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Prime Minister Trudeau at Rotman

June 22, 2017

Working constructively with the Trump administration, staying true to Canadian values and promoting women in business continue to be key priorities, Prime Minister Trudeau emphasized today, during a sold-out event at the Rotman School of Management.

“There is no relationship quite like the one between Canada and the United States,” the Prime Minister explained, citing how the two countries maintain close working relationships at local and state government levels and through industry and business. Trudeau added that he would continue to work directly with the President — including on issues where the countries disagree.

At one point during the event — which was sponsored by the Martin Prosperity Institute and attended by Right Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, and Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs — Trudeau spoke about the importance of supporting women in business.

“We know that getting more women to succeed in business is not just the right thing to do, it’s a really smart thing to do for economic growth,” he stressed.

The Prime Minister answered questions on a range of topics, from his thoughts on the future of NAFTA to whether he thought Canada might impose carbon tariffs on the U.S.

To hear Prime Minister Trudeau’s perspective on current issues and events impacting our country, watch a recording of the event here:

Prime Minister Trudeau in Conversation with the New York Times


Today’s public conversation — which marks the first time a sitting prime minister has visited the Rotman School — was moderated by Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent at the New York Times and Catherine Porter, Canada Bureau Chief at the Times. The talk was the latest in a series of recent events held at the Rotman School that have examined current events and political hot topics.

In May, the School’s Strategic Events team hosted Catrin Einhorn and Jodi Kantor, reporters with the New York Times, Jodi Rudoren, the Times’ deputy international editor, Catherine Porter, as well as Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, for a public discussion on Canada’s refugee policy.

Watch a clip of the event: Refugees Welcome: Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Refugees Welcome: Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship »

As well, David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, recently visited the School in March to speak with the Martin Prosperity Institute about his analysis of the current political climate in the U.S.

Watch a clip of the event: How to Build an Autocracy: David Frum

How to Build an Autocracy: David Frum »

The School also hosted several leaders in finance, including Mark Hughes, Group Chief Risk Officer at RBC, John Hull, Maple Financial Group Chair in Derivatives & Risk Management at Rotman, Sheryl Kennedy, CEO, Promontory Financial Group Canada and Greg Wilson, principal of Greg Wilson Consulting, in February. Richard Nesbitt, CEO of the Global Risk Institute for Financial Services and a professor at Rotman, moderated the discussion on the Trump administration’s impact on financial services.

Watch a clip of the event: Trump's Impact on Financial Services: Dean Tiff Macklem

Trump's Impact on Financial Services: Dean Tiff Macklem »

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