The fifth Annual SEUS-CP Conference was held May 20-22, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for over 300 Canadian and U.S. business and government leaders. The conference is hosted by South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley and co-Hosted by New Brunswick’s Premier David Alward. The business program was chaired by David Wilkins, the Former Ambassador of the United States of America and based in South Carolina, and co-chaired by Andrea Feunekes, co-CEO of Remsoft based in Fredericton.
The Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) is a strategic partnership between states in the southeastern United States and member provinces from Canada. The alliance works to promote trade and investment opportunities between and among its member states and provinces. Member states include Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Member provinces include Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.
Delegations from each jurisdiction of the Alliance convene annually for a business-to-business conference. Delegations, led by state governors, provincial premiers or their designees, comprise business and industry leaders from a wide array of industry sectors.
Charleston, SC, April 19-20, 2012 — Ambassador Doer visited the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) in Charleston, South Carolina where he met with RCMP, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Border Patrol officers being trained as 'Shipriders'. This joint Canada-U.S. program employs cross-designated law enforcement officers trained to patrol the waterways shared by our two countries. Our RCMP and United States Coast Guard 'Shipriders' have been keeping our waterways safe since 2005, when it was first piloted. They were there for the Detroit Super Bowl XL in February 2006; for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games and again in 2010 at the G8/G20 Summits in Toronto. While in Charleston, the Ambassador also participated in a tourism roundtable to reinforce the Canada/South Carolina relationship. Canadians are a major reason why one in ten SC jobs is in the tourism sector. In fact, 449,900 Canadians visited South Carolina — $262 million spent; 71,300 South Carolina residents visited Canada — $48 million spent (2010 data).