Who We Are

The Canadian American Business Council (CABC) came to life in March of 1987, as the Reagan administration was negotiating the original Free Trade Agreement with the government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. During this monumental moment in history, the Council emerged as a bilateral voice advocating for cross-border commerce in both capitals.

Three decades after its formation, the Council has evolved into the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan, issues-oriented organization dedicated to fostering dialogue between the public and private sectors. The Council meets with presidents, prime ministers, governors, premiers, members of Parliament, and members of Congress. It is where legislators, media, and business figures turn for guidance on navigating—and defining—the exemplary relationship between the US and Canada.

What We Do

The Council's activities include high-level briefings on relevant issues of concern, assistance with practical trade and policy challenges, relationship-building opportunities, and informative seminars. We convene dialogues, advocate on key issues, and raise awareness about the unique relationship between the US and Canada.

Guiding Principles

Our guiding principles are four deeply held beliefs that inform and inspire our work.

Guiding Principle 01
Common Ground

Ensuring an open border between the US and Canada is critical to the livelihood of millions of Canadians and Americans, not to mention integral to the flow of goods and services for all of North America. The Council advocates that the border remains open to essential commerce and improves the efficiency of border-crossing for both goods and people.

Guiding Principle 02
Shared Prosperity

The Council understands that the US and Canada are central to each other’s prosperity. Since its formation, the Council has fought against regulatory disharmony, encouraged both countries to align on bilateral principles of standardization, and supported decreased labor mobility barriers between countries. We stand up to protectionist policies and work to build cooperative approaches to economic recovery.

Guiding Principle 03
Shared Security

The military cooperation, intelligence- sharing, and security alliance between the US and Canada is unparalleled. The Council advocates for policies that advance security for both nations and the world.

Guiding Principle 04
Forward Leaning

The US and Canada are both dedicated to being world leaders in innovation, technology, data, and artificial intelligence. The Council champions policies that reduce barriers to cross-border data flows and advances innovation initiatives.

The Council has proudly authored papers and assembled task forces to advocate for the US and Canada, including the Innovation Paper, the USMCA Top 10 List, and the Digital Task Force.

Guiding Principles

Our guiding principles are four deeply held beliefs that inform and inspire our work.

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Guiding Principle 01
Common Ground

Ensuring an open border between the US and Canada is critical to the livelihood of millions of Canadians and Americans, not to mention integral to the flow of goods and services for all of North America. The Council advocates that the border remains open to essential commerce and improves the efficiency of border-crossing for both goods and people.

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Guiding Principle 02
Shared Prosperity

The Council understands that the US and Canada are central to each other’s prosperity. Since its formation, the Council has fought against regulatory disharmony, encouraged both countries to align on bilateral principles of standardization, and supported decreased labor mobility barriers between countries. We stand up to protectionist policies and work to build cooperative approaches to economic recovery.

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Guiding Principle 03
Shared Security

The military cooperation, intelligence- sharing, and security alliance between the US and Canada is unparalleled. The Council advocates for policies that advance security for both nations and the world.

Forward Leaning
Guiding Principle 04
Forward Leaning

The US and Canada are both dedicated to being world leaders in innovation, technology, data, and artificial intelligence. The Council champions policies that reduce barriers to cross-border data flows and advances innovation initiatives.

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The Council has proudly authored papers and assembled task forces to advocate for the US and Canada, including the Innovation Paper, the USMCA Top 10 List, and the Digital Task Force.

Board of Directors

  • Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel
    Lockheed Martin
    CABC Chair
  • Jennifer M Sloan
    Mastercard
    CABC Past Chair
  • Hélène V Gagnon
    CAE
    CABC First Vice-Chair
  • Cathy Worden
    Cisco Canada
    CABC Second Vice-Chair
  • Tom Gannon
    H&R Block
    CABC Third Vice-Chair
  • Gabe Batstone
    Contextere
    CABC Treasurer
  • Joanne Zimolzak
    Dykema
    CABC General Counsel
  • Megan Boyle
    Red Bull
  • Kathryn Burton
    Sparks Street Capital
  • Carolyn Chisholm
    Rio Tinto
  • Gary Clement
    TD
  • Giselle Commissiong
    Hatch
  • Peter DePasquale
    Keurig Dr Pepper
  • Lindsay Doyle
    Google Canada
  • Janet Drysdale
    CN
  • Paul Dyck
    Walmart
  • Christina Erling
    Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Marlene Floyd
    Microsoft
  • Tamon George
    Creative Theory Agency
  • Steven Hogue
    Pfizer
  • Craig Kelly
    ExxonMobil
  • Robert Klager
    Shell Canada Ltd.
  • Kevin Kolevar
    Dow
  • Catherine Loubier
    Executive / Advisor
  • Pauline McLean
    Capital Power
  • Arielle Meloul-Wechsler
    Air Canada
  • Mack Moore
    ConocoPhillips
  • A.J. Nichols
    Vale
  • Wendy Noss
    Motion Picture Association - Canada
  • Clint Odom
    T-Mobile
  • Joanne Pitkin
    Amazon
  • Pierre Pyun
    Bombardier Inc.
  • Edward Rihn
    Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada
  • Alexander Russ
    Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Pete Sheffield
    Enbridge Inc.
  • Lena Trudeau
    Fu Associates, Ltd.
  • Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel
    Lockheed Martin
    CABC Chair
  • Jennifer M Sloan
    Mastercard
    CABC Past Chair
  • Hélène V Gagnon
    CAE
    CABC First Vice-Chair
  • Cathy Worden
    Cisco Canada
    CABC Second Vice-Chair
  • Tom Gannon
    H&R Block
    CABC Third Vice-Chair
  • Gabe Batstone
    Contextere
    CABC Treasurer
  • Joanne Zimolzak
    Dykema
    CABC General Counsel
  • Megan Boyle
    Red Bull
  • Kathryn Burton
    Sparks Street Capital
  • Carolyn Chisholm
    Rio Tinto
  • Gary Clement
    TD
  • Giselle Commissiong
    Hatch
  • Peter DePasquale
    Keurig Dr Pepper
  • Lindsay Doyle
    Google Canada
  • Janet Drysdale
    CN
  • Paul Dyck
    Walmart
  • Christina Erling
    Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Marlene Floyd
    Microsoft
  • Tamon George
    Creative Theory Agency
  • Steven Hogue
    Pfizer
  • Craig Kelly
    ExxonMobil
  • Robert Klager
    Shell Canada Ltd.
  • Kevin Kolevar
    Dow
  • Catherine Loubier
    Executive / Advisor
  • Pauline McLean
    Capital Power
  • Arielle Meloul-Wechsler
    Air Canada
  • Mack Moore
    ConocoPhillips
  • A.J. Nichols
    Vale
  • Wendy Noss
    Motion Picture Association - Canada
  • Clint Odom
    T-Mobile
  • Joanne Pitkin
    Amazon
  • Pierre Pyun
    Bombardier Inc.
  • Edward Rihn
    Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada
  • Alexander Russ
    Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Pete Sheffield
    Enbridge Inc.
  • Lena Trudeau
    Fu Associates, Ltd.
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Our Members

Our members are business leaders and stakeholders from both sides of the border, ranging from entrepreneurs to the largest brands in the world. Collectively, the Council employs about two million people and has annual revenues of approximately $1.5 trillion USD.

Interested in becoming a member of the Council? Find out more.

  • Airbnb
  • Air Canada
  • Alcoa
  • Amazon
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • Association of Canadian Port Authorities
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association
  • Barrick Gold
  • Beauty Revolution
  • Becker & Poliakoff P.A.
  • Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada
  • Bombardier
  • BMO
  • CAE
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Canada's Building Trades Unions
  • Canadian Steel Producers Association
  • Capital Power
  • Chegg
  • Cisco
  • CN
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Contextere
  • Council of the Great Lakes Region
  • Creative Theory Agency
  • DLA Piper
  • DoorDash
  • Dow
  • EcoMundo
  • Electricity Canada
  • Elemental Clean Fuels
  • Eli Lilly
  • Enbridge
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Forest Products Association of Canada
  • Fu Associates
  • General Electric
  • Glen Dimplex Americas
  • Google Canada
  • H&R Block
  • Hatch
  • InstarAGF
  • Keurig Dr Pepper
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Manulife Financial
  • Maple Business Council
  • Mastercard Canada
  • Microsoft
  • Motion Picture Association - Canada
  • OpenText
  • Parkland Corporation
  • Pathways Alliance
  • Pfizer
  • Power Corporation of Canada
  • Price Industries
  • Red Bull
  • Rio Tinto
  • Sazerac
  • SBA Communications
  • Shell Canada
  • Sparks Street Capital
  • TC Energy
  • T-Mobile
  • TD Bank Group
  • Teck Resources
  • UCS Forest Group of Companies
  • UPS
  • Vale Base Metals
  • Walmart
  • WestJet
  • Airbnb
  • Air Canada
  • Alcoa
  • Amazon
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • Association of Canadian Port Authorities
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association
  • Barrick Gold
  • Beauty Revolution
  • Becker & Poliakoff P.A.
  • Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada
  • Bombardier
  • BMO
  • CAE
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Canada's Building Trades Unions
  • Canadian Steel Producers Association
  • Capital Power
  • Chegg
  • Cisco
  • CN
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Contextere
  • Council of the Great Lakes Region
  • Creative Theory Agency
  • DLA Piper
  • DoorDash
  • Dow
  • EcoMundo
  • Electricity Canada
  • Elemental Clean Fuels
  • Eli Lilly
  • Enbridge
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Forest Products Association of Canada
  • Fu Associates
  • General Electric
  • Glen Dimplex Americas
  • Google Canada
  • H&R Block
  • Hatch
  • InstarAGF
  • Keurig Dr Pepper
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Manulife Financial
  • Maple Business Council
  • Mastercard Canada
  • Microsoft
  • Motion Picture Association - Canada
  • OpenText
  • Parkland Corporation
  • Pathways Alliance
  • Pfizer
  • Power Corporation of Canada
  • Price Industries
  • Red Bull
  • Rio Tinto
  • Sazerac
  • SBA Communications
  • Shell Canada
  • Sparks Street Capital
  • TC Energy
  • T-Mobile
  • TD Bank Group
  • Teck Resources
  • UCS Forest Group of Companies
  • UPS
  • Vale Base Metals
  • Walmart
  • WestJet
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Advisory Board

The CABC Advisory Board is composed of former ambassadors to Canada and the US and key political leaders with experience navigating bilateral issues as senior elected leaders.

  • Rona Ambrose
    Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
    2015-2017
  • Navdeep Bains
    Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry
    2015-2021
  • John Baird
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    2011-2015
  • James Blanchard
    US Ambassador to Canada
    1993–1996
  • Scott Brison
    President of the Treasury Board
    2015-2019
  • Derek Burney
    Canadian Ambassador to US
    1989-1993
  • John de Chastelain
    Canadian Ambassador to US
    1993-1994
  • Raymond Chrétien
    Canadian Ambassador to US
    1994-2000
  • Christy Clark
    Premier of British Columbia
    2011-2017
  • Kelly Craft
    US Ambassador to the United Nations
    2019-2021
  • Kenneth Curtis
    US Ambassador to Canada
    1979-1981
  • Howard Dean
    Governor of Vermont
    1991-2003
  • Gary Doer
    Canadian Ambassador to US
    2009-2016
  • Gordon D. Giffin
    US Ambassador to Canada
    1997-2001
  • Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
    2015-2019
  • Heidi Heitkamp
    United States Senator for North Dakota
    2013-2019
  • David Jacobson
    US Ambassador to Canada
    2009-2013
  • Michael Kergin
    Canadian Ambassador to US
    2000-2006
  • Ron Kirk
    United States Trade Representative
    2009-2013
  • John LaFalce
    Member of the US House of Representatives
    1975-2003
  • Wilton Littlechild
    Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations
    2016-2019
  • John Manley
    Deputy Prime Minister
    2002-2003
  • Sergio Marchi
    Minister of International Trade
    1997-1999
  • Barbara McDougall

    Member of the Canadian House of Commons and Member of Cabinet
    1984-1993
  • Frank McKenna
    Canadian Ambassador to US
    2005-2006
  • James Moore
    Minister of Industry
    2013-2015
  • Thomas M.T. Niles
    US Ambassador to Canada
    1985-1989
  • Bill Owens
    U.S. House of Representatives
    2009-2015
  • Lisa Raitt
    Minister of Transport
    2013-2015
  • Edward G. Rendell
    Governor of Pennsylvania
    2003-2011
  • Paul H. Robinson
    US Ambassador to Canada
    1981-1985
  • Peter Teeley
    US Ambassador to Canada
    1992-1993
  • Brad Wall
    Premier of Saskatchewan
    2007-2018
  • David Wilkins
    US Ambassador to Canada
    2005-2009
  • Rona Ambrose
    Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
    2015-2017
  • Navdeep Bains
    Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry
    2015-2021
  • John Baird
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    2011-2015
  • James Blanchard
    US Ambassador to Canada
    1993–1996
  • Scott Brison
    President of the Treasury Board
    2015-2019
  • Derek Burney
    Canadian Ambassador to US
    1989-1993
  • John de Chastelain
    Canadian Ambassador to US
    1993-1994
  • Raymond Chrétien
    Canadian Ambassador to US
    1994-2000
  • Christy Clark
    Premier of British Columbia
    2011-2017
  • Kelly Craft
    US Ambassador to the United Nations
    2019-2021
  • Kenneth Curtis
    US Ambassador to Canada
    1979-1981
  • Howard Dean
    Governor of Vermont
    1991-2003
  • Gary Doer
    Canadian Ambassador to US
    2009-2016
  • Gordon D. Giffin
    US Ambassador to Canada
    1997-2001
  • Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
    2015-2019
  • Heidi Heitkamp
    United States Senator for North Dakota
    2013-2019
  • David Jacobson
    US Ambassador to Canada
    2009-2013
  • Michael Kergin
    Canadian Ambassador to US
    2000-2006
  • Ron Kirk
    United States Trade Representative
    2009-2013
  • John LaFalce
    Member of the US House of Representatives
    1975-2003
  • Wilton Littlechild
    Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations
    2016-2019
  • John Manley
    Deputy Prime Minister
    2002-2003
  • Sergio Marchi
    Minister of International Trade
    1997-1999
  • Barbara McDougall

    Member of the Canadian House of Commons and Member of Cabinet
    1984-1993
  • Frank McKenna
    Canadian Ambassador to US
    2005-2006
  • James Moore
    Minister of Industry
    2013-2015
  • Thomas M.T. Niles
    US Ambassador to Canada
    1985-1989
  • Bill Owens
    U.S. House of Representatives
    2009-2015
  • Lisa Raitt
    Minister of Transport
    2013-2015
  • Edward G. Rendell
    Governor of Pennsylvania
    2003-2011
  • Paul H. Robinson
    US Ambassador to Canada
    1981-1985
  • Peter Teeley
    US Ambassador to Canada
    1992-1993
  • Brad Wall
    Premier of Saskatchewan
    2007-2018
  • David Wilkins
    US Ambassador to Canada
    2005-2009
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“CABC has evolved over the past 20 years as the unparalleled source for information on all aspects of the US-Canada relationship for businesses, large and small.”
—Ambassador Gordon D. Giffin
“At a time when our economies and the relationship between Canada and the US are on rough seas, it’s more important than ever to rely on the CABC to help right the ship.”
—Ambassador David Jacobson
“The CABC is composed of world-class leaders devoted to developing policies to facilitate cross-border trade, to confront trade-distorting practices, and to create opportunities for enhanced investment.”
—Ambassador Michael Kergin
“The US-Canada relationship has been made stronger and more impactful over the years by the dynamic work of the CABC.”
—Ambassador David Wilkins
"We have a special relationship between Canada and the US. CABC is there to make sure we preserve the trading relationship, the respect, and the friendship."
—Hélène Gagnon, Board of Directors

Entrepreneur's Circle

The Entrepreneurs Circle (EC) is an invitation-only arm of the CABC formed in 2019 to give a voice to entrepreneurs in the Canada/US relationship. The EC provides an opportunity for CEOs, founders, and entrepreneurs to drive impact in the larger policy discussions at the heart of the Canada/US relationship and to enhance the environment for successful business creation and expansion in North America.

Passionate about US-Canada relations? Apply to join EC here.

  • Jay Tannon
    Co-Chair, DLA Piper
  • Lena Trudeau
    Co-Chair, CABC
  • Robert Bartucci
    Chief Executive, Glen Dimplex Americas
  • Chris Berardini
    Becker & Poliakoff P.A.
  • Bill Owens
    U.S. House of Representatives (2009-2015)
  • George So
    Managing Partner, InstarAGF
  • Warren Spitz
    President & CEO, UCS Forest Group
  • Zachary Steele
    Co-Head, Fusion Fuels
  • Alexandra Zanella
    Beauty Revolution

Our Leadership Team

Beth Burke
Chief Executive Officer
Melika Khajeh
Director of Policy Research and Outreach
Philip Calabro
Director of Operations