Yesterday, December 1st, was another one of our monthly networking events. We were honored to have Canada Consul General, David Fransen, as our guest speaker. David Fransen was appointed Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles by Prime Minister Harper in September of 2008. He is Canada’s senior representative in Nevada, Southern California, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Consul General Fransen spoke about the relationship between Canada and Nevada. In 2009 Nevada imported $726 million from Canada. In this same year total Nevada exports to Canada were $594 million. Most of our group did not realize that Canada is Nevada’s number one trading partner.
The Canada Nevada Business Council was mentioned by the Consul General and he gave his endorsement of this council that promotes the bi-lateral trade between Canada and Nevada.
The networking group luncheon was held at Morton’s Steakhouse. Over 60 top business owners and senior level executives attended. Attendees included:
- Orin Anderson, President of AirSprint, a fractional aircraft ownership company
- Stuart Young, Mayor of Langsford, BC, and owner of the Alpine Group of Companies
- John Scheffler, President of Las Vegas Color Graphics, the largest commercial printing company in the Southwest
- David Lee, CEO of Assurance Ltd., a full service independent insurance agency
- David Simard, President of Marnell Properties: real estate development, acquisition and sales, entitlement and management of the corporate real estate portfolio
- Gayle Anderson, Chief of Protocol for the State of Nevada
- Ron Pierson, Managing Director of RSM McGladrey, the fifth largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax, and consulting services
- Chris Harvey, CEO of Design Factory, a tradeshow exhibits company
- Thomas Hellums, Principal at Dwyer Engineering, civil engineers and land surveying professionals
- Earle Keizer, President and COO, of Business Continuity Technologies, securing IT Infrastructure
- Steven Ross, Las Vegas City Councilman
- Ryan Townend, CEO of William Joseph Communications, an integrated, brand-building agency providing strategic planning and stunning creatives