Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

CETA talks at StFX

October 20th, 2017
Karsten Mecklenburg

StFX students will be able to learn more about CETA—the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement—that came into effect on Sept. 21, 2017, when the university welcomes Karsten Mecklenburg to campus on Oct. 25.

Mr. Mecklenburg, First Counsellor, Head of Trade and Economic Section - Delegation of the European Union to Canada, will speak on the importance and perspectives of EU-Canada relations in a global context: trade and beyond at 7 p.m. in the Schwartz School of Business Auditorium.

His talk, open to all, is hosted by StFX’s German Society, the Frank McKenna Center for Leadership and the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government.

StFX student Laura MacAulay says she is looking forward to hearing his perspectives.

“Having the opportunity to speak with Mr. Karsten Mecklenburg is nothing I could have ever imagined during my years at StFX. Being a graduate of human kinetics and now a senior human nutrition student, we have discussed endlessly about topics such as certain trade agreements projected influence in the health field in Canada,” she says.

“Having this exposure to such a rich resource after one of Canada’s most powerful trade agreements established in history, CETA, provides the ideal avenue to apply our learning and realize how students such as myself might have a role in aiding Canada’s progression into the future of this degree of free trade.”

Schwartz School business student Thomas Pieroway, who is also a student in German 101, says he believes it’s important to hold such events at StFX to extend educational opportunities beyond the classroom, not only for students, but also for fellow members of the Town of Antigonish.

“I think it is important for us to learn about CETA because though we might not realize it, there are many aspects of our everyday life as a member of the Canadian economy that are effected by international trade,” adds German 101 student Kielan Philgrim.

Mr. Mecklenburg has been the Head of Trade and Economic Section at the EU Delegation in Canada since September 2013. He is a fully qualified German lawyer who also holds a university degree in political science. He has worked with the European Union Institutions in Brussels since 1997, in different assignments at the European Parliament and the European Commission, covering external relations, trade as well as European space policy. Prior to his current assignment in Canada, he worked for four years at the Delegation of the European Union to Burkina Faso.

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