Beyond The Border - Facilitating Canada - New York Trade

Thursday, March 19, 2015
3:00pm - 5:00pm


The Canada-U.S. trading relationship is the most successful free-trade relationship the world has ever seen, totaling $734 billion USD in 2013.  Over 9 million jobs in both countries depend on Canada-U.S. trade.  The Canada-NY trading relationship makes up a large part of these numbers – annual two-way trade between Canada and NY totals almost $34 billion and more than 680,900 in NY depend on trade and investment with Canada.


In the 20 years since NAFTA, the North American economy has doubled in size. In 2011, Prime Minister Harper and President Obama announced a joint Action Plan titled ‘Beyond the Border,’ designed to address threats within, at, and away from our borders (perimeter security) while also expediting safe and secure trade and travel. They also announced the Regulatory Cooperation Council, a mechanism through which Canada and the U.S will institutionalize joint planning and collaboration between regulatory agencies in areas such as energy efficiency, medical devices, chemicals management, natural gas and transportation, agri-food, and nanotechnology sectors.


Event details: 

Canada’s Consul General in New York, John Prato, will co-host a business roundtable in Syracuse focused on introducing the Central New York business community to the Beyond the Border Action Plan (BtB) and the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC).  The BtB Action Plan and the RCC were created by the Canadian and U.S. governments in 2011.  The goal of the BtB Action Plan is to enhance security and facilitate the free flow of legitimate people, goods and services while the RCC aims to align regulatory practices to reduce costs and duplicative requirements. The Consul General will also provide information about the Consulate’s priorities in Central NY and NY state.  Contributing panellists will provide information about importing/exporting and doing business in Canada.



2:30pm                 Registration opens

3:00pm                 Welcome: 

3:05pm                 Beyond the Border: Facilitating Canada – New York Trade, John Prato, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in New York

The Consul General will discuss the Canada-New York trade and economic relationship; the state of the Canadian economy and future trends; the Beyond the Border Action Plan and Regulatory Cooperation Council and what it means for cross-border trade.

3:25pm                 The Business Traveler, Michael Watts, Immigration Program Manager, Consulate General of Canada in New York

Mr. Watts will discuss a variety of immigration related issues –business visitors & work permits; express entry & start-up visas; Canadian citizenship & immigration presence in USA, types of applications NY processes and how to submit applications.

3:45pm                Know Before You Go:  Opportunities and Necessary Knowledge to be Successful in Canada.  - Shakir Farsakh, Deputy Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate in Toronto, U.S. Commercial Service.

Mr. Farsakh will be talking about opportunities in various sectors, issues like Beyond the Border, and the events and programs that the U.S. Commercial Service offers.

4:05pm                 Cross-Border Logistics, Robert Stein, Mohawk Global Logistics - tbc

Mr. Stein will speak about Mohawk’s international services, including transportation, customs brokerage, and cargo insurance.

4:20pm                 Roundtable discussion, including Zack Hutchins, Manager, Congressional & Public Affairs at US Chamber of Commerce.

5:00pm                 Networking and Refreshments


Cost:                      $35 Non Members, $25 for CNYIBA members

Link to Registration:Click here

Kindly sponsored by:

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The Consulate General of Canada in New York

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