U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Program & Questions: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
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As Canada's top trade partner, the United States is a crucial part of our global success. In 2017 alone, trade between our two countries totalled nearly $700 billion.
With the newly signed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) likely to be ratified in 2019, bilateral trade across the 49th parallel is on a path for continued growth, creating a window of opportunity for B.C. businesses looking to export their products and services.
Join the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and World Trade Centre Vancouver as we welcome U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, to B.C. for a discussion on Canada-U.S. relations and trade opportunities.
Why you should attend:
- Learn how the USMCA will increase opportunities for Canadian companies seeking to enter the U.S.
- Hear Ambassador Craft's perspective on the current and future state of Canada-U.S. relations.
- Discover how Canadian companies have successfully established operations south of the border.
About the speaker:
President Donald J. Trump nominated Ambassador Kelly Craft to be the United States Ambassador to Canada, and she was formally sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on September 26, 2017. She presented her credentials to Governor General Julie Payette on October 23, 2017. U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft serves as the President's personal representative to the government and people of Canada. She leads the U.S. Mission to Canada, which comprises the Embassy in Ottawa and seven Consulates located across Canada. Ambassador Kelly Craft is a leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who has made community service and improving education the cornerstone of her career. A third generation Kentuckian, Ambassador Craft demonstrates a deep commitment to her home state by serving in several leadership roles with the Salvation Army of Lexington and the Center for Rural Development, a non-profit dedicated to economic development in rural Kentucky. She also served on the Boards of Directors for the Kentucky Arts Council, the Lexington Philharmonic, YMCA of Central Kentucky, and the United Way of The Bluegrass. With a deep commitment to education, Ambassador Craft has served on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, and co-founded the Morehead State University Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics which nurtures the academic talents of young Kentuckians. In the private sector, Ambassador Craft founded a successful marketing and business advisory firm providing leadership advice to businesses in her community and across the country. In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Ambassador Craft as an alternate delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. Ambassador Craft is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Morehead State University. She and her husband, Joe Craft, who is also a Kentucky native and UK graduate, share six children and eleven grandchildren.