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Mexican and Canadian Consul Generals coming to Casper to discuss ‘NAFTA 2.0’

(Courtesy of the Wyoming Business Alliance)

CASPER, Wyo. — Mexican Consul General Bernice Rendon Talavera and Canadian Consul General Stéphane Lessard will be in Casper on Sept. 17 to discuss changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

They’ll join a panel to discuss changes to trade agreements between the countries and how those could impact Wyoming’s economy.

“‘Changes to NAFTA have the potential to impact Wyoming businesses and industries, which exported $228 million to Canada and Mexico in 2017,’ explained Cindy DeLancey, President of the Wyoming Business Alliance. ‘Staying updated is vital for our state’s economic growth.’”

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The Wyoming Business Alliance will be hosting the 11 am – 1 pm luncheon at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper.

University of Wyoming Associate Vice Provost Dr. Anne Alexander will moderate the “NAFTA 2.0; The U.S., Mexico and Canada Agreement” panel.

The consul generals will be joined on the panel by Dr. Barbara Rasco, Dean of University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Peter Murray of ED&F Man Capital Markets.

A new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement was signed on Nov. 30, 2018, though it is still awaiting U.S. Congress ratification. It is sometimes referred to as NAFTA 2.0, according to the Wyoming Business Alliance.

“The original NAFTA currently remains in effect,” the WBA says. “According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Wyoming exported $228 million to Canada and Mexico in 2017.”

They shared the top ten American exports to the neighboring countries:

  • chemicals ($78.8 million)
  • machinery ($53.9 million)
  • minerals & ores ($27.2 million)
  • nonmetallic mineral products ($15.1 million)
  • oil & gas ($10.3 million)
  • petroleum & coal products ($8.4 million)
  • transportation equipment ($5 million)
  • fabricated metal products ($5 million)
  • computer & electronic products ($4.8 million)
  • livestock ($3.5 million).

Tickets for the luncheon are $30. Tables can also be sponsored for $500.

“Email annie@wyoba.com to register or for sponsorship information,” the WBA says.

They also provided bios for the participants:

Stéphane Lessard, Canadian Consul General

Stéphane Lessard joined Global Affairs Canada at the Consulate General of Canada in August 2016. As Canada’s Consul General in Denver, Stéphane oversees a team of 17 people who work within Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Utah and Wyoming to strengthen trade and economic ties; enhance political, academic and cultural links; and assist Canadians visiting or living in the five-state U.S. Mountain West region. Stéphane began his career practicing commercial law in Montréal before joining the Canadian Federal Government in 1993, where he has held numerous senior and executive positions. Prior to arriving in Denver, Stéphane spent the last ten years with Health Canada (2006 to 2016).


Bernice Rendon Talavera, Mexican Consul General

Ambassador Berenice Rendón-Talavera, assumed the position as Consul General of Mexico in Denver, April 28th, 2017, after she was appointed by Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto. Ambassador Rendon Talavera is a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1977 and in 1987 she joined the Matias Romero Institute, the diplomatic academy of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. She served as Ambassador of Mexico in El Salvador and Ukraine and has been the Consul of Mexico in Brownsville, Texas, and in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received national decorations from the Republic of Italy and the Republic of El Salvador, as well as from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs for “25 Years of Service” in 2002.

Dr. Anne Alexander, University of Wyoming’s Associate Vice Provost 

Dr. Anne Alexander is the Associate Vice Provost of Academic Affairs for Undergraduate Education at the University of Wyoming. She oversees undergraduate programs and curriculum including the general education curriculum, academic advising and career services, academic support programs, the ROTC programs, program evaluations, and accreditation. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics at UW, and her Master’s and BBA in Economics from New Mexico State University. Dr. Alexander’s research and teaching focus on the history of American capitalism, international economics, and health economics. She regularly speaks to statewide audiences and state and national media about the status of Wyoming, US, and global economies. 

Dr. Barbara Rasco, Dean, University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

 Dr. Barbara Rasco is internationally recognized for her expertise in food law, processing and food quality. She recently served as the Director of the joint Washington State University (WSU) & University of Idaho School of Food Science. Dr. Rasco received a BSE (Engineering, University of Pennsylvania), Ph.D. (Food Science, University of Massachusetts) and JD (Seattle University) and is licensed to practice law. Her research is in food microbiology, food quality (safety and nutritional properties), and process design. Dr. Rasco has worked extensively in agricultural and food sectors in both small and large scale operations in the US and in 37 countries improving food security and safety, reducing non-tariff trade barriers and creating jobs. 

Peter Murray, ED&F Man Capital Markets

Peter comes to us from Chicago, IL where he has spent time as a commodities futures trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, a regulatory analyst, and a professional risk manager for Cattle and Grain producers throughout the United States. Most recently, Mr. Murray joined ED&F Man Capital Markets’ Structured Products Group to specialize in OTC Derivatives tailored to commodity producers and end-users. ED&F Man Capital Markets is a global financial brokerage business and the financial services division of ED&F Man Group. Blending the heritage of ED&F Man with Capital Market expertise, the company’s business ethos is built on integrity, client care and careful risk management along with a strong compliance focus.

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