• Brampton Board of Trade Headed to Montréal in Leadup to NAFTA Negotiations

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    On January 22, the Brampton Board of Trade, along with leaders from 26 other metropolitan chambers of commerce will come together to in the lead-up to the next round of NAFTA negotiations. The goal of this meeting will be to clearly identify the issues around the renewal of NAFTA and its risks that our companies would face in the event of the current negotiations’ failure.
     
    This event is an initiative of the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC), a coalition of Canada’s eight largest metropolitan chambers of commerce. Besides these eight Canadian chambers, eleven American and eight Mexican chambers of commerce will be in attendance. Collectively, these chambers represent economic zones that are worth more than USD 1.4 trillion.
     
    NAFTA is integral to many Brampton businesses and the most important market for many companies in the area.
    • Over 400 Brampton companies currently export to the US.
    • Over 23,000 people are employed at companies in Brampton currently exporting to the US.
    • In 2015 the value of products made in Brampton an exported to the US was roughly $6.7 billion.
     On January 22, CGCC comes together to ask the three respective governments to renew NAFTA, modernize it and maintain open access to the American market.
     
    About the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC)
    Founded in 2015, the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC) is a coalition of presidents and CEOs of the eight largest urban regional chambers of commerce and boards of trade in Canada: Brampton, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. Representing 52% of Canada’s GDP and more than half of the country’s population, CGCC collaborates on international and domestic issues impacting our regions’ competitiveness. Infrastructure, the economic environment, trade and talent are its priority concerns.

    The members of the CGCC are: Jan De Silva, President and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade; Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal; Zoe Addington, representative for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce; Iain Black, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade; Janet M. Riopel, President and CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce; Loren Remillard, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce; Todd Letts, CEO of the Brampton Board of Trade; and Patrick Sullivan, President and CEO of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.
     
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