On Tuesday, we celebrated July 4 in Nashville with our hosts, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and local business Baker Donelson. The celebration, a sign of collaboration and friendship, kicked off our outreach mission to the United States.
“There is no better way to honour the alliance between our two countries than taking part in each other’s national days,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “We’re happy to be here in Nashville to celebrate the 4 of July with our American friends, colleagues and business partners.”
Our goal is to raise awareness amongst Tennessee business and political leaders on the importance of the trade relationship between the Volunteer State and Canada. Nearly $14 billion of trade between the state and our country, and over 170,000 jobs in Tennessee depend on trade with Canada.
Throughout our week-long mission, we’ll be joined by Canadian business representatives for a series of meetings and roundtables in both Nashville and Memphis, including visits to CN and FedEx installations.
“Tennessee is one of the 35 states that list Canada as their main export customer,” said Mr. Beatty. “Canadian companies in auto parts, in machinery, in plastic goods and in healthcare all invest heavily in the state. With this mission, we want to highlight this level of investment and encourage Tennessee businesses to continue to work with Canadian companies.”
Follow the mission on Twitter with the Hashtag #CanadaUSTrade.