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Mike Gifford

For thirty-five years Mike Gifford was directly involved in all aspects of Canada’s bilateral, regional and multilateral agricultural trade policy. For the last fifteen of those years he served as Canada’s chief agricultural trade negotiator and principal agricultural trade policy advisor to the ministers of agriculture and trade.

During the course of his public service career, he was involved in virtually every major Canadian  trade negotiation beginning with the re-negotiation of the Canada/Australia and Canada/New Zealand Trade Agreements in the late 1960’s and the Tokyo Round of GATT negotiations (1975-79).  He served as the Chairman of the GATT International Meat Council (1979-80) and acted as the Chief Canadian Agricultural Negotiator in the Canada/US Free Trade Agreement (1986-87), the North American Free Trade Agreement (1990-91), and the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations (1986-94).

Since retiring from the Canadian Public Service in late 2000, Mr. Gifford has acted as an agricultural trade policy advisor to the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture, the Canadian Wheat Board, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In the latter capacity he undertook an agricultural trade policy capacity study for Egypt and is currently participating in an agricultural trade policy capacity building project regarding China.

Mr. Gifford has also acted as a consultant to the WTO (giving the agricultural component of the WTO Trade Policy course for African officials) and served as a member of a WTO dispute settlement panel involving Chile and Argentina.  He is a member of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) and is a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network.

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