Consul General Louise Blais Meets Key Partners During Her First Official Visit to Tennessee

Consul General Louise Blais on her first official visit discussed business links between Tennessee and Canada with Governor Bill Haslam.

On October 21-22, 2014, Consul General Blais made her first trip to Nashville to meet with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. During the meeting, they discussed the importance of the bilateral trade between Canada and Tennessee as well as Canadian investments and their impact on the Tennessee economy: 168,000 jobs depending on trade with Canada and $14.1Billion in bilateral trade.  Tennessee is Canada’s largest trading partner in the Southeast and Canada is Tennessee’s largest export market. The Governor expressed great interest consolidating this already substantial relationship by actively exploring further trade and investment opportunities with Canada.  The Governor also conveyed his shock and condolences on the tragic events then unfolding in Ottawa. 

In addition to her meeting with the Governor, Mme. Blais met the Commissioner for Economic and Community Development of Tennessee, Bill Hagerty. He updated her on the state’s strategic agenda and highlighted where Canada might strategically fit into these priorities.

Consul General Blais also met the President of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Ralph Shultz. Their conversation focussed on Nashville’s competitive advantages as a partner for Canada and included a review of past collaborations including two visits to Canada by the Chamber in the past two years.

The Consul General also delivered two addresses, the first to 250 music industry representatives at a SOCAN (Songwriters Association of Canada) event highlighting Canadian musical talent in Nashville and the second at a meeting of the International Council of Music Creators (CIAM).