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PAST EVENTS:

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
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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
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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.

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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

Profile Picture: U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman

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

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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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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