Government policies should bind the United States and New York State closer to Canada, not create false barriers to trade, job creation and economic opportunity.
In light of our new associate membership agreement with the Greater Niagara and Hamilton chambers of commerce, we took our fall CanAm Council meeting north of the border to the Shaw Festival Theatre. More than 50 members representing all three organizations gathered in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a group discussion on the Council’s advocacy priorities for 2018, as well as conversation on recent news and current events impacting our bi-national region.
The water that divides America and Canada became a meeting point for business executives from both sides of the border earlier this month. Members of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s CanAm Council joined members of our three industry councils and members of the Greater Niagara and Hamilton chambers of commerce on a boat tour of the Buffalo Harbor.
A newly introduced piece of federal border security legislation recognizes how our regional economy depends on the easy flow of people and goods between the United States and Canada.
The Trump Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on May 18th. This notification triggered a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin and opened a public comment period.
In our bi-national economy one way to grow your business is to look north to Canada. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership hosted its first Export Resources Forum earlier this month – where companies learned how they can use local resources to cost-effectively export their goods. And now we are passing this expertise and knowledge on to you.
We are kicking off a new series, Council Q&A, where we highlight the expertise and knowledge of our council members on the key policy issues we are currently tackling. To get things started, we asked CanAm Council member Pietra Lettieri Zaffram, a partner at Harris Beach, PLLC, how President Trump’s plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is likely to impact cross border business and what policy experts think the changes could be.
On June 1st, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is hosting an Export Resources Forum, where companies can learn how to use local resources to cost-effectively export their goods.
In the world of Canadian relations, Maryscott ‘Scotty’ Greenwood tops the list. She addressed nearly 120 people at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s recent CanAm Now event held at the Conference and Events Center in Niagara Falls, New York. During her keynote address, Greenwood touched on current relations between the US and Canada, President Trump’s trade priorities, possible changes to NAFTA and the status of our bi-national economy. Greenwood is the Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian-American Business Council. Her impressive resume includes recognition as one of the Top 100 People Influencing Canadian Foreign Policy by Hill Times in 2014 and as one of the Top 100 Lobbyists in 2017.
The business communities of Buffalo Niagara and Southern Ontario are joining forces like never before. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership recently signed strategic agreements with both the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce to offer reciprocal memberships between the Partnership and each of these chambers. This agreement unites our three business regions as one, nearly tripling the size of our reach to over 4,000 area companies and organizations.