MONTRÉAL, Que.–The Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) has launched the COREX Program to create connections and broaden exchange between Quebec and the Northeastern United States, made up of New England and New York State.
Françoise Bertrand, President and CEO of the FCCQ, unveiled this program in the presence of Nina Maria Fite, United States Consul General in Montreal. Garry Douglas, President and CEO of the Plattsburgh / North Country Chamber of Commerce and representative for the Chambers of Commerce of the State of New York, and Jim Roche, President and CEO of the BIA, New Hampshire’s Statewide Chamber of Commerce, and Director of the New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, were also among the dignitaries attending the event.
The COREX Program aims to support Quebec’s entrepreneurs and business leaders in the development of their export activities, while helping them to create a stronger business network south of the border. More than one third ofQuebec’s exports to the United States are to the Northeastern States of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts,Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Quebec’s exports to the United States totalled nearly $53 B in 2014, said the release.
“We are very proud and excited about the launch of the COREX Program; it will support Quebec companies in both their domestic and international ambitions,” said François Camirand, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the FCCQ.
“The B2B networking platform will enable companies on both sides of the border to connect more easily, to seize new opportunities, and to build stronger relationships; this is an important tool that will simplify the way we do business with our largest trading partner, the United States,” said Françoise Bertrand.
“Our government believes it is important to contribute―together with local economic players―to the international development, vitality and reach of Canadian businesses. By supporting the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, the Government of Canada is working to develop the high-performance enterprises of tomorrow,” said the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.
“Exports are a key source of wealth creation for all of Quebec. We are proud to be contributing to this initiative, which will help to consolidate Quebec’s trade activities with its largest partner. I encourage all Quebec companies that wish to increase their exports and strengthen their presence in the U.S. market to participate,” said Quebec’s Minister of Economy, Innovation and Exports, Jacques Daoust.
“The level of business activity between Quebec and New York, as well as Quebec’s other neighboring states, is immense already and growing every year,” states Garry Douglas. “Most businesses, however, especially smaller ones, do not know how to explore the possibilities next door. COREX Opportunities now provides a simple, practical way to seek and find new business partners and customers across the border.”
“As one of Quebec’s key business partners, I am pleased to be here today to help launch COREX Opportunities; it will facilitate trade between Quebec and New England’s businesses. We believe that our trade corridors can benefit from this targeted initiative, which will undoubtedly stimulate further trade activity,” added Jim Roche.
Julia Kuzeljevich is Editor of Canadian Shipper. She has been writing about transportation and logistics issues since 1999. All posts by Julia Kuzeljevich