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.

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is strengthening the footprint of our international region.  In 2017, we signed an agreement with the Chambers of Commerce in the City of Hamilton and the Greater Niagara Region, Ontario, to offer reciprocal membership benefits to members of all three Chambers. Learn more about the agreement here.

Council Overview

The CanAm Council is a cross-industry collaboration of business leaders focused on developing our region’s cross-border 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:

  • Advocate for more efficient operations of Buffalo Niagara’s international bridges
  • Cultivate collaborative business relationship opportunities with Canadian companies through networking targeted programming
  • Coordinate and strengthen relationships with Southern Ontario economic development organizations
  • Support the efforts of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition and the Council of the Great Lakes Region to grow the bi-national region
  • Promote economic growth through programming targeted to Canadian companies interested in cross-border trade

Top Initiatives for 2018:

  • Strengthen our bi-national economy through NAFTA renegotiation
    • Maximize border efficiency
    • Maintain visas necessary for cross-border business
    • Advance regulatory harmonization
  • Sufficient staffing of customs agents in both Canada and the United States during the Peace Bridge rehabilitation project


Signature Event

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

Initiative Engagement

Best Practices & Learning

  • CanAm Council Roadshow – Council meetings at key industry locations on both sides of the border, including tours of significant economic development facilities, projects and initiatives
Council Leaders
Partnership Staff

Christine Bonaguide
Council Chair
Hodgson Russ LLP

Blair Severn
Executive In Residence
enabling ideas™

Grant Loomis
Vice President, Government Affairs

Council Members

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