We thank our members for their generous commitment to the MAPLE® community. Please take a moment to review our members' services and consider how they can be of assistance to your business or next cross-border investment. All of these members are part of our Southern California chapter.
AFEX is a trusted global payment and risk management solutions specialist with a heritage that dates back to 1979. We offer a comprehensive range of global payment and foreign exchange services, including Wire Transfers, risk management tools. We can handle every aspect of a client’s foreign payment needs, from risk consultation to transaction execution. For more information, please visit www.afex.com.
Member Contacts: Robert Bolle, Regional Manager Western USA; Kyler Koebel, Regional Manager Western Canada.
Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. transborder market and in the international market to and from Canada. In 2016, Air Canada together with its Air Canada Express regional partners carried more than 45 million passengers, offering direct passenger service to more than 200 destinations on six continents. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance™, providing the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network.
Air Canada is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and employs 30,000 people. Its corporate headquarters are located in Montreal.
For more information please visit www.aircanada.ca.
Member Contacts: Anna Innis, National Manager Passenger Sales USA; Maria Benson, Regional Sales Manager Los Angeles; James Howey, Business Development; Frédéric Perrin, Regional Sales Manager, Los Angeles; Jeanette Vincent, Manager Western Region Sales USA
Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company comprises 2,600 real estate professionals in 84 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality properties. For more information, please visit www.avisonyoung.com
Member Contacts: Arlyn Stoik, Principal; Christopher “Chris” Cooper, Principal, Regional Managing Director Southern California.
Axellium helps businesses get in shape and build the operational muscle they need to increase productivity and strengthen overall performance.
Our approach, combined with our exclusive "Performance Axellerator" solution, provides executives with a unique and otherwise unavailable perspective on their business. The result of our analysis gives them the confidence that they are making the right business decisions. Our implementation method gives them control over the outcome and ensures they achieve their objectives.
For more information, please visit www.axellium.com.
Member Contacts: Robert Kelle, Co-founder & Managing Partner; Patrick Boulard, Co-founder & Managing Partner
BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to Canadian entrepreneurs. It promotes entrepreneurship with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses. With its 123 business centres from coast to coast, BDC provides businesses in all industries with financing and advisory services. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers equity, venture capital and flexible growth and transition capital solutions. BDC is also the first financial institution in Canada to receive B Corp certification. To find out more, visit bdc.ca.
Member Contacts: François Marois, Managing Director Executive Advisors; Eastern Canada; Richard Turski, Managing Director Executive Advisors, Western Canada; Glenn Yonemitsu, Managing Director Executive Advisors, Ontario.
Our approach to professional and service excellence is based upon personal standards of absolute integrity, unfailing mutual respect and dedication in all that we do for our clients. Maintaining a diverse team is a core value at BLG and we draw upon the strengths of knowledgeable and skilled individuals who represent a variety of viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds.
We are an integrated national firm that provides a broad range of legal solutions to our clients. We have more than 700 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, with some of the best, most experienced and successful legal minds in Canada.
Backed by the talent, long-term commitment and support of our staff in all offices, the BLG team is committed to understanding and meeting the needs of our clients.
For more information, please visit www.blg.com.
Member Contacts: Geoff de Kleine, Partner, Patent Agent, Head of the U.S. West Coast Initiative; Paul Fortin, Director of International Business Development; LuAnne Morrow, Counsel & Trademark Agent
Brookfield Property Partners is a global commercial property company that owns, operates and invests in best-in-class office, retail, multifamily, industrial, hospitality, triple net lease, self-storage and student housing assets. For more information please visit www.brookfieldpropertypartners.com
Brookfield Renewable operates one of the world’s largest publicly traded, pure-play renewable power platforms. Our portfolio consists of hydroelectric and wind facilities in North America, Latin America and Europe and totals more than 10,000 megawatts of installed capacity, generating enough renewable energy to power four million homes. For more information, please visit www.brookfieldrenewable.com
Member Contacts: Michael Speer CFA, SVP Brookfield Property Group; Remi Moreau, Senior Manager Communications, North America Brookfield Renewable
The Business Strategies Group (BSG) of Southern California is a team of financial professionals formed to work with closely held businesses. Every day, we speak to business owners like you. From start-ups to companies that have lasted generations, we help identify new opportunities in your financial plans. We listen to the key issues, concerns and obstacles that are most important to you, your partners and other trusted advisors. Then, we work closely with you and your financial team to prioritize and implement strategies that build value. Business Continuity and Succession Planning | Executive & Employee Benefits | Company Retirement Plans | Estate and Legacy Planning Strategies. For more information, please visit www.sc.bsg-advisors.com.
Member Contact: Julie Drogrez Lopez, Financial Consultant
If you are looking to expand your business, Canada can be the land of opportunity. With over 36 million potential customers and a continually growing eCommerce market, Canada Post can help you target and reach Canadian consumers that are motivated to buy from U.S. businesses. No one knows the diversity of Canadians and their consumer behaviour better than Canada Post. We provide you with end-to-end solutions that can help you find, understand and fulfill Canadian customers. For more information, please visit canadapost.ca/gonorth
Member Contacts: Serge Pitre, VP Sales; Jamie MacDonald, Director International Sales.
The Canadian Olympic Foundation has enabled Canadians, Canadian athletes and their coaches to strive for excellence in sport since 2007. As the official charitable organization of the Canadian Olympic Committee and Team Canada, we aim to inspire every Canadian to be capable of greatness, through sport and Olympic values. For more information, please visit https://olympic.ca/foundation/
Member Contacts: Paul McIntyre Royston, CEO; Sean Reczulski, Philanthropic Manager, Personal Giving.
Cardinal Point is a Canada-U.S. cross-border wealth management firm that specializes in assisting affluent Canadian expats, Canada-U.S. dual citizens, Green Card and visa holders, and snowbirds with their cross-border investment, tax, estate, retirement and financial planning needs. With an office in Irvine, we serve a wide array of clients throughout the state with their distinct cross-border planning requirements. Cardinal Point’s financial and tax advisors operate under the fiduciary standard and understand that your wealth, family, interests and values are all interconnected. For more information, please visit www.cardinalpointwealth.com.
Member Contacts: Matt Carvalho, CFA, CFP®, Chief Investment Officer; John McCord, CFP®, Director of Private Wealth Services
Chrilleks Productions is a multi award-winning full-service creative agency that specializes in branded content. Chrilleks is based in Toronto and Los Angeles. Founded by Chris Grubisa and Aleksandra (Aleks) Lason, Chrilleks helps consumer brands to share their stories with compelling digital content strategies and creative content production. For more information, please visit www.chrilleks.com.
Member Contacts: Chris Grubisa, President and Executive Creative Director; Aleksandra Lason, Chief Operating Officer.
At ColLAborate, we have been making projects and ideas happen in Los Angeles since 2000. We are experts in public affairs, government relations, land use, and community outreach. Our team collaborates to create synergy and solutions to complicated issues. We take joy in solving problems and bringing people together. Whether you need advocacy, community outreach, entitlement processing, or business-to-business help, we've got you covered. Find our more on our website at https://www.collaborate-la.com
Member Contact: Cynthia Coulter - Business Development
Riverside County's EDA/Office of Foreign Trade has the distinction of being the first of its kind in the U.S. at a county level offering state style receptions for international delegations, signing trade agreements with other nations, cities, provinces or states, taking advocacy positions on legislation that support trade to aggressively expand our foreign trade zones, support and encourage foreign direct investments from international companies and foreign investing individuals. We do this in cooperation with our international trade partner agencies like the Department of Commerce, the SBA, CITD, the Governor's Office of EDA "Go Biz" and others.
Foreign trade is a significant source of job creation and investment within the county. Many jobs created by foreign direct investment have higher than average wages and good benefit packages, and help to diversify and strengthen the local economy. Executing bilateral trade agreements between Riverside County and foreign countries opens new markets for goods produced within the county. Further, when foreign trade zones are established within the county, it allows local manufacturers to save money on tariffs and taxes which are a powerful incentive for companies to stay, relocate or expand in the county. The encouragement of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the U.S. economy provides a source of ready capital at a time when domestic credit and lending is constrained. For more information please visit www.rivcoeda.org.
Member Contact: Heidi Marshall - Commissioner of Foreign Trade
Cumming & Partners is a highly respected immigration law firm with a niche cross-border focus. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, we provide expert legal services to companies and individuals throughout the United States, Canada and beyond. Given that our practice requires specialised knowledge in cross-border law, each of our partners is licensed to practice law in both the U.S. and Canada. We collectively have more than fifty (50) years of experience providing seamless solutions to cross-border legal issues. At Cumming & Partners, we understand our clients’ needs and provide efficient solutions to the challenges of U.S. Immigration and Canadian Immigration. For more information about Cumming & Partners, please contact us.
Member Contacts: Andrew Cumming, Managing Partner; Hillary Bullock, Partner; Magda Kapitany, Director of Business Development.
D'Alessio Law Group is a boutique immigration law firm practicing exclusively in the area of US immigration law. They offer a particular level of expertise to clients, particularly expats, who seek to immigrate to the United States to invest and or work.
D'Alessio Law Group was founded on the premise of providing high quality legal representation with a focus on excellent client service and individualized attention by those who have personal experience with the immigration process. It is their objective to provide the best representation possible as they help their clients achieve their immigration goals in a fast and effective manner. For more information, please visit www.dlgimmigration.com
Member Contact: Lorraine D'Alessio - Managing Attorney
Fasken is a full-service law firm with over 700 lawyers and offices in Canada, the U.K., South Africa and China. As a leading international business law and litigation firm, Fasken offers experience and expertise across a number of countries and across a wide range of industries and practice areas to suit the needs of organizations worldwide. For more information, please visit www.fasken.com
Member Contacts: Peter Feldberg, Firm Managing Partner; Stephen Kerr, Chair U.S. Strategy; Brenda Plowman, Chief Marketing Officer, James Villeneuve, Senior Business Advisor.
Consistently ranked among the top intellectual property firms worldwide, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, headquartered in Orange County, has over 275 lawyers and scientists nationwide and dedicates its practice to all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, rights of publicity, client counseling, due diligence, and related litigation and licensing.
For more information, please visit www.knobbe.com.
Member Contacts: Marko Zoretic, Partner; Harnik Shukla, Partner; and Salima Merani, Partner
Opportunities NB (ONB) is an action-oriented agency working with industry partners, economic development stakeholders and public sector partners to seek and support high-growth businesses. ONB serves as a "one-stop" shop delivering seamless, integrated and responsive services, focusing on attracting and developing high-growth opportunities through foreign investment and exports. ONB creates customized solutions for growth-oriented business-to-business clients, developing a solid value proposition and exceptional testimonials from the companies who have already chosen to invest in New Brunswick, Canada.
For more information, please visit www.onbcanada.ca
Member contacts: Joel DeWolfe, Business Development Executive, Investment Attraction – JP Robicheau, Assistant VP, Investment Attraction
Perreira Wealth Advisory is a broadly resourced, boutique style wealth advisory service for clients with Canada U.S. cross-border investment management needs. Founded to meet the complex needs of executives, professionals and high-net-worth individuals, principal, Bernardine Perreira and her team, are committed to protecting and growing their clients’ wealth, and providing unbiased financial advice.
Perreira Wealth Advisory are Raymond James (USA) Ltd. advisors, licensed and regulated in both Canada and the US, and work closely with clients to translate their personal needs into a strategy for their cross-border accounts.
For more information, please visit www.perreirawealthadvisory.com.
Member Contact: Bernardine Perreira, Financial Advisor.
Purolator International is a subsidiary of Purolator Inc., Canada’s largest integrated freight, parcel and logistics solutions provider. Purolator International specializes in the air and surface forwarding of Express, Freight and Parcel shipments, customs brokerage, and fulfillment and delivery services to, from and within Canada. "We deliver Canada" is not just a slogan. It is backed by over 50 years of delivering reliable, efficient and cost-effective shipping to, from and within Canada for more than 210 countries and territories worldwide.
U.S. businesses depend on us, and we responded by building hubs in the U.S. to expand our capacity and capability while creating custom shipping and supply chain solutions. Whether your Canada freight or packages are coming from, going to or crossing Canada, we deliver the experience, confidence and solutions to get it done right, worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.purolatorinternational.com
Member Contact: David Perfect, Branch Sales Manager San Diego, Orange & Riverside Counties
RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment.
RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 41,000 people in 116 countries. For more information, visit rsmus.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.
Member Contacts: Patricia Lightfoot, Marketing Manager - Los Angles; Talmage Zaugg, Senior Manager - San Diego; Stan Zinman, Partner - Toronto.
Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 lawyers practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and in Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. Snell & Wilmer is renowned for having extensive experience in a full range of transactional and litigation legal services. The firm’s range of practices include, among others: bankruptcy, bioscience, business litigation, construction, corporate, employee benefits, energy/environmental, healthcare, intellectual property, international, labor/employment, product liability, real estate/zoning, tax, and trusts/estates.
For more information, please visit www.swlaw.com.
Member Contact: Garth Stevens, Partner
Teknion designs products that work across boundaries. Within any architectural envelope and work culture - furniture that works wherever you work. Founded in 1983, Teknion designs and manufactures innovative workplace solutions in both Canada and the United States, with a brand new state of the art showroom situated in downtown Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.teknion.com.
Member Contacts: Ron Frantz - RVP Southern California; Jonathan Welch - LA Showroom Manager.
TMX Group owns and operates Toronto Stock Exchange and Venture Exchange. Toronto Stock Exchange, provides senior issuers with efficient access to public equity, liquidity for existing and new investors, and the prestige and market exposure associated with being listed on a world-class market. Serving the public venture capital market, TSX Venture Exchange provides access to growth capital for early-stage companies while offering investors a well-regulated market for making venture investments. This two-tiered market offers U.S. companies a stepping stone to the U.S. exchanges NYSE or Nasdaq. For more information, please visit http://www.tmx.com
Member Contact: Delilah Panio, VP Capital Formation Southern California
The 360 Marketer is a consulting firm providing strategic and tactical marketing expertise for emerging and established B2B and B2C brands. Extensive experience across health care information technology, restaurants and consumer packaged goods representing over $800 million in annual revenue.
For more information, please visit www.the360marketer.net.
Member Contact: Stephen Armstrong, Principal
Trowbridge specializes in global mobility tax services for Canadian and US individuals and corporations with international business. Our goal is to make international business, personal tax, and investment dealings as smooth as possible, so you can focus on work and travel while trusting that your tax concerns are taken care of. For more information, please visit, www.trowbridge.ca
Member Contacts: Todd Trowbridge, Partner Corporate Tax, Toronto; Arun (Ernie) Nagratha, Partner, Toronto & Vancouver; Wayne Bewick, Partner, Toronto, London, & Vancouver.
Unstoppable Conversations (UC) is a cultural and leadership transformation consulting firm based in Edmonton Alberta, with representation in British Columbia, Ontario and California. Working across many different sectors and Industries, some of UC’s clients include Google, The City of Edmonton, The Dene Nation, Flaman Group of Companies and Earls Restaurant Chain. Their unique approach is pioneering a new category of consulting and development where leaders seek out an intentional disruption for themselves and/or for their organization, in service of a much greater and unprecedented future.
For more information, please visit www.unstoppableconversations.com.
Member Contacts: Deborah Hartnett Kennedy, Partner Southern California; Kevin Gangel, Founding Partner, Edmonton, Alberta; Vik Maraj, Founding Partner, Edmonton, Alberta.
The Vancouver Hotel Destination Association (VHDA) is made up of a group of 37 downtown Vancouver hotels who contribute toward the Vancouver Destination Marketing Fund (DMF). It is the objective of the VHDA that these marketing funds are used to directly enhance Vancouver’s destination awareness and increase overnight hotel stays for all VHDA member hotels. The VHDA achieves this objective by working with partner organizations to add incremental programs (like StayVancouverHotels.com) and augment existing marketing initiatives aimed at ensuring the continued long-term growth and prosperity of Vancouver, creating value for all partners in the tourism sector.
Member Contacts: Russ Cowan, Executive Director; Kristine Sigurdson, Director of Marketing
Westmark Tax is a boutique tax and accounting firm specializing in cross-border tax services, including US and Canadian tax preparation for individuals and companies. Our primary focus is to provide you with premium client service which will match your particular needs. We will work hard to develop a tax strategy to optimize your global tax picture.
Specializing in US tax preparation & tax strategy consulting services to individuals as well as businesses. Providing premium tax service for enhancement and optimization of your tax scenario by tailoring a tax strategy that will match you or your business’ particular needs. For more information, please visit www.westmarktax.com.
Member Contacts: Mo Ahmad, Founder; Debra Lewis-Mahon EA, PA, Manager