We are very pleased to announce that World Trade Center Vancouver (WTC-V) and MAPLE Business Council (MAPLE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote greater bilateral business collaboration between Vancouver and Southern California.
We are very pleased to welcome Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX) as our newest corporate member. AFEX is a trusted global payment and risk management solutions specialist with a heritage that dates back to 1979. With a diverse client base of more than 35,000 active commercial clients including importers and exporters, educational and financial institutions, small businesses, multinational corporations, and individuals, AFEX recognizes the distinct requirements of each of their clients.
We are very pleased to welcome the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association (VHDA) as our newest corporate member. The VHDA is made up of a group of 37 downtown Vancouver hotels who contribute toward the Vancouver Destination Marketing Fund (DMF). It is the objective of the VHDA that these marketing funds are used to directly enhance Vancouver's destination awareness and increase overnight hotel stays for all VHDA member hotels.
We are delighted to welcome the immigration law firm, Cumming & Partners, as our newest corporate member. Cumming & Partners is a boutique cross-border law firm based in Toronto. All of our partners are licensed to practice both in the United States and Canada, and have worked together as a group for over fifteen years. The firm is focused on U.S. and Canadian immigration matters, and has more than forty professionals within its immigration practice.
We are delighted to announce that Toronto-based Trowbridge Professional Corporation has joined MAPLE Business Council as our newest corporate member. Trowbridge is a Canadian accounting firm that specializes in global mobility tax services for Canadian and U.S. individuals and corporations with international business. Trowbridge has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and London, UK.
We are pleased to announce two more appointments to the MAPLE Business Council® Advisory Board - Ms. Rashma Agarwal, principal and founder of Trade Connections, and Mr. Eric Eide, Director of Government Relations at Bird Rides. The newly-formed Advisory Board serves the MAPLE organization in an advisory capacity on matters related to organization growth, membership development and partnerships.
We are looking forward to hosting our next cross-border networking program in Vancouver, British Columbia. On October 17, we will be hosting a networking reception at the downtown Vancouver offices of Dentons, to bring together Vancouver executives for a cross-border program.
In support of our continued growth as the Canadian-U.S. Business Council of Southern California, we are pleased to announce the formation of the MAPLE Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will serve as an advisory resource to the Officers who are actively managing the organization with the support of the Board of Directors. We look forward to their counsel on opportunities for MAPLE specific to their industry focus/expertise and their help in growing the organization through relationship-building and value-added connections.
As another indicator of how close we are as nations, friends, and allies, in Canada and the United States we celebrate our birthdays within 72 hours of each other. Now more than ever, the depth and breadth of our bonds which cross the world's longest undefended border through family, economic, sports, security, and cultural ties, need to be treasured, nurtured and celebrated.
Our MAPLE community has entered its fourth year as Canada celebrates its 151st and the U.S. its 242nd. None of these dates are marquee anniversaries by the magnitude of the numbers, but perhaps we have not had a more important year to reflect on the historical importance and future relevance of our relationship.
We are delighted to announce that the Los Angeles-based consulting firm, ColLAborate, has joined our community as our latest organization member. ColLAborate's span of work includes advocacy, community outreach, entitlement processing, and business-to-business projects. And this has meant that ColLAborate partners have worked on some of the most important projects in Greater L.A. since 2000.
It’s Our 3rd Anniversary! It is hard to believe that three years have past since we issued our first press release announcing the founding of a cross-border non-profit organization dedicated to promoting bilateral, trade, investment, and entrepreneurship between Southern California and Canada. And here we are in 2018, 36 months and over 40 networking events later, looking at a growing and vibrant network of members, partners, followers and friends. Thank you to all who have shared their expertise, insights, passion, heritage, financial commitment, and time to help us grow our cross-border footprint.
We are delighted to welcome back two returning speakers to share new insights on cross-border opportunities at our upcoming Summer Event Series across Southern California on June 5th and 6th. Don’t miss presentations from Opportunities NB who are joining us from Atlantic Canada and D’Alessio Law Group ceo and managing partner, Ms. Lorraine D’Alessio.
Québec and Southern California share vibrant cultures of innovation with deep sector strengths. We look forward to bridging our markets and sharing our respective strengths with each other through an upcoming mission. We are rescheduling our trip originally scheduled for June 13-15 to a future date.
We are delighted to announce that Avison Young has joined our community as our newest corporate member. Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company comprises 2,600 real estate professionals in 84 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality properties.
We are delighted to announce the addition of an iconic Canadian brand to our cross-border community: Canada Post. As Canada’s postal service and leading parcel delivery provider, nearly two out of every three online purchases in Canada are delivered by Canada Post. Canadians are also two times more likely to choose Canada Post over other brands when given the choice of who will deliver their online purchases. Canada Post provides end-to-end solutions to enable their business customers to find, understand and ultimately deliver to every Canadian address.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the TMX Group (owners of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange) has joined MAPLE Business Council. Every year, hundreds of venture stage companies raise billions of dollars in public venture funding via the TSX Venture Exchange. As small to early-stage companies can gain access to public venture capital and a strong foothold in the public market, larger, established companies looking to take their business to the next level can list on Toronto Stock Exchange. This two-tiered market offers U.S. companies a stepping stone to U.S. exchanges such as NYSE or Nasdaq.
It will be standing room only when we come together in Vancouver at the offices of PwC on the evening of April 16th for a networking reception to reconnect Southern California and Vancouver since our March 2017 delegation. We are thrilled with the tremendous response to our program featuring Mr. Stephen Cheung, president of World Trade Center Los Angeles. Our event sold out over a month in advance.
We are delighted to share that our friends at the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce will be a sponsor of our cross-border networking reception in Montréal, Canada on June 13th.
The reception is a key component of the MAPLE business delegation model which integrates private briefings with leading organizations across key sectors in a major Canadian market and a networking event that informs local business, government, and academic leaders on the opportunities that are present within Southern California.
We created MOMENTUM because there is a wealth of expertise and insights throughout the MAPLE membership and our strategic partners. A monthly e-newsletter seemed a practical way to celebrate some of the collective expertise in our community beyond the one-to-one networking that occurs at our 12 networking events throughout Southern California, our outbound delegations to major Canadian markets, our special event programming, and our social media. And while a lot can certainly be said in a tweet, the topics of trade, investment, and entrepreneurship are simply deserving of a little more substance.
Our delegation will comprise private briefings with leading organizations across sectors in Montréal and Québec City as well as a MAPLE hosted cross-border networking reception in Montréal to share the mission of MAPLE and to share information on what is exciting and noteworthy about Southern California through a fireside chat with our economic development partners who will be part of our delegation.
We are excited to announce that Teknion will be hosting our cross-border networking reception at their downtown Montréal showroom on June 13th. The event will bring together Montréal business and government leaders with the visiting MAPLE Business Council® delegation from Southern California.
We are pleased to share that MAPLE Business Council is a new member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to connecting with fellow members and friends and partners of the Chamber as we promote closer ties between Greater Los Angeles and Canada through trade, investment, and entrepreneurship.
We are honored to be welcoming Mr. Stephen Cheung, President of World Trade Center Los Angeles, as our keynote speaker at our upcoming cross-border reception in Vancouver. Stephen will provide an overview of key trends and opportunities in the Greater Los Angeles market for businesses in Vancouver seeking to engage with the LA region.
As a follow-up to our successful Southern California business delegation to Vancouver in 2017, MAPLE Business Council is returning to Vancouver to reconnect with this dynamic market and key trading partner with Southern California. On Monday, April 16th, MAPLE will be hosting a cross-border networking reception to share our mission, provide an update on the Southern California market with the help of a special guest speaker from the region, and take the pulse of what is happening in Greater Vancouver and British Columbia.
We are delighted to welcome Toronto-based Perreira Hurly Wealth Advisory of Raymond James Ltd. as our newest corporate member. Perreira Hurly is a broadly resourced, boutique style service for clients with Canada U.S. cross-border investment management needs.
As part of our work in building a bridge between Southern California and Canada, MAPLE Business Council® leads outbound delegations to major Canadian markets. In 2017, we brought Southern California business leaders to Vancouver and Toronto. As we look ahead to 2018, we are planning our first mission to Montréal and Québec City. Our delegation dates are June 13-15, 2018.
We are pleased to announce that Canadian cybersecurity firm, xahive inc. has joined MAPLE Business Council®. With offices in Ottawa, Los Angeles and New York, xahive was founded to provide safe, secure cybersecurity solutions in the ever-expanding internet-based communications space.
We are delighted to announce that Mr. Eric Eide, the former Director of International Trade at the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, has joined MAPLE Business Council as a Strategic Advisor. In this part-time role, Eric will assist in growing the organization’s presence throughout Southern California and enhancing its contributions towards greater collaboration between Southern California and Canada.
We are delighted to announce that Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has joined MAPLE as our newest corporate member.
BLG is an integrated national firm that provides a broad range of legal solutions to their clients. They have more than 700 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, with some of the best, most experienced and successful legal minds in Canada.
We are pleased to announce that Ms. Rashma Agarwal, former Senior Trade Commissioner and Deputy Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles, has joined MAPLE Business Council® as a Strategic Advisor. In this part-time role, Rashma will be providing strategic counsel to the MAPLE organization on the ongoing growth of the organization as well as the development of programs and services to our members.