Alabama Delegation to Strengthen Ties with Canada at SEUS-CP Alliance Conference
Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield leads a delegation from Alabama to Savannah, Georgia, for the United States-Canada Southeastern Provinces Alliance Conference, a high-level gathering that builds common economic ties, expands business opportunities and expands cultural exchanges.
SEUS-CP, as the event is known, runs through Tuesday and features networking opportunities, B2B meetings and panel discussions on topics including supply chain resilience, sustainable agriculture and adoption of electric vehicles.
Canfield said the conference represents a platform that allows representatives from six southeastern states and six Canadian provinces to make connections that can lead to new business and cultural opportunities.
“Over many decades, we have built a partnership that is built on respect, discovers meaningful ways to collaborate, fosters innovative solutions and advances common goals,” he said. “It’s a special relationship, and its benefits are obvious. By working closely together, we have spurred economic growth, sparked job creation and generated new opportunities.
For Alabama, the relationship is rewarding. Canada ranks among the top five foreign investors in the state, as well as a major trading partner. Alabama is home to more than 80 Canadian companies.
Since 2015, Canadian companies have invested nearly $1.5 billion in Alabama businesses, creating more than 2,300 jobs, according to data from the Alabama Department of Commerce.
Meanwhile, Canada is Alabama’s second-largest export market, with shipments valued at $3.5 billion in 2021, a figure that jumped 18% from the previous year. Alabama is also a top US destination for goods from Canada, with imports exceeding $3 billion last year.
Christina Stimpson, director of the Office of International Trade at the Department of Commerce, said Alabama is fortunate to be part of an association that facilitates the building of relations between the state and Canada.
“Canada is an extremely important market for Alabama, and this conference showcases business matchmaking to encourage trade and business development,” said Stimpson.
“For Alabama exporters and export-capable companies, this is a great conference for market research and building Canadian contacts.”
Search for partnerships
Alabama companies represented at the conference include:
Jay Paden, director of business operations at ACE, said the conference will allow his company to explore new relationships with potential partners in Canada.
“We are looking for partners, suppliers and contacts who share the company’s values and believe this is a fantastic opportunity to develop relationships nationally and with new Canadian partners,” said Paden said. “ACE is proud to be ‘Made in Alabama’ and will continue to provide world-class quality service to all of its customers. »
The SEUS-CP Alliance was established in 2007 to enhance trade and investment, promote business partnerships, and encourage technology exchange between member states and Canadian provinces.
The Southeast member states are Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
The Canadian members are New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.
This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Made in Alabama website.