The Foreign Policy Association Corporate Dinner

Event Details

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM 
The St. Regis
2 E. 55th Street
New York, NY
Event type
Lunch / Dinner  

Event Description

The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) will host The Honorable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and, Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, United States Chamber of Commerce, at this year’s annual corporate dinner.  The dinner will take place at the St. Regis Hotel, 2 E. 55th Street, New York, NY, on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017.  Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m.


Thomas J. Donohue and The Honorable Perrin Beatty will discuss the ongoing negotiations on the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as well as the role of international trade in the U.S.-Canadian relationship.  This moderated discussion comes at a critical point in the negotiations, and will offer a unique opportunity to hear the perspectives of highly-respected business leaders who have deep knowledge of the opportunities and challenges associated with the modernization of NAFTA. 


At this year's dinner, the Foreign Policy Association will honor Dr. Lucio Caputo, President, Gruppo Esponenti Italiana (GEI), and Dennis E. Abboud, President, Readerlink LLC. Dr. Lucio Caputo will receive the Foreign Policy Association Medal, and Dennis E. Abboud will receive the Foreign Policy Association's Corporate Social Responsibility Award.  


Advanced registration is required to cover the event. Please contact Adam Camiolo at [email protected] or at 212-481-8100 Ext.251.

Event Speakers

    • Thomas J. Donohue - Speaker
      President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

      Thomas J. Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since assuming this position in 1997, Donohue has built the Chamber into a lobbying and political powerhouse with expanded influence across the globe.


      During his tenure, the Chamber has helped secure business victories on Capitol Hill, in the regulatory agencies, in politics, in courts of law and in the court of public opinion, and before governments around the world.


      In an era of economic and fiscal challenges, Donohue has led efforts to expand trade and domestic energy production, rebuild America’s  infrastructure, combat an avalanche of  new regulations, protect intellectual property, revitalize capital markets, and aggressively advocate legal, tax, education, and entitlement reform. In addition, he has vigorously challenged attacks on free enterprise, while working to protect the business community’s right to speak and participate in the political and policy affairs of the nation.


      Under Donohue’s leadership, the Chamber has emerged as a major political force in races for the Senate and the House of Representatives. As part of this bipartisan effort, millions of grassroots business advocates, as well as the Chamber’s federation of state and local chambers and industry associations, mobilize in support of pro-business candidates.


      Donohue established the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, which advances significant legal reforms in the courts, at the state and federal levels, and in elections for state attorneys general and Supreme Court judges. He has dramatically expanded the activities of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, the Chamber’s law firm, which represents the business community’s interests in the courts. And he has reinvigorated the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which houses Hiring Our Heroes, a program that identifies job opportunities for returning veterans and military spouses.

    • Honourable Perrin Beatty - Speaker
      President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

      The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Perrin is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Perrin was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

      A descendant of one of Canada’s most prominent manufacturing families, Perrin grew up in Fergus, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971. In 1972 he was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative, and in 1979 he was appointed Minister of State (Treasury Board) in the government of Joe Clark. He held six additional portfolios in subsequent Progressive Conservative governments, including National Revenue in 1984, Solicitor General in 1985, National Defence in 1986, Health and Welfare in 1989, Communications in 1991, and Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1993.

      In 1994, Perrin joined a number of private sector boards and worked as a consultant in the field of communications. He was an Honorary Visiting Professor with the Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario, and he wrote a weekly column on government and politics for a major Canadian newspaper. From 1995 to 1999, Perrin was President and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). In 2008, Perrin was named Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In 2013, he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from Western University. In 2016, Perrin received an honorary degree, honoris causa from University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

      Perrin has served on a number of Canadian government advisory committees, is a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and is a member of the board of directors of the Canadian International Council and of Mitsui Canada.