We are delighted to welcome Roberta Ruddy, Senior Wealth Advisor at Wilmington Trust as our newest executive member. Roberta is responsible for providing comprehensive wealth management advice to high-net-worth individuals and families, entrepreneurs, business owners and endowments throughout Western United States.
We had the pleasure of speaking with Allan Nichols, founder and CEO of The Canadian Expat Association, recently to talk about the founding of MAPLE Business Council and our first four years promoting bilateral cross-border investment, trade and entrepreneurship between Southern California and Canada.
We are thrilled to announce that the Canadian Olympic Foundation has joined our cross-border community as an organization member. The Toronto-based, 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, the Foundation aims to inspire every Canadian to be capable of greatness, through sport and Olympic values.
We are delighted to welcome a new member organization to our community. Chrilleks Productions Inc. is a multi award-winning full-service creative agency that specializes in branded content.Chrilleks is based in Toronto and Los Angeles.
The LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics and Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, with support from MAPLE Business Council ® and World Trade Center Los Angeles, are proud to present the report, Southern California & Canada: United through collaboration, defined by partnership, sustained by friendship, as a chronicle and celebration of the consanguinity between Canada and Southern California.
In recognition of the fourth anniversary since the founding of MAPLE Business Council, we wanted to take a step back and say thank you. It is because of the support and participation of our members, team, board, partners and our network that MAPLE has continued to grow as a community and a voice on behalf of bilateral investment, trade and entrepreneurship opportunities between Southern California and Canada.
We are very pleased to announce that the international audit, tax and consulting firm, RSM, has joined MAPLE Business Council. 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 www.rsmus.com.
In 2012, the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles and the LAEDC began a research relationship detailing the extensive contribution of Canadian trade, direct investment and businesses to Los Angeles County. Seven years later, the Consulate General and LAEDC have partnered again, with support from MAPLE to catalogue the depth and richness of the relationship between Canada and the Southern California region (the counties of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial). This partnership is a testament to the energy, innovation and commitment of the Canadian talent and businesses that call Southern California home.
We are pleased to announce that independent digital media producer, Marie-Josée Lachance, has joined MAPLE as an executive member based in Los Angeles. An active participant of the digital media industry in Québec, she was part of the founding committee for the Numix Awards, has managed these Awards since 2017 and was a board member of the FCTMN (Women in film, television and digital media) for 6 years. Living in LA, she still produces in Québec and now develops business in California and the U.S. for experienced Québec creative digital companies.
We are delighted to welcome our first bank to our growing cross-border community. Please join us in welcoming BDC, the only bank devoted exclusively to Canadian entrepreneurs, as a fellow member organization. BDC promotes entrepreneurship with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses. With its 123 business centres across Canada, BDC provides businesses in all industries with financing and advisory services.
We are delighted to announce that The Business Strategies Group (BSG) of Southern California has joined our community. The BSG of Southern California is a team of financial professionals formed to work with closely held businesses. Every day, they speak to business owners and from start-ups to companies that have lasted generations, they help identify new opportunities in their clients’ financial plans.
We are pleased to announce a new appointment to our management team. Stan Marszal, an accomplished international executive living in San Diego, will be supporting MAPLE Business Council in the newly created position of Regional Director - San Diego.
MAPLE Business Council® is returning to Toronto for our next Canadian networking event where we will be hosting an evening Summer Reception on Wednesday, June 19th. This will be an opportunity to reconnect with Toronto-area members, partners and guests as we recognize the opportunities to do business between Canada and Southern California. We are honored to welcome Stephen Cheung, Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and the President of World Trade Center Los Angeles, as our guest speaker. Stephen is a dynamic voice for the opportunities that exist for businesses in Greater Los Angeles and leads investment attraction on behalf of both LAEDC and WTCLA. He also supports international trade and international connections for organizations based in LA County.
We will be returning to Vancouver to participate in the U.S. Commercial Service's inaugural InvesTech conference on February 27th and will be co-hosting two evening receptions before and after the conference.
We are delighted to welcome Unstoppable Conversations (UC) as our newest organization member. UC is a cultural and leadership transformation consulting firm based in Edmonton Alberta, with representation in British Columbia, Ontario, and California. 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.
MAPLE Business Council® members bring a wealth of cross-border experience and expertise to our community. In support of our mission to promote bilateral investment, trade and entrepreneurship between Canada and Southern California, we are pleased to announce the launch of MAPLE Conversations.
We are very pleased to announce that the City of Long Beach has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MAPLE Business Council to promote bilateral economic development opportunities between Long beach and Canada.
We are delighted to announce that the full-service law firm, Fasken, has recently joined our cross-border community. With over 700 lawyers and offices in Canada, the U.K., South Africa, and China, Fasken is 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.
We are very pleased to announce that World Trade Center Vancouver (WTC-V) and MAPLE Business Council (MAPLE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote greater bilateral business collaboration between Vancouver and Southern California.
We are very pleased to welcome Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX) as our newest corporate member. AFEX is a trusted global payment and risk management solutions specialist with a heritage that dates back to 1979. With a diverse client base of more than 35,000 active commercial clients including importers and exporters, educational and financial institutions, small businesses, multinational corporations, and individuals, AFEX recognizes the distinct requirements of each of their clients.
We are very pleased to welcome the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association (VHDA) as our newest corporate member. The 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.
We are delighted to welcome the immigration law firm, Cumming & Partners, as our newest corporate member. Cumming & Partners is a boutique cross-border law firm based in Toronto. All of our partners are licensed to practice both in the United States and Canada, and have worked together as a group for over fifteen years. The firm is focused on U.S. and Canadian immigration matters, and has more than forty professionals within its immigration practice.
We are delighted to announce that Toronto-based Trowbridge Professional Corporation has joined MAPLE Business Council as our newest corporate member. Trowbridge is a Canadian accounting firm that specializes in global mobility tax services for Canadian and U.S. individuals and corporations with international business. Trowbridge has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and London, UK.
We are pleased to announce two more appointments to the MAPLE Business Council® Advisory Board - Ms. Rashma Agarwal, principal and founder of Trade Connections, and Mr. Eric Eide, Director of Government Relations at Bird Rides. The newly-formed Advisory Board serves the MAPLE organization in an advisory capacity on matters related to organization growth, membership development and partnerships.
We are looking forward to hosting our next cross-border networking program in Vancouver, British Columbia. On October 17, we will be hosting a networking reception at the downtown Vancouver offices of Dentons, to bring together Vancouver executives for a cross-border program.
In support of our continued growth as the Canadian-U.S. Business Council of Southern California, we are pleased to announce the formation of the MAPLE Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will serve as an advisory resource to the Officers who are actively managing the organization with the support of the Board of Directors. We look forward to their counsel on opportunities for MAPLE specific to their industry focus/expertise and their help in growing the organization through relationship-building and value-added connections.
As another indicator of how close we are as nations, friends, and allies, in Canada and the United States we celebrate our birthdays within 72 hours of each other. Now more than ever, the depth and breadth of our bonds which cross the world's longest undefended border through family, economic, sports, security, and cultural ties, need to be treasured, nurtured and celebrated.
Our MAPLE community has entered its fourth year as Canada celebrates its 151st and the U.S. its 242nd. None of these dates are marquee anniversaries by the magnitude of the numbers, but perhaps we have not had a more important year to reflect on the historical importance and future relevance of our relationship.
We are delighted to announce that the Los Angeles-based consulting firm, ColLAborate, has joined our community as our latest organization member. ColLAborate's span of work includes advocacy, community outreach, entitlement processing, and business-to-business projects. And this has meant that ColLAborate partners have worked on some of the most important projects in Greater L.A. since 2000.