The Advocates: An Update From Consul General Louise Blais

This past Monday staff and key volunteers of the Charleston Metro Chamber were visited by Louise Blais, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Canada. Currently serving as the Consul General for the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, her responsibilities include promoting Canadian interests and values to work with U.S. partners on priority issues, endorsing Canadian products, services, science and technology partnerships and investment opportunities and assisting Canadians in the southeastern U.S. in other ways.

Did you know that South Carolina and Canada are great partners?

  • There are 133 Canadian-owned businesses employing 11,062 workers in South Carolina.
  • Canada is South Carolina’s #2 export market, nearly $4 billion in goods annually.
  • South Carolina imports $2.5 billion in goods annually from Canada.
  • The top import categories are transportation goods (17%) and plastics and rubbers (18%).

Consul General Louise Blais has publicized the historical investment opportunities of the bi-partisan infrastructure package but also cited key concerns for Canada, the U.S. and the stability of the global supply chain.

“Canada and the U.S. don’t just sell to each other: we make things together.”

– Acting Canadian Consul General to the U.S. Southeast Ambassador Louise Blais, Buy America Key Facts – Canadian Perspective

The Charleston Metro Chamber is grateful and proud of South Carolina’s partnership with Canada. The Chamber will continue to welcome the opportunity to hear from our partners and update the business community on the important issues facing our region.

Bailey Vincett
Government Relations Coordinator

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