“We cannot take for granted that the U.S. is our largest trade partner. Canada needs to be on the front foot advancing our own interests since few Americans wake up in the morning in Washington thinking about how to do Canadian businesses a favour. We look forward to working with our members, the Government of Canada, and our American business counterparts to ensure Canadian businesses are positioned to succeed in the new US political environment,” said Mark Agnew, Vice President Policy & International.
Ottawa, ON – February 11, 2020 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce launched its National Agriculture and Agri-Food Working Group today to support the industry’s ability to grow and reach new customers. The Working Group will reflect the Canadian Chamber’s role as the country’s largest business association by representing all segments of the agriculture and agri-food value chain from farm to fork across sectors.
The Working Group will initially focus on regulatory reform, international trade, and labour shortages as three key areas where our country needs to improve the business environment if we are to reach our full potential as a global agricultural powerhouse.
“Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector has massive potential to grow both domestically and internationally. However, we need to move past the rhetoric and make tangible progress. The choice of Canadian Agriculture Day to launch the group underscores the Canadian Chamber’s commitment to help its members increase their voice with decision-makers,” said Art Sinclair, Chair of the Canadian Chamber’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Working Group.
To help build the work plan of the Working Group, the Canadian Chamber is speaking to industry leaders across the country about their priorities. The first roundtable occured yesterday, where participants met Neil Ellis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, to discuss the government’s priorities for the sector.
The National Agriculture and Agri-Food Working Group is comprised of some of Canada’s leading businesses, chambers of commerce and associations:
Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
Food Processors of Canada
Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce
Emerging Ag Inc.
Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
Atlantic Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Syngenta Canada Inc.
1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce
Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
La Coop Fédérée
Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
Scotts Canada Ltd.
Yorkton Chamber of Commerce
Dairy Farmers of Canada
Farm Credit Canada
Weyburn Chamber of Commerce
Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce
The National Agriculture and Agri-Food Working Group is open to members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce including agriculture and agri-food producers, processors, retailers and companies servicing the sector.
About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Because Business Matters
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce helps build the businesses that support our families, our communities and our country. We do this by influencing government policy, by providing essential business services and by connecting businesses to information they can use, to opportunities for growth and to a network of local chambers, businesses, decision-makers and peers from across the country, in every sector of the economy and at all levels of government, as well as internationally. We are unapologetic in our support for business and the vital role it plays in building and sustaining our great nation.
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