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Meet Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator

August 1, 2017

The first round of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) talks are slated for Aug. 16 to 20, and Western alumnus Steve Verheul, BA'82, MA'84 (Political Science) will act as Canada's chief negotiator.

Verheul has been Chief Trade Negotiator, Canada-European Union, for Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development since 2009. Prior to that appointment, he worked in international trade policy at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada from 1989 to 2009, where he worked on the NAFTA negotiations, the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations that led to the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Doha Round of WTO negotiations. He was Canada’s Chief Agriculture Negotiator from 2003 to 2009, responsible for leading Canada’s involvement in international trade negotiations on agriculture, including the WTO.

Steve Verheul
Steve Verheul, BA'82, MA'84, is Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator.

Learn more:

Aug. 14, 2017, Toronto Star - Meet NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul — the most important Canadian you’ve (probably) never heard of

Aug. 1, 2017, The Globe and Mail - NAFTA, Trump and Canada: A guide to the trade file and what it could mean for you

July 19, 2017, CBC News - NAFTA talks: Trump administration announces Aug. 16 start date in D.C.

May 11, 2017, Reuters - Canada taps veteran negotiator to drive talks on NAFTA


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