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Mayors, ambassadors, business leaders to speak on trade topics

The political and trade relations among the three North American nations will be the focus of “NAFTA 2.0: The Future of North American Trade,” led by political and civic leaders at St. Mary’s University on Sept. 29.

The event – presented by St. Mary’s, the Texas-Mexico Trade Coalition and the Rivard Report – will be held from 7:30 to noon in Conference Room A of the University Center on campus.

Three panels will stress the importance of a productive, cordial cross-border relationship:

Ambassadors Panel: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
“How Texas and Mexico Built a Great Bilateral Partnership – What Comes Next?”

  • The Hon. Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Mexico Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Antonio “Tony” Garza, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
    Moderated by Robert Rivard, Publisher of the Rivard Report

Business Panel: 10-11 a.m.
“U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue: The Case for a Fair and Equitable NAFTA Update”

  • Jodi Hanson Bond, Senior Vice President of the Americas, International Affairs Division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Gerardo “Gerry” Schwebel, Executive Vice President, Corporate International Affairs Division, IBC Bank
  • Colin Robertson, Former Canadian Diplomat and Senior Adviser at Dentons LLP, a multinational law firm

Mayors Panel: 11:05 a.m.-noon
“North American Trade: The Role of Cities”

  • The Hon. Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio
  • Alejandro Hinojosa (B.B.A. ’78), Acting Managing Director, North American Development Bank
  • Luz María De La Mora Sánchez, Director, LMM Consulting
    Moderated by Robert Rivard, Publisher of the Rivard Report
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