October 20, 2006 16:04 ET

International Trade Experts to Address Canadian Traders in Toronto

High Profile Government and Industry Experts to Weigh In On International Trade Issues

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 20, 2006) - On October 23-25, 2006, I.E.Canada, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters will celebrate its 75th annual conference, trade show and gala. The theme for this year is "Capitalizing on Global Change." Over 50 industry experts and high profile speakers from across Canada and the United States will share their knowledge and insights into Canada's trade policy as well as issues surrounding customs compliance, the Canada-U.S. border and e-customs.

The Honourable David Emerson, minister of international trade and minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, will be the opening keynote speaker. His presentation will outline how the Canadian government is advancing Canada's global commerce priorities and he will also update delegates on the Pacific Gateway. As the most trade-dependent G7 country, Canada intends to take maximum advantage of trade relations with emerging powerhouses such as China and India. Learn how Canada's strategy can help strengthen relationships with countries around the world and deepen links with Asian-Pacific markets and supply chains.

Mr. James Engleman, director of field operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will be the keynote luncheon speaker on October 23, 2006. He will be addressing the topic "Homeland Security and Trade."

Mr. Alain Jolicoeur, president of Canada Border Services Agency, will address the topic "From the Top - CBSA's Priorities and Future Direction." As president of CBSA, Mr. Jolicoeur is the ideal person to address the key initiatives and outline major trends and developments which may affect the management of Canada's border and, in turn, Canada's trade community.

Media are welcome to attend these presentations. For a copy of the brochure, please visit http://www.iecanada.com/events/06_10_23-25_annual_conf_brochure.pdf.

The event takes place at the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Road, Toronto Airport. IN: INTERNATIONAL, TRADE, TRANSPORT

Contact Information

  • Fée Kiessling, vice-president, conferences and programs, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters
    Primary Phone: 416-595-5333 ext. 29
    E-mail: fkiessling@iecanada.com