Wed, Nov 18 | Zoom Webinar

COVID-19 and the Global Economy

What will be the lasting impact of the pandemic on globalization and the global economy? Join us for a business panel discussion with representatives from key global industries.
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Time & Location

Nov 18, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Zoom Webinar

About The Event

The Coronavirus pandemic has precipitated an unprecedented decline in global trade and investment, with industries like tourism grinding to a halt. At the same time, the crisis has accelerated the digital economy and spurred the integration of boundary erasing technologies into the workplace. What will happen when the virus finally recedes? Will the global economy rebound, or be more fractured and regionalized? Will we return to the office, or conference with global teams?  To explore the lasting impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on the global economy, the World Affairs Council has assembled a panel of local business leaders to discuss the risks and potential benefits of increased global engagement.

Join us for a discussion with

  • Kevin Therrien: Senior Director, Worldwide Supply, IDEXX
  • Dan Staples: Vice President, Mainstream Engineering, Siemens PLM Software
  • Adam Rubin: Principle and Founder, AWR International

Moderated by Janine Bisaillon-Cary, President, Montserrat Group, LLC

Event schedule:

7:00pm:  Welcome and introductions 

7:05pm:  Panel Discussion

7:50pm:  Q+A with the audience

8:15pm:  Program end


$10 - WACM Member tickets (one ticket per device)

$15 - General public tickets (one ticket per device)

Become a Fall 2020 Series Sponsor!

The lengthy suspension of our in-person programs greatly impacts the revenue that supports our work. For those able and interested, we created a $50 Fall 2020 series sponsor ticket. This one-time gift will support our 4-session series exploring our post-pandemic world. Sponsorship can be made in your name(s) or in honor/memory of someone. All sponsors will be recognized at the start of each session. Please purchase your series sponsor $50 ticket for the first session you are interested in attending. You will then be automatically registered for all remaining sessions.

IMPORTANT:Please register for each device being used to attend the webinar. For example, if you and a family member will be attending on one computer, only one registration is necessary. Alternatively, if you each will be using your own devices to attend, please register separately. The Zoom link to access this webinar will be emailed to all registrants on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - please check your filters for messages from

More about our panelists and moderator

Kevin Therrien is currently the Senior Director of Worldwide Supply with IDEXX -- an American multinational corporation specialized in the development, manufacture, and distribution of products and services for the companion animal veterinary, livestock and poultry, water testing, and dairy markets headquarted in Westbrook ME. He is a Board Member with the Maine International Trade Center (MITC), and the American Red Cross, Maine region. Prior to IDEXX, he was faculty with the Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, and an Air Force Commander with the 387 Air Expeditionary Group.  

Dan Staples is the Vice President of Mainstream Engineering R&D at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Dan oversees development of the computer graphics engineering product Solid Edge. With software development teams in both the US and India and frequent worldwide customer-oriented travel, Dan has a strong global perspective. He holds a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Adam Rubin is a 25 year veteran in the field of international education, most recently the Director of Institutional Relations and Enrollment Management at the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University. He is the founder of AWR International and has extensive experience leading teams remotely and on-site in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and U.S. Adam was a former Board Member with the World Affairs Council of Maine, and a senior executive with CIEE in Portland, Maine.

Janine Bisaillon-Cary is the President of the Montserrat Group,  with more than 25 years of experience helping businesses expand in the U.S. and globally with a focus on advanced manufacturing, food processing, aquaculture, hydroponics, consumer goods, and life science sectors. Ms. Cary is the former State Director of International Trade for the State of Maine and served as President of the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) from 2006-2017.  As Vice President of MITC from 2001-06 she led global business operations and advised companies on export expansion.  She also initiated the state’s “Invest in Maine” foreign direct investment program leading business attraction efforts in Europe, Canada, Latin America, and Asia.

NOTE: Please inform us in advance if you will require any accomodations to access the event on-line.

  • Member ticket
  • General Public ticket
  • Fall 2020 Series Sponsor
  • Student ticket

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