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Regulatory Co-operation: What’s In, What’s Out, What’s Next

Until the President and Prime Minister announced plans for closer regulatory co-operation last February, only a few policy wonks from the arcane world of trade technical barriers knew much about it. Now, that reg co-op has become a fast-growing bilateral economic initiative, businesses are wondering how they can benefit.  The Canada-United States Regulatory Co-operation Council […]

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CFIB report on small business and cross-border trade

According to the report, Border Barriers: SMEs’ experience with cross-border trade,  released by the Canadian Federation for Independent Business, the number one obstacle in cross-border trade for smaller companies on both sides of the border relates to the complexity of the process and its related paperwork. The common thread in the problems faced by small business is […]

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Border Challenges for Small Business

At the Great Lakes Summit hosted by the Mowat Centre and Brookings Institution talking about strategies for regional cooperation for shared development and growth today.  My key focus is on small business (SME) border challenges. More employment growth is generated through SMEs than largercompanies Most Canadian SMEs export but most US SMEs do not.  Canada is […]

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The Best Job I Ever Had, or, The Idea of America

This is a letter I sent to my colleagues at the US Embassy when I left in May 2011.   Although it was intended as a thank you note to the great friends I have made, a number of people have asked for a copy to resend to their friends — especially folks serving overseas, […]

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