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Canada In The Midwest: What's Next?

Canada In The Midwest: What's Next?

From the Canadian-US Business Council of Chicago

CANADA 312 BREAKFAST SERIES

CANADA IN THE MIDWEST: WHAT'S NEXT?

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
7:30 AM NETWORKING
8:00 -- 9:00 AM BREAKFAST, PRESENTATION AND Q&A

Metropolitan Club, Willis Tower
233 South Wacker Drive, 66th floor, Chicago, IL 60606

$25 For CUSBC Members & Guests, $35 for Non-Members


Canada accounts for more than 35% of the Midwest's international trade and is the largest export market for Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin -- larger than Mexico, China, Brazil, Australia and Japan combined. The Midwest-Canada trade relationship is worth more than $60 billion annually and supports more than 650,000 Midwest jobs. Canada is also the largest foreign supplier of oil, natural gas, electricity and uranium to the U.S. The trade partnership, along with an integral energy relationship, a shared responsibility for the Great Lakes and our environment, and the vast cultural, academic and tourism ties between us, are just a few examples of why the Canada-U.S. relationship is so beneficial and meaningful to both nations.

Trade is vital to Canada's prosperity, accounting for more than 60% of the Canadian economy in 2011. It is because trade is so vital to Canada's prosperity that it is pursuing the most ambitious pro-trade plan in Canadian history--one that focuses on protecting current exports, forging new trade and investment ties with key partners and opening new markets so Canadian exporters can continue to grow and succeed around the world.

Please join us for a discussion with the Consul General of Canada in Chicago, Gitane De Silva, to hear about Canada's international trade priorities and what it means for this region.


About Consul General Gitane De Silva:
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Gitane De Silva was appointed Canada's Consul General to Chicago in December 2011. A career Foreign Service Officer, she has specialised in Canada-US issues, serving at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) in such roles as Director, Canada-US Advocacy and Mission Liaison, and Director, US Transboundary Affairs, as well as Counsellor (Environment & Fisheries) at the Canadian Embassy in

Washington, DC and in the Canada-US Secretariat at the Privy Council Office. Ms De Silva also served as Deputy Head of Agency at Status of Women Canada, and Director General, APEC Women and the Economy Summit at DFAIT. She holds a B.A. (International Relations) from the University of British Columbia.

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