Nothing has made a bigger impact on the Canadian Fashion Industry than the N. American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA.) The seeds of this agreement were sown in 1982, when Peter Nygard wrote a strategic position paper to initiate Free Trade, resulting in his appointment to Chair the advisory committee on future Canadian long-term Industrial Strategy. From that committee grew Nygard’s recommendation to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) first with the United States, which ultimately became the foundation agreement for Mexico's entry in DEC-92, known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). No other person in the apparel industry has played a more significant role with the creation of NAFTA than Peter Nygard.
Nygard continued to promote the principle of Free Trade with many community and international leaders and groups - including Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.