American Chamber Of Commerce To Open Pacific Chapter In British Columbia

American Chamber Of Commerce To Open Pacific Chapter In British Columbia

The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham) is significantly expanding its Canadian presence through the official launch of its Pacific Chapter aimed specifically at trade and investment between the United States and British Columbia. To celebrate the launch, AmCham will be welcoming the new U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, to a co-hosted breakfast event on Tuesday, May 13th at the Pan Pacific Vancouver. 

Event: A Conversation with the New U.S. Ambassador to Canada: Bruce Heyman

Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Time: 07:15 AM - 09:15 AM

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Although the two nations share strong economic bonds that include trade agreements, like-minded commercial goals, and a strong sense of rapport, there are many economic opportunities yet to be fully developed. That's where AmCham comes in: to contribute to the expansion of cross-border trade and investment between Canada and the United States, and connect large and small U.S. companies that operate within Canada, as well as Canadian companies of all sizes that sell to or operate in the U.S.

AmCham - Pacific Chapter will promote the two-way flow of trade and investment by advocating policy adjustments, educating its members, and providing a forum for American business executives in B.C. and B.C. business executives with interests in the United States, to identify, discuss and pursue common interests and opportunities. Through policy working groups, presentations and workshops, business events and networking opportunities, executives and professionals from both sides of the border advocate for practical improvements, learn, exchange ideas, lend practical assistance and otherwise band together to help advance cross-border trade and investment.

"Due to the major economic activity occurring between British Columbia and a number of U.S. States, the AmCham Canada - Pacific Chapter is a much needed expansion to the growing AmCham system, which is worldwide," says Maria Rajanayagam, AmCham Canada - Pacific Chapter Board Chair. "We are so excited about the opportunities to help companies grow their business through advocacy, information sharing, and networking that this chapter will bring our members, both on the individual and corporate levels."

A 12-person Board of Directors governs the AmCham Canada - Pacific Chapter, and is comprised of influential business leaders and experts in cross-border commerce, representing numerous industries. The Board develops programs directed towards business, governments, academics, consumers, and other stakeholders to encourage a better understanding of the role of business in the competitive North American market and to contribute in a positive way to the community at large.

Board Of Directors:

  • Chairman of the Board Maria Rajanayagam, Account Manager, Commercial Financial Services, Royal Bank of Canada
  • 1st Vice President Cheryl Schell, President, B2B Commerce Connections
  • 2nd Vice President Craig Hinton, Manager, Business Development- Foreign Exchange, Money Markets and Commodities, TD Securities
  • Secretary Daniel Kiselbach, Partner, Deloitte Tax Law LLP
  • Treasurer Gibson Turley III, Senior Manager, U.S. Tax and Cross-Border Practice, KPMG Vancouver
  • Director Anne Callaghan, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Vancouver
  • Director Bill Macaulay, Tax Partner, Smythe Ratcliffe LLP
  • Director Cecil Abrahams, Campus Provost, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Director Jeffrey Peterson, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Director Noemi Gal-Or, Director, Institute for Transborder Studies (ITS) at KPU, and NOEMI GAL-OR Inc.
  • Director Russell Crawford, Partner, U.S. Tax & Cross Border Practice, KPMG Vancouver
  • Director Greg Timm, President and COO, Pacific Customs Brokers (Canada & USA)
  • Director Joe Salazar, Deputy Principal Officer, U.S. Consulate

Although AmCham Canada - Pacific Chapter is officially launching in Spring 2014, the organization has already been active in trade and promotions. Most recently, the chapter hosted a legislative delegation led by Senator Steinberg from California, organized a seminar on the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement and met with a trade delegation from the State of Arizona.

For more information about the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada visit AMCHAM CANADA. To register for the May 13th breakfast with the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, visit Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

About The American Chamber Of Commerce In Canada - Pacific Chapter

The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham Canada) is a private, non-profit, membership organization made up of seven chapters that facilitates the expansion of cross-border trade, opportunities and movement of people between Canada and the United States through active development and promotions of economic and political policies and initiatives. AmCham is the largest business organization in the world comprised of over 3 million companies, and part of a global network of over 115 AmCham offices in almost every country. 

As part of this global network, AmCham Canada is also affiliated with the United States Chamber of Commerce, which links with other Chambers of Commerce throughout the United States. AmCham Canada is independent from the governments of Canada and the United States. The Pacific Chapter was founded in 2013 with the intent to serve businesses and business professionals in British Columbia.

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Adriana Petty

Her career in the international trade industry began over 12 years ago while simultaneously earning certifications in Marketing Management from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Graphic Design from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Having reached her goal of amalgamating her fields of study to become a Marketing & Graphic Design powerhouse, Adriana spearheads the education program, external speaking engagements and internal staff events all while providing support to the Marketing and Graphics teams. In 2015, she joined the Marketing and Events Committee for The American Chamber of Commerce – Pacific Chapter where she volunteered her time at events from inception to take-down. A creative at heart, she loves challenging herself, and thus is consistently known for growing her multi-disciplined training, responsibilities, and expanding her knowledge.

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