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CSPS Virtual Café Series: What's Going on Down There? A Look at Our American Neighbours


Rooted in geography and bound by common interests, Canada and the United States have formed one of the world's closest bilateral relationships. Recent negotiations over the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement, and the decision to keep the Canada–US border open to essential travel and trade during the pandemic, have highlighted the degree to which our two economies are intertwined.

Moments of friction are ever present, nonetheless, and the current climate has many Canadians looking at our American neighbours and wondering, “What's going on down there?” Join us for this fourth event in the CSPS Virtual Café Series featuring Maryscott Greenwood, Crestview Strategy Partner and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian–American Business Council, and Ron Kaufman, Senior Advisor in the Public Policy and Regulation practice at Dentons law firm and former advisor to President George H.W. Bush and Governor Mitt Romney.

Together, they will take stock of the United States in 2020 and discuss what the pandemic has revealed about American society and its institutions. Whatever the outcomes of the upcoming presidential and congressional elections, how can the American political system respond to a country increasingly divided on so many major issues? Where does Canada's relationship with the US stand, both today and looking ahead?

Learn more about the CSPS Virtual Café Series.


Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service


Maryscott Greenwood, Partner, Crestview Strategy, and CEO, American–Canadian Business Council

Ron Kaufman, Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Regulation, Dentons

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