Conversation on Trade | What Lies Ahead for NAFTA

February 8, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Four Points Sheraton at Huntsville International Airport
1000 Glenn Hearn Blvd.
Huntsville 35824
$25 for NAITA Members; $40 for Non-Members; $250 for a Reserved Table

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NAITA Conversation on Trade| What Lies Ahead with NAFTA?

Please join NAITA, Presenting Sponsor Port of Huntsville, and Ambassador Sponsor Baker Donelson for an expert panel discussion on the future of NAFTA, including updates on current negotiations and the potential impact on businesses. Panelists include the Consuls General of Canada, Mexico, the UK and Chairs of Baker Donelson’s Global Business Team. Please see below for further details.


Consul General of Canada in Atlanta – Nadia Theodore 

Prior to Nadia’s arrival in Atlanta, she served as the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Deputy Minister of International Trade and was previously the Director of Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Agreement and Negotiations Branch. There she held leadership positions and earned a reputation for forging strong partnerships with government and business leaders and managing complex, priority trade files.  She also worked on efforts to help Canadian companies connect, compete and grow internationally.

Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta – Javier Díaz de León 

Javier Díaz de León holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He also earned a master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent at Canterbury in England.

Since 1991, Díaz de León has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service, and he currently holds the rank of Minister. During his professional career, Díaz de León he has served as deputy consul general in San Diego, deputy consul general in New York, head of the Office for Migration and Hispanic Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in the United States, and executive director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Consul General of UK in Atlanta – Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford

Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford took up his appointment in Atlanta as Her Majesty’s Consul General in August 2013. He leads a team which works throughout the southeast United States to promote UK-US trade and investment, support British nationals, conduct public diplomacy on key issues, and build scientific co-operation. He also sits on the Marshall Scholarship selection committee.

Jeremy’s previous posting was in London where he was the Head of the UK Foreign Office’s Caribbean, Central America and Mexico Department. In this role he helped to re-invigorate UK relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, pushed for greater trade links and supported joint efforts to combat drugs and crime within the region. Prior to this Jeremy worked in the Foreign Office’s planning staff on supporting democratic reform in Ukraine after the 2004 Orange Revolution.

Jeremy joined the UK’s diplomatic service in 1990 as a graduate entrant. He has served overseas in Qatar, Singapore, Russia and Malaysia.

Jeremy was born in Sevenoaks in Kent, England. He graduated in politics, history and economics from Brunel University in London. During his time there he participated in a one-year exchange programme with the State University of New York and worked as an intern for a US congressman.

Doreen Edelman, Co-Chair of Baker Donelson’s Global Business Team

Ms. Edelman has more than 25 years of experience counseling companies on import and export compliance, foreign investment and global expansion. Ms. Edelman advises clients on their export, import and anticorruption compliance obligations related to defense articles, and services, and for commercial goods and technologies through the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Department of Commerce, the Directorate of Defense Controls (DDTC) of the Department of State, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury.


John Scannapieco, Co-Chair of Baker Donelson’s Global Business Team and Honorary Consul from Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Tennessee

Mr. Scannapieco assists U.S. and foreign clients in connection with the sale or disposition of assets, as well as the negotiation and drafting of distribution, manufacturing, employment and agency agreements throughout the world, including the United States, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. He works with a variety of U.S.-based companies in connection with their business activities in China, Europe, the Americas and Africa. He also advises companies that are contemplating pursuing a China strategy, as well as those companies that are currently doing business in China or with China-based businesses. Mr. Scannapieco assists U.S. manufacturing companies with their activities overseas and foreign companies desiring to expand operations to the United States. He works with U.S.-based health care companies in a number of foreign jurisdictions, including China, Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Mr. Scannapieco also has worked with several companies in connection with the expansion of their global workforce.

$25.00 NAITA Members – $40 for non-Members Reserved Tables Available for $250 Business Attire

Seating is limited. Registrations and/or cancellations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on January 29.
If you are unable to attend and do not cancel by the deadline, you will be billed. Substitutions accepted.

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