USMCA/T-MEC/CUSMA (the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada) recognizes the fundamental role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as engines of the North American economy. This series of virtual events is a collaboration between the OWIT chapters in the USMCA/ T-MEC/CUSMA region - Orange County, Los Angeles, Mexico, Ottawa, and Toronto - and the Los Angeles SBDC. The series will focus on the topic of recovery and resilience in the international trade community and will highlight the voice of women in trade.
The April 5th event will focus on customs challenges, including best practices, lessons learned over the past two years, and solutions moving forward. Attendees will hear the perspectives of customs agencies in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada, as well as women in trade entrepreneurs from the three countries.
Simona Racek, Los Angeles SBDC/EDC International Expansion Advisor & WITOC President
Frida Owinga, President of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT)
KEYNOTE SPEAKER and HONORED GUEST:
Camille Richardson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Middle East and Africa Global Markets, WELTI Initiative
Dr. Ray Bowman, International Trade Director, Los Angeles SBDC/EDC
Mexico Customs Expert: Ingrid Orozco, National Coordinator at International Trade Center - SheTrades Initiative, OWIT Mexico President
United States Customs Expert: Jan Fields, President of National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA)
Canada Customs Expert: Carol West, CEO & President of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers
WOMEN IN TRADE ENTREPRENEURS:
Mexico: Leticia Verónica Rosales Pego, CEO General Soles S.A. de C.V.
United States: Jane Skeeter, CEO & President of UltraGlas, Inc.
Canada: Suzie Yorke, Board Director & Founder, Love Good Fats