Situated south of Toronto and next to Hamilton and Niagara, the Buffalo Niagara region is the international gateway between the world’s two largest trading partners. This Bi-National Region encompasses a population of over 8 million and generates a GDP of over $400 billion. With a variety of industries contributing to this growth, the economic relationship between Canada and the United States is only projected to grow. Companies on both sides of the border can look to the Council to help navigate the numerous international business opportunities available.
The CanAm Council is a cross-industry collaboration of business leaders focused on developing our region’s bi-national economy. The Council seeks to eliminate barriers related to the international border and strengthen ties with the Southern Ontario business community to further develop our bi-national economy.
Our mission includes:
- Achieve a more seamless international border, joining Southern Ontario with Buffalo Niagara
- Establish a collaborative bi-national business and economic development environment
- Grow coordination among Great Lakes Metros around common agendas
- Grow Buffalo Niagara as an international hub for commerce and trade
Top Initiatives for 2017:
Implement border efficiency measures to better move goods and people across Buffalo Niagara’s international border crossings, including:
- Support the passage and implementation of the Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act – a critical piece of legislation in fully executing the Beyond the Border agreement
- Support call for the Canada Border Services Agency to employ adequate, appropriate staffing at its primary inspection booths entering Canada
- Push for sufficient staffing of customs agents in both Canada and the United States during the Peace Bridge Rehabilitation Project
- CanAm Now – Event focused on business opportunities in our bi-national region
- NEXUS Niagara Campaign
- International Marketplace Directory – Develop a bi-national directory to be used as a database for companies interested in pursuing export, trade, and international business partnerships
- Export Education – Inform the business community on exporting opportunities and connecting companies to potential international business partners
- Insider tours of unique sites important to the region’s bi-national economy
As a leader and facilitator of cross-border education, networking, relationship building and advocacy, the CanAm Council is a valuable resource for companies seeking to succeed on both sides of the Canada - United States border. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership staff, along with Council members, provide a critical support network of cross-border expertise and gainful contacts for business activity. We at the enabling ideas™ Community of experts consider the Council to be a valued strategic relationship and asset to our organization.
The CanAm Council is an integral piece of the Canadian-American business discussion. Comprised of companies from both sides of the border, it combines policy communication, advocacy development, and business to business networking. The Council allows those interested in cross-border business to evaluate the market – from policy requirements to business connections – before entering into it fully. Because of the Council, Canadian and American companies can now convene for meaningful discussion aimed at developing greater economic opportunities for the region.
Hodgson Russ LLP
- Ashica Ambu, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara
- Jack Ampuja, Supply Chain Optimizers
- Mishka Balsom, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
- Patrick Bassney, Seneca Gaming Corporation
- Michael Berger, Berger & Berger
- Christine Bonaguide, Hodgson Russ LLP
- Lisa Calkings, Hebeler, LLC
- Joanne Campagna, Bank of America
- Jill Colombo, Dopkins & Company, LLP
- Ross Comaratta, M&T Bank
- Matt Davison, Peace Bridge Authority
- Phillip Delmont, Harter Secrest & Emery
- Douglas Dimitroff, Phillips Lytle LLP
- James Dusel, Laub International, Inc.
- Josh Feine, Buffalo Bills, Inc.
- Zachary Finnegan, Western New York Foreign Trade Zone Operators, Inc.
- Kathryn Friedman, University at Buffalo
- Nicolas Gatto, Harter Secrest & Emery
- Guy Gessner, Canisius College
- Kathy Gibbons, Phillips Lytle LLP
- Horace Gioia, Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, & Cunningham LLC
- Kevin Hays, Savarino Companies, LLC
- Bill Heussler, Realty USA – Commercial
- Lew Holloway, Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
- Rachael Homewood, Consulate General of New York
- Athena Hutchins, Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition
- Diane Hutzler, Venture13 Inc
- Paul Hutzler, Venture13 Inc
- Bill Iannarelli, Freed Maxick CPAs
- Mark Janulewicz, Lumsden & McCormick LLP
- Scott Jordan, The Bonadio Group
- Patrick Kaler, Visit Buffalo Niagara
- Thomas Kucharski, Invest Buffalo Niagara
- Pietra Lettieri, Harris Beach LLC
- Keanin Loomis, Hamilton Chamber
- Mark MacVittie, US Customs & Border Protection
- James Manno, Sonwil Distibution Center, Inc.
- Rosanna Masucci, Buffalo U.S. Export Assistance Center
- Michelle Mazzone, McGuire Development Company LLC
- Adam Mikols, Seal & Design Inc.
- Geoff Moffat, SWGi
- Linda Newland Soltis, Consulate General of New York
- Robert Olivieri, Hodgson Russ LLP
- Audrey Oswell, Seneca Gaming Corporation
- Keith Pitts, 2SIDESOF49
- Carolyn Powell, Invest Buffalo Niagara
- Ron Rienas, Peace Bridge Authority
- Patrick Robson, Niagara College of Applied Arts & Technology
- Ken Saeckl, Gunther Mele Packaging Inc.
- Mike Saraf, Adiabatic Solutions
- Linda Schineller, Hodgson Russ LLP
- Eric Schultz, Barclay Damon, LLP
- Blair Severn, Enabling Ideas
- William Sherman, Northern Customs Services, Inc
- John Sigeti, Five Star Bank
- Toni Skokovic, iNTERFACEWARE
- David Veres, Niagara College of Applied Arts & Technology
- Jeff Walters, Canada Border Services Agency
- Rob Walters, Niagara College of Applied Arts & Technology
- Samantha White, SWGi
- Corey Wiktor, County of Cattaraugus Industrial Development Agency
- Jon Yormick, Phillips Lytle LLP
- Jay Ziegler, Tapecon, Inc.
Thank You To Our Sponsors
- BERARDI IMMIGRATION LAW
- BUFFALO AND FORT ERIE PUBLIC BRIDGE AUTHORITY
- SUPPLY CHAIN OPTIMIZERS