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Program Highlights

  • The focus of the 2019 Annual General Meeting is on the emerging challenges facing CANENA regarding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which references the WTO definition of an international standard in USMCA Chapter 11 Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), and would immediately open Canada, Mexico, and the the use of regional standards and conformity assessment programs.
  • Two full days of panel discussions, presentations, and breakout sessions.
  • Conversation with Dr. Graciela Márquez Coíin, Minister of Economy, regarding trade and development in Mexico.
  • Aims and challenges of the new regulators in Mexico.

The original 1994 trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. called the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been modernized and renamed as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA. Agreement on USMCA was reached after undergoing more than a year of multilateral talks and corresponding national consultations. Our National leaders have hailed it as a win-win-win, and on November 30, 2018, signed the trade deal at the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires. The next step is for each country’s national legislatures to ratify the USMCA. While USMCA maintains NAFTA’s core of duty-free trade between the three countries, CANENA members will soon discover how the modernization will benefit the electrical industry.

CANENA was constituted as a facilitator of the harmonization of electrotechnical standards, focal point for contacts within each country, exchange of information and a forum where the technical harmonization committees work on technical aspects of the issues to be harmonized. Today with almost 100 harmonized themes, it can be said that it is fulfilling this function.

The 2019 CANENA Annual General Meeting will focus on the new challenges soon to confront CANENA, understanding the new direction of regulatory agencies and their relationship with the System of Standardization (SISMENEC).

The first day consists of a distinguished panel presenting and answering questions on the “USMCA, trade modernization explained” to be moderated by CANENA Ambassador-at-Large Ing. Rafael NAVA. Invitations have been extended to Graciela Marques Colon (Minister of Economy), Jennifer Stradtman (Director, Technical Barriers to Trade, USTR), Gordon Gillerman (Director, Standards Coordination Office, NIST) and Guy Benjamin (Canada Vice President).  Following the panel will be two breakout sessions where participants will have the opportunity to elaborate on the panel discussion aimed at focusing the future direction of CANENA, identifying which international standards to tackle, and see how best to coordinate those efforts.

The theme of the second day is “CANENA approach in regards to a new frame USMCA.”  Panel moderator is the distinguish Edgar Ubbelohde (Conductores Monterrey, Retired). Mr. Ubbelohde’s professional career includes advising the Mexican Government of free trade agreement negotiations. The panel will be comprised of industry representatives speaking on behalf of CANAME, NEMA, and EFC.

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Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday, February 26

9:00 AM to 5:00 PMExecutive Committee (Closed)

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, February 27

8:00 AM to 9:00 AMRegistration and Breakfast
9:00 AM to 1:30 PMMorning Session

  • Welcome
  • Process and challenges to standards harmonization and mutual recognition
  • Standard harmonization best practices
  • Standardization goals
  • USMCA, trade modernization explained
1:30 PM to 2:30 PMLunch
2:30 PM to 4:30 PMBreakout Session

  • Where should CANENA focus?
  • How should international standards focus on CANENA harmonization?
  • How could CANENA coordinate efforts in IEC?

Breakout Session Summary

  • Summary reports presented by CANENA Vice Presidents
4:30 PM to 5:00 PMQ&A
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMPresident’s Reception (casual attire)

Annual General Meeting / Council Meeting

Thursday, February 28


8:00 AM to 9:00 AMRegistration and Breakfast
9:00 AM to 12:30 PMMorning Session

  • Panel: CANENA’s approach in regards to a new trading frame USMCA
  • Aims and challenges of the new regulators in Mexico
  • CANENA Subcommittee Highlights
12:30 PM to 1:30 PMLunch (Full Meeting Registrants)
1:30 PM to 3:00 PMAfternoon Session

  • IEC Report
  • FINCA Report
  • COPANT Report
3:30 PM to 5:00 PMCouncil Meeting


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