What awaits us in 2021?

A Look Ahead: Trade with America’s Top Partners under the Biden Administration

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 9:00am to 10:30am CST


International trade directly affects job creation, tax revenue generation and many other important aspects of social and economic life in America. This webinar will discuss trade and business conditions in America’s biggest and most important trade partners - China, Mexico and Canada - and opportunities for stakeholders, in light of the new Biden administration.


Doing Business with Canada and Mexico

The USMCA went into effect on July 1, 2020. The trade agreement presents opportunities and challenges for businesses, workers, investors, governments and other key stakeholders. This topic will explore and highlight prospects, challenges and opportunities as they relate to doing business with Canada and Mexico and for nearshoring.

Trade with China

What will business and trading conditions look like in China post-Covid-19? How should your business prepare to trade with China? This topic will examine China’s response to the novel coronavirus, review current business conditions in China and explore opportunities for American businesses in China and with Chinese businesses going forward.



Mr. Wayne Robson, Acting Consul General at the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago

Mr. Robson has previously held a number of positions in Canada, including Regional Director of the Vancouver Regional Office responsible for the Pacific Region, Director of the International Trade Finance Division and Executive Director of the Multi Sectors Practices Division in Ottawa. He has also served abroad as Second Secretary in Tokyo, First Secretary in Canberra, and Minister-Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner in Seoul, Minister-Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico and Consul General for Canada in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Mr. Robson will be discussing trade with Canada.

Ralph Biedermann

Dr. Ralph Biedermann, Executive Director of the Mid-America Chapter of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Biedermann served as the president of the chapter from 2011 until 2014 and has been the Executive Director since 2017. Dr. Biedermann has over 50 years’ experience in the industrial, consumer, defense and aerospace fields and has worked with U.S. and international companies to develop and implement manufacturing, marketing and distribution strategies for Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean Basin and China. He has also represented the Mexican States of Tamaulipas and Yucatan in the U.S. Before establishing his consultancy, The MRB Group in 1987, he was President of Brunswick International, Ltd., and Director of Corporate Relations for the Brunswick Corporation. Prior to that, he worked for Northrop, General Electric and Grumman Aerospace. Dr. Biedermann will be discussing trade with Mexico.

Ker Gibbs

Mr. Ker Gibbs, President of American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham), Shanghai

Mr. Ker Gibbs first came to China in 1985 and has worked in various roles giving him broad exposure to US-China relations and business issues facing American companies operating in Asia.

In the 1990s, Mr. Gibbs worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Shanghai. Since then, he has split his time between Asia and Silicon Valley, serving in executive positions with Apple, Disney, and high-growth Internet businesses. He moved to Shanghai in 2002 as head of Asia Pacific for a Nasdaq-listed network security company that was acquired by McAfee. His career in high tech led him to banking; he became head of technology and media in greater China for HSBC. As an investment banker he worked with Alibaba, Baidu, and other firms advising on mergers and cross-border transactions.

From banking, Mr. Gibbs moved to direct investments. He was a founding investor in the Crystal Orange hotel group, helping grow the company to 130 properties and 1,500 employees in China. He also led successful investments in real estate, e-commerce, and medical technology companies.

Before his appointment as president, Mr. Gibbs was elected three times to the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and served as chairman for 2016 and 2017. He also sits on the board of the United Way in China and volunteers with Renewal, a local homeless shelter. He is an op-ed contributor to the Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, and other publications.

Ker Gibbs holds a BA in economics from UCLA and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.



 Dr. Evelina Mengova

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Governors State University, College of Business

Center for International Business Education and Research, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University

Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator at Governors State University

Illinois International Trade Center at College of DuPage