Nashville, TN, July 4, 2017 – As a sign of collaboration and friendship, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Independence Day in the music city, Nashville, on invitation of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and local business Baker Donelson.
“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.”
The 4th of July celebrations are the kickoff to an outreach mission to the United States, led by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Starting tomorrow, Mr. Beatty will be joined by Canadian business representatives for a series of meetings in both Nashville and Memphis. The goal is to raise awareness amongst Tennessee business and political leaders on the importance of the trade relationship between the Volunteer State and Canada. Currently, there is nearly $14 billion of trade between the state and our country, and over 170,000 jobs in Tennessee depend on trade with Canada.
“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.”
Mr. Beatty and the Canadian delegation will hold meetings and roundtables in Nashville on July 5 and 6, and head to Memphis for visits to CN and FedEx installations, as well as other meetings, on July 7.
Follow the mission on Twitter with Hashtag #CanadaUSTrade.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. Follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.
Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce