by Sean Grossnickle
The Consulate General of Canada in New York provides services to Canadians living in the United States including visas, citizenship services, immigration services, and voting services for citizens abroad. Lesser known is that it provides services to Canadian businesses who wish to do business in the United States or are already doing business here (the US Foreign and Commercial Service offers these services at home and abroad to American businesses).
As an assistant for the International Business Development team, it is my job to help further Canadian business interests by helping connect them to opportunities here in the United States, as well as help US businesses who wish to invest in Canada find the right opportunity to do so. Currently the consulate is recruiting for the Canadian Technology Accelerator programs in film, clean technology, and retail technology. These programs seek to help Canadian start-ups learn about the US market and connect them to mentor organizations who can help them grow. I work on outreach to advocacy organizations and businesses to inform them about these programs in the hopes of recruiting quality companies for these free services. When innovative businesses are paired with innovative clients, everyone benefits regardless of country of origin. Through this I hope to do my part to strengthen the US-Canada relationship and build a stronger future together.