I had the pleasure of participating in a virtual roundtable earlier today hosted by The Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), an independent, non-partisan think tank. It was organized at the request of Minister Mary Ng, the Federal Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade and moderated by Rohinton Medhora, CIGI’s President.
The roundtable had three main topics:
1. Digital trade: Covid-19 economic recovery and Canadian businesses
2. Data governance: balancing privacy, security and economic opportunities
3. Fostering competitiveness: innovation and IP strategy
Following opening remarks from Minister Ng (who demonstrated a good understanding of our digital challenges and pressed attendees for their insights on how to solve them), I was asked to provide brief opening comments on topic 2.