Promoting Buffalo Niagara’s recently improved public image and attracting professional talent to the region go hand in hand. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership discussed the critical nexus between these efforts as part of our annual our annual cross-council boat tour of the Buffalo River and Outer Harbor.
At the end of March, teams from the regional chambers of commerce in Hamilton, the Niagara Region in Ontario and Buffalo Niagara convened for strategic planning discussions on maximizing the value of our truly unique binational agreement. Each chamber recognizes the exciting opportunity we collectively have to facilitate the growth of a economic region that spans the border of the world’s largest trading partners.
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.
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.
Buffalo Niagara sits at the center of the one of the most powerful economic engines in North America- the Buffalo to Toronto mega-region. The economic opportunities associated with the geography of Buffalo Niagara were spotlighted again and again at a recent Can/Am Border Trade Alliance (BTA) conference held in Washington, DC. I was fortunate to attend and represent the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and our CanAm Council.
Did you know that the Buffalo to Toronto Mega-Region represents one of the most powerful economic engines in North America?
As Canadian and American business leaders, it is critical that we find opportunities to connect and grow not just our networks, but our businesses.
The Partnership is proud to partner with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce to present “Unleashing the Power of the Mega-Region,” a summit for business owners and leaders on April 14, 2016 at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel.
This event serves as a tremendous opportunity for companies on both sides of the border to take advantage of our proximity to one another and leverage their businesses.
You’d be surprised to learn just how similar Hamilton in Canada is to Buffalo.
A few months ago I was invited to participate in a panel discussion with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce in Niagara on Lake Ontario. During my visit, I spent time with their chamber’s new incoming CEO, Mishka Balsom.