney with experience in trade remedy investigations in the United States, Europe, China, India and Turkey, and in litigation before the US Court of International Trade, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body. He has advised clients on bilateral and regional trade agreements and US trade policy, as well as WTO accessions, compliance and negotiations. Scott specializes in advising multinational and sovereign clients on how to best conform their transactions and policies to global trade rules and related national regulations.
Scott is an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute in Washington, DC, where he writes and speaks on US trade policy and politics. He also is a Senior Visiting Lecturer at Duke University Law School, where he teaches a course on international trade law, and previously taught international trade policy at Duke. Scott holds a BA and JD from the University of Virginia and lives in Raleigh, NC.
Joe Stewart – Host, UNCTV's Bottom Line
Joe Stewart is the current Executive Director of the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation (NCFEF), a business-oriented nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts objective research and analysis on candidates, campaigns, voter attitudes and the changing demography of the state as it impacts the electoral landscape of the state. NCFEF is the business community’s go-to source for insights on the state’s dynamic political environment, and Joe makes presentations on this topic to businesses and business organization all across North Carolina – he did more than 150 election update presentations throughout 2016, and was often included in television, radio and newspaper election year coverage.
Joe also serves as host of Bottom Line, a weekly program produced by NCFEF and broadcast on UNC TV’s NC Channel that looks at how politics and public policy impact North Carolina’s economic landscape and business climate.
Joe’s resume includes Political Director of the NC Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of the Insurance Federation of North Carolina (IFNC), a trade association representing the insurance industry on legislative and regulatory issues, Chief Deputy State Treasurer of North Carolina and Assistant Secretary of the NC Department Public Safety. He’s worked in government, politics, fundraising, association management, and advocacy for more than 30 years, having begun his professional career in fundraising, working in the UNC Chapel Hill Development Office while still an undergraduate.
Joe currently serves as President of the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) and is a member of NC Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ (NFIB) Leadership Council, and is Board Secretary/Treasurer of the NC Dental Society’s for-profit subsidiary, the Dental Services Corporation.
5:30–6:30 PM - Networking and Light Hors d'Oeuvres
6:30–7:30 PM - Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:30–8:30 PM - Additional Networking