Canadian-American Business Community Calls For Collaborative Response to COVID-19 Crisis, Unveils New Portal for Cross-Border Advocacy

“Maintaining an open and efficient supply chain through and beyond COVID-19 will save lives and help us in the fight against this pandemic”
Maryscott Greenwood

Businesses and advocacy groups can sign on to statement here in growing push for mutual support, opposition to division

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, 27 groups representing businesses and communities across Canada and the United States unveiled the following joint statement calling for continued strong cross-border cooperation, trade, and supply chains as a critical component of both countries’ COVID-19 public health and economic response and recovery efforts. The groups, led by the Canadian American Business Council, also unveiled a new advocacy portal that will allow other businesses and organizations to sign on to the statement and make their voices heard. 

“The COVID-19 public health and economic crisis has been devastating for workers, families, and businesses across Canada and America. As both countries work to keep citizens safe and help businesses and workers get back on their feet, it is clearer than ever that a unified manufacturing supply chain between Canada, and the United States must be protected and strengthened. 

“While cross-border cooperation has long been a key component of both countries’ economic prosperity, this crisis has highlighted the critical need to maintain the fluid border that is essential to many critical sectors that cross national boundaries. In addition, the urgent need for critical medical supplies to move seamlessly across our borders to get to where they are needed most has exposed key vulnerabilities in our manufacturing ecosystem that must be addressed. 

“The longstanding partnership between Canada and the United States – ranging from logistics, to economics, to geopolitics, and more – is a key strategic asset to both countries, now more than ever before, Many critical sectors depend on trade between our two countries – including medical equipment, food and agriculture; communications and energy; automotive and industrial; transit equipment and aerospace; law enforcement and first responders.

“More than any two countries in the world, the U.S. and Canada make things together as integrated economic partners. The U.S. sells more goods to Canada than to any country – more than it sells to China, Japan and the UK combined.

“That is why we believe that both countries must stand strong for a common cross-border manufacturing response as we tackle the COVID-19 public health crisis and help our shared economies rebuild and recover. 

“Specifically, we believe that our two countries must continue to work together on a collaborative manufacturing response to COVID-19, to achieve the following objectives:

– Securing the availability of personal protection equipment (PPE) in both countries;

– Designing Canada-US manufacturing solutions to replenish and maintain strategic stockpiles of medical equipment;

– Continuing to ensure people and goods cross the border efficiently without interrupting our critical supply chains;

– Expanding market opportunities between our two countries in order to spur recovery and compete globally.

“Maintaining an open and efficient supply chain through and beyond COVID-19 will save lives and help us in the fight against this pandemic. It will provide the infrastructure required for jumpstarting the economy to compete with other regions of the world in a rapidly-changing global economic environment. 

“We stand with a growing number of businesses, workers, and advocacy organizations to urge our governments and all American and Canadians to stand together in the global marketplace, push aside those who would divide us, and meet our global competition head-on.”

Association of Oil Pipelines
Andrew Black, President & CEO

Andrew Casey, President & CEO 

Business Council of Canada 
Goldy Hyder, President & CEO

Canadian American Business Council.
Maryscott Greenwood, CEO 

Canada Arizona Business Council 
Glenn Williamson, Founder & CEO

CanAm Border Trade Alliance
James D. Philips, President & CEO

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Dennis Darby, President & CEO 

Canadian Pharmacists Association 
Glen Doucet, CEO 

Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance
Toby Mack, President & CEO 

Government of Ontario 
Ian Todd, Ontario’s Representative in Washington, D.C.
Earl Provost, Ontario Agent General in Chicago, Illinois
Jag Badwall, Ontario Agent General in Dallas, Texas 

Government of Quebec 
Catherine Loubier, Québec’s Delegate General in New York
Marie-Claude Francoeur, Quebec’s Delegate in Boston
Martine Hebert, Quebec’s Delegate in Chicago

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Joe Reardon, President & CEO

International Business Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Laura Ortega, Executive Director 

Innovative Medicines Canada
Pamela C. Fralick, President 

Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
Tom Torti, President

Medtech Canada
Brian Lewis, President 

New England Canada Business Council
Jon F Sorenson, President

New Hampshire Canadian Trade Council
Senator Lou D’Allesandro, Chair

North Country Chamber of Commerce
Garry Douglas, President & CEO

Ohio-Canada Business Association
Dan Ujczo, President

Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Rocco Rossi, President & CEO

Quebec’s Federation of Chambers of Commerce
Charles Milliard, President & CEO

The Business Council of New York State, Inc
Heather C. Briccetti, President & CEO

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce 
Honourable Perrin Beatty, P.C., O.C., President & CEO

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Neil Herrington, Senior Vice President for the Americas

Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Christopher Carrigan, V.P. Business Development

Women In Trucking Association 
Ellen Voie, President & CEO 

“It is critical in times of crisis to ensure the maintenance of the Canada-US relationship. This means fighting back against protectionism, and buy-American and buy-Canadian. The Canadian American Business Council advocates for an open and efficient supply chain in both times of peace and crisis for the mutual benefit of our two countries.”
Maryscott Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian American Business Council

“Quebecers and Americans share a long history grounded in common values and interests. We make things and build prosperity together. In times of crisis, this partnership is more crucial than ever. Last year, the U.S. imported US $5B of Covid-19 related products from Canada, nearly 25% of which were from Québec.  We must continue to fight protectionism, bolster supply chains and keep the border fluid in order to revive growth and ensure that our economic region remains one of the strongest and most competitive in the world.”
Catherine Loubier, Québec’s Delegate General in New York; Marie-Claude Francoeur, Quebec’s Delegate in Boston; Martine Hebert, Quebec’s Delegate in Chicago

“The close economic partnership between Canada and the United States remains critical in the pandemic and will be even more so in our economic recovery. ‘We make things together’ is a common refrain that captures our close trade ties. Looking ahead, we must focus on ensuring the safety of health care and other essential workers, identifying a pathway to safely resume normal economic activity, and eliminating obstacles to the resumption of economic growth. We need to continue to align in how we identify critical industries and workers and avoid the emergence of new export restrictions and other trade barriers that would impede our pandemic response and recovery efforts. We need the Canada-U.S. partnership more than ever.”
Neil Herrington, Senior Vice President for the Americas, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

“The U.S. and Canada have a unique economic partnership that has moved beyond trade and is unlike any other. Together, we compete with greater effectiveness against the rest of the world. In the past, this special relationship has found itself automatically swept into responses to unfair trade or economic challenges involving other places. As we recover from this pandemic and reclaim economic leadership, it is crucial this not happen and that we instead move together.”
Garry Douglas, President/CEO of the North Country Chamber of Commerce