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The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade, is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system. It acts as an inclusive platform outside of the WTO negotiating setting for sharing ideas, engaging in dialogue, and influencing trade policy negotiations. Drawing in participants from government, business and civil society, the Symposium helps to maintain and elaborate a global vision of sustainable development in trade and investment policymaking.
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Patrick Leblond

University of Ottawa
Associate Professor
Ottawa, Canada
Patrick Leblond is CN – Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy, Associate Director, and Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Research Associate at CIRANO, Affiliated Professor of International Business at HEC Montréal, Visiting Professor at the University of Barcelona (IELPO LL.M. program), and advisor to the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business. Dr. Leblond is an expert on economic governance and policy with a particular focus on Canada, North America and Europe. He has published extensively on financial and monetary integration, banking regulation, international trade and business-government relations. He has been visiting researcher at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), the Institute for Research on Public Policy (Montreal, Canada) and the Department of Political Science at Lund University (Lund, Sweden). Prior to moving to Ottawa, he taught international business at HEC Montréal and was director of the Réseau économie internationale (REI) at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CERIUM). Before embarking on his academic career, he worked in accounting and auditing for Ernst & Young as well as in corporate finance and strategy consulting for Arthur Andersen & Co. and SECOR Consulting. Dr. Leblond holds degrees from Columbia University (Ph.D.), Cambridge University (M.Phil.), Lund University (M.B.A.) and HEC Montreal (B.B.A.). He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).