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Cheyenne, WY - Join Canadian and Mexican consul generals and other global market experts as they provide the latest update on changes to NAFTA and their potential impact on Wyoming’s economy during a Sept. 17 luncheon in Casper.

“Changes to NAFTA have the potential to impact Wyoming businesses and industries, which exported $228 million to Canada and Mexico in 2017,” explained Cindy DeLancey, President of the Wyoming Business Alliance. “Staying updated is vital for our state’s economic growth.”

The Wyoming Business Alliance is hosting the luncheon panel NAFTA 2.0; The U.S., Mexico and Canada Agreement, which will be held 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper. Tickets are $30 or $500 to sponsor a table. Email to register or for sponsorship information.

Dr. Anne Alexander, University of Wyoming’s Associate Vice Provost, will moderate the discussion. The panelists include Berenice Rendon Talavera, Mexican Consul General; Stephane Lessard, Canadian Consul General; Dr. Barbara Rasco, Dean of University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Peter Murray, EDF Man Capital Markets.

Signed on Nov. 30, 2018, U.S., Mexico, and Canada reached an agreement to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement. The new trade deal is called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), often nicknamed NAFTA 2.0. Congress still needs to ratify the agreement. The original NAFTA currently remains in effect.

According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Wyoming exported $228 million to Canada and Mexico in 2017. The top ten exports included: chemicals ($78.8 million); machinery ($53.9 million); minerals & ores ($27.2 million); nonmetallic mineral products ($15.1 million); oil & gas ($10.3 million); petroleum & coal products ($8.4 million); transportation equipment ($5 million); fabricated metal products ($5 million); computer & electronic products ($4.8 million); and livestock ($3.5 million).



Dr. Anne Alexander

University of Wyoming’s Associate Vice Provost

Dr. Anne Alexander is the Associate Vice Provost of Academic Affairs for Undergraduate Education at the University of Wyoming. She oversees undergraduate programs and curriculum including the general education curriculum, academic advising and career services, academic support programs, the ROTC programs, program evaluations, and accreditation. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics at UW, and her Master’s and BBA in Economics from New Mexico State University. Dr. Alexander’s research and teaching focus on the history of American capitalism, international economics, and health economics. She regularly speaks to statewide audiences and state and national media about the status of Wyoming, US, and global economies.

Stephane Lessard

Canadian Consul General

Stéphane Lessard joined Global Affairs Canada at the Consulate General of Canada in August 2016. As Canada’s Consul General in Denver, Stéphane oversees a team of 17 people who work within Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Utah and Wyoming to strengthen trade and economic ties; enhance political, academic and cultural links; and assist Canadians visiting or living in the fivestate U.S. Mountain West region. Stéphane began his career practicing commercial law in Montréal before joining the Canadian Federal Government in 1993, where he has held numerous senior and executive positions. Prior to arriving in Denver, Stéphane spent the last ten years with Health Canada (2006 to 2016).

Bernice Rendon Talavera

Mexican Consul General Ambassador

Berenice Rendón-Talavera, assumed the position as Consul General of Mexico in Denver, April 28th, 2017, after she was appointed by Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto. Ambassador Rendon Talavera is a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1977 and in 1987 she joined the Matias Romero Institute, the diplomatic academy of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. She served as Ambassador of Mexico in El Salvador and Ukraine and has been the Consul of Mexico in Brownsville, Texas, and in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received national decorations from the Republic of Italy and the Republic of El Salvador, as well as from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs for “25 Years of Service” in 2002.

Dr. Barbara Rasco

Dean, University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Dr. Barbara Rasco is internationally recognized for her expertise in food law, processing and food quality. She recently served as the Director of the joint Washington State University (WSU) & University of Idaho School of Food Science. Dr. Rasco received a BSE (Engineering, University of Pennsylvania), Ph.D. (Food Science, University of Massachusetts) and JD (Seattle University) and is licensed to practice law. Her research is in food microbiology, food quality (safety and nutritional properties), and process design. Dr. Rasco has worked extensively in agricultural and food sectors in both small and large scale operations in the US and in 37 countries improving food security and safety, reducing non-tariff trade barriers and creating jobs.

Peter Murray

EDF Man Capital Markets

Peter comes to us from Chicago, IL where he has spent time as a commodities futures trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, a regulatory analyst, and a professional risk manager for Cattle and Grain producers throughout the United States. Most recently, Mr. Murray joined ED&F Man Capital Markets’ Structured Products Group to specialize in OTC Derivatives tailored to commodity producers and end-users. ED&F Man Capital Markets is a global financial brokerage business and the financial services division of ED&F Man Group. Blending the heritage of ED&F Man with Capital Market expertise, the company's business ethos is built on integrity, client care and careful risk management along with a strong compliance focus.



The Wyoming Business Alliance serves as Wyoming’s premier business advocate and proponent with the mission of promoting and advocating a growing economy by connecting business leaders from across Wyoming, representing business interests and issues, and partnering with key business organizations and trade associations. For more information about the Wyoming Business Alliance visit




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