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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Brigadier General Patrick Carpentier, Commander of Joint Task Force North at CABC briefing on the shores of the Hudson Bay
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
Aylin Lusi, Vice President Public Affairs, UPS Canada and CABC Board Member
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

  • Gary Clement
    TD
    CABC Chair
  • Hélène Gagnon
    CAE
    CABC Vice Chair
  • Jennifer Sloan
    MasterCard
    CABC Vice Chair
  • Gabe Batstone
    Contextere
    CABC Treasurer
  • Peter Jost
    Blank Rome
    CABC General Counsel
  • Lesia Babiak
    Johnson & Johnson
  • Andrew Black
    Association of Oil Pipelines
  • Dina Brachman
    Pfizer
  • Kevin Chan
    Facebook
  • Giselle Commissiong
    Hatch
  • Christina Erling
    Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Sean Finn
    CN
  • Marlene Floyd
    Microsoft Canada
  • Joshua Greene
    A.O. Smith Corporation
  • Robert Klager
    Shell Canada Ltd.
  • Andrew Lundquist
    ConocoPhillips
  • Aylin Lusi
    UPS
  • Toby Mack
    EEIA
  • Edward Moreland
    Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Joao Augusto de Castro Neves
    ExxonMobil
  • Wendy Noss
    Motion Picture Association - Canada
  • Clint Odom
    National Urban League
  • Ferio Pugliese
    Air Canada
  • Alexander Russ
    Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Pete Sheffield
    Enbridge Inc.
  • Rick Shelby
    Capitol Hill Consulting Group
  • David Slack
    Bombardier
  • Ron Soreanu
    Coca-Cola
  • Mary Catherine Toker
    General Mills
  • Lena Trudeau
    U.Group
  • Herb Tyson
    International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Cathy Worden
    Cisco Canada
  • Alexandra Zanella
    Beauty Revolution
  • Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel
    Lockheed Martin
  • Gary Clement
    TD
    CABC Chair
  • Hélène Gagnon
    CAE
    CABC Vice Chair
  • Jennifer Sloan
    MasterCard
    CABC Vice Chair
  • Gabe Batstone
    Contextere
    CABC Treasurer
  • Peter Jost
    Blank Rome
    CABC General Counsel
  • Lesia Babiak
    Johnson & Johnson
  • Andrew Black
    Association of Oil Pipelines
  • Dina Brachman
    Pfizer
  • Kevin Chan
    Facebook
  • Giselle Commissiong
    Hatch
  • Christina Erling
    Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Sean Finn
    CN
  • Marlene Floyd
    Microsoft Canada
  • Joshua Greene
    A.O. Smith Corporation
  • Robert Klager
    Shell Canada Ltd.
  • Andrew Lundquist
    ConocoPhillips
  • Aylin Lusi
    UPS
  • Toby Mack
    EEIA
  • Edward Moreland
    Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Joao Augusto de Castro Neves
    ExxonMobil
  • Wendy Noss
    Motion Picture Association - Canada
  • Clint Odom
    National Urban League
  • Ferio Pugliese
    Air Canada
  • Alexander Russ
    Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Pete Sheffield
    Enbridge Inc.
  • Rick Shelby
    Capitol Hill Consulting Group
  • David Slack
    Bombardier
  • Ron Soreanu
    Coca-Cola
  • Mary Catherine Toker
    General Mills
  • Lena Trudeau
    U.Group
  • Herb Tyson
    International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Cathy Worden
    Cisco Canada
  • Alexandra Zanella
    Beauty Revolution
  • Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel
    Lockheed Martin
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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.

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  • Air Canada *
    Air Canada
  • Alcoa
  • Amazon
  • Amgen
  • Association of Canadian Port Authorities
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Association of Oil Pipe Lines
  • Astellas
  • Atlas Holdings LLC
  • Barrick Gold *
    Barrick Gold
  • Beauty Revolution
  • Bell Canada
  • BlankRome
  • Bombardier
  • CAE
  • Canadian Airport Council
  • Capital Power
  • Capitol Hill Group
  • CDPQ
  • Ceridian
  • Chamber of Marine Commerce
  • Cisco
  • CN *
    CN
  • Coca-Cola
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Contextere
  • Council of the Great Lakes Region
  • Council of Forest Industries
  • DLA Piper
  • EEIA
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • Enbridge
  • Ernst and Young
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Facebook *
    Facebook
  • Food & Consumer Products of Canada
  • Freshco
  • General Mills
  • Google
  • Hatch *
    Hatch
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Hydro-Quebec
  • Innovative Medicines Canada
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Intuit
  • Johnson & Johnson *
    Johnson & Johnson
  • Lockheed Martin *
    Lockheed Martin
  • Mastercard Canada
  • Motion Picture Association of Canada
  • NAIOP
  • NeuroSoph
  • PayPal
  • Pfizer
  • PhRMA *
    PhRMA
  • Pitney Bowes
  • POLARIS Transportation Group
  • Red Bull
  • Rio Tinto
  • Serco
  • Shell Canada
  • Skyhive
  • TD Bank Group
  • Tensor Machinery LTD.
  • U. Group
  • UPS
  • WaVv
  • Webnames.ca Inc.
  • Women in Trucking Association
  • Air Canada *
  • Alcoa
  • Amazon
  • Amgen
  • Association of Canadian Port Authorities
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Association of Oil Pipe Lines
  • Astellas
  • Atlas Holdings LLC
  • Barrick Gold *
  • Beauty Revolution
  • Bell Canada
  • BlankRome
  • Bombardier
  • CAE
  • Canadian Airport Council
  • Capital Power
  • Capitol Hill Group
  • CDPQ
  • Ceridian
  • Chamber of Marine Commerce
  • Cisco
  • CN *
  • Coca-Cola
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Contextere
  • Council of the Great Lakes Region
  • Council of Forest Industries
  • DLA Piper
  • EEIA
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • Enbridge
  • Ernst and Young
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Facebook *
  • Food & Consumer Products of Canada
  • Freshco
  • General Mills
  • Google
  • Hatch *
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Hydro-Quebec
  • Innovative Medicines Canada
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Intuit
  • Johnson & Johnson *
  • Lockheed Martin *
  • Mastercard Canada
  • Motion Picture Association of Canada
  • NAIOP
  • NeuroSoph
  • PayPal
  • Pfizer
  • PhRMA *
  • Pitney Bowes
  • POLARIS Transportation Group
  • Red Bull
  • Rio Tinto
  • Serco
  • Shell Canada
  • Skyhive
  • TD Bank Group
  • Tensor Machinery LTD.
  • U. Group
  • UPS
  • WaVv
  • Webnames.ca Inc.
  • Women in Trucking Association
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* These companies are part of CABC’s Trustees/Inner Circle due to their generous and committed partnerships.

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Formed in 2019, the Entrepreneur’s Circle (EC) is an exclusive arm of the Council, made up of key sectoral thought leaders who are passionate about US-Canada relations. The EC brings like-minded CEOs, founders, and entrepreneurs together for a coalition that drives larger policy discussions.

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

  • Sean Hinton
    Co-Chair, Founder & CEO of SkyHive
  • Alexandra Zanella
    Co-Chair, Founder & CEO of Beauty Revolution Consulting
  • Dave Cox
    POLARIS Transportation Group
  • Cybele Negris
    CEO & Co-Founder of Webnames.ca
  • Mandy Rennehan
    Founder & CEO of Freshco
  • George So
    InstarAGF
  • Warren Spitz
    UCS Forest Group
  • Jay Tannon
    Counsel at DLA Piper

Our Leadership Team

Maryscott Greenwood
Chief Executive Officer
Zakery Blais
Operations
Sarina Rahal
Canadian Advocacy