Canada and Southern California share a special relationship. As the 3rd highest investing nation in the region, Canadian businesses are making a significant impact on the growth of Los Angeles and Southern California. In fact, Canadian-owned enterprises have created over 39,000 direct jobs here accounting for over $2.6 billion in wages. And at a state-level, Canada is the second largest export market for California with over $44 billion in bilateral goods and services trade in 2016. MAPLE Business Council was founded in 2015 to be an economic bridge between Southern California and Canada. We promote bilateral investment, trade and entrepreneurship. MAPLE is an executive level cross-border community that spans industry sectors and size of business. Our members are across Canada and throughout Southern California. Through quarterly networking events, thought-leadership meetings, content curation, inbound/outbound missions, and contracted services, our members connect with the people and the information that help them grow their businesses with less cross-border friction. We invite you to get to know MAPLE – The Canadian-U.S. Business Council of Southern California. Let’s connect during the GetGlobal 2017 Conference. Be sure to attend our session on doing business with Canada. For more information, please visit us at www.maplesocal.com and follow us @maplesocal. We look forward to meeting you.