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May 8, 2007
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Andrée Houde, Canadian Specialist of International Trade Negotiations, Joins Allen F. Johnson & Associates.

WASHINGTON, DC, May 8, 2007 -- Ambassador Allen Johnson, President of Allen F. Johnson (AFJ) & Associates, announced that Andrée Houde, who has strong experience working for the Canadian government in the field of agriculture negotiations, has joined AFJ & Associates.  Ms. Houde will be part of the AFJ senior team working on a variety of issues and projects for clients as Director of Canadian and French-Emerging Markets.

“Having Andrée on board continues to broaden AFJ’s cultural, regional and global reach.  She brings a wealth of talent and deep experience in Canadian policy making and has extensive dealings internationally, and therefore her perspective will complement the rest of the AFJ team.  Her experience and strategic thinking in trade policy, finance as well as tax and social policy issues will be very useful to clients here in Washington and around the world,” Johnson stated.  “Andrée is a problem-solver with strong analytic and communication skills.  I am very pleased to have her on board.”

Prior to joining AFJ, Ms. Houde was responsible for formulating the Canadian negotiating position on agricultural issues in the WTO Doha Round as well as bilateral and regional free trade negotiations (including with Korea, Mercosur, and Central America.)  Ms. Houde was also responsible for implementing trade agreements, including WTO dispute resolution, and developing international trade strategies for the Government of Canada.  Prior to her work on trade policy, Ms. Houde enjoyed a wide variety of experience in conceiving and implementing financial, tax, and social policy issues in Canada through her responsibilities in three of the Canadian federal government's leading departments. Before that, as a Bank of Canada economist, she also analyzed economic conditions in Canada and the United States.  Ms. Houde is a native French speaker from Quebec.

AFJ & Associates, LLC, was founded in October 2005 in the Washington, D.C. area. The President is Ambassador Allen Johnson, the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) from 2001-2005. Ambassador Johnson has over 25 years of experience in leadership roles in political and policy areas on the local, state, national and international level, as well as an extensive background in business, management, marketing, and product development. Other members of the AFJ team in the United States and Central America include Sharon Sydow, Vice President, Jason Hafemeister, Vice President, Richard White, Senior Director for Regulatory Affairs, Gabriela Palacios de Quinõnez, Jose Carlos (“Charlie”) Sarmiento, Regional Manager and Isabel Martinez.

AFJ and Associates, LLC, provides ‘one-stop shopping’ for companies, governments and institutions and associations engaged in the international economy.  AFJ brings trade negotiator savvy and real world business experience to provide business and policy consulting, deliver commercial services, and trading in goods.  We help our clients to identify opportunities, navigate local business and regulatory environments, build alliances and partnerships, and market their products and services.  In addition, AFJ’s trade policy experience, with a combined private and public sector service of over 100 years, gives our clients insight into the macro-environment their business must compete in and can identify and pursue successful strategies for market and governmental challenges.

AFJ offers a broad range of services to clients and partners, including:

  • Building and developing business relationships by providing market development, representation, negotiation, and project consulting and management services;
  • Government relations activities in the countries or regions where AFJ’s clients work and in the United States, including assisting clients in meeting SPS requirements and obligations;
  • Business, policy, and regulatory consulting and, as needed, building ad hoc consulting teams for the specific needs of clients;
  • Serving on company advisory committees and boards, and providing speeches and presentations to meetings and seminars on trade policies, negotiations and programs;
  • Providing regular newsletters and quarterly publications to clients regarding relevant economic, trade, and policies issues; and
  • Associates of AFJ Trading Services are also directly involved in trading agricultural and nonagricultural, products and services between Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States, as well as helping clients to introduce, market and distribute their products and services.