Leigh Shockey Appointed Honorary Consul of Canada In Memphis

The Canada-Memphis partnership continues as former Honorary Consul B. Lee Mallory (left), newly appointed Honorary Consul Leigh Shockey and Consul General Stephen Brereton pose during reception announcing Shockey’s appointment.
 
 
Canada and the Memphis community show their thanks to former Honorary Consul B. Lee Mallory on a poster of well wishes. He served as Honorary Consul from 2004-2013.
 
 

The Consul General of Canada for the Southeastern United States, Stephen Brereton announced the appointment of Ms. Leigh Shockey as Honorary Consul of Canada in Memphis. "As Chair of the Greater Memphis Chamber and Chairman and CEO of Drexel Chemical Company, a successful manufacturer and international distributor of agricultural chemical products, Leigh has worked effectively to promote international trade in Tennessee.  We are delighted to announce her appointment as Canada's Honorary Consul in Memphis."

Brereton added, “The Government of Canada also thanks B. Lee Mallory for his outstanding service as our Honorary Consul in Memphis from 2004 to 2013.  During his tenure, B. Lee worked tirelessly in support of Canada-Memphis relations.” 

Canada is Tennessee's largest trading partner, with bilateral trade totalling $14.1 billion in 2013.  This trade, in turn, is responsible for more than 160,000 Tennessee jobs.  Approximately 7,700 Tennesseans are employed by Canadian-owned businesses.  In addition, over 500,000 Canadians visit Tennessee every year.

Leigh Shockey Appointed Honorary Consul of Canada in Memphis

Memphis CEO To Leverage Her Strong International Connections In New Role

MEMPHIS, April 24, 2014 /Newswire  -- The Consul General of Canada for the Southeastern United States, Stephen Brereton, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Leigh Shockey as Honorary Consul of Canada in Memphis. "As Chair of the Greater Memphis Chamber and Chairman and CEO of Drexel Chemical Company, a successful manufacturer and international distributor of agricultural chemical products, Leigh has worked effectively to promote international trade in Tennessee.  We are delighted to announce her appointment as Canada's Honorary Consul in Memphis."

“Memphis is an important partner for Canada’s trade throughout the southern United States.  As a major U.S. logistical hub, the city has a significant impact on international trade.  Given the importance of these trade links, we are pleased to maintain our Memphis connection with Leigh’s appointment“, continued Brereton.  “She will play a key role in advancing Canadian interests in Memphis by continuing to facilitate contacts with business and community leaders.

Several Canadian companies have operations in the Memphis-Shelby County area, including CN, West Fraser and Kruger/ KTG USA.

Brereton added, “The Government of Canada also thanks B. Lee Mallory for his outstanding service as our Honorary Consul in Memphis from 2004 to 2013.  During his tenure, B. Lee worked tirelessly in support of expanding Canada`s connections with Memphis.” 

As Chair of the Memphis Chamber, Leigh Shockey helps to lead the community’s primary business organization.  With more than 2,300 members, the Chamber promotes a wide range of business initiatives to support business development and economic growth for the greater Memphis community.  Ms. Shockey was named Chairman in December 2013.  She joined the Chamber’s Board in 1999 and previously served as Chair of its International Business Council.

In her role as Chairman and CEO of Drexel Chemical Company, Leigh Shockey leads a diverse agricultural chemical company.  She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin.  She also serves on boards and committees for the U.S. District Export Council, State of Tennessee Export Council, Memphis EDGE Working Group for International Business Development, University of Memphis School of Business and a number of other Memphis area cultural programs.

Canada is Tennessee's largest trading partner, with bilateral trade totalling $14.1 billion in 2013.  This trade, in turn, is responsible for more than 160,000 Tennessee jobs.  Approximately 7,700 Tennesseans are employed by Canadian-owned businesses.  In addition, over 500,000 Canadians visit Tennessee every year.

For further information:                                                                 
Kimberly King 
Communications & Advocacy Officer 
Consulate General of Canada 
404-536-1585 
kimberly.king@international.gc.ca