Past Event

NAFTA 2.0 Panel Series - Session 3
When: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 08:00 - Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 09:30

AMCHAM Quebec Chapter is pleased to host the third conference of its NAFTA series. Now that NAFTA negotiations are underway and a clearer picture of the landscape starts to emerge we have compiled an expert panel in cross border trade issue to delve into how the negotiations on NAFTA are progressing and how Canadian and Quebec companies can use these negotiations to their advantage. Changes to the treaty will no doubt affect the way Canadian and Québec businesses deal with cross border trade. Our expert panelists will discuss;  

  • What should companies of all sizes, from start-ups to mid-market companies and multinationals anticipate and what are the strategies they can put in place to ensure that they remain competitive and successful.
  • What are some of the main concerns of companies on both sides of the borders in the actual political context?
  • What are some of the main concerns of the manufacturing industries?
  • What is in store for our softwood lumber exports as these talks continue?
  • The general context of the negotiations; where is the bargaining power and how can Canada optimise its influence. 

 Join us for this third breakfast conference and learn the effects it might have on your business.
A continental breakfast will be served.

When: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Where: Le Westin Montreal, St-Antoine Room, 270 Rue Saint-Antoine O
Cost: AmCham members $79. Non-members $95. Plus applicable taxes.  

Registration: Register online by clicking here or by contacting Lucie Nolette at or at 514 400-7289 before September 19th, 2017.
Places are limited.

The conference will be held primarily in French with Q&A in both French and English.

Dany St-Pierre
Dany is the President of Cleantech Expansion, she advises C-level executives and investors on mergers and acquisitions, project opportunities, and due diligence in the renewable energy sector. She also consults with renewable energy entrepreneurs on market entry, product launch and capability development.  

Dany is widely recognized for her leadership as a Board Director, corporate operating executive and strategic adviser. Her expertise in international business, product and technology innovation, sales of major capital goods, and mergers and acquisition is based on years as a senior executive for global publicly-traded transportation and energy manufacturers. 

She is an Independent Board Member on the Board of Directors of Boralex, Inc. She is an active member of Women Corporate Directors Foundation (“WCD”) and of National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”). She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the non-profit trade association Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE ).

Previously in her leadership roles at Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom and Nordex, she launched multiple new products and brands. Dany graduated from University of Québec and continued her education at Université Laval (Quebec) where she received her MBA in International Marketing. In addition, she completed Executive Programs in New Products Planning and in Strategic Marketing at the University of Michigan. In June 2017, she completed the Executive Certificate in Corporate Governance from the College of Corporate Directors at Université Laval.

Denis Lebel
Denis Lebel, PC, MP is a Canadian federal politician and former mayor of Roberval, Quebec and former Deputy Leader of the Federal Opposition. Lebel was born in Roberval, Quebec.  Lebel was elected to the House of Commons of Canada on September 17, 2007, in the Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean by-election, as a member of the Conservative Party. 

On October 30, 2008, he was appointed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet as Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. After the 2011 election, Lebel was promoted to Minister of Transport.

He was also the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and served as the Harper Government's Quebec lieutenant.  In the 2015 election, Lebel was re-elected in the new Lac-Saint-Jean riding. After the election, he and fellow MP Michelle Rempel proposed to become joint interim leaders of the party but ultimately lost to Rona Ambrose. 

On November 18, 2015 he was named Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party and thus Deputy Opposition Leader. Lebel announced on June 19, 2017 that he will be stepping down as an MP in the following weeks, before the House of Commons resumes sitting in the fall. 

As of September 2017, Denis Lebel is president and general manager of the Conseil de l’industrie forestière du Québec.

Mr. Elliot Lifson  
For the past 45 years, Mr. Elliot Lifson has been working in the Canadian apparel industry. He is President of the Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF); Member of the Board of Directors for Export Development Canada (EDC), Member of the Quebec Government Committee for Export Quebec, Member of the Board of Manufacturers and Exporters of Quebec (MEQ), and Past Chairman of the Board of the Montreal Board of Trade – of which he currently sits as an advisor.

He is also a Professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University and an Entrepreneur Coach at L’école d'entrepreneurship de Beauce. He sits on the board of many charitable institutions such as the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation and the Jewish General Hospital Foundation; he is also a member of the Board of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. 

Elliot Lifson is a member of the Barreau du Quebec and the Lord Reading Law Society. He is a graduate in Law from the Université de Montréal, with an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. 



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AmCham Quebec