November 1 panel on USMCA

Distinguished Speakers from the Nova Scotia Department of Intergovernmental Affairs:

Albert ‘Buddy’ Walzak - Executive Director, Angela Houston - Director of Strategic Trade Policy, Darryl C. Eisan, Director, Canada-United States Relations

Our three distinguished speakers will be discussing their experience with negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).





Room 1009, Rowe Management Building


Free and open to the public

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Distinguished Speakers’ Biographies

Albert ‘Buddy’ Walzak

Buddy Walzak is the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Department of Intergovernmental Affairs and is responsible for the general administration and operations of the department. He provides strategic intergovernmental advice to the Minister and other Departments on policy priorities of the Province of Nova Scotia.   He is responsible for coordinating and advancing the province’s interests and works to maintain productive relationships with regional, national and international partners.  Through these relationships, he advances the Province’s economic, government and international objectives.

Buddy is a career public servant with over 30 years serving in the Government of Nova Scotia.  He completed his public administration graduate studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax and attended executive leadership programing at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He has two adult children Amy and Maryn, and resides in Halifax with his wife Lisa Haydon.  In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, cycling and cooking.  

Angela Houston

Angela is the Director of Strategic Trade Policy with the NS Department of Intergovernmental Affairs. She represented Nova Scotia as Lead Negotiator in the NAFTA/USMCA negotiations. She has over 16 years’ experience within provincial and federal public services, with an emphasis on trade, intergovernmental relations, economic development and public health policy.

In 2014, she decided to go ‘all-in’ to pursue a life-long dream of owning a business, and opened TALO Cafébar in her hometown, Glace Bay. Angela’s vision for TALO was borne from her conviction that asset-based economic development is crucial for growing local economies.

Angela has a Masters of Public Administration, Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Arts, Mount Saint Vincent University, and a Certificate in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Dalhousie University.

She splits her time between Glace Bay and Halifax, where she lives with her husband, Jim.

Darryl C. Eisan

Darryl C. Eisan is the Director, Canada-United States Relations with the Nova Scotia Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, having joined the public service after completing a Legislative Internship with the province in July 1991.

He is also an experienced university level instructor and has taught course work for the Political Science and Management Departments of Cape Breton University, Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, and Mount Saint Vincent since 1998. He has taught course work for the Royal Military College.

Born and raised in Halifax, Darryl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Saint Mary's University and a Master of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University.

He resides in Halifax with his wife Jennifer Hann and son Aidan.