Canadian Consul General visits CalChamber

(From left) Justin Currie, foreign policy and diplomacy service officer, Canadian Consulate General; Susanne T. Stirling, CalChamber vice president, international affairs; Canadian Consul General Rana Sarkar; CalChamber President and CEO Jennifer Barrera; Simon Pomel, senior trade commissioner, Canadian Consulate General; and Marie Alnwick, consul for foreign policy and diplomacy service, Canadian Consulate General.

Post-pandemic return-to-work policies, energy resources, climate change and trade issues were among the topics of discussion when a team from the Canadian Consulate General in San Francisco visited the California Chamber of Commerce on March 14.

In 2021, two-way trade in goods between Canada and the United States topped $664.16 billion. Exports to Canada were $307 billion in 2021, making it the largest export destination for the United States.

Canada has remained California’s second largest export market since 2006, with a total value exceeding $17.89 billion in 2021 (10.2% of all California exports). Computers and electronic products make up 26% of California exports to Canada. California imports $28 billion from Canada.

According to the Canadian government, nearly $2 billion worth of goods and services crosses the Canada-U.S. border daily, which is the equivalent of more than $1 million traded every minute. Two-way trade with Canada supports an estimated 1,166,100 jobs in California. Nearly 1.8 million people visit California from Canada, spending nearly $2 billion.

Staff Contact: Susanne T. Stirling

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Susanne T. Stirling, vice president, international affairs, has headed CalChamber international activities for more than four decades. She is an appointee of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the National Export Council, and serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Policy Committee, the California International Relations Foundation, and the Chile-California Council. Originally from Denmark, she studied at the University of Copenhagen and holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of the Pacific, where she served as a regent from 2012 to 2021. She earned an M.A. from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California.