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2021

 

  • Feb 8, May 6 & Aug 20: Doing Business In The USA

  • Friday, November 19, 2021
  • 10:00 am - 12:30 pm PT
  • Online from any computer or mobile device
  • FREE - for *Members and Non-Members

Brought to you by the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AMCHAM Canada) and the US Commercial Service, SelectUSA, the DBUSA webinar is an informative online conference dedicated to helping Canadian business owners enter the American marketplace. Gain access to our panel of carefully selected Immigration and Cross-Border Lawyers, Tax Specialists, Customs Brokers, and Logistics Professionals coming together from Cascadia Cross-Border Law, Law Offices of Gene Moses, MNP, PCB Customs Brokers, and PCB Freight Management. Hear from The US Commercial Service, SelectUSA speaker on free resources available to help you invest in the US market.

This session will provide you with invaluable data on the best state to expand and introduce you to essential partners. Whether opening a storefront with a US address or partnering with a distribution center for your eCommerce activity, our seasoned panel will present options that will help you determine your export strategy and understand your responsibilities with local and federal government agencies such as the US Customs and Border Protection, Secretary of State and US Citizen and Immigration Services.

AMCHAM Canada - Pacific Chapter members will gain an additional benefit through complimentary 30-minute consultations with each of the speakers following the event.

Topics Include

Subjects are presented by experts in their field. The content focuses on current trends seen in the USA/CDN cross-border market and based on the experiences of each speaker/company. Small to medium sized businesses in the export development planning stage who attend this event will walk away with the knowledge of all available resources and determine/understand:

  • Optimal structure for US presence
  • Cost-effective logistics and distribution channels
  • Responsibility for federal and state tax
  • What is considered "working" in the US
  • US consumer purchasing behavior
  • Canadian export requirements and US import compliance
  • Investment opportunities

Agenda

Attend the whole session or only the topics that interest you.

10:00 - 10:05 am
Introduction
Maria Rajanayagam, Chair, AMCHAM Canada - Pacific Chapter

10:05 - 10:15 am
SelectUSA Resources to Invest in the US
Bojan Opsenica, Investment Specialist, US Department of Commerce

10:15 - 10:35 am
How to Access Immigration in the US
Abtin Bahador, Attorney at Law, Cascadia Cross-Border Law

10:35 - 10:55 am
How to Form Legal Entities: Structure, Formation and Compliance
Gene Moses, Founder and Principal, The Law Offices of Gene Moses P.S. 

10:55 -11:15 am
How to Expand to the US the Smart Way
Sid Rao, Partner, US Tax Services, MNP LLP

11:15 - 11:35 am
How to Import Your Goods into the US
Breanna Leininger, US Operations Manager, Pacific Customs Brokers

11:35 - 11:55 am
How To Optimize Logistics Efforts
Alex Haukaas, Operations Manager, PCB Freight Management

11:55 -12:30 pm
Q&A

Meet the Speakers


Maria Rajanayagam
Chair, American Chamber of Commerce in Canada – Pacific Chapter



Bojan Opsenica
Investment Specialist, US Department of Commerce
Bojan Opsenica covers the foreign investment portfolio at the US Consulate in Toronto. As the SelectUSA representative in Canada, he specializes in assisting Canadian companies expanding to the US by providing resources to potential investors. Services offered by SelectUSA include market research, connections to state and local governments, and help navigating the US regulatory system. Bojan also works with State governments to help facilitate investment in their region by organizing investment missions, counselling state representatives, and developing market-specific strategies. During his time at the US Commercial Service, Bojan has also worked to help US companies find Canadian partners in the IT, Construction and Finance sectors. Bojan has a Master’s in Economics from the University of Toronto and an Honors BA from Western University.


Abtin Bahador received his Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law in May 2014, graduating cum laude. Abtin is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and his practice focuses on citizenship and immigration matters. Abtin completed an externship with the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic’s Immigration Clinic representing asylum applicants detained at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center. He also externed at the Northwest Justice Project’s Foreclosure Prevention Unit where he helped to familiarize clients with the foreclosure process, and assisted them in entering the state mandated mediation process with their lender. Additionally, Abtin was a Fellow at the Center for Global Justice, where he assisted community organizations with their legal issues at the local, state, and federal government level, as well as with the United Nations. Abtin spent two years as a Research Assistant for Professor Sara Rankin and supported her homeless rights advocacy and hate-crime research. He also assisted with the development of course work for Seattle University’s Legal Writing Department, which has been ranked the best legal writing department in the United States for the last several years according to US News. Finally, Abtin also volunteered with the King County Bar Association’s Immigration and Spanish language Clinics. Abtin identifies himself as a global citizen; he speaks Spanish and Farsi; has lived in Iran, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Spain, and traveled to a host of other countries. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria. In his free time, he enjoys science-fiction, kayaking, and hockey.

Abtin Bahador
Attorney at Law, Cascadia Cross-Border Law
Abtin Bahador received his Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law in May 2014, graduating cum laude. Abtin is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and his practice focuses on citizenship and immigration matters. Abtin completed an externship with the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic’s Immigration Clinic representing asylum applicants detained at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center. He also externed at the Northwest Justice Project’s Foreclosure Prevention Unit where he helped to familiarize clients with the foreclosure process, and assisted them in entering the state mandated mediation process with their lender. Additionally, Abtin was a Fellow at the Center for Global Justice, where he assisted community organizations with their legal issues at the local, state, and federal government level, as well as with the United Nations.



Gene Moses
Founder and Principal, The Law Offices of Gene Moses P.S.
Gene R. Moses is the founder and principal of the Law Office of Gene R. Moses P.S. located in Bellingham, Washington. Mr. Moses specializes in the formation and compliance of cross border business entities. The Law Office of Gene R. Moses P.S. has represented business entities throughout the world for 44 years.



Sidhartha (Sid) Rao, JD, LL.M.
Partner, US Tax Services, MNP LLP
As a partner with MNP’s International Tax Services group, Sid specializes in helping high-net-worth individuals and Canadian businesses with US activities navigate the complexities of cross-border tax so they can concentrate on the things that make them successful. He draws on his legal background and exposure to accounting to deliver cross-border tax solutions tailored to clients’ unique situations. Sid’s services include evaluating exposure to US state and local taxes, US individual and business compliance, structuring investment into the US, and consulting US persons on expatriation. His experience includes working with Canadian retailers and wholesalers expanding to the US as well as Canadians investing in US real estate.



Breanna Leininger, CCS, LCB
US Operations Manager, PCB Customs Brokers
With almost two decades in the industry, Breanna has been at the forefront of customs clearances and compliance concerns for a full spectrum of commodities at all ports of entry and all modes of transportation. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government, is a Licensed Customs Broker as well as Certified Customs Specialist. As an NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference Emerging Leaders and Mentors nominee, Breanna has a deep passion for politics, global affairs, and how communication shapes policy and international business relationships. She feels very fortunate to work in an industry that allows her to take part in how policy impacts the global economy and domestic businesses of all shapes and sizes.



Alexandra Haukaas
Operations Manager, PCB Freight Management
Alex Haukaas is a logistics professional who has been in the freight forwarding, NVOCC, and brokerage industries for over seventeen years. Alex has worked in all transportation modes, including air, ocean, truck, rail, and project cargo, with a strong background in project management and business development. Her successful management style is a hands-on approach in identifying her team's strengths, which results in a positive and cohesive work environment. Alex currently holds the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA) and Forum For International Trade Training (FITT) designations.

About The Organizations

SelectUSA works with the US and Foreign Commercial Service and entities across government to facilitate job-creating business investment into the United States and raise awareness of the critical role that economic development plays in the US economy.


Cascadia Cross-Border Law is a US immigration law firm known for providing exceptional representation, personalized attention, and responsive service to its clients. As reflected in its industry ratings, the firm's commitment to excellence has earned it a reputation as an effective, efficient, and ethical provider of immigration-related legal services. The firm has assisted clients from all over the globe access business opportunities in every area of the US for over three decades.


The Law Office of Gene R. Moses P.S. works with an international network of Canadian Chartered Professional Accountants, US Certified Public Accountants, immigration lawyers and customs brokers. Based in Bellingham, Washington Gene is a business lawyer and Law Society of British Columbia Foreign Legal Consultant who provides cross-border legal advice to Canadian and international corporations doing business in the USA including the formation of US Subsidiaries and other Legal Entities, and a broad range of Business Legal Services.


MNP LLC is a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting, with over 80 offices across Canada. Through partner-led engagements, we provide a collaborative, cost-effective approach to doing business and personalized strategies to help organizations succeed across the country and around the world. We proudly serve clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.


PCB Customs Brokers is your trusted customs expert specializing in international trade with roots dating back to 1954. The company was founded on one simple principle: serve the client well. Today, thousands of importers employ us to import their goods into Canada and the US with our services growing to include freight management, trade advisory and a comprehensive learning center. If you have complex trade problems, you can trust us to provide the solution.


PCB Freight Management has built a reputation for getting the job done over the years. Drawing on the competence of an experienced team of logistics experts, a world-wide network of freight agents and in-house licensed customs brokers, our clients get a comprehensive range of global logistics services. We do more than just shipping your cargo, we manage your freight! As a key company within the PCB Group of Companies, PCB Freight Management has become a major North American link to many trans-ocean shippers and freight forwarders. A single point of contact for international freight movements providing freight and logistic solutions to freight forwarders and shippers.

Aug 11 & Oct 21 2021: Doing Business In Canada

10:00 am - 12:30 pm PT
Online from any computer or mobile device
FREE - for *Members and Non-Members

Brought to you by the American Chamber of Commerce and the US Commercial Service, the DBCAN webinar is an informative online conference dedicated to helping business owners enter the Canadian marketplace. Gain access to our panel of carefully selected Immigration and Cross-Border Lawyers, Tax Specialists, Customs Brokers, and Logistics Professionals coming together from Miller Thomson, Clark Wilson, MNP and, PCB Global Trade. Hear from The US Commercial Service speaker on free resources available to help you access the Canadian market.

This session will provide you with invaluable data on the best state to expand and introduce you to essential partners. Whether opening a storefront with a Canadian address or partnering with a distribution center for your eCommerce activity, our seasoned panel will present options that will help you determine your export strategy and understand your responsibilities with local and federal government agencies.

Topics Include

Subjects are presented by experts in their field. The content focuses on current trends seen in the USA/CDN cross-border market and based on the experiences of each speaker/company. Small to medium sized businesses in the export development planning stage who attend this event will walk away with the knowledge of all available resources to determine and understand:

  • Optimal structure for Canadian presence
  • Cost-effective logistics and distribution channels
  • Responsibility for federal and provincial tax
  • What is considered "working" in Canada
  • Canadian import compliance
  • Investment opportunities

Agenda

Attend the whole session or only the topics that interest you.

10:00 - 10:05 am
Introduction
Maria Rajanayagam, Chair, AMCHAM Canada - Pacific Chapter

10:05 - 10:15 am
Resources to Access the Canadian Market
Nathan Donohue, Commercial Service Officer, US Commercial Service

10:15 - 10:35 am
How To Navigate Canada's Immigration System
John Soden, Immigration Consultant, Clark Wilson LLP

10:35 - 10:55 am
How To Set Up A Canadian Company
Rick Breen, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP

10:55 -11:15 am
How To Expand Your Business To Canada The Smart Way
William Dos Santos CPA & CA, Partner, International Tax, MNP LLP

11:15 - 11:35 am
How To Import Your Goods Into Canada
Cherie Storms, CA Operations Manager, PCB Customs Brokers

11:35 - 11:55 am
How To Ship Your Goods Into Canada
Alex Haukaas, Operations Manager, PCB Freight Management

11:55 -12:30 pm
Q&A

  • Meet the Panel

    Nathan Donohue
    Commercial Service Officer, US Commercial Service, US Consulate General Toronto
    Nathan Donohue is the Deputy Principal Commercial Officer at the US Consulate in Toronto, supporting an office of seven trade professionals assisting US companies with market access and trade promotion in Ontario, Canada. In addition, Mr. Donohue serves as the acting Principal Commercial Officer for British Columbia and the Yukon. Previously, Mr. Donohue served three years at the US Consulate General Shanghai, overseeing a team of five specialists covering a portfolio including information and communications technology (ICT); manufacturing and machinery; environmental technology; and design and construction services. Special areas of attention included advancing leading US and China priorities in the areas of Smart Cities, Themed Attractions, Green Buildings, and Clean Industrial Parks.

    John Soden
    Immigration Consultant, Clark Wilson LLP
    John translates complex concepts and processes into clear and concise solutions that facilitate business and career opportunities. Having worked at the senior management level in several companies and industries, John has been exposed to the challenges and priorities that businesses juggle, which allows him to address immigration issues from a true corporate and human perspective. Whether it is with a bio-tech, renewable energy, pharmaceutical or manufacturing company, John views his work as two-fold: 1) helping businesses achieve their broader goals of profit and innovation by attracting appropriately skilled professionals; and 2) helping those skilled professionals emigrate to a new country and capitalize on life-changing opportunities. Canadian industries are growing fast, and it is not always possible to find the skills in Canada. As such, John uses immigration laws as a tool to bring people and business together in ways that grow and contribute to our industries and create a healthy, diverse economy.

    Rick Breen
    Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
    Rick Breen is a highly-experienced lawyer assisting his clients with practical advice on structuring their corporate and personal matters. He has worked with owner managers to establish, grow and ultimately transition businesses for over 20 years. Additionally, Rick’s experience with personal planning allows him to ensure the personal affairs of his clients are in order. Rick provides pragmatic advice and counsel in a number of areas through Private Corporate Law by acting for owner managers and their families to address risk and planning transition of their corporate holdings. As well as, Private Client Law by acting for individuals and families to structure their personal affairs in a logical and practical manner. Rick is a frequent speaker to numerous groups on his areas of expertise. Prior to joining Miller Thomson LLP, Rick was a Partner in a Calgary based law firm. Rick is actively involved in youth sports and politics at every level of government.

    William Dos Santos CPA & CA 
    Partner, International Tax , MNP LLP
    William Dos Santos, CPA, CA, is a Senior Manager with MNP’s International Corporate Tax group in Vancouver. Drawing on extensive knowledge of Canadian and international tax, William works with Canadian and high net worth individuals and foreign multinationals seeking to do business in Canada, or establish a business presence in Canada.  William works closely with clients to organize their personal and corporate affairs in a tax-efficient manner for today’s globally competitive market. He assists with developing Canadian investment strategies for foreign investors and implementing, restructuring and maintaining international structures. William also helps with Canadian tax reporting, tax due diligence and domestic restructuring. William majored in biology and graduated from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and went on to graduate from the University of Calgary with a Master of Business Administration degree, specializing in finance. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 2011, and he has completed CPA Canada’s In-depth Tax course and CPA Canada’s In-depth International Tax course.

    Cherie Storms, CCS, LCB, CTCS
    CA Operations Manager, PCB Customs Brokers
    Cherie Storms is the Canadian Operations Manager with PCB Customs Brokers, with over 18 years in international trade operations and regulatory experience. Since joining the company in 2007, she has become an Executive Board Member for the Canadian Customs Brokers Society, BC Region, and spoke at the Women in Transportation Annual General Meeting in 2010 regarding her experience running international logistics for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Cherie is a member of CSCB's National Commercial Operations and eManifest Committee and sits on the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers' Board of Directors. In 2020, Cherie received the Emerging Leader award in the annual Surrey Board of Trade, Surrey Women in Business Awards. In her off time, Cherie is a motorsports driver for the Shift Up Now racing team, SCCA and CACC Women on Track Leader, racing tracks in Daytona and Indianapolis. With multiple championships, Cherie is a leader in the Jr Ambassador Program, encouraging young girls to excel in motorsports. Cherie has spoken at many seminars on the importance of trade compliance. She is currently enrolled in the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Business Management Program to become an international trade lawyer.

    Alexandra Haukaas
    Operations Manager, PCB Freight Management
    Alex Haukaas is a logistics professional who has been in the freight forwarding, NVOCC, and brokerage industries for over seventeen years. Alex has worked in all transportation modes, including air, ocean, truck, rail, and project cargo, with a strong background in project management and business development. Her successful management style is a hands-on approach in identifying her team's strengths, which results in a positive and cohesive work environment. Alex currently holds the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA) and Forum For International Trade Training (FITT) designations.

    About The Organizations

    US Commercial Service The US Commercial Service is the export promotion arm of the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. Our team helps US companies find new international business partners in worldwide markets. If you're a US company, the US Commercial Service offers four ways to grow your international sales: world-class market research, trade events that promote your product or service to qualified buyers, introductions to qualified buyers and distributors, and counseling through every step of the export process.

    Clark Wilson LLP is Vancouver based and globally connected. Our lawyers help Canadian companies grow their business internationally, protecting their domestic interests and ensuring that, when it is needed, they are connected with the best resources in other jurisdictions. Similarly, we regularly are called on by international companies and their foreign legal representation to assist them in successfully expanding their businesses into British Columbia and Canada. Our strong profile has earned us consistent recognition as one of Western Canada’s leading law firms.

    Miller Thomson is built to provide the most comprehensive Canadian business and legal help. The scale of your project is never an issue. We help businesses of every size, entrepreneurs and individuals. We work with not-for-profit organizations as well as financial institutions and governments. Our mastery of Canadian law is available to domestic and international clients alike. We are close to 550 lawyers, deeply rooted in communities across Canada. Some would call that “mid-sized” but in truth, we are perfectly Canadian-sized, with 12 strategically placed offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Toronto, Vaughan, Markham and Montréal. Our enthusiasm for Canada and Canadian law shows in everything we do.

    MNP LLC is a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting, with over 80 offices across Canada. Through partner-led engagements, we provide a collaborative, cost-effective approach to doing business and personalized strategies to help organizations succeed across the country and around the world. We proudly serve clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

    PCB Customs Brokers is your trusted customs expert specializing in international trade with roots dating back to 1954. The company was founded on one simple principle: serve the client well. Today, thousands of importers employ us to import their goods into Canada and the US with our services growing to include freight management, trade advisory and a comprehensive learning center. If you have complex trade problems, you can trust us to provide the solution.

    PCB Freight Management has built a reputation for getting the job done over the years. Drawing on the competence of an experienced team of logistics experts, a world-wide network of freight agents and in-house licensed customs brokers, our clients get a comprehensive range of global logistics services. We do more than just shipping your cargo, we manage your freight! As a key company within the PCB Group of Companies, PCB Freight Management has become a major North American link to many trans-ocean shippers and freight forwarders. A single point of contact for international freight movements providing freight and logistic solutions to freight forwarders and shippers.

2020

February 19, 2020: Medical Cannabis & Products In The Trade Industry: Know The Facts & Consequences

Important note: This is NOT a discussion on how to circumvent customs regulations. Cannabis and related products in support of the industry crossing into the U.S. are still very much illegal. This discussion is rather an outlay of the facts, the laws and regulations currently in place.

If you're a produce and plant stock growers shipping goods into the U.S. and you're thinking of or already getting into the cannabis industry - even if just domestically - it's important for you to understand the implications you will face.

Hemp, cannabis, products, people and business. Join us in clearing the cannabis air with this 2 hour dive into what you can and cannot do when it comes to cross-border regulations into the United States. Gain access to our panel of carefully selected Immigration, Cross-Border, Finance & Corporate Lawyers, and Licensed Customs Brokers from Miller Thomson and Pacific Customs Brokers. This overview has been designed to help you understand your responsibilities and potential consequences with federal government agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Food And Drug Administration (FDA), Secretary of State and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.

  • Feb 19, 2020
  • 5 - 7:30 PM
  • Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver, BC
  • $75 CAD

Topics

  • U.S. Import of Goods
    • Cross-border regulations
    • Supply chain stakeholders
    • Farm bill (plants & seeds)
  • Immigration & Status
    • U.S. immigration laws
    • Work visa / work permits
    • Consequences
  • Business Structure - For Legally Imported Hemp Product
    • The laws and consequences
    • How it works, product-wise
    • CBD & THC content

Meet The Panel

  • Breanna Leininger, CCS, LCB | U.S. Operations Manager, Pacific Customs Brokers Inc.
  • Cherie Storms, CCS, CTCS, LCB | Canadian Operations Manager, Pacific Customs Brokers Ltd.
  • Ellen S. Kief | U.S. Counsel, Miller Thomson LLP
  • Liam Oster | Associate, Miller Thomson LLP

March 26, 2020: [Free Webinar] COVID-19: Cross-border Measures And Government Support Programs

      • Mar 26, 2020

      • 1:00 PM - 1:40 PM

    • FREE Online Webinar

The COVID-19 outbreak poses unique risks and challenges. The unprecedented public health and safety risks posed by the COVID-19 outbreak have triggered unprecedented restrictions on cross-border activity. Canada, the US, and Mexico have announced border measures designed to prevent “non-essential” cross-border traffic. Concerns have been expressed regarding how such measures will be implemented, and whether they will adversely impact trucking and supply chains. Some jurisdictions in Canada have announced health emergencies. Canada’s Emergencies Act may be invoked in order to authorize special temporary measures to protect safety and security. The US President has already proclaimed that the COVID-19 outbreak constitutes a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act.

There is a tension between the strong public interest in the protection of health and safety, and the strong public interest to avoid unnecessary economic damage and in supporting businesses, jobs, and the economy. In Canada, an expansive package of relief measures has been announced, and others may be contemplated in order to help stabilize the economy. Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses. Other programs have been announced in the US. Government responses continue to rapidly evolve.

Topics

    • International Trade and Customs, presented by Daniel Kiselbach
    • US Immigration, presented by Ellen Kief
      • US Corporate Tax, presented by Gibson Turley

  • Tax, presented by Cathie Brayley

This program will include short outlines and provide time for questions and answers on topics which may include the following:

    • recent cross-border measures,
      • business support programs,

  • related issues such as export controls, contract excuses (e.g., force majeure), waiver of interest, time extensions, immigration, and future trends.

Meet The Panel

    • Gibson Turley |  US Corporate Tax | Partner | Vancouver, Grant Thornton LLP

March 27, 2020: [Free Webinar] COVID-19 Update For Real Estate: Canada’s Economic Response Plan

    • Mar 27, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 8:40 AM
  • FREE Online Webinar

The COVID-19 outbreak poses an unprecedented risk to public health and safety. The response (including emergency measures, social distancing, and self-isolation) has been highly disruptive. This may be the “new normal” for some time.

There is a strong public interest in the protection of health and safety and in stabilizing the economy. The Prime Minister of Canada has announced an $82 billion aid package to help both works and businesses cope with the health crisis. Elements of these measures include massive government spending and deferred tax revenue.

The Government of Canada’s aid package is includes the following:

    • Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan which will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadians to mitigate the economic damage caused by COVID-19.
  • Another $55 billion to help business liquidity through tax deferrals.

The Government of British Columbia has also announced a $5 billion COVID-19 Action Plan. Other responses such as the Vancouver Metropolitan Region Mayors’ Joint COVID-19 Proposal (including an expansion of the Provincial Property Tax Deferral Program) are evolving.

Panel members include senior partners with a focus on tax and federal government programs.

Topics

    • International Trade and Customs, presented by Daniel Kiselbach
  • Tax, presented by Cathie Brayley

This webinar will provide a brief update on COVID-19 responses and related matters and may leave time for discussion on matters such as the following:

    • Income supports, wage subsidies, and other programs
    • How to access programs
    • Points of contact
  • Tax related relief (e.g., waivers, remission, time extensions, appeals, etc.)

Meet The Panel

April 15, 2020: [Free Webinar] IE Canada and Miller Thomson LLP Covid-19 Update #2

    • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT
  • FREE Online Webinar

IE Canada and Miller Thomson LLP are teaming up to present a second one hour session on the rapidly evolving Covid-19 situation. Many members are grappling with the legal implications of the unprecedented measures taken by domestic and international governments. Miller Thomson is closely monitoring the areas of cross-border immigration, export controls and transportation issues, interactions with CRA, CBSA and Global Affairs Canada, Covid-19 tax deferral programs and workforce strategies. Our guest panelists are seasoned counsel in various legal disciplines. Details on the panelists and bios will follow prior to the event.

Members who have either not renewed or in the process of renewing their membership are not eligible to participate in the call.

About IE Canada
We serve businesses who depend on the movement of goods across Canada’s international borders. We bring together a trusted and diverse environment that informs government and builds consensus based border policy with over 85 years of engagement and advocacy in Canada.

About Miller Thomson LLP
Miller Thomson is built to provide the most comprehensive Canadian business and legal help. We help businesses of every size, entrepreneurs and individuals. Our enthusiasm for Canada and Canadian law shows in everything we do.

Topics

  • International Trade and Customs, presented by Dan Kiselbach | 15 min
    • Accessing deferral and provincial COVID-19 benefits
      Primary benefits programs and additional elements
    • Time limitations and court filings
      Filing in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, and elsewhere
    • Customs update
      Customs updates respecting COVID-19 issues such as health and safety equipment
    • Workforce trends/strategies
      Where is the workforce trending especially for online workers
  • US Immigration, presented by Ellen Kief | 10 min
  • Transportation and logistics, presented by Jaclyne Reive | 10 min
  • Landlord and tenant issues, presented by Liam Oster | 10 min
  • Tax, presented by Cathie Brayley | 10 min
    • COVID-19 tax deferral programs
    • Dealing with the CRA, CBSA, Global Affairs during and after the crisis

Meet The Panel

    • Liam Oster | Associate | Vancouver, Miller Thomson LLP

April 30, 2020: Expert Legal And Financial Panel On Covid19 Response Support And Strategies [Free Flash Call]

  • Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM PT
  • FREE Flash Call

The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham) Pacific Chapter, will present a free call-in panel of leading Canadian legal and financial experts to provide insight on developments, practical strategies, and best practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its dramatic effect on business. The flash call is specifically tailored for American and Canadian business leaders and will focus on impact and strategy related primarily to the Pacific Northwest region including British Columbia, Washington State, and the Cascadia Region.

Seasoned legal and financial expert practitioners will offer a snap-shot of developments, practical strategies, and best practices. A focus will be on matters such as access to government support programs and local emergency measures. Also included will be a discussion of cross border business, customs, logistics, transportation, immigration, real estate, U.S. and Canadian tax implications. Participants may also have the opportunity to provide input and raise questions.

The board of AMCHAM-Pacific is very pleased to announce that the US Consul General in Vancouver, Katherine Dhanani, will provide a brief introduction.

Panelists

  • Daniel Kiselbach | Partner, Miller Thomson
    Areas of expertise: government support, emergency powers, court operations, limitation periods, and customs issues
  • Ellen S. Kief | U.S. Counsel, Miller Thomson
    Areas of expertise: US immigration developments (cross-border, visa and government agencies)
  • Cathie Brayley | Partner, Miller Thomson
    Area of Expertise: Canadian tax developments
  • Jaclyne Reive | Associate, Miller Thomson
    Areas of expertise: logistics, trucking, and transportation
  • Liam Oster | Associate, Miller Thomson
    Areas of expertise: commercial real estate, abatement of rent, and lease negotiations
  • Gibson Turley |  Partner, Grant Thornton
    Area of expertise: US tax developments

June 19, 2020: April 30, 2020: Expert Legal And Financial Panel On Covid19 Response Support And Strategies [Free Call]

  • Friday, June 19, 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM PT
  • FREE Call

Description

In this special AMCHAM – Pacific update, seasoned practitioners will discuss tax and trade developments that are impacting American and Canadian businesses. The discussion will include changes to legal provisions and the relaxation of administrative practices. It is important to be aware of these developments and how they can impact on the “bottom line” of your business. While these developments are significant, many are not well-known.

On the Canadian tax side, for example, some tax return filing extensions have been granted. Late-filing penalties and interest may be waived if returns are late-filed, and payments are made before a specified date. Administrative positions have been adopted on matters including: residency for income tax, carrying on business, cross-border employment, waiver requests for non-residents for services provided in Canada, and dispositions of Canadian taxable property. Some positions may create a trap for the unwary. Directors may be tempted to defer tax payments in order to fund a corporation’s business operations. However, they may be personally liable for the payment of tax if they do so.

Similarly, Canadian companies with US operations will find that the IRS has also extended deadlines and payment dates. In addition, there are several tax measures related to COVID-19 that have been provided and we continue to get additional guidance, for example, the US Congress recently passed another bill related to the Paycheck Protection Program. Lastly, US states have also started to respond with guidance on how they intend to implement the federal tax stimulus measures.

On the trade side, importers may be permitted to defer certain duty payments. The risk of non-payment is shifted to service providers such as customs brokers if the clear goods using their own account security. A big development has been the publication of the US Mexico Canada Agreement Uniform Regulations. The USMCA (or “CUSMA” as it is referred to in Canada) is replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement on July 1, 2020. Key changes in the “New NAFTA” include rules of origin, proof of origin rules, and rules respecting e-commerce.

Agenda

  • 8:00 - 8:30 am | CA Update and Strategies
  • 8:30 - 9:00 am | US Update and Strategies

Topics

  • Tax Return Filing Extensions
  • Payment deferrals and traps for the unwary
  • Administrative positions adopted for matters relevant to cross-border businesses and dispositions of Canadian taxable property
  • US extended deadlines and payment dates
  • US federal tax stimulus measures
  • Tax planning considerations for cross-border businesses in light of COVID-19 measures enacted by Canada and the U.S.
  • Update on the new Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement/United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (CUSMA/USMCA)

Panelists

  • Dan Kiselbach, Trade and Customs, dkiselbach@millerthomson.com
  • Cathie Bayley, Canadian Income Tax, cbrayley@millerthomson.com
  • Gibson Turley, American Income Tax, gibson.turley@ca.gt.com
  • Mike deBruijn, Cross-Border Taxation & Transfer Pricing, mdebruijn@kpmg.ca

September 17, 2020: Doing Business In The USA Webinar

Understand Your Options, Determine Your Structure, Expand Your Sales

  • Virtual discussion
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020
  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am PT
  • Online from any computer or mobile device
  • FREE - During COVID19 Pandemic

Brought to you by the American Chamber of Commerce - Pacific Chapter, the DBUSA webinar is an informative online conference dedicated to helping Canadian business owners enter the American marketplace. Gain access to our panel of carefully selected Immigration & Cross-Border Lawyers, Tax Specialists, Customs Brokers and Logistics Professionals coming together from Cascadia Cross-Border Law, MNP, Law Offices of Gene Moses, Pacific Customs Brokers Inc., and UCanTrade Inc. Whether opening a store front with a US address or partnering with a distribution center for your eCommerce activity, our seasoned panel will present options that will help you determine your export strategy and understand your responsibilities with local and federal government agencies such as the US Customs and Border Protection, Secretary of State and US Citizen and Immigration Services.

Topics Include

Subjects are presented by experts in their field. The content focuses on current trends seen in the USA/CDN cross-border market and based on the experiences of each speaker/company. Small to medium sized businesses in the export development planning stage who attend this event will walk away with the knowledge of all available resources and determine/understand:

  • Optimal structure for US presence
  • Cost-effective distribution channels
  • Responsibility for federal and state tax
  • What is considered "working" in the US
  • US consumer purchasing behavior
  • Canadian export requirements and US import compliance

2019

November 13, 2019: State of America Series Part 1

With the 2020 U.S. election on the horizon, AmCham is again excited to present its State of America Panel Discussions to keep you in the loop on the race for the White House. In the first of a four event series, our panel of American political experts met to discuss the state of the campaign including a brief overview of the last 3 years, the Democratic selection as well as current issues impacting the upcoming election.

Meet our panelists:

    • Richard Johnston, Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation, Department of Political Science, The University of British Columbia and an expert on the structural foundations of the U.S. party system.
    • Laurel Weldon, Distinguished SFU Full Professor of Political Science and expert on how gender, race and class will impact the election.
    • Matthew Wright, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, The University of British Columbia and an expert on border and immigration issues.
  • Michael Meneer, President and CEO, Pacific Salmon Foundation, journalist and media commentator on U.S. politics.

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Place: TD Bank, 700 West Geogia Street, 29th Floor, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1A2 Cost: Members $30 | Non-Members $50 Time: 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Agenda:

8:00 am: Registration, Breakfast and Networking 8:30 am: Panel Discussion 9:15 am: Q&A 9:30 am: Wrap up

2018

March 14: International Cocktails with U.S. Consul General Katherine Dhanani

This small roundtable discussion updated on the upcoming SelectUSA Canada Conference (happening in Calgary, April 12th), as well as the SelectUSA Summit (happening in Washington, DC June 20-22). This session is ideal for Canadian firms who may be interested in moving into or expanding their operations in the United States. U.S. Consul General Katherine Dhanani will provide opening remarks.
      • Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
      • Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
      • Place: Deloitte | 1055 Dunsmuir St, #2800, Vancouver, BC | Lions Room
      • Cost:  Free for members  | $30 for non-members

April 26: NAFTA Renegotiations Panel Discussion

With NAFTA dominating the headlines, many executives are considering the business impacts and mitigating responses to ensure future success regardless of outcomes. Attendees joined us for this executive panel discussion moderated by Daniel Kiselbach, a highly practiced Tax Law Partner with Deloitte Canada,  James Moore, Sr. Business Advisor with Dentons and member of Canada's advisory council on the North American Free Trade Agreement, Ellen S. Kief, Counsel, U.S. Immigration Law with Dentons and Matt Nakatchi, Esq. of Trade and Customs Law with Junker and Nakatchi.
      • Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
      • Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      • Place: Deloitte | 1055 Dunsmuir St, #2800, Vancouver, BC | Lions Room
      • Cost:  $20 for members  | $40 for non-members
      • Host:  Hors d'œuvres  & wine

Aug 11: AmCham Business Suite at the 2018 Abbotsford International Airshow 

Designated Canada’s National Airshow, Abbotsford is Canada’s premier aviation festival. Since 1962, millions of spectators have watched the finest civilian and military aerobatic performances in the world. People gather from around the globe to look to the skies in awe. Named one of the World’s Top Ten Airshows in 2013 – the Abbotsford International Airshow continues to distinguish itself through its commitment to aviation excellence, aerospace advancement, and community participation. AmCham Pacific hosted members and VIP guests in “Suite Row”, which includes suites belonging to Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Pepsi Co. Tickets to the AMCHAM Suite features exceptional viewing of the world-famous Airshow, a catered BBQ lunch in the Suite, parking, a private lounge area, furnished shaded tent area, exclusive washroom facilities, and the ability to network with top executives at this day-long event.
  • Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Place: Abbotsford International Airport 1595 Townline Road
  • Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Cost: Members: $100, Non-Members $150
  • Note: No minors allowed. Ticket holders must be over the age of 19.
  • Limited Tickets Available

October 16: State of America Dinner

We invite you to dine during a candid and engaged discussion of U.S. trade and investment policy with Shaun Donnelly, formerly of the of the U.S. Department of State, The Honourable Stockwell Day, Shachi Kurl, Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute and, Mike Maneer, Executive Vice President of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. The discussion will cover the current political landscape and its effects on trade between Canada and the U.S. Our keynote speaker will provide a broad assessment of the new ideology on trade; bilateral trade balances and deficits, Trans-Pacific Partnership withdrawal, renegotiating NAFTA, enforcement of regulations, increases in protectionist duties, Foreign Direct Investment policy as well as the relationship with the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, and other multilateral organizations. Our panel will also speak to predictions on the upcoming Mid Term Elections. Enjoy desert during the  'fire-side' chat with the Honorable Stockwell Day, P.C. followed by a lively Q&A. Your ticket includes a 3-course plated dinner.
    • Date:Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    • Place:Terminal City Club | 837 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
    • Time:5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Cost: Members: $100, Non-Members $140

2017

January 26: State of America: Trade and the Trump Administration

The Honorable Stockwell Day and UBC Professor, Matilde Bombardini, discussed the Trump Administration's position on trade. This session explored questions such as:
  • Can President Trump unilaterally "rip up" NAFTA? What are the legal steps to do so with regards to congressional support and Senate approval?
  • Can he renegotiate with Mexico only?  Must it be with both Canada and Mexico?
  • If NAFTA is ditched, what are the practical implications for Canadian and U.S. companies and the consumers in both countries?
  • What are the outstanding issues around the Transpacific Partnership (TPP)? Is it dead or to be renegotiated?
  • What are the U.S. and political mechanics pending to adopt TPP?

March 6: Interested in Expanding your business into the US?

The United States offers the largest consumer market on earth with a GDP of $18 trillion and 325 million people. Welcoming investors of all sizes, including established multinationals, small or medium-sized enterprises, and high-growth startups. The Select USA Investment Summit brings the diversity of the United States together under one roof – enabling any business to find the people, the resources, and the market it needs to be successful.
  • Speaker: Chris Quinlivan, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs for the US Commercial Service in Canada
  • Admission: Members – $10 ; Non-Members $20
  • Host: Hors d'oeuvers served
  • Place: Deloitte, 2800 – 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, Lions Room
  • Time: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Date: 6 March 2017

About Chris Quinlivan:

Chris Quinlivan is a Senior Foreign Service officer with more than twenty years with the Department of Commerce. He began his current four-year assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada in September, 2015. As the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, he is responsible for the Department of Commerce’s commercial programs throughout Canada. Prior postings include two tours in Beijing, China; Vienna, Austria; Salt Lake City, Utah; Brussels, Belgium; and Athens, Greece. While at the Commerce Department’s headquarters in Washington, DC, Mr. Quinlivan managed initiatives to develop U.S. export opportunities in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Mr. Quinlivan also worked for three years on a Presidential initiative to support the Northern Ireland peace process. Mr. Quinlivan is the recipient of numerous professional honors, including the Commerce Department’s prestigious Gold Medal and Bronze Medal awards, the Chuck Meissner award, and special recognition by the Department of State for his roles in support of four Presidential visits to Greece and China. Mr. Quinlivan has seven years of private sector experience as an account manager and logistics agent. He holds a Master’s in international affairs and a Bachelor’s in business administration from California State University and an international business certificate from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

June 13: NAFTA 2.0

This event covered the following topics:
  1. NAFTA issues (e.g., potential changes to the regional value content requirements of specific rules of origin, and the potential whittling away of relief from “Buy American” provisions).
  2. Softwood lumber exports.
  3. New U.S. trade cases (e.g., aluminum and solar panels originating from Canada) and the Trump Administration’s use of the “national security” provision in order to initiate trade cases in the U.S.
  4. Canadian dairy restrictions.
  5. The U.S. Border Adjustment Tax.
  • Speakers:
    • Joel R. Junker of Junker & Nakachi
    • Adams Lee of Harris Bricken LLP,
    • William Perry of Harris Bricken LLP
  • Moderator: Daniel Kiselbach of Deloitte Tax Law
  • Admission: Members – $25.00, Non-Members - $45.00
  • Host: Breakfast will be served
  • Place: Deloitte, 2800 – 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, Lions Room
  • Time: 7:00 AM-10:00 AM Pacific Time
  • Date: 13 June 2017

October 24: U.S. Immigration: Doing Business and Cross Border Travel

If you or your clients are doing business or traveling to the U.S., this program was not to be missed. Attendees heard from U.S. Consul General Katherine Dhanani, U.S. Consulate Vice Consul Eric Bratt, Chief Customs, Border Protection Officer Orlando Caridad and, U.S. Immigration Counsel, Ellen S. Kief, Dentons Canada LLP. We welcomed our new incoming Vancouver U.S. Consul General Katherine Dhanani. Ellen S. Kief, U.S. immigration Counsel at Dentons Canada LLP, moderated the panel and discuss U.S. Immigration business visa options and how to be prepared for doing business and traveling to U.S. *Program followed by a reception Panel Speakers: U.S. Consul General Katherine Dhanani, U.S. Consulate Vice Consul Eric Bratt, Chief Customs, Border Protection Officer Orlando Caridad and, U.S. Immigration Counsel Ellen S. Kief, Dentons Canada LLP. Moderator: Ellen S. Kief, U.S. Immigration Counsel, Dentons Canada LLP Place: Dentons, 250 Howe St, Vancouver, BC Time: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Pacific Time Date: 24 October 2017 Admission: Members – $25.00; Non-Members $50.00 Host: Tapas and beverages will be served

December 19: Christmas Cheer

This year's AmCham Christmas event was hosted at U.S. Consul General Kathy Dhanani's residence for a festive evening of thanks and networking with delicious hors d’oeuvers and wine to celebrate the season.
  • Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
  • Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Place: U.S. Consul General's Residence (Vancouver, BC)
  • Cost:  Free for members  | $40 for non-members
  • Host: Hors d’oeuvers & wine

2016

January 27: Interesting Cocktails with the U.S. Consul General

      • Speaker: U.S. Consul General, Lynne Platt
      • Date: 27 January 2015
      • Time: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Pacific Time
      • Place: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street, Oxford Room
      • Host: No-Host Bar (Guests pay for their drinks); Canapés served
      • Admission: Members – Complimentary ; Non-Members $50
      • Register Online (RSVP Deadline: January 20th, 2016)

About Lynne Platt:

Lynne Platt, a senior Foreign Service Officer, began her duties as U.S. Consul General Vancouver in September 2014. Within the State Department, she specialized in public affairs, and served as the Embassy Spokesperson at U.S. Embassies in London and Paris, and at the U.S. Mission to NATO. She has also overseen large foreign assistance programs — as head of the Law Enforcement and Narcotics Affairs section at U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, and as Deputy Director of the Provincial Reconstruction Team program at U.S. Embassy Baghdad. Her other Foreign Service assignments were in Cairo, Casablanca, and Washington, DC.

February 25: State of America - The 2016 Race for the White House Part 2

As the 2016 U.S. election starts to take shape, AmCham's panel of American political experts will meet again to discuss the state of the campaign and look ahead to the fall. This event will take place after the Iowa and Nevada caucuses and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries, and just before "Super Tuesday." As such, it falls squarely in the heart of the election campaign. When this panel presented last November, the event SOLD OUT, so early registration is encouraged.
  • Topic: The State of the 2016 U.S. Election Campaign
  • Event type: Panel Discussion
  • Date: February 25, 2016
  • Place: U.S. Consul General's Residence, Vancouver
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Cost: $25 Members; $60 Non-Members
  • Host: Complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvers served

Meet and hear panelists:

Paul Quirk, Professor of U.S. Politics and Head of the U.S. Studies Program at UBC and an expert on presidential elections and the presidency. Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West, an expert on public opinion polling, and a frequent commentator on elections. Michael Meneer, the Democratic half of CBC Radio’s “American Panel” and a regular commentator on U.S. political developments. Jeffrey Peterson, the Republican half of CBC Radio’s “American Panel,” a U.S. lawyer in Vancouver and a Director of AmCham - Pacific.

March 04: U.S.-Canada Relations in a Time of Change

The U.S. Ambassador will share his views on trade, the environment, border issues and the changing political landscape.
  • Speaker: Bruce A. Heyman, U.S. Ambassador to Canada
  • Date: Friday, March 04, 2016
  • Time: 7:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Place: Hyatt Regency Vancouver 655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7
  • RSVP Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2016
Members are invited to bring guests at the member rate provided all tickets are purchased within the same transaction.

Apr 21: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Where Are We Now?

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Impact on Canadian and American Businesses
  • Event Type: Panel Discussion
  • Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
  • Place: Deloitte 1055 Dunsmuir St, #2800, Vancouver, BC Lions Room
  • Time: 11:45 am – 1:30 pm
  • Cost: Members: $20.00  | Non-Members: $40.00
  • RSVP Deadline: April 15, 2016
  • Dress code: Business attire
  • Host: Artisan sandwiches and salads
Our panel of experts will provide an outline of what you need to know about the TPP including a discussion on the following:
  1. The role of the BC government in the TPP trade negotiations
  2. Areas of new opportunities for BC businesses
  3. Areas of new competition for BC businesses
  4. A discussion of the possible paths forward to ratification

Panelists

  1. Trevor Paul, Manager, Ministry of International Trade BC
  2. Bill Perry, U.S. Interantional Trade Lawyer,Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  3. Dan Kiselbach, Partner, Deloitte Tax Law LLP

Background

On February 4, 2016 twelve countries (including Canada, the U.S. and Japan) signed the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP).  If ratified, the TPP will be the largest and most significant free trade agreement in history.  The TPP territory includes a population of almost 800 million.  TPP countries have an economic output of approximately 40 percent of Global GDP.   Thirty TPP chapters concern a variety of areas ranging from tariff reductions to increased labour mobility.  The TPP is designed, amongst other things, to lower trade barriers for importers, increase market access for exporters, and to promote economic growth and integration within the Pacific Rim. While the deal has been signed, the path towards ratification and implementation seems rocky.  U.S. President Obama has been enthusiastic about the TPP.  However, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, has indicated that the Senate will not approve the TPP in its present form.  In response, the U.S. Trade Representative may examine solutions which address concerns voiced by the Senate.  Prime Minister Trudeau has offered muted support, and Canada’s Trade Minister, Chrystia Freeland, is in the process of consulting with Canadians in order to determine whether or not the government of Canada should ratify it.  In this province BC Premier Christy supports the TPP “100 percent”.  She is urging the Prime Minister to ratify the TPP – or face what she says would be dire consequences of rejecting the deal.

Apr 28: Mr. Arun Kumar: U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets (Members Only Event)

The American Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Chapter is delighted to invite our Members to a round table discussion with the Assistant Secretary of Commerce.  We will be covering topics such as TPP, Beyond the Border and general issues pertaining to the further development of trade and commerce.
          • Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
          • Place: Deloitte, 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver 28th Floor
          • Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
          • Cost: Members - Complimentary
          • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
        • Oct 11: State of America - The 2016 Race for the White House Part 3

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          Join AmCham's panel of American political experts to discuss the state of the U.S. Presidential election campaign. This is the last State of America panel before the election on November 8th, 2016.
                  • Topic: The State of the 2016 U.S. Election Campaign
                  • Event type: Panel Discussion
                  • Date: October 11, 2016
                  • Place: U.S. Consul General's Residence, Vancouver (address will be sent upon registration)
                  • Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
                  • Cost: $25 Members; $60 Non-Members (*Free for Race to the White House: Ballot Bash 2016 ticket holders).
                  • Host: Complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvers served

          Meet and hear panellists:

          Paul Quirk, Professor of U.S. Politics and Head of the U.S. Studies Program at UBC and an expert on presidential elections and the presidency. Richard Johnston, is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia. Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West, an expert on public opinion polling, and a frequent commentator on elections. Michael Meneer, the Democratic half of CBC Radio’s “American Panel” and a regular commentator on U.S. political developments. Jeffrey Peterson, the Republican half of CBC Radio’s “American Panel,” a U.S. lawyer in Vancouver and a Director of AmCham - Pacific.

          Nov 08: Race for the White House: Ballot Bash 2016

Where will you be when the next U.S. President is elected on November 8th? Watch America vote among friends along with government officials and prominent members of the business community at Vancouver’s premier U.S. election results party.  Due to exceptionally high interest, tickets are expected to sell out early.
  • Live on-site news coverage from local television news broadcast stations
  • News coverage viewing stations from all major U.S. networks
  • Commentary from AmCham’s Race for the White House panelists
  • Unofficial Ballot Box for your U.S. presidential vote
  • President-elect voters prize draw
  • American fare food stations
  • Dixieland Jazz band
          • Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
          • Place: Fairmont Vancouver Hotel, 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
          • Time: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
          • Cost: Members - $120  Non-Members - $150  VIP Package of 10 - $2500

2015

January 21:'Interesting Cocktails' with the U.S. Consul General

  • Speaker: U.S. Consul General, Lynne Platt
  • Date: 21 January 2015
  • Time: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Place: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street, English Bay Room
  • Admission: Members – Complimentary ; Non-Members $50

About Lynne Platt:

Lynne Platt, a senior Foreign Service Officer, began her duties as U.S. Consul General Vancouver in September 2014. Within the State Department, she specialized in public affairs, and served as the Embassy Spokesperson at U.S. Embassies in London and Paris, and at the U.S. Mission to NATO. She has also overseen large foreign assistance programs — as head of the Law Enforcement and Narcotics Affairs section at U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, and as Deputy Director of the Provincial Reconstruction Team program at U.S. Embassy Baghdad. Her other Foreign Service assignments were in Cairo, Casablanca, and Washington, DC. See photos from this event: visit us on Instagram

February 18: ‘Interesting Cocktails’ with Jonathan Whitworth

How Seaspan Implemented a $170M Capital Expansion Project On Time and Under Budget

  • Speaker: Jonathan Whitworth, CEO, Seaspan
  • Date: 18 February 2015
  • Time: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Place: Hyatt Regency, Grouse Room
  • Host: No-Host Bar (Guests pay for their drinks); Hors D'oeuvers served
  • Cost: Members:$20; Non-Member: $50
  • RSVP Deadline: Monday, February 16, 2015

About Jonathan Whitworth

Profile Picture: Jonathan Whitworth, SeaspanJonathan Whitworth joined Seaspan in 2009 as Chief Executive Officer, bringing over twenty years of seagoing, shoreside, strategic planning, management and leadership experience to Seaspan.  Seaspan has the largest fleet of tugs and barges in Canada, owns a fleet of ferries which operates between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, and operates three shipyards.  Seaspan traces its roots in the Port of Vancouver back to 1886, and the appointment of Jonathan as CEO is the first time a mariner has held the top job since Captain James CF Stewart held the position almost forty years ago.  Seaspan has recently gone through a number of transformational events, including in 2011 winning the largest Federal Government contract ever awarded in British Columbia.

February 19: The State of America Series

          • Date: 19 February 2015
          • Place: U.S. Consul General's Residence, Vancouver
          • Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time
          • Topic: Changes in Washington: Consequences for Canada
          • **By invite only

Changes in Washington: Consequences for Canada

A new Congress has just been sworn in, with Republicans now in control of both the House and Senate. President Obama’s term is winding down as both parties position for the 2016 election. How might the recent shift of Washington power towards the Republicans, and 2016 posturing, affect U.S. economic, trade and other policies relevant to Canada?

Meet and hear panelists:

          • Panel Chair:  Paul Quirk - Professor of U.S. Politics and Representation and Chair of the U.S. Studies Program at the University of British Columbia
          • Don Alper - Recently retired Professor of Political Science and former Director of  the Center for Canadian-American Studies and Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University
          • Matilde Bombardini, Associate Professor at the Vancouver School of Economics at University of British Columbia, whose research focuses on International Trade and the Political Economy
          • John Engber, a Seattle-based consultant and political insider, and former Washington Director and longest serving staff member for U.S. Senator Patty Murray
          • Bill Perry, U.S. international trade lawyer previously at the U.S. International Trade Commission in  Washington, D.C. and now at Dorsey & Whitney LLP
** Registration by invite only.

March 11-13: 2015 APCAC Business Summit

The Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore are pleased to host the 2015 APCAC Business Summit. The theme, “The United States and Asia – New Opportunities in the Pacific Century,” builds on previous summits’ themes about Asia’s growth and global influence. Held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre March 11-13, 2015, the conference offers a valuable opportunity to gather with peers and government officials and experience Singapore during its 50th anniversary celebration. **Members only event. For event details and registration visit: http://apcac2015.amcham.org.sg/

March 19: Breakfast with U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman

Advancing Shared Priorities: A Conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman

Moderated by Global National’s Weekend Anchor and BC Correspondent Robin Gill

    • Speaker: Bruce A. Heyman, U.S. Ambassador to Canada
    • Moderator: Robin Gill, Global National’s Weekend Anchor and BC Correspondent
    • Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
    • Time: 7:00 AM-9:00 AM
    • Place: Hyatt Regency
    • RSVP Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015
    • Cost:
Individual Seats: Members:$75 Affiliate Members:$100 Non-members:$125 Tables of Eight: Members:$550 Affiliate Members:$750 Non-members:$950

About Ambassador Bruce A. Heyman

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Bruce Heyman was sworn in as President Obama’s personal representative to Canada on March 26, 2014, after having being confirmed by the United States Senate on March 12, 2014.  He is a 33 year veteran of Goldman Sachs, where he served as the managing director of the Private Wealth Management Group from 1999 until December of 2013. Mr. Heyman has served as a board member for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation.  He also served as an advisor to the Fix the Debt CEO Council of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.  He has been a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, and the Facing History and Ourselves Chicago Advisory Board. A magna cum laude graduate with both a BA and an MBA from Vanderbilt University, Mr. Heyman continues to maintain close ties to his alma mater.  He is past president of the Alumni Board and a former member of the Board of Visitors at the university’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He is married to the former Vicki Simons of Ashland, Kentucky.  They have three grown children, David, Liza, and Caroline, and two grand-children, Emma and Clara.

March 23-24: U.S. Commercial Service / AmCham Canada Investment Mission to Select USA

Select USA Investment Summit Mark your calendar and register today for the second SelectUSA Investment Summit on March 23-24, 2015, in the Washington, DC area. SelectUSA will bring together investors from all over the world, as well as economic development organizations from every corner of the United States, high-level government officials, and key contacts working to facilitate investment in the United States. As one of 2,500 participants, you’ll get access to unique networking opportunities including a VIP Canadian Welcome Reception, online matchmaking, insight from global CEOs and senior U.S. leaders, and discussions on the latest issues affecting investments. If you are thinking about opening or expanding operations in the United States, then the SelectUSA Summit is a must attend event. Register today as space is limited! Visit http://www.selectusasummit.com/

What is the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit?

The Summit provides an unparalleled opportunity to bring together investors from all over the world, economic development organizations from every corner of the United States, high-level government officials, and subject matter experts working to facilitate investment in the United States.

When and Where?

The Summit takes place on March 23-24, 2015 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, in the Washington, DC area. The event kicks off with a special U.S. Commerical Service / AmCham Canada VIP welcome reception for Canadian delegates on the evening of March 22nd.

Who Should Attend?

          • Investors of all sizes: Whether you represent an established multinational, small or medium-sized enterprise, or a high-growth start-up, this event is for you if you’re thinking about establishing or expanding operations in the United States.
          • Infrastructure investors: SelectUSA will feature sessions highlighting opportunities to invest in infrastructure. Officials will be on site to share information on the Administration’s Build America Investment Initiative.

Investors: Why You Should Attend!

If you are thinking about opening or expanding operations in the United States, then the SelectUSA Summit will help you find the answers you need more efficiently in one location saving you both time and money. You’ll have the opportunity to network with company executives, economic development professionals, and government officials and learn more about how, where and why to invest in the United States. You'll also learn about resources and incentives directly from federal, state, and local representatives. Through a robust online matchmaking program and on the trade show floor, you'll be able to connect with other businesses, economic developers and government officials who can provide you with the tools and information you need to make a smart investment in the United States. At a glance, here’s what you’ll find at the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit:
          • The agenda is packed with practical information; you’ll learn about resources, tools, and regulations to help you seize investment opportunities with confidence. High-profile business and government leaders will share their insight on the latest trends.
          • Online matchmaking will enable you schedule face-to-face meetings with economic developers and officials to explore opportunities and learn about resources and incentives.
          • The trade show will showcase investment opportunities from every corner of the United States – all in one building!
          • The SelectUSA Academy will be held just before the Summit on the afternoon of March 22 and will cover the basics of investing in the United States for first-time investors.
          • Attend the Canadian VIP Welcome Reception with senior Select USA officials & key investment contacts.
For complete conference program information and to register visit: www.selectusasummit.com For more information contact: Bojan Opsenica Investment Specialist U.S. Consulate General Toronto U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration 416-595-5412 x 221 Bojan.Opsenica@trade.gov Or Kim Kelly Operations & Events Manager AmCham Canada 613-293-5137 KKelly@amchamcanada.ca

May 13: Interesting Cocktails

Taste Success: A Tale of Two Cities

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Over the past several decades, many restaurant brands have tried to expand across the Canada-U.S. border. While many survive the chopping block only a few make the cut. Opening shop in the U.S. marketplace is not easy. But Earls has created a winning recipe using a few secret ingredients. Two of the busiest and most popular Earls Restaurants are among its newest, those in Miami and Somerville. On May 13, come taste success and hear Mo Jessa, President of Earls Restaurants serve up a tale of pushing beyond western roots and expanding in these two cities.
              • Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
              • Time: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
              • Place: The Loft at Earls Yaletown, 1095 Mainland Street , Vancouver BC
              • Host: No-Host Bar (Guests pay for their drinks); Canapés served
              • Cost: Member - $30; Affiliate Member - $50; Non-Member - $60
              • RSVP: Please complete and return this Registration Form
              • RSVP Deadline: Thursday, May 7, 2015
[Note: Tickets will not be mailed; we will confirm your purchase by email and names will be confirmed at the door.]

About Mo Jessa

Mo Jessa started with Earls as a junior prep cook over 25 years ago as a summer job while attending university. In 1991, while working as a senior cook, Mo returned to school taking his Red Seal Certificate/Journeyman Chef papers. He went on to be sous chef and eventually chef of various Earls restaurants in the Alberta region and in 1995 was transferred to BC as Regional Chef overseeing five locations. His love of the industry and openness to learn and grow as a chef and leader, lead to further studies, including a Masters Certificate Hospitality Management from Cornell University, and in 2000 Mo became Executive Chef of Earls Restaurants Ltd, taking over from then Chef Chuck Currie. In 2004, as a further example of how Earls promotes their people on a merit based system from within, Mo was promoted to Vice President, Operations where he oversaw the companies’ growth to 60 locations in Canada and 5 in the US. As President of Earls Restaurants Ltd. Mo continues to work alongside CEO Stan Fuller to ensure Earls well-loved brand continues to achieve goals and culinary growth, delivering irresistible food and engaging experiences to all their guests, while overseeing current and new locations.

About Earls

Earls Restaurants Ltd. and the Fuller Group is a family owned operation started by Leroy Earl (Bus) Fuller in 1982 with their first restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta. Earls Kitchen + Bar (Earls is not a franchise) is operated by son Stan Earl Fuller. Earls head office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Awarded Top 50 Employers in Canada, Earls employs close to 7,000 employees.

Sep 08: 2015 AmCham Grill

AMCHAM-grill-2015-V2-600 Join fellow AmCham-Pacific members for an afternoon barbeque at the U.S. Consul General’s residence. Served by our very own Board of Directors, as a token of appreciation for your support in 2015, don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to network and reconnect with other members.
          • Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
          • Place: U.S. Consul General's Residence
          • Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
          • Cost: There is no cost to this event but an RSVP is required.
        • Note: This is a members-only event

Sep 29: Breakfast Briefing: U.S.-Canada Pre-Clearance Agreement

Sep 29: Breakfast Briefing: U.S.-Canada Pre-Clearance Agreement

Deborah MyersNow Open to the Public!

Join the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver and the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada – Pacific Chapter as they host Deborah Myers, Director, Canadian Affairs and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for North America U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to discuss the new Pre-clearance Agreement. This agreement requires immigration, customs and agricultural inspections to occur on foreign soil and is expected to reduce congestion and delays at Canada-U.S. borders and increase efficiency and predictability.
          • Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
          • Place: U.S. Consul General's Residence
          • Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
          • Cost: Members - $25; Non-members - $45
        • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Oct 6: State of America Series: Canadian Election Results and the Impact on U.S.-Canada Relations

Guest Speaker: Hon. Stockwell Day

  • Topic: Canadian Election Results and the Impact on U.S.-Canada Relations
  • Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
  • Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Place: U.S. Consul General's Residence
  • Event details: Complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvers served
  • Cost: Members - Free; Non-members - $35
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2015

Oct 27: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Impact on Canadian and American Businesses

Sponsored by Deloitte

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Impact on Canadian and American Businesses
  • Event Type: Panel Discussion
  • Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
  • Place: Deloitte 1055 Dunsmuir St, #2800, Vancouver, BC Lions Room
  • Time: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Cost: Members: $25.00 Affiliate: $30 Non-Members: $40.00
  • RSVP Deadline: October 22, 2015
  • Dress code: Business attire
  • Host: Artisan sandwiches and salads
Register Now

Event Summary:

Twelve countries have concluded negotiating the largest economic, investment and trade agreement in history which is designed to erase most tariffs and other barriers to trade and investment. Join the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada -Pacific Chapter, in a panel discussion on how this new trade agreement will affect your Canadian and U.S business.

Meet and hear panelists:

1. Dan Kiselbach, Partner, Deloitte Tax Law LLP

Mr. Kiselbach is a lawyer and partner with Deloitte Tax Law LLP. He has practiced law for the past 25 years in various areas, including customs, trade and taxation. His practice focuses in on tax, customs and trade matters. He provides legal representation with respect to tax and customs audits, investigations and enforcement actions. Additionally, he provides advice on matters such as doing business in Canada, transfer pricing and minimizing duties and taxes. Mr. Kiselbach's publications include Carswell's Canadian Customs Law and The Annotated Customs Act.

2. Bill Perry, U.S. Interantional Trade Lawyer, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Bill is an international trade lawyer who works in the trade policy area with U.S. and foreign companies to help them with various problems associated with importing products into the U.S. In particular, Bill represents U.S. importers and foreign exporters and producers, in various international trade cases, including antidumping and countervailing duty cases, section 337 Intellectual property cases and various Customs issues related to international trade cases.Bill has over 30 years of experience helping clients in the international trade area, starting as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel, US International Trade Commission, and Office of Chief Counsel and Office of Antidumping Investigations, US Commerce Department.Bill has extensive experience representing US and foreign companies in antidumping and countervailing duty cases, having won more than 50 cases in private practice.

Topics Covered:

  1. Foreign markets accessed by TPP
  2. Industries that will benefit from TPP
  3. Industries that will experience increased competition
  4. Advantages of liberalized TPP trade and investment rules
  5. Effects of TPP on labour mobility, the environment, e-commerce and telecommunications, intellectual property rights and other matters

What is TPP?

Twelve countries including all North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries are currently negotiating the largest economic, investment and trade agreement in history. It is designed to erase most tariffs and other barriers to trade and investment. TPP includes a market of almost 800 million consumers and a combined GDP of $28.5 trillion (40% of global GDP). Included are some of the world’s fastest growing markets, and two of the world’s largest economies (the United States and Japan). Register Now

Nov 05: State of America Series: The 2016 Race for the White House

Nov 05 - State of America Series -The 2016 Race for the White House As the 2016 U.S. election starts to take shape, a panel of American political experts will discuss the state of the campaign. They will attempt to answer everything from “Trump, seriously?” to “who’s going to win.” The panel will discuss surprises to date, and predict surprises to come, while explaining some of the nuisances of U.S. politics and the electoral process.
  • Topic: The State of the 2016 U.S. Election Campaign
  • Event type: Panel Discussion
  • Date: November 5, 2015
  • Place: U.S. Consul General's Residence, Vancouver
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Cost: $20 Members; $40 Non-Members
  • Host: Complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvers served
  • Registration: Now closed. * SOLD OUT EVENT
Paul Quirk, Professor of U.S. Politics and Head of the U.S. Studies Program at UBC and an expert on presidential elections and the presidency. Richard Johnston, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections and Representation at UBC and an expert on the structural foundations of the U.S. party system. Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West, an expert on public opinion polling, and a frequent commentator on elections. Michael Meneer, the Democratic half of CBC Radio’s “American Panel” and a regular commentator on U.S. political developments. Jeffrey Peterson, the Republican half of CBC Radio’s “American Panel,” a U.S. lawyer in Vancouver and a Director of AmCham - Pacific. Register Now

Nov 17: SelectUSA Canada 2015

Expand to the U.S. for Growth

  • Date: November 17, 2015
  • Place: Metro-Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
SelectUSA Canada 2015 provides an exclusive one-stop opportunity for Canadian companies and investors to find out first-hand about establishing and growing a business in the United States. This full day program is designed to provide valuable information on the investment process, access to funding, potential investment sites and facilities, and a myriad of incentives, programs and services available to support expansion in the U.S. Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (Amcham Canada), SelectUSA Canada features over 20 participating U.S. State and local economic development agencies (EDOs) who will provide information on investment locations, programs and incentives. Pre-qualified Canadian companies will be invited to participate and will benefit from a full morning conference program and afternoon networking opportunities and meetings with participating economic development organizations. Learn More