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.
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.