A Call to Action: Leveraging the benefits of Canada's new Trade Agreements
11:45am-1:30pm | The Marriot - 525 Bay St , Toronto
Minister Fast will discuss the recently released Global Markets Action Plan (GMAP) and how it is creating jobs and opportunities through trade. GMAP focuses on core Canadian strengths, aligns Canada's trade, development and foreign policy tools to advance commerical interests around the world and sets concrete targets to grow the presence of Canada's small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets.
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The Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
The Government of Canada
The Honourable Ed Fast was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. He had previously served for two terms as an Abbotsford School Trustee and for three terms as a member of Abbotsford City Council.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Minister Fast practiced corporate and commercial law for 24 years. On May 18, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Minister Fast to his cabinet to serve as Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. He assumed responsibility for the Government of Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy, which aims to create a more competitive Canadian economy by deepening Canada’s trade and investment ties in large, dynamic and fast-growing economies around the world. His top trade priorities include oversight of negotiations on free trade agreements with the European Union, India and Japan. Minister Fast is also the lead minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative.
Prior to his appointment to cabinet, Minister Fast served on a number of parliamentary committees and chaired the Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights. In 2011, he was appointed Queen's Counsel for British Columbia, and more recently was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to his community and country.
Minister Fast and his wife, Annette, have lived in Abbotsford, British Columbia, for 30 years. They have four daughters.