USMCA: The New NAFTA
Creating Opportunities during Turbulent Times in Trade and Tax Reform
While new free trade agreements are being ratified between countries around the globe, we are also witness to protectionist policies, retaliation to such measures and major tax reforms. Specifically the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership, NAFTA re-negotiations, and additional tariffs on steel and aluminum and Chinese origin goods have affected the ability of Canadian companies to make business decisions.
The ancient Chinese saying “May We Live in Interesting Times” rings true today denoting a climate of uncertainty, but history has shown that from disruption stems opportunity. The time is now for companies to assess their current position in terms of supply chains and sales structures to leverage new opportunities, minimize costs, and gain an advantage over their competitors.
Join us Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 for an engaging panel on free trade and tax reform, with particular focus on the USMCA agreement, to learn of its implications on and opportunities presented to Canadian businesses.
- Russell W. Crawford, Partner and National Leader - NAFTA/USMCAServices & National Leader - U.S. Corporate Tax, KPMG
- AngelosXilinas, Partner and Practice Leader, Trade & Customs, KPMG
- Lyndon Fung, Partner, Audit & Asia Pacific Group, KPMG
Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
Location: 777 Dunsmuir Street, 11thFloor, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $20 members | $35 non-members
- 7:45am- Registration and Breakfast (no elevator access before 7:30am)
- 8:15am- Presentation
- 9:10am- Q&A
- 9:30am- Networking
About the Speakers
Russell W. Crawford, Partner and National Leader - NAFTA/USMCAServices & National Leader - U.S. Corporate Tax, KPMG
Russ is the Partner in Charge of the U.S. Tax Practice of KPMG in Canada with 37 years of experience in U.S. international tax matters. Russ also leads KPMG’s NAFTA/USMCAServices across Canada. He previously headed up KPMG Meijburg& Co’s U.S. Tax Center in The Netherlands. Russ has also held various positions in the U.S. firm, including Partner-in-Charge of KPMG’s Pacific Northwest Tax Practice, Managing Partner of the Seattle office, and Partner-in-Charge of the International Corporate Services practice in KPMG’s Northeastern Area. He also spent one year on a rotational assignment in the corporate mergers and acquisition group of KPMG’s Washington National Tax practice, located in Washington D.C.
AngelosXilinas, Partner and Practice Leader, Trade & Customs, KPMG
Angelosleads KPMG’s Trade & Customs Practice. He joined KPMG in 1999, after spending ten years with the former Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) as a Customs and Trade Administration Officer. Angelosadvises clients regarding import and export requirements, conducts compliance and cost recovery reviews, and approaches customs authorities on behalf of clients to resolve customs and trade issues. His areas of expertise include tariff classification, import and export controls, valuation, and country of origin requirements. In addition, Angeloshas developed strategies to reduce costs and limit risks relating to customs compliance.
Lyndon Fung, Partner, Audit & Asia Pacific Group, KPMG
Lyndon’s primary focus is in serving clients with operations in Asia, as well as Asia Pacific clients with investments in Canada. He started his career in Toronto and moved to Beijing in 2010. In 2017, he returned to Vancouver to help lead the Asia Pacific Group at KPMG. He is actively involved in guiding clients through transaction steps and accounting matters related to cross border activities. His clients include real estate developers, IT companies and companies in the hospitality industry. With a broad understanding of both cultures, Lyndon is able to provide a broad and insightful perspective for Chinese entities investing abroad, and for international companies investing into China.