September 29, 2023

CIC/CCI EVENT on Optimising the Canada-CARICOM Trade Relationship – June 29, 2023

Join the Canada International Council Latin America and Caribbean Study Group and the Canada Caribbean Institute for our “Optimizing the Canada CARICOM trade relationship” webinar on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 10:00 am -1:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time). 

The panels will feature Canadian and Caribbean exporters and investors outlining their experiences and lessons in the respective markets, the main trade promotion and facilitation agencies from the two sides and a discussion of the current “government to government” trade arrangements and whether these are appropriate going forward.


Panel 1: Views from the Exporting Community


o Zaheer Mohammed, Importer
o Vashti Guyadeen, Trinidad & Tobago Coalition of Services Industries
o Justine Pierre, Dunn, Pierre Barnett Company
o Craig Williams, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Moderator: Mr. Dav-Ernan Kowlessar, Executive Chairman, DYKON Developments

Panel 2: Trade, Investment and Development Programs


  • Dr Damie Sinanan, Caribbean Export
  • Jake Thomas – Global Affairs Canada – TCS
  • David Weber – Global Affairs Canada – Dev 
  • Steven Tipman, Trade Facilitation Office Canada

Moderator: Alicia Nicholls

Panel 3: Role of Trade Agreements


  • Robert Ready, former HC of Canada to Jamaica & The Bahamas/Trade Negotiator
  • Chantal Ononaiwu, Director, External Trade, CARICOM Secretariat 

Moderator: Alicia Nicholls, International Trade and Development Consultant


The moderators of this event will produce a short summary of proceedings to share with attendees and others following the event.


Register for the Event via Eventbrite here:

Note that several days before the event all registrants will receive an email with the actual Zoom link. We look forward to you joining us! 


The Caribbean Trade Law and Development Blog is owned and was founded by Alicia Nicholls, B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. (Dist.), LL.B. (Hons), a Caribbean-based trade and development consultant. She writes and presents regularly on trade and development matters affecting the Caribbean and other small states. You can follow her on Twitter @LicyLaw. All views expressed on this Blog are Alicia's personal views and do NOT necessarily reflect the views of any institution or entity with which she may from time to time be affiliated.

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