New England Council members Rivier University and the Consulate General of Canada cohosted a Canada-New Hampshire Business Symposium with the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center on October 25th. Patrick G. Binns, the Consul General of Canada to New England gave the keynote address to the “Doing Business with Friends” symposium which was held in Nashua, NH.
“We have this long, shared border—5,500 miles—and that is important. But we need to reduce the impediments to trade,” said Consul General Binns. He acknowledged that post-9/11, it became more difficult for businesses to move products across borders. The strong trade connection between the United States and Canada supports 8.3 million jobs in America and one in seven jobs in Canada. The Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector in Canada is large, and other industries like aerospace, petroleum, and renewable energy are also succeeding. This is especially relevant as ten percent of America’s oil comes from the [Canadian] oil sands, and this will increase in the future.
General Consul Binns also stated “that new innovations come from small companies.” John Cleary, senior partner with Mouseclicks LLC of Nashua, shared the story of his company’s collaboration with Canada’s largest bank, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). By helping the bank with a small internet project, they were able to forge a partnership, and Mouseclicks now provides search engine marketing solutions and strategic Web consulting to the RBC
The event featured two panel discussions; one on the high-tech sector, and one on services offered by both the Consulate General of Canada, and the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development. For Rivier University business students in attendance, the event also included networking tips from Taylor Little, an international trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Bob Good, the president of the New England-Canada Business Council emphasized the importance of networking, stating, “iI’s important to have that level of dialogue on a global economy and narrow it down to how it affects New Hampshire and New England.”