MAPLE® meetings are an opportunity to learn from fellow businesses and member organizations about a wide variety of topics relevant to Canada-Southern California cross-border trade and investment. To request a copy of one of these presentations, please fill out the form below. Thank you for your interest.
Cannabis in Canada
The Cannabis industry is growing in Canada and the synergy between the industries in California and Canada will only increase when adult use of cannabis becomes legal across Canada in July 2018. BLG lawyers and cannabis industry experts, Dr.David Wood and LuAnne Morrow, discuss the intersection of regulations and business, how US companies are taking advantage of the opportunities the changes in the law presents in Canada along with branding and advertising cannabis for medical and adult use, licensing, patents and technological innovation in the cannabis industry. MAPLE Winter Event '17 LA/Irvine/San Diego
Corporate Resilience: A Business Lawyer's Guide When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies
Garth Stevens, partner at the law firm, Snell & Wilmer, LLP, and board member of MAPLE Business Council, shares recommendations at to actions that companies should (and should not) take from a business law perspective when faced with adverse situations that may give rise to legal disputes or claims. Viewed through the lens of "corporate resilience" and the framework of leveraging systems, processes, and culture to effect holistic change, topics covered include best practices for dealing with contact breaches, litigation threats, data security breaches, regulatory violations and investigations, and employee misconduct. MAPLE Fall Event '17 San Diego/Irvine/LA
Tax and Legal Considerations for Globally Mobile Employers
Mo Ahmad, founder of Vancouver-based, Westmark Tax, discusses U.S. and Canadian tax issues for companies with employees who are working or moving across the border including permanent transfers and short-term or business travelers. Global mobility is a complex topic encompassing a number of different legal disciplines (tax, employment, securities rules, corporate compliance, immigration, etc.). Laws vary by country and by provinces/regions within each country with numerous multilateral agreements and treaties. Increasing complexity and scrutiny is making it more difficult to send people to work outside their home jurisdiction. The presentation also covers personal tax issues and executive compensation plans from a company perspective with best practices identified. MAPLE Fall Event '17 San Diego/Irvine/LA
Opportunities New Brunswick
Learn about one of Canada's most dynamic regions, the Province of New Brunswick in Atlantic Canada. Ideally situated to connect with business in Europe and across North America in the same day, New Brunswick offers many advantages for businesses to locate and grow. In this presentation from Opportunities NB, we discover some of the primary market advantages that IBM, Salesforce, Siemens and many other leading multinational firms are already benefiting from. Discover New Brunswick's talent, ecosystem and momentum. New Brunswick - North America's Nearshore Business Services Capital. MAPLE Summer Event '17 San Diego/LA/Irvine
The Story of allura printing inc.
In this presentation, Mr. David Gagnon, President/CMO of Costa Mesa-based allura printing, inc., shares the Québec, Canada roots of the commercial and book printing business he co-founded with his brother René. The presentation also includes data on Ebook and printed book sales trends. allura is now celebrating their 10th anniversary providing printing services for a diverse clientele of leading brands, publishers and self-published authors. MAPLE Winter Event '16 Irvine
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti - Economic Development
Mr. David Reich, Deputy Director of International Trade at the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, provides an overview of the trade, investment and tourism relationship that Los Angeles and Canada enjoy. Profiles of the work of the International Trade Team and the other departments that comprise the Mayor's Office of Economic Development (MOED) are also presented. MAPLE Winter Event '16 Los Angeles
Why Invest in San Diego?
Economic Development Director for the City of San Diego, Mr. Erik Caldwell, shares an overview of some of the noteworthy successes and innovations that originated in San Diego as well as information on the City's strengths in talent, innovation, convergence, global connectivity, quality of life and entrepreneurship. What can you make a little better in San Diego? MAPLE Winter Event '16 San Diego
Tax Credits for Businesses
Mr. Stefan Joyner, Business Development Manager in Southern California for Armanino, LLP, sheds light on key tax credits available to businesses, some of which that are not well known or understood. His presentation covers R&D Tax Credits, R&D Payroll Offset Opportunities and Partial Manufacturing/R&D Sales Tax Exemption. Armanino is the largest CPA and consulting firm in California. MAPLE Winter Events '16/San Diego/Irvine/Los Angeles.
Expanding San Diego's Global Presence
In this presentation, Dr. Nikia Clarke, Executive Director of the World Trade Center San Diego discusses global trends in trade, the work of the WTCSD and the depth of the relationship between Canada and the San Diego region. MAPLE Fall Event '16 San Diego
Canada - San Diego's #1 Business Partner
Mr. Frédéric Fournier, Head of Office for the Consulate General of Canada in San Diego, shared an overview of the trade commissioner service at work in San Diego. MAPLE Fall Event '16 San Diego
The Role of The Immigration Attorney in Cross-Border Business Today and Tomorrow
D'Alessio Law Group managing attorney, Lorraine D'Alessio, with partner attorney Liz Profumo and attorney Jack Sung, shared perspectives on the role of the immigration attorney in cross-border business in the context of the opportunities that increasing globalization offers to businesses and to our economy. MAPLE Summer Event '16 - Los Angeles/Irvine/Carlsbad
RBC Canadian Economic Update
RBC Wealth Management provides an excellent high-level overview of the Canadian economy with key trends on currency, GDP, employment and housing. MAPLE Summer Event '16 - Los Angeles/Irvine/Carlsbad
How to Bankrupt Your Lawyer
Based on over 20 years of practice in complex M&A and other transactional work, as well as serving as outside general counsel to a large number of companies for corporate and business matters, Garth Stevens, partner at Snell & Wilmer, has assembled a collection of suggestions for things that businesses of all sizes can do to reduce, if not eliminate, legal problems and the associated costs that come with them. MAPLE Summer Event '16 - Los Angeles/Irvine/Carlsbad
Why Software Sucks
Software design, development and implementations are inherently flawed because humans are themselves flawed. In this presentation, Stuart Sherman, CEO of Toronto-based IMC, discusses the inherent biases which shape how we look at problems and how we design software to address. MAPLE Spring Event '16 - Los Angeles/Irvine/San Diego
County of Riverside Economic Development Agency Trade Focus
In this presentation, Richard Dozier, Economic Development Specialist at County of Riverside's Economic Development Agency, discusses the breadth of work that the County has undertaken to engage its manufacturers in growth through trade as well as the region's outreach internationally as the first county in the United States to open an Office of Foreign Trade. MAPLE Spring Event '16 - Los Angeles/Irvine/San Diego
Taking Franchises Global Successfully
Based on over 40 years of international experience and having helped over 30 franchise brands enter 68 countries, William Edwards, CEO and Founder of Edwards Global Services, a MAPLE Business Council member, shares his perspectives on Canada and international markets as well as some key considerations for planning an international expansion. MAPLE Winter Event - Irvine/San Diego.
Knowing Canada Cold - Purolator International
Part of Canada Post Group and MAPLE Business Council member, Purolator provides a breadth of shipping and logistics services for businesses moving goods and freight to/from and across Canada. An overview of Purolator's services and insights on Canadian consumers and the Canadian market are covered in this presentation. MAPLE Winter Event - Irvine/San Diego
Cross-Border Wealth Management and Tax Considerations
In this presentation, MAPLE Business Council member, Cardinal Point Wealth Management, identifies some of the portfolio considerations executives and their families should be aware of when they have assets in both Canada and the United States. Elements of a Wealth Management Action Plan, marital tax issues and common U.S. tax issues are identified. MAPLE Winter Event - Irvine/San Diego
How Should U.S. Businesses Approach Canada?
In this presentation from MAPLE member organization, Media-Corps, we look at the differences in American and Canadian media consumption with a wink to some of the stereotypes and perceptions that shape how each country regards the other. The underlying message is that market plans for Canada need to reflect both cultural nuances and fundamental differences in media usage and costs in order to be successful. MAPLE Fall Event - Irvine/LA.
FX Exposure and Risk Management - Focus on Canada
An introductory discussion by HSBC on USD/CAD FX risk, CAD influences, hedging opportunities and FX risk management. MAPLE Fall Event 2015 - Irvine/LA.
Cross-Border Success Case Study
Cerritos-based Omni-Lite Industries is a successful precision components manufacturer who began operations in Calgary focused on a single idea: how to make a better golf spike. Now Omni-Lite supplies the U.S. Military and Fortune 500 companies as a leading provider of cold-forge components. Discover how one company with Canadian roots has created market success in Southern California. MAPLE Fall Event 2015 - Irvine/LA.
Protecting Your Start-Up: Patents
An introduction to intellectual property considerations for start-ups prepared by MAPLE member organization, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP. MAPLE Summer Event 2015 - Irvine.