By establishing a presence in Washington, D.C., Global has strengthened its North American reach, expanding the firm’s cross-jurisdictional public affairs offering.  Our in-depth understanding of the opportunities and challenges related to the close partnership between Canada and the U.S. positions our team to provide clients on both sides of the border with an integrated service offering.

    Canada and the U.S., joined by the world’s longest, shared international border, benefit from a unique bilateral relationship. No other two nations are bound together by such an extensive set of common yet distinctive values, a democratic heritage and level of mutual cooperation with respect to political priorities and international obligations.

    Global’s comprehensive approach to issues management, and our team’s comprehensive knowledge base supports ongoing and meaningful engagement in an extensive range of cross-border industries, including agri-food, arts and culture, consumer products, infrastructure, manufacturing, natural resources, and transportation.

    Policy areas and issues include:

    • NAFTA-related developments, such as: Country-of-Origin-Labelling and Softwood Lumber
    • Bilateral trade irritants, such as: Buy American Act & Buy America, immigration, tax
    • Energy security and the environment
    • Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright Protection

    Service offerings include:

    • Monitor, analyze and advise on legislative, policy and regulatory developments
    • Participate in a number of key binational activities such as the Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation Council initiatives and sub-working groups
    • Washington Update – Global’s biweekly publication
  • Canada-US Relations Team

    Gil Barrows – Ottawa
    Michael Mactaggart – Toronto
    Philip Cartwright – Ottawa