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.
It’s Our 3rd Anniversary! It is hard to believe that three years have past since we issued our first press release announcing the founding of a cross-border non-profit organization dedicated to promoting bilateral, trade, investment, and entrepreneurship between Southern California and Canada. And here we are in 2018, 36 months and over 40 networking events later, looking at a growing and vibrant network of members, partners, followers and friends. Thank you to all who have shared their expertise, insights, passion, heritage, financial commitment, and time to help us grow our cross-border footprint.
We are delighted to welcome back two returning speakers to share new insights on cross-border opportunities at our upcoming Summer Event Series across Southern California on June 5th and 6th. Don’t miss presentations from Opportunities NB who are joining us from Atlantic Canada and D’Alessio Law Group ceo and managing partner, Ms. Lorraine D’Alessio.
Québec and Southern California share vibrant cultures of innovation with deep sector strengths. We look forward to bridging our markets and sharing our respective strengths with each other through an upcoming mission. We are rescheduling our trip originally scheduled for June 13-15 to a future date.
We are delighted to announce that Avison Young has joined our community as our newest corporate member. 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.
We are delighted to announce the addition of an iconic Canadian brand to our cross-border community: Canada Post. As Canada’s postal service and leading parcel delivery provider, nearly two out of every three online purchases in Canada are delivered by Canada Post. Canadians are also two times more likely to choose Canada Post over other brands when given the choice of who will deliver their online purchases. Canada Post provides end-to-end solutions to enable their business customers to find, understand and ultimately deliver to every Canadian address.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the TMX Group (owners of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange) has joined MAPLE Business Council. Every year, hundreds of venture stage companies raise billions of dollars in public venture funding via the TSX Venture Exchange. As small to early-stage companies can gain access to public venture capital and a strong foothold in the public market, larger, established companies looking to take their business to the next level can list on Toronto Stock Exchange. This two-tiered market offers U.S. companies a stepping stone to U.S. exchanges such as NYSE or Nasdaq.
It will be standing room only when we come together in Vancouver at the offices of PwC on the evening of April 16th for a networking reception to reconnect Southern California and Vancouver since our March 2017 delegation. We are thrilled with the tremendous response to our program featuring Mr. Stephen Cheung, president of World Trade Center Los Angeles. Our event sold out over a month in advance.
We are delighted to share that our friends at the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce will be a sponsor of our cross-border networking reception in Montréal, Canada on June 13th.
The reception is a key component of the MAPLE business delegation model which integrates private briefings with leading organizations across key sectors in a major Canadian market and a networking event that informs local business, government, and academic leaders on the opportunities that are present within Southern California.
We created MOMENTUM because there is a wealth of expertise and insights throughout the MAPLE membership and our strategic partners. A monthly e-newsletter seemed a practical way to celebrate some of the collective expertise in our community beyond the one-to-one networking that occurs at our 12 networking events throughout Southern California, our outbound delegations to major Canadian markets, our special event programming, and our social media. And while a lot can certainly be said in a tweet, the topics of trade, investment, and entrepreneurship are simply deserving of a little more substance.