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Friday, September 27, 2013
8:00 am - 10:00 am

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

8:00-8:30 – Executive breakfast and sign in

Speaker Presentation:

8:35-8:40 – Opening from CCA BC

8:040-9:05 – Presentation from Ambassador Shapiro

9:05-9:20 – Q&A

9:20-10:00 – Closing remarks & networking


Ambassador Charles Shapiro:

Since joining the United States foreign service in 1977, Ambassador Shapiro has held numerous senior positions including Ambassador to Venezuela, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere and charg√© d’affaires at the United States Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago, where he led preparations for the visit of President Barack Obama to the Fifth Summit of the Americas. Shapiro’s other foreign postings have included Chile, El Salvador and Denmark and he has held a variety of Washington assignments.

Ambassador Shapiro has been a leading advocate for financial inclusion in the Americas. As advisor to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Shapiro led an inter-agency working group to reform banking laws so that developing country entrepreneurs could use moveable assets as collateral to obtain small business loans. He has worked with governments, businesses, bankers and development agencies throughout the hemisphere to encourage access to credit for marginalized groups, entrepreneurship and small business growth, and individual economic autonomy as a means to poverty alleviation and stable democratic development

Trade and Development:

Ambassador Shapiro is an experienced practitioner in the field of international trade and investment.He has helped educate and inform U.S. audiences about the potential benefits of free trade agreements with Central America, Peru, Panama, Colombia and South Korea. Recognizing that improved trade requires more than agreements between states, Shapiro has been a hands-on facilitator to help businesses in the United States and Latin America find areas of common interest and opportunity.

 Institute of the Americas:

For 25 years, the Institute of the Americas has been at the forefront of U.S.-Canada-Latin America cooperation, working with the public and private sectors to encourage investment and information-sharing in energy and technology markets.

The Institute is an independent, inter-American organization that promotes cooperation between the public and private sectors to improve the economic, political and social well-being of people in the Americas.

Tickets: $35

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Latin America