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Canada and the International Trade System: Refocusing the Agenda

Course Information

Date: Fall 2012, Spring 2013

Price: TBD

Contact: Please contact Kevin Arthur if you have any questions about the course, or if you wish to organize a custom training course for your organisation.

Registration: CLOSED

Course Description

Refocusing the Agenda is an intensive two-day course on the fundamentals of Canadian trade policy design, negotiation and implementation. The course focuses on the practical, with instructors working directly with the participants on the issues relevant to their responsibilities in government, business associations, and the private sector. 

There is a specific focus in this iteration of CTPL’s well recognized “Refocusing the Agenda” professional training course on Canada’s engagement strategy with the United States. These sessions will be led by Michael Hart and Phil Rourke, two of Canada’s most prominent thinkers and practitioners in Canadian trade and foreign policy. 

Course size is limited to 20 participants to provide direct interaction and engagement of all participants in the discussions.

Topics to be covered include:

  • essential mechanics of the international trading system
  • value chains and the challenges for Canadian trade policy
  • Canada’s trade priorities and constructing a constructive and coherent trade strategy
  • Case study: the Canada-US perimeter initiative, focusing on key issues of competitiveness, border management, regulatory convergence, and economic security


  • Michael Hart, Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

  • Phil Rourke, Executive Director, Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL), Carleton University/University of Ottawa

This course will help government officials who are relatively new to trade to put the complex web of issues facing Canada into context. For those with more experience, this is an ideal opportunity to get beyond the basics and gain important insight into how your organization's interests fit into the bigger picture. Based on several years' experience providing trade policy training to federal government departments in Canada and around the world, this course distills key issues and approaches into an intensive two-day session. Because of the small class size, participants will have a greater opportunity to explore their interests and concerns through direct dialogue with trade policy experts.

What you will receive:

  • Two days of intensive discussion, debate, and case studies on pertinent trade law and negotiation issues.
  • Detailed course manual, readings, and texts.

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