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CanAm Council - Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Industry Overview

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.

Council Overview

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.

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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

Programming:

Signature Event

  • CanAm Now – Event focused on business opportunities in our bi-national region

Initiative Engagement

  • 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

Council Education

  • Export Education – Inform the business community on exporting opportunities and connecting companies to potential international business partners

Tour Series

  • Insider tours of unique sites important to the region’s bi-national economy
Council Leaders
Partnership Staff
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Christine Bonaguide
Council Chair
Partner
Hodgson Russ LLP

Blair Severn
Co-Chair
Chairman
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Catherine Muth

Catherine Muth
Manager, Economic Development & Government Affairs
716-541-1739
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Council Members

Thank You To Our Sponsors

PRESENTING SPONSOR:
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INDUSTRY SPONSOR:
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SUPPORTING SPONSORS:
  • BERARDI IMMIGRATION LAW
  • BUFFALO AND FORT ERIE PUBLIC BRIDGE AUTHORITY
  • SUPPLY CHAIN OPTIMIZERS

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Upcoming Events

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