MAPLE to promote trade between Southern California and Canada
Based in Orange County, MAPLE will connect senior executives from across the region interested in exploring cross-border business opportunities.
"Strong ties already exist between California and Canada", said Robert Kelle, chairman & president of the MAPLE Business Council.
"Bilateral goods trade between us exceeded $46 billion in 2014 and over 1.1 million California jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada."
It is estimated that more than one hundred thousand California residents were born in Canada.
"Canadian social networks have been well-established in the region but what we have lacked is a business community focal point for cross-border business and investment networking," said Stephen Armstrong, chief marketing officer of MAPLE.
"Southern California firms are already active in Canada and are among the latest international listings on the TSXV, part of Canada's largest stock exchange."
Membership in the MAPLE Business Council is open to individuals and businesses with sponsorship opportunities also available. MAPLE will be hosting its first networking event in Irvine at the offices of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP on June 3.
Open to members and invited guests, the event will feature information on trade between Southern California and Canada and insights on how a business council has successfully supported trade between Canada and Arizona. ■