Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters

Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters

April 23, 2007 10:02 ET

Ambassador of Canada to the United Mexican States Speaks at Event

Gaëtan Lavertu, Ambassador of Canada to the United Mexican States, to Address Trade Industry Experts - April 24, 2007

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - April 23, 2007) - Gaëtan Lavertu, Ambassador of Canada to the United Mexican States, will give a much anticipated address to industry on the topic "Mexico's Outlook for Trade & Investment Opportunities." Ambassador Lavertu will be the keynote luncheon speaker on Tuesday April 24, 2007 at the 16th Annual Conference on Emerging Issues in Customs, hosted by I.E.Canada, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters. The conference takes place from April 23-25, 2007 at the Delta Markham Hotel located at 50 East Valhalla Drive (Hwy. 404 and Hwy. 7) in Markham.

Since the NAFTA entered into force, Canada-Mexico bilateral trade and investment have increased significantly. Mexico and Canada are now among each other's largest trading partners. In 2006, Mexico was Canada's fifth largest customer as Canadian merchandise exports to Mexico reached $4.38 billion, up 30.1 per cent from 2005. Mexico was Canada's third largest supplier in 2006 with imports reaching $15.98 billion, up 9.5 per cent from 2005. Total bilateral merchandise trade in 2006 was up 349 per cent since 1993. According to Statistics Canada, in 2005 Canada ranked as the fifth largest investor in Mexico.

In March 2006, at the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC), Prime Minister Harper committed to the 2010 goal of increasing bilateral trade with Mexico by 50 per cent and increasing bilateral investment by 100 per cent from 2005 levels.

Biography of Ambassador Lavertu
Mr. Lavertu is Ambassador in Mexico since September 4, 2003. In his previous roles in Ottawa, Gaëtan Lavertu has held a number of positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, including in the United Nations Division in 1969; the NATO and NORAD Division in 1970; the Personnel Division from 1970 to 1971; and the Federal-Provincial Relations Division from 1975 to 1976. After being Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister (Political Affairs) in 1982-83, Mr. Lavertu became Director of Intelligence Analysis, and from 1985 to 1987, Director General, Foreign Intelligence Bureau. In 1992, he was named to the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, Political and International Security Affairs, and in 1994, to that of Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2003.

For full conference program information, please visit I.E.Canada's website at and click on upcoming events.

For more information, please contact:
Melissa McCormack
Director, Communications
I.E.Canada, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters
416-595-5333 ext. 26

Contact Information

  • Melissa McCormack, Director, Communications, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters
    Primary Phone: 416-595-5333 ext. 26