Former U.S. Trade Rep To Speak At Baylor On U.S.-Canada Trade

Jan. 14, 2004

by Cynthia J. Jackson

Sen. Bill Brock, former U.S. trade representative and now co-chair of the U.S.-Canada Partnership for Growth, will speak at Baylor University on "Renewing North American Economic Cooperation" during a luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. The event will be held at the Kronzer Great Hall in the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center, 1212 S. University Parks Dr.

Before the luncheon, at 11 a.m. in the Blume Conference Room located on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center on the Baylor campus, Sen. Brock will discuss the importance of international trade relationships with Dr. Stephen Gardner's class on "Economic Systems of the World." Media are welcome to attend. Contact Cynthia Jackson, director of communications and marketing in the Hankamer School of Business, at (254) 710-7628.

The U.S.-Canada Partnership for Growth is an alliance of individuals and organizations that share a common desire to secure and strengthen what is the largest trading relationship in the world. The partnership is focused on raising awareness of the severe strains and the significant economic risks faced by the two countries as a result of America's 27 percent import tax on softwood lumber imports from Canada. Brock co-chairs the partnership, along with James J. Blanchard, former Democratic governor of Michigan and former U.S. Ambassador to Canada. More information on the organization can be found at U.S.-Canada Partnership for Growth.

As a former trade representative, U.S. senator and congressman, Brock was recognized by The Financial Times of London as a founder of the successful Uruguay Round of Trade Negotiations -- and of its result: The World Trade Organization (WTO). Brock also received recognition for the expansion of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) to encompass for the first time intellectual property, services, and investment.

Prior to his role as co-chair of the U.S.-Canada Partnership for Growth, Brock served as United States Secretary of Labor from 1985-87, U.S. trade representative from 1981-85, and chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1977-80. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate from 1971-76. Previously, he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee's third district.

Brock is the founder and chairman of Intellectual Development Systems Inc./Bridges LearningSystems Inc., the first program to focus on improving a student's ability to learn. The program currently serves students in hundreds of schools across the country.

Brock serves in the U.S. Navy and received his bachelor's degree in commerce from Washington and Lee University in 1953.

Seating is limited for the luncheon. Contact Julie LaStrape at (254) 710-6048 or Julie_LaStrape@baylor.edu for more information or to reserve a space.

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