Doing Business in the States – Toronto and Calgary Events

Doing Business in the States – Toronto and Calgary Events

The Canada-Texas Chamber of Commerce was please to participate in two events in Calgary and Toronto last week on cross border business. On Tuesday, May 14th, we joined BMO for their “Doing Business in the States.” This event was an exclusive luncheon and presentation about what Canadian companies need to know about doing business in the states.  On Thursday, May 16th, we...

Opportunities for Canadians in Texas

Opportunities for Canadians in Texas

As Alberta continues a slow recovery from the 2014 oil price downturn and resulting recession, Texas is experiencing an energy renaissance a short 1,200 miles to the south. Alberta’s ongoing legal struggles preventing the construction of pipelines to the west or south to the United States have kept potential prosperity from the oil sands locked in the ground. But in...

Reception Featuring the Honourable Naheed Nenshi

Reception Featuring the Honourable Naheed Nenshi

The Calgary Mayor event was a great success, Jim Mochulsky did an amazing job of going direct to his office and getting commitment for us to create a reception around his visit. Thank you to Cole International for providing additional support on this one, and it will springboard our CTCC relationship for more joint Houston-Calgary events in the future, which...

Reception Featuring The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi

Reception Featuring The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi

The NRCan reception with the Natural Resources (Energy) Minister last week was our highest profile event to date, with over 100 guests attending.  Many thanks to Blake’s for traveling to town for it and for the additional support.  Members of the Advisory Board were invited to be a part of the official receiving team and meet the Minister personally upon...

The TPP is Up and Running Without Us, and We’re Losing Out on its Opportunities

The TPP is Up and Running Without Us, and We’re Losing Out on its Opportunities

President Trump often says our trade partners treat us unfairly. Yet one of his first acts as president was to withdraw from a trade pact agreement designed to give favored treatment to its signatories. On Dec. 30, 2018, that pact, the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (known as TPP), went into effect without the United States. The TPP is a...

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: USMCA signature is a step forward but major obstacles remain

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: USMCA signature is a step forward but major obstacles remain

Today’s signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is an important step toward greater economic certainty, but significant work remains before Canadian businesses can be satisfied, says the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in a statement: “While the agreement falls short of what North American business sought, it generally maintains tariff-free access for Canadian products, retains the labour mobility provisions, strengthens intellectual...

Packed Houses at “Doing Business in Canada” Programs in Houston and Dallas

Packed Houses at “Doing Business in Canada” Programs in Houston and Dallas

The Canada-Texas Chamber of Commerce hosted back-to-back “Doing Business in Canada” standing-room-only events in Houston and Dallas. Speakers from the Canadian law firm of Blakes, Bank of Montreal, Savills Studley, Cole International, Weinstein Spira, Investissement Quebec, and the Consulate of Canada offered know-how on expanding cross border business. We would like to thank each of our partners, as well as...

United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

On September 30, 2018, the United States, Mexico and Canada announced the completion of negotiations toward a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). While economists and trade lawyers on both sides of the border will spend the next few weeks debating the many minor changes the new agreement makes to the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Agreement, the most...

A Global Headquarters for a Global Company: A Dallas – Toronto Amazon HQ2

A Global Headquarters for a Global Company:  A Dallas – Toronto Amazon HQ2

One year ago, Amazon launched its search for a new corporate headquarter. Earlier this year, Amazon released its list of twenty finalists for its much coveted “HQ2” second headquarters location. Among the finalists were nineteen American cities and one lone Canadian metropolis, Toronto. Of the nineteen U.S. cities, two Texas cities made the list, Dallas and Austin. What often gets...