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.
We are delighted to share that MAPLE Business Council and Global Chamber San Diego (GCSD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner together to promote international business ties to San Diego. Both organizations share a mutual interest in promoting economic and international development in the San Diego Metropolitan Area through greater awareness, knowledge, and connections with global markets.
As part of our delegation to Toronto, Ontario, MAPLE Business Council® is hosting a cross-border networking reception to promote closer business ties between Southern California and the greater Toronto region.
With our delegation to Toronto, Ontario, Canada just over one month away, we are looking forward to meeting leading organizations in Toronto to take the pulse of Canada's business capital. MAPLE will also be hosting a cross-border networking reception to connect with Toronto-area business leaders on the evening of September 21st.
At the recent Select LA Investment Summit, World Trade Center Los Angeles released important new research on Foreign Direct Investment in Southern California. You can download the report here: http://ow.ly/ElhT30cFQYV
The data on Canada's investment in Southern California is noteworthy. Canada's rank rose two places from last year's report and was the #3 highest investing nation in Southern California in 2016.
We are pleased to announce that our next business delegation to Canada will be to Toronto, Ontario on September 21-22. As we did with our recent delegation to Vancouver, we will be bringing a select number of executives and service providers to take the pulse of North America's 4th largest metro region.
As Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles, I am pleased to extend my congratulations to the founders and board of directors on the second anniversary of the formation of MAPLE® - The Canadian-U.S. Business Council of Southern California.
Over the past two years, I have had the pleasure of watching the MAPLE organization grow in membership and stature. The Consulate General of Canada regards MAPLE as a key partner in our work to connect Southern California and Canada, enhance Canada's presence here and encourage new and deeper commercial ties in the region. It is an organization that is positively contributing to Canada's presence in the region.
MAPLE Business Council wishes to thank our members, board, sponsors, partners and followers on the occasion of the second anniversary since launching our cross-border organization. A special thank you to our ambassadors and volunteers who have sacrificed their valuable time to help grow our organization.