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Doing Business in Canada – Fall 2008

September 6, 2008

mylessmIn early October, an all-day seminar was held at the Westin Hotel in Seattle, entitled, “Doing Business in Canada.” The event brought together approximately thirty business owners and leaders from the Northwest who have begun or are considering doing business in Canada. The objective was to discuss the complex relationship between US businesses and Canadian customers. The presentations outlined the obstacles and opportunities often experienced in conducting business at an international level.

Five speakers took the podium and discussed a range of issues. These included business practice in Canada; how to file Canadian taxes, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Provincial Sales Tax (PST); how to determine if a company is subject to Canadian taxation; customs, collections, and credit insurance; and the Personal Property and Security Act. Attendees received personal attention and had the ability to ask questions regarding their individual business issues.

The speakers included certified general accountant Gail Kruk, Larson Gross, PLLC, with the Canada-America Society Seattle, and Canadian Consulate General Seattle Senior Trade Commissioner Robert Fosco. Fosco joined the Consulate this fall and has been working closely with the Canada-America Society and the Center to promote an enhanced understanding of the Canada-US business relationship.

Charles Rendina with Boughton Law Corporation in British Columbia spoke about the cross-border practice he leads and how it can assist Washington State businesses. He also offered attendees a solid overview of Canada-US border security issues that was of great interest to the many participants from North American Credit Managers. Rendina was joined by Richard Weiland with Clark Wilson LLP, a British Columbia’s business law firm.

Canada and the US share a unique economic partnership – they enjoy the world’s largest trading relationship that supports millions of jobs in both countries. The seminar promoted the continuation of a healthy relationship between Canadian consumers and American businesses. The event was sponsored by the Canada-America Society in conjunction with a number of local organizations.

Myles Brenner is a senior majoring in Political Science (Political Economy) and International Studies (Europe). Following his undergraduate degree, Myles plans to attend law school. In coordination with the Canadian Studies Center, Myles served as an intern at the Consulate General of Canada Seattle in the fall of 2007. Myles was a Center Representative for the Doing Business in Canada Seminar.