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.
On May 4th, as a free follow-up event to the 91st Annual World Trade Week Celebration breakfast at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, MAPLE Business Council® will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA). This agreement establishes our joint commitment to promote greater collaboration between LA County and Canada, which is the 5th highest investing nation here in Southern California and the second largest source of visitors to Los Angeles.
MAPLE Business Council is honored to be working with the U.S. Commercial Service to present a special event on Selling to The Government of Canada on Thursday, April 13th at the Greater Irvine Chamber.
The MAPLE delegation to Vancouver on March 16-17 will provide delegates with a 360 degree view on the trends and strengths of one of North America's most dynamic regions. An important trading partner with California, British Columbia exported more than $2.6 billion to California in 2015 - more than any other province in Canada except Ontario.
MAPLE is a community of incredibly talented and driven organizations who are growing, innovating and succeeding in the United States and Canada. In celebration of the great cross-border work that our members do, MAPLE is launching a monthly newsletter, MOMENTUM, to shine the spotlight on who is part of our community.
MAPLE is hosting a special cross-border networking reception in Vancouver on March 16th. To be held at the co-working campus, The Profile, in the Gastown district, the reception will bring together area executives from across sectors within Greater Vancouver, members of the MAPLE delegation to Vancouver, and MAPLE co-founders, Robert Kelle and Stephen Armstrong.
MAPLE is organizing a business delegation to Vancouver, British Columbia during the week of March 13-17, 2017. The purpose of our visit is to provide our delegates with a turnkey opportunity to take the pulse of one of Canada's most dynamic regions and make valuable networking connections. The delegation is open to both members and guests.
We are delighted to announce that Mr. Jason Tse, Executive Director of Business Development at HQ Vancouver is joining MAPLE as Business Ambassador to British Columbia. The appointment represents the first Canadian-based MAPLE Ambassador position and the third regional appointment in the past six months.
Recently the real estate company, CBRE, published its annual Tech-Thirty report on the tech market's impact on key office markets across North America. The report provides an excellent overview of the costs associated with locating a business in the major metros. We've highlighted some of the key metrics for the California and Canadian markets in side-by-side comparisons
"Get to Know New Brunswick" will bring the flavours and sounds of New Brunswick for business leaders interested in cross-border investment and trade opportunities with this dynamic region of Atlantic Canada. Specific areas of interest are smart grid, cyber security, business and financial services.
We are honoured to have the a terrific panel of expert speakers ready to discuss doing business with Canada as MAPLE hosts the Canada Super Session at the GetGlobal Growth Conference in Los Angeles on Friday, October 21st.
On our recent trip to London, Waterloo and Toronto, Ontario, we met leaders in the academic, entrepreneur, investment and enterprise communities as we shared the mission and work of MAPLE Business Council. We followed up by asking those we met to complete a brief survey on their interest and impressions on doing business in Southern California.
We are pleased to share that MAPLE® is now a registered trademark of MAPLE Business Council. As we grow our community, the MAPLE brand continues to grow in its recognition as the Southern California organization that represents Canadian cross-border opportunities.
We are honoured to welcome Opportunities NB (New Brunswick) to our cross-border community as our first member organization from Atlantic Canada. Opportunities NB (ONB) is an action-oriented agency working with industry partners, economic development stakeholders and public sector partners to seek and support high-growth businesses.
On October 20-21, Los Angeles will be the site for the inaugural GetGlobal Expo, an event that will bring together 1200 people to hear global thought-leaders share insights on growth across borders. We are pleased to announce that MAPLE Business Council will be hosting a Super Session on opportunities in Canada.
We are delighted to announce that Brookfield has joined MAPLE Business Council. One of Canada's most successful companies operating globally, Brookfield is recognized here in Southern California for their significant investment in the growth of the downtown Los Angeles market. Brookfield's membership includes both Brookfield Property Partners and Brookfield Renewable.
We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our Fall Event Series on Sept. 7th and 8th. We have an incredible line up of presenters for our members and guests discussing the Canadian-Southern California business connection.
MAPLE Business Council will be visiting Ontario Canada during the week of September 12th to promote the Council's work in connecting Southern California and Canada via bilateral investment, trade and entrepreneurship.
MAPLE Business Council will be hosting a reception for members and guests in Toronto on September 15th from 6-9pm. The event will be held at the National Yacht Club located near Billy Bishop International Airport.
On Wednesday, August 31st, the OC Trade Summit will feature a panel discussion on trade opportunities with Canada. The session will feature Mr. James Villeneuve, Consul General of Canada for Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. MAPLE Business Council Chairman, Robert Kelle, will join the panel discussion scheduled at 4pm.
As one of Canada's iconic brands and the national carrier, we are honoured to welcome Air Canada as an organizational member of MAPLE Business Council. Air Canada is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and employs 28,000 people. Its corporate headquarters are located in Montreal.