Ambassador Heyman’s Opening Remarks at the SelectUSA Canada Conference

Ambassador Heyman at the SelectUSA Canada Conference in Montreal. Credit US Consulate Montreal.

Welcome to the SelectUSA Canada Conference!

The United States and Canada share the world’s largest, most robust economic relationship, with bilateral trade and investment valued at $1.3 trillion. Deepening our already strong commercial ties is one of my key priorities, which is why I am so pleased to participate in today’s conference.

It’s great to see more than more than 80 company representatives here today. We appreciate your attendance and your interest in growing your businesses in the United States. When you walk away from here, actually even before you leave today, I want the words “Select USA” to resonate in your minds because I honestly cannot think of a better place for you to expand your business.

This edition of SelectUSA Canada will feature an impressive line-up of experts, including Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally, the Executive Director of SelectUSA, joining us from Washington, D.C. Panelists and guest speakers will offer unique insights into doing business in the United States — these are key to unlocking your company’s growth potential. On the sidelines of the conference, officials of 26 economic development organizations representing states, cities, and regions look forward to meeting with you to help your companies identify business opportunities and maximize your investments.

In the last few years, I have had the honor of leading a remarkable group of Canadian companies interested in new business opportunities to Washington, D.C., to participate in the SelectUSA Investment Summit. I am proud to say that in 2016, Canada had the second largest country delegation in attendance, with 43% of the companies represented on the delegation hailing from Quebec.

So, because the Summit has proven so popular, particularly among Quebec companies, we decided to conclude 2016 by organizing the U.S. Mission to Canada’s largest U.S. investment promotion event in Montreal!

I am confident that today’s encounters will help cultivate your companies’ growth strategies in the United States. Whether you represent a high-growth start-up, a family-owned business, or a small, medium, or large multinational company, there is a place for you in the United States.

Therefore, in the spirit of this great friendship that our countries share, please know that the United States is open to your business and our team across Canada looks forward to supporting your growth and expansion plans.

Please enjoy today’s conference. And, remember to “Select USA”!