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Doing Business In Canada
Brought to you by the American Chamber of Commerce and the US Commercial Service, the DBCAN webinar is an informative online conference dedicated to helping business owners enter the Canadian marketplace. Gain access to our panel of carefully selected Immigration and Cross-Border Lawyers, Tax Specialists, Customs Brokers, and Logistics Professionals coming together from Miller Thomson, Clark Wilson, MNP and, PCB Global Trade. Hear from The US Commercial Service speaker on free resources available to help you access the Canadian market.

This session will provide you with invaluable data on the best state to expand and introduce you to essential partners. Whether opening a storefront with a Canadian address or partnering with a distribution center for your eCommerce activity, our seasoned panel will present options that will help you determine your export strategy and understand your responsibilities with local and federal government agencies.

May 25, 2023 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Rob Nijjar
Executive Director @AMCHAM Canada – Pacific Chapter
Nathan J. Donohue
Commercial Service Officer @US Commercial Service
Nathan Donohue is the Deputy Principal Commercial Officer at the US Consulate in Toronto, supporting an office of seven trade professionals assisting US companies with market access and trade promotion in Ontario, Canada. In addition, Mr. Donohue serves as the acting Principal Commercial Officer for British Columbia and the Yukon. Previously, Mr. Donohue served three years at the US Consulate General Shanghai, overseeing a team of five specialists covering a portfolio including information and communications technology (ICT); manufacturing and machinery; environmental technology; and design and construction services. Special areas of attention included advancing leading US and China priorities in the areas of Smart Cities, Themed Attractions, Green Buildings, and Clean Industrial Parks.
John Soden
Immigration Lawyer @Clark Wilson LLP
John translates complex concepts and processes into clear and concise solutions that facilitate business and career opportunities. Having worked at the senior management level in several companies and industries, John has been exposed to the challenges and priorities that businesses juggle, which allows him to address immigration issues from a true corporate and human perspective. Whether it is with a bio-tech, renewable energy, pharmaceutical or manufacturing company, John views his work as two-fold: 1) helping businesses achieve their broader goals of profit and innovation by attracting appropriately skilled professionals; and 2) helping those skilled professionals emigrate to a new country and capitalize on life-changing opportunities. Canadian industries are growing fast, and it is not always possible to find the skills in Canada.
Brandon Gill
Associate @Miller Thomson LLP
Brandon is an associate in Miller Thomson’s Corporate/Commercial practice group. Brandon’s practice focuses on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, professional corporations and commercial leasing. He has experience advising in a variety of areas including private acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and general corporate and commercial matters. Brandon was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2022 after receiving his Juris Doctor from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. During law school, Brandon participated in the Corporate Counsel Externship Program at UBC. Here, Brandon interned at an international SaaS company where he assisted in intellectual property, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. Brandon aims to deliver responsive, practical, and pragmatic legal advice to his clients. He is fluent in both English and Punjabi.
William Dos Santos CPA & CA
Partner, International Tax @MNP LLP
William Dos Santos, CPA, CA, is a Senior Manager with MNP’s International Corporate Tax group in Vancouver. Drawing on extensive knowledge of Canadian and international tax, William works with Canadian and high net worth individuals and foreign multinationals seeking to do business in Canada, or establish a business presence in Canada. William works closely with clients to organize their personal and corporate affairs in a tax-efficient manner for today’s globally competitive market. He assists with developing Canadian investment strategies for foreign investors and implementing, restructuring and maintaining international structures. William also helps with Canadian tax reporting, tax due diligence and domestic restructuring. William majored in biology and graduated from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and went on to graduate from the University of Calgary with a Master of Business Administration degree, specializing in finance.
Gloria Terhaar, CCS (CA/US), CTCS, CBSA Prof. Designate
Canadian Regulatory Analyst/Trade Compliance Supervisor @PCB Customs Brokers
Gloria is a Certified Customs Specialist, Certified Trade Compliance Specialist and CBSA Professional Designate with over 20 years' experience in Canadian customs brokerage. Gloria is PCB Customs Brokers (Canada) inhouse Canadian Regulatory Analyst where she has gained extensive experience in all aspects of documentation and regulatory requirements as they relate to importing products into Canada. Gloria is often called upon to train industry with some recent talks for MNP, the Surrey Board of Trade, TFO Canada and the BC Produce Marketing Association. In 2018, Gloria also participated in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council advocacy event "Fall Harvest" in Ottawa where she participated in advocacy efforts for the Canadian produce industry.
Alexandra Haukaas
General Manager Freight Operations @PCB Freight Management
Alex Haukaas is a logistics professional who has been in the freight forwarding, NVOCC, and brokerage industries for over seventeen years. Alex has worked in all transportation modes, including air, ocean, truck, rail, and project cargo, with a strong background in project management and business development. Her successful management style is a hands-on approach in identifying her team's strengths, which results in a positive and cohesive work environment. Alex currently holds the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA) and Forum For International Trade Training (FITT) designations.