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The Canadian Chamber was pleased to welcome Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a highly anticipated visit to the Nation’s Capital. As President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Donohue is an important voice for business across the world and has a great impact on the Canada-U.S. business relationship.

During his visit to Ottawa, Mr. Donohue and our President and CEO, the Hon. Perrin Beatty, met with Prime Minister Trudeau to discuss trade and the future of Canada-U.S. relations. During the meeting, both Mr. Donohue and Mr. Beatty made the point that NAFTA is a positive and vital agreement to the economy of our respective countries, and that any modernization of the agreement needs to focus on key business issues, such as updating workers’ visa categories.

The day also included a sold out luncheon at the Chateau Laurier hosted jointly by the Economic Club and the Canadian Chamber, where Mr. Donohue discussed trade and “its role in establishing North America as the world’s most competitive economic region, and its future in the wake of U.S. political transition”.1 Click here to watch a recording of this engaging speech.

In the midst of uncertain economic and political times, this visit will strengthen the relationship between the business communities on both sides of the border. After all, Mr. Donohue said it best: “The borders between our countries are meeting places, not dividing lines”.

For more information on our activities surrounding Canada-U.S. relations, please contact Adriana Vega, Director, International Policy.

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