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Monday, March 12, 2012
8:00 am - 10:30 am

SFU - Segal School of Business

CCA BC – Canadian Council for The Americas BC in partnership with DFAIT – Department of Fereign Affairs and International Trade is pleased to invite you to participate on Canada-Colombia FTA Business Opportunities

8:00-8:30: Registration and networking

8:30-8:35: Opening from CCA BC

Speaker Presentations

8:35-8:55: Presentation from Fernando Vargas

8:55-9:15: Presentation from Sandy MacLaren

9:15-9:35: Presentation from Rick Quinn, Executive Director of Terra Remote Sensing

9:35-9:50: Q&A

9:50-9:55: Closing remarks – Janine Fiddler, Vancouver Regional Office, DFAIT

9:55-10:15: Networking

Sandy MacLaren is currently a Deputy Director in the Trade Policy and Negotiations Division 1 at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. With a business degree and an M.A. in Public Administration, Mr. MacLaren has over 20 years experience with the federal government, including extensive policy development, negotiating and legislative implementation experience in both domestic and international policy fields. He has worked for Revenue Canada-Customs and Excise in a program delivery capacity, and with the Department of Finance in both the trade policy and domestic economic development areas. Mr. MacLaren has been with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade since 2007, where he is the Deputy Chief Negotiator for Canada on files including the Jordan and Ukraine free trade negotiations, and the exploratory talks on a possible expansion of the 1997 Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement. He has also recently taken on additional responsibilities involving the Americas, including the Canada-Peru and Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreements, as well as assisting with the implementation of the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement.

Fernando Vargas is a certified international trade professional (CITP), with a professional degree in Business administration from Los Andes university and a master degree in Strategic Marketing from CESA in Bogota. Mr. Vargas has over 15 years of international business experience and has worked for Canada’s Trade Commission since 2003, where he is responsible for the oil & gas and mining sectors of the Canadian Embassy in Colombia. Prior to joining the Canadian government, Mr. Vargas held the regional manager position at a transnational firm.

Rick Quinn – linkedin profile


Space is limited for this event, so to secure your spot please RSVP by Wednesday, March 7th to info@cca-bc.com.