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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
August 31, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Mario Rodriguez Montero, Chief Representative, Ministry of the Economy, NAFTA Office of Mexico in Canada

Mario Rodríguez Montero is currently the Representative Minister for the Ministry of Economy of Mexico in Canada. He has worked for the Government of Mexico for 24 years.  From 1971-1989 he worked in the Ministries of Finance and Trade Industry where he was Technical Secretary of the Secretary of the Branch, responsible for International Trade Negotiations and Secretary for the Board of the Mexican Institute of Foreign Trade.  From 1983-1989, he was Minister for Trade and Fiscal Affairs of the Embassy of Mexico to the White House in Washington, DC, where he coordinated the work and negotiations with the Executive and Congress of the United States of America on many issues regarding business relations between the two countries.

He has participated in more than a dozen international conferences on global trade, including GATT and WTO conferences. 

Mario has worked in the private sector as well.  At CLM International, a subsidiary of Cigarrera la Moderna, under his leadership they transformed from a domestic cigarette company into a cigarette exporting company.  He also worked for Grupo Pulsor as Corporate Director  of Institutional Relations where he was involved in modern agriculture, focusing on negotiating the Agricultural Chapter of the Free Trade Treaty Mexico-European Union, and on public policy implications of agro-biotechnology. 

On top of working for the Mexican government and many private companies over his career, he was also a Professor of International Trade Theory at the School of Economics at Universidad Anahuac, an instructor for International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and taught a course on Regional Economic Blocks at the School of International Relations at the Universidad Anahuac del Norte.