Kennesaw State University is to host an all-day conference on Wednesday, Oct. 15, about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on its 20th anniversary.

Louise Blais, the consul general of Canada based in Atlanta, and the Mexican consul general here, Ricardo Camara Sanchez, are to participate along with other guest speakers who represent government, academic and business perspectives on NAFTA.

Walter Bastian, deputy assistant secretary for the Western Hemisphere of the International Trade Administration, is to provide a keynote address. Shawn Ricks, senior policy adviser, global markets from the ITA, also is to participate.

Other speakers include Robin Dorff, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State; Alan Lebaron, director of Maya Heritage Community Project and professor of history, Kennesaw State; Govind Hariharan, executive director of the ICA Institute and professor of economics, Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State;

John R. McIntyre, professor of management and international affairs and executive director of the Georgia Tech Center for International Business Education & Research (GT CIBER), Georgia Institute of Technology; Chris Young, executive director of CIFAL Atlanta;

Juan Hernandez, director of business development, Southwire Co.; Darlene Huggins, vice president of business development, Dustex Corp. and Kathy Oxford, senior international trade manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The “NAFTA@20” conference is a collaboration among the Canadian and Mexican consulates general, CIFAL Atlanta, and Kennesaw State’s Division of Global Affairs, Coles College of Business and its College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

It is to be held in the Auditorium (Room 1000), Prillaman Health Sicences Bldg.

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register click here. For more information, call Sabbaye McGriff at 470-568-2550.