The Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Perrin Beatty announced the launch of a new Canada-U.S. Engagement Plan aimed at providing Canadian businesses opportunities to increase ties with U.S. counterparts and policymakers.
On January 29, Mr. Beatty met with the Hon. Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and communicated with the Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development. They discussed the importance of Canada’s trade relationship with the United States and agreed that an increased U.S. presence by Canadian business and other stakeholders will help strengthen the relationship between our two countries. The Prime Minister recently tasked Minister Champagne and Minister Ng to be co-leads on a renewed Team Canada engagement strategy to advance Canada’s interests in and with the United States.
The United States is our closest neighbour, our largest trading partner, and our most important ally, which is why we strongly support Minister Champagne and Minister Ng’s desire to mobilize Canadian businesses and other groups to increase Canadian engagement with our U.S. counterparts. The Canadian Chamber and its pan-Canadian network of 400 chambers of commerce and boards of trade and more than 200,000 businesses of all sizes, is ready and willing to support these efforts. All parties in government and our business community need to come together on this.
Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Canadian Chamber will lead four business missions to the U.S. in 2024, focused on key areas of the Canadian economy where there are significant opportunities for growth and synergy with the U.S. economy: life sciences, Canada-U.S. trade, artificial intelligence and critical minerals. The Canadian Chamber will execute these missions in collaboration with several on-the-ground U.S. partners.
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