MEXICO AND NORTH AMERICA: A GLOBAL POWERHOUSE
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Mexico, the United States, and Canada make up one of the most competitive regions in the world. The three economies have become tightly integrated since the adoption of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), making relations between the three countries more important than ever. Since NAFTA’s conception, North American integration has allowed the three countries to compete in global markets, accounting for 12 percent of world trade, 28 percent of global GDP, and 26 percent of the world's foreign direct investment flows.
The region has the potential to continue to show strong leadership, however. As its three heads of state have said, NAFTA would benefit from modernization, and future talks present an opportunity to include and update provisions that generate economic prosperity throughout the North America region while strengthening trilateral ties.
For its tenth consecutive year, Americas Society /Council of the Americas (AS/COA) will bring its Latin American Cities Conference to Mexico City. AS/COA, in collaboration with the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE) invites you to participate in this year’s conference, which will bring together senior leaders from the private sector and high-level government officials to discuss the opportunities and challenges for North American integration.
- Luis Videgaray, Secretary, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs @LVidegaray @SRE_mx
- Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada @cafreeland @CanadaFP
- José Antonio Meade, Secretary, Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit @JoseAMeadeK @SHCP_mx (Download his presentation.)
- Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary, Secretariat of Economy @ildefonsogv @SE_mx
- Juan Andrade, Executive Vice President of Chubb Group and President, Overseas General Insurance, Chubb @Chubb
- Juan Pablo Castañon, President, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE) @jpcastanon
- Juan Pablo del Valle, Chairman, Mexichem @JuanPdelvalle
- Yosbel Ibarra Co-Managing Shareholder Miami office, and Co-Chair of the Latin American and Iberian Practice, Greenberg Traurig @GT_Law
- Moisés R. Kalach, Director, Foreign Trade Strategic Advisory Board, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE) @moikaba @cceoficialmx
- Eric Lee, Energy Strategist, Commodities Research, Citigroup @Citi
- Patrick J. Ottensmeyer, President and CEO, Kansas City Southern
- Brian Porter, CEO, Scotiabank @scotiabank
- Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Mexico Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News @carlos_rgz
- Juan Ignacio Rubiolo, President and CEO, AES México @TheAESCorp
- Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, Undersecretary for North America, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs @CarlosMSada @SRE_mx
- Oscar Schmidt, Executive Vice President, CEO-Latin America, MetLife @MetLife
- Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal (Read her remarks.)
- Jaime José Serra Puche, Founder and President, SAI Derecho & Economía
- Blanca Treviño, President and CEO, Softtek @SofttekMX
- Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @BrazilBrian
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Luis Videgaray Caso
Secretary, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs
Luis Videgaray Caso has been Secretary of Foreign Affairs since January 2017. He previously served as Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, role in which he managed the federal government’s economic policy in financial, fiscal, expenditure, revenues, and public debt matters. Following the 2012 presidential elections in Mexico, Videgaray Caso was the director general for president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto’s transitional government.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada
Chrystia Freeland was appointed Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs in January 2017. Freeland was first elected as the member of parliament for Toronto Centre in November 2013 and then re-elected in October 2015 as the member of parliament for University–Rosedale. From 2015 to 2016, she served as minister of international trade of Canada. Freeland began her career in journalism as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, Washington Post, and The Economist.
José Antonio Meade
Secretary, Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit
José Antonio Meade is the Secretary of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico. Previously, he has served as Secretary of Social Development, Foreign Affairs, and Energy. Within the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit he has served as Undersecretary of Finance (tax), Chief of Staff to the Secretary, and General Director of Banking and Savings.
Secretary of Economy, Mexico
Ildefonso Guajardo has been Mexico’s Secretary of Economy since 2012. He has previously held the posts of chief of the Executive Office of the Governorship of Nuevo León; technical secretary of Planning, Communication, and liaison with the Secretariat of Commerce and Industrial Development; chief administrative officer of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1997; and undersecretary of tourism development in the Secretariat of Tourism. Guajardo has been a federal congressman in two instances for the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI).
Executive Vice President of Chubb Group and President, Overseas General Insurance, Chubb
Juan Andrade is executive vice president of Chubb Group and president of Overseas General Insurance. Andrade has executive operating responsibility for Chubb’s general insurance business across 54 countries outside of North America. Prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in January 2016, Andrade had been executive vice president of ACE Group since March 2014. Before joining ACE in 2010, Andrade was president and chief operating officer for the Hartford Financial Services Group.
Juan Pablo Castañon
President, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE)
Juan Pablo Castañon was elected president of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE) in December of 2015. Throughout his professional career he has been part of various business organizations for more than three decades. He participated for more than 25 years in the Confederation of Employers of Mexico (COPARMEX), where he was national president between 2012 and 2015. He was a partner and adviser at the National Chamber of Industry (Canacintra) and of the National Chamber of Commerce (Canaco) for more than 12 years.
Juan Pablo del Valle Perochena
Juan Pablo del Valle Perochena is the president of Mexichem. He started his career working for Telmex in 1996. He led the implementation of the first fiber optics sea cable between the United States, Mexico, Central, and South America. After graduating from Harvard Business School, Del Valle founded Grupo Modulo Progresivo, a low income housing developer in Mexico. He joined his family business Grupo Empresarial Kaluz in 2002, where he was responsible for real estate investments, operations and the chemical business.
Yosbel A. Ibarra
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Yosbel A. Ibarra is shareholder for Greenberg Traurig. He advises clients on complex business transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures and financing transactions. Yosbel has represented U.S., European and Latin American clients on M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions including agribusiness, entertainment, financial services, fisheries, food, gaming, hotel & tourism, manufacturing, medical equipment, packaging, pharmaceuticals, real estate, technology, and transportation.
Patrick J. Ottensmeyer
President and CEO, Kansas City Southern
Patrick J. Ottensmeyer has been the president and director of Kansas City Southern (KCS) since March 2015 and its chief executive officer since July 2016. He has held senior positions since joining KCS in 2006, including executive vice president of sales and marketing, chief financial officer, and executive vice president. Prior to joining KCS, Ottensmeyer served from 2000 to 2006 as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Intranasal Therapeutics, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company.
President and CEO, Scotiabank
Brian Porter has been president and chief executive officer of Scotiabank since November 2013. He joined Scotiabank in 1981, and has held several senior positions across the bank, including executive roles with Global Banking and Markets, Global Risk Management, Group Treasury, and International Banking. Porter served as the Bank’s Chief Risk Officer from 2005 to 2008, as Group Head of Risk & Treasury from 2008 to 2010 and as Group Head of International Banking from 2010 to 2012.
Carlos Manuel Rodríguez
Mexico Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News
Carlos Manuel Rodríguez is Mexico bureau chief for Bloomberg News. He joined Bloomberg in 2006 as a Latin America reporter for Bloomberg Television in New York, and became a correspondent for Bloomberg News in Mexico in 2009, covering energy and commodities. Rodríguez was promoted to Mexico bureau chief in 2013. He has interviewed influential leaders in the Americas, from U.S. president Barack Obama and Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto to then-Latin American heads of state Felipe Calderón, Vicente Fox, Álvaro Uribe, and Óscar Arias.
Juan Ignacio Rubiolo
President and CEO, AES Mexico
Juan Ignacio Rubiolo is president and CEO of AES Mexico since May 2014. Rubiolo joined AES Corporation in 2001 in Argentina and has worked in different countries such as the Philippines, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, where he actively participated in the opening of the electricity market in each country.
Carlos Manuel Sada Solana
Undersecretary for North America, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs
Carlos Manuel Sada Solana was appointed Undersecretary for North America at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico in January 2017. He served as Ambassador of Mexico to the United States from May 2016 to January 2017. Undersecretary Sada previously served as consul general of Mexico in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Antonio, and Toronto, Canada. He was also minister at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Executive Vice President, CEO of Latin America, MetLife
Oscar Schmidt is the executive vice president and CEO of Latin America of MetLife Inc. As CEO, Schmidt is responsible for MetLife’s operations in Latin America. Schmidt played a leading role in the execution of the Alico acquisition in 2010, the largest transaction in MetLife’s history, and the international component of the Travelers acquisition in 2005. These three acquisitions were major deals in MetLife history and have greatly increased the company’s global footprint.
President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector.
Jaime José Serra Puche
Founder and President, SAI Derecho & Economía
Jaime José Serra Puche is founder and president of SAI Derecho & Economía. He is a member of the Board of Directors of BBVA Bancomer and of four publicly listed companies: Fondo México, Tenaris, Vitro and Alpek. Within the Mexican government, he served as undersecretary of revenue at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit from 1986 to 1988, secretary of commerce and industrial development from 1988 to 1994, and secretary of finance in 1994.
President and CEO, Softtek
Blanca Treviño is the president and CEO of Softtek. As president, she has positioned Softtek as a key part of Mexico, opening its doors to the United States as a provider of IT services and shaping what is known today as Nearshore, Softtek’s trademarked delivery model. Treviño has served on the board of directors for Walmart Mexico since 2006 and was recently appointed as a board member of Goldcorp. She has participated in forums at the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Kellogg School of Management, Harvard Business School, and London Business School.
Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and vice president of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A best-selling author, columnist, and analyst, he is a leading expert on Latin America and a frequent speaker for international media, events, and conferences. Based in New York City since 2015, Winter has led the relaunch of Americas Quarterly, more than doubling its online readership and expanding its coverage of politics, business, and culture in the Western Hemisphere.
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AS/COA's president and CEO and Mexico's undersecretary for North America opened the conference in Mexico City....
May 23, 2017
The CEOs of Scotiabank and AS/COA talked about how the links between Canada, Mexico, and the United States make North America the most competitive region in the world. ...
May 23, 2017
"No podemos iniciar negociaciones del TLCAN si no reconocemos que los tres países se han beneficiados" dice el secretario de economía de México....
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Panelists discussed what lies ahead for NAFTA, including prospects for modernization of the agreement....
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Note: All times are in local Mexico City time (GMT -5), one hour behind Eastern Time.
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
- Susan Segal, President & CEO, AS/COA
- Carlos Sada Solana, Undersecretary for North America, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. A Conversation on North American Relations
- Susan Segal, President and CEO, AS/COA
- Brian Porter, President and CEO, Scotiabank
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker
- Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary, Secretariat of the Economy
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. A Dialogue on Strategic Issues in the North American Partnership
- Luis Videgaray, Secretary, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs
- Chrystia Freeland, Minister, Department of Global Affairs Canada
- Jaime José Serra Puche, Founder and President, SAI Derecho & Economía (moderator)
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A Conversation on the Future of NAFTA
- Moisés R. Kalach, Director of the Strategic Council of International Negotiations, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial
- Patrick Ottensmeyer, President and CEO, Kansas City Southern
- Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. The New North American Reality
- Juan Andrade, Executive Vice President of Chubb Group and President, Overseas General Insurance, Chubb
- Blanca Treviño, CEO, Softtek
- Juan Pablo Castañon, President, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE)
- Yosbel Ibarra, Co-Managing Shareholder Miami office, and Co-Chair of the Latin American and Iberian Practice, Greenberg Traurig (moderator)
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Toward Hemispheric Energy Integration
- Eric Lee, Energy Strategist, Commodities Research, Citigroup
- Juan Ignacio Rubiolo, President and CEO, AES Mexico
- Juan Pablo del Valle, Chairman, Mexichem
- Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Bloomberg (moderator)
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Closing remarks
- Oscar Schmidt, Executive Vice President, CEO Latin America, MetLife (introduction)
- José Antonio Meade, Secretary, Secretariat of Finance & Public Credit