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Prime Minister Trudeau in Conversation with The New York Times at Rotman - SOLD OUT

12:00-12:44pm check-in; 12:45pm sharp to 2:00pm conversation and Q&A

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Speaker Series

Date: Thursday June 22, 2017 | 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Speaker(s): Right Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Youth, Government of Canada

In Conversation With: Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times and Catherine Porter, Canada Bureau Chief, The New York Times
Topic: "Trade in the Balance: Canada-U.S. Relations"
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
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SYNOPSIS: NAFTA may be renegotiated. The Paris climate accord's future is in doubt. NATO is under renewed scrutiny. Refugee policy is the subject of fierce debate. Six months into Donald J. Trump’s presidency -- and 18 months into Mr. Trudeau’s tenure -- every aspect of Canada’s closest and most important alliance is being reconsidered. What are the economic ramifications? How might Canada’s role in the global community change? Where is the appropriate balance between values and dollars? These are among the questions the conversation with Mr. Trudeau will explore.

2 EVENT CO-HOSTS: Martin Prosperity Institute of Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; The New York Times


Justin Trudeau is Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister. A teacher, father, advocate, and leader, Mr. Trudeau’s vision of the country is a place where everyone has a shot at success because we have the confidence and leadership to invest in Canadians. Prior to entering politics, Mr. Trudeau was frequently called upon to speak at conferences and various events on youth and environmental issues. He was the Chair of Katimavik, where he spoke to young people about the value of community service and volunteerism, and a board member of the Canadian Avalanche Foundation, where he promoted avalanche safety. It became increasingly clear that the issues young Canadians care about — education, the environment, their generation's economic prospects — needed a stronger voice in the public sphere. In 2007, Mr. Trudeau decided to serve Canadians by seeking the nomination in the Montreal riding of Papineau. He was elected in 2008, and then again in 2011 and 2015. Mr. Trudeau was elected Leader of his party in April 2013. He focused his leadership on building the team and the plan to create growth that works for the middle class, and fair economic opportunity for everyone; on respect for and promotion of freedom and diversity; and on a more democratic government that represents all of Canada. On October 19, 2015, Mr. Trudeau led his party to victory, winning a majority government with seats in every province and territory across the country. Mr. Trudeau was sworn in on November 4, 2015, with an equal number of men and women in Cabinet — a first in Canada’s history.

Peter Baker is the Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times covering President Trump and his administration and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. He recently returned to the White House beat after a year as Jerusalem Bureau Chief and previously covered President Obama. Prior to joining the The New York Times, Baker was with The Washington Post where he covered President George W. Bush’s second term, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, Supreme Court nominations and midterm elections. He also covered President Bill Clinton’s second term, co-writing the story that broke the Monica Lewinsky scandal and serving as the paper’s lead writer on the subsequent House impeachment battle and Senate trial. In between stints at the White House, Baker and his wife, Susan B. Glasser, were The Washington Post's Moscow Bureau Chiefs for nearly four years, a period that coincided with the rise of Vladimir Putin and the latest political and economic transformation of Russia. During that time, Baker also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and reported from throughout Central Asia and the Middle East. He was the first American newspaper reporter to enter Afghanistan after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and he embedded with the Marines' commanding general on the road to Baghdad.

Catherine Porter is Canada Bureau Chief for The New York Times. Previously, Ms. Porter was a journalist at the Toronto Star. She started there in 2001 as an intern, and worked her way up to general assignment reporter, city hall reporter, environment writer, feature writer and finally columnist. She proved herself as an international correspondent, covering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and returning to the country 18 times to report on its reconstruction efforts. Her book about the experience, entitled “A Girl Named Lovely,” is slated for publication in 2018 (Simon & Schuster). Ms. Porter has received two National Newspaper Awards in Canada, the Landsberg Award for her feminist columns, and a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for grassroots community work. She received her Bachelor’s from McGill University in English Literature and History, and her Master’s from York University in English Literature. Ms. Porter loves being a stranger in a strange land, and has lived in France, Senegal and India. But today, she resides in Toronto, 20 minutes from her childhood home, with her husband and their two children.

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