A packed agenda is planned for the Canadian Horticultural Council Annual General Meeting in Ottawa. One of the keynote speakers will be Martin Moen from Global Affairs Canada.
A recent edition of The Hill Times shone a spotlight on Martin Moen’s role in the current NAFTA renegotiations.
“Considered Mr. Steve Verheul’s No. 2 and effectively the NAFTA deputy chief negotiator, Martin Moen operates very much in the same vein as Canada’s calm lead, insiders say.
You never see him sweat, he’s nonplussed and has nerves of steel, said Sarah Goldfeder, a former staffer at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and current principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group.
“He’s a legend. He’s been on every difficult file,” she said of Mr. Moen, Global Affairs Canada’s director general for North America and investment.
He built strong U.S. connections while stationed in Washington at the trade office in Canada’s embassy, starting in 2008. He stayed about five years and was back in Ottawa by 2014 working as a director general before the softwood lumber dispute heated up.
And like Mr. Verheul, he has been working with U.S. chief negotiator John Melle for decades.
Here’s the speaker roster:
• Primary Agriculture Review (Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst and Janet Krayden, Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council)
• International Farm Worker Awareness Campaign (Michael Hicks, Hyperactive)
• Update on Business Risk Management Review (Francesco Del Bianco, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
• BRM review (Scott Ross, Canadian Federation of Agriculture)
• 2018 Economic Outlook for Canadian Horticulture (J.P. Gervais, Farm Credit Canada)
• Government of Canada Trade Priorities (To be announced, Global Affairs Canada)
• DRC membership requirement in Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (Fred Webber, Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation)
• Growing Trade and Expanding Markets (Frederick J. Gorrell, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
• Tools to support grower education and food safety program implementation (Heather Gale, CanadaGAP)
• Canadian Organic Standards Review (Nicole Boudreau, Organic Federation of Canada)
• Innovation in Crop Protection (Maria Trainer, CropLife Canada)
• Plant and Animal Health Strategy, Plant Health Network and the Sydney Lab (Pierre Bilodeau, Plant Health Science Directorate, CFIA)
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