Preparing for USMCA Day

Preparing for USMCA Day

Thursday, April 30, 2020

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST


The New NAFTA, known as USMCA (in U.S.), CUSMA (in Canada) and T-MEC (in Mexico), will enter into force on July 1, 2020 (or later). As the world focuses on business resumption and recovery in the wake of COVID-19, preparing for the new agreement will be critical for companies relying on North American supply and value chains.

This first episode in our USMCA webinar series will target strategies for companies that are undertaking these preparations including:

  • Understanding the implementation timelines in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
  • Reviewing the Uniform Regulations process and changes to your company’s operations
  • Undertaking a 360-degree USMCA internal assessment to see if your company is prepared
  • Examining the new rules relating to customs clearance and border issues, including the elimination of the NAFTA Certificates of Origin
  • Assessing the changes to Mexico’s labor regime
  • Reviewing how USMCA intersects with other trade deals, current status of tariffs, and changes in U.S. Customs and Border Protection rulings relating to North American trade.

Episode I speakers are:

  • Andrea Van Vugt, Global Director at Harper & Associates;
  • Sergio Gomez Lora, CEO of IQOM Strategic Advisors and CEO of the U.S. Office, Business Coordinating Council of Mexico; and
  • Daniel Ujczo, Of Counsel and Practice Group Chair for Dickinson Wright’s International & Regional Practices.

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This webinar is complimentary but registration is required.

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Daniel J. Ujczo
Daniel J. Ujczo
Of Counsel and Cross Border (Canada – U.S.) Practice Group Chair
Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dan is an international trade and customs lawyer who specializes in Canada-United States matters. In addition to his legal practice, Dan has responsibility for coordinating the firm’s innovative Canada-US Platform where he collaborates with more than 475 Dickinson Wright attorneys who regularly assist businesses that have cross-border issues such as customs and compliance, corporate structuring, M&A, taxation, business immigration, intellectual property protection, and financial incentives. Dan also provides public policy counsel to governmental officials and corporate leaders in areas of regulatory cooperation, border security, economic development, labor mobility, corporate social responsibility, and public-private-partnerships.

Sergio Gomez Lora
Sergio Gomez Lora
CEO of IQOM Strategic Advisors and CEO of the U.S. Office, Business Coordinating Council of Mexico
IQOM Strategic Advisors LLC

Sergio was part of the Mexican Trade Negotiations team from 1993 until 2001. He participated in the NAFTA Side Agreements Negotiations, in the implementation of the NAFTA and other Mexican FTA’s with Latin American Countries; and in the Mexico-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiating team.

In 2005, together with Herminio Blanco, Jaime Zabludosvky and Fernando Salas he founded IQOM Inteligencia Comercial. After 12 years of existence, IQOM is a leader in the Mexican and Latin American markets, providing strategic trade and investment solutions to national and transnational corporations, Mexican federal and local governments, foreign governments, national and foreign business associations and intergovernmental institutions.

IQOM is currently the senior advisor for the Mexican private sector coalition for the NAFTA modernization process.

Andrea Van Vugt
Andrea Van Vugt
Global Director
Harper & Associates

Andrea has more than 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors in Canada and the United States.

Andrea currently serves as Global Director at Harper & Associates. Andrea joined H&A from her role as Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications for an iconic Canadian retailer leading government relations, communications and events.

Prior to this, Andrea was Vice President – North America at the Business Council of Canada where she supported the Canada-US Women’s Council (established by the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States) and advised Canada’s largest businesses on bilateral and trilateral issues with the United States and Mexico, particularly the NAFTA negotiations.

As Chief of Staff to the Minister of International Trade, Andrea was instrumental in the conclusion of trade talks with Ukraine, Israel and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

As the longest serving Foreign Affairs and Trade Advisor to Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister, Andrea played an instrumental role in the conclusion of the Canada-Europe trade negotiations and Canada’s entry into the TPP negotiations. She advised the Prime Minister and members of cabinet during more than 20 bilateral visits around the world, and at summits which included the G8, G20, North American Leaders’ Summit, COP and NATO. During her time in the Prime Minister’s Office, Andrea also advised the Prime Minister on Agriculture, Fisheries and Oceans, International Development, Transportation, Natural Resources, Environment and Sport.

Before joining the Prime Minister’s Office, Andrea held a number of roles in the private and non-profit sectors, including as Director of Government Relations for TELUS and as Associate Director for Corporate Relations for the Richard Ivey School of Business.

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