Breakfast Briefing: United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

November 12, 2019
7:30 AM MST - 9:00 AM MST
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Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe
717 17th St #2800
Denver, CO 80202
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Briefings are open to WorldDenver members at the Premier level and above. Space is limited to 35 participants for this program!

WorldDenver welcomes Canadian Consul-General Stéphane Lessard and Colorado Business Roundtable President Jeffrey Wasden for a breakfast briefing on November 12, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

The USMCA was negotiated between the governments of the United States, Canada and Mexico but has yet to be ratified by the U.S. Congress or the Canadian Parliament. How will this differ from NAFTA? How does Canada view the new agreement? How will its passage affect Colorado businesses? Join us for this Breakfast Briefing, generously hosted by WorldDenver sponsor Ireland Stapleton. 

A recent article from the Center for Strategic and International Studies provides food for thought:

We invite our Premier-level members and above to use one of your annual Briefing passes for this event. Please refer to the list below for the number of passes available to each member level annually.

          - Premier: 2 Passes to Business Briefings Events
          - Premier Plus: 4 Passes to Business Briefings Events
          - Diplomats Council Attaché: 6 Passes to Business Briefings Events
          - Diplomats Council Counselor: 8 Passes to Business Briefings Events
          - Diplomats Council Minister: 10 Passes to Business Briefings Events
          - Lifetime Ambassador: Unlimited Passes to Business Briefings Events

About the Speakers

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 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), where he served in different executive positions. He has also worked with the Canadian Space Agency (1993 to 2004), where, as the Head of International Affairs, he oversaw relationships with foreign national and multinational space agencies; and with Global Affairs Canada’s Global Partnership Program (2004 to 2006), where he focused on preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the former USSR.

Stéphane holds a Baccalaureate in Civil Law from the University of Montréal, a Baccalaureate in Common Law from the University of Ottawa, a Master’s in Air and Space Law from McGill University, and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

A native of Montréal, Canada, Stéphane and his wife, Raji Bansal, have three children: Jasmine, Lana and Benjamin.

Jeff Wasden
President, Colorado Business Roundtable

Jeff is President of the Colorado Business Roundtable. The Colorado Business Roundtable is a leading statewide organization, operating as an affiliate of the national Business Roundtable. Jeff is Chair of the Coloradans for Tax Reform and Co-Chair of Colorado Business Leaders for NAFTA. Wasden served as a National Trustee for the Board of Directors for National Small Business Leadership Association and on their Leadership Council. He understands the importance of collaboration, partnerships, and multipliers and enjoys pulling together great leaders and organizations to improve the business climate within the region. Jeff serves on state leadership councils for United States Global Leadership Coalition, Engage Cuba, Office of Consumer Council, and numerous other boards and commissions. Previously, Jeff served on the Board of Directors and as Board President for Highlands Ranch Community Association for 10 years. He Chaired the Business Leaders for Responsible Government group and the Legislative Action Committee for the South Metro Denver Chamber, and was the chamber’s Vice Chair for Public Policy while serving on the Board of Directors. Previously, Wasden served in the education arena. While in education, Jeff was named Distinguished Educator for LPS and Teacher of the Year. The passion to support our nation’s youth has carried over into his professional life where he is a strong advocate for improving education and opportunities for all students. Jeff has been named Volunteer of the Year and also awarded the prestigious Community Leader of the Year award as well by the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. The Leukemia Lymphoma Society recognized Jeff with a Community Leader award as part of the Man of the Year campaign. Jeff is quick to share the credit with his success to so many others along the way.



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