BOSTON, Mass. /Send2Press Newswire/ — The NECBC is pleased to announce the appointment of New England Canada Business Council (NECBC), President and CEO, Paul Raymond, to the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) Advisory Council.
Established in 1971, ACSUS is a multidisciplinary association of scholars, professionals and institutions dedicated to improving understanding of Canada in the United States. ACSUS encourages creative and scholarly activity in Canadian studies, facilitates the exchange of ideas among Canadians in the U.S., Canada and other countries, enhances the teaching of Canada in the U.S., and promotes Canada as an area of academic inquiry.
Other notable Advisory Council members include, MaryScott Greenwood, former Chief of Staff for the U.S. Ambassador to Canada and recipient of the U.S. Department of State Meritorious Honor Award for her innovative outreach to all fifty Governors on US/Canadian issues. Another prestigious member is Dr. Michael Howes, Executive Director of the Canada U.S. Fulbright Program and recipient of the J. William Fulbright Distinguished Professor of International and Area Studies.
“ACSUS is pleased to connect in this way with the NECBC,” said George Sulzner, President, ACSUS. “The aligning of these two organizations will help to promote economic interaction between New England and Canada as well as add substantially to ACSUS’ goal of promoting knowledge and understanding about Canada in the United States.”
“I am honored to be a part of an advisory council with these individuals that have not only been extremely successful in their own careers, but have also been instrumental in furthering the relations between the U.S. and Canada,” said Paul Raymond, NECBC President and CEO. “Being a member of this advisory council will open the NECBC and both New England and Canada to tremendous opportunities to further trade and relations between the two countries. Very little locally is known about the incredibly strong and large trade that occurs between New England and Canada. Hopefully this will help to bring that to the forefront and get more local interest from both sides in considering conducting business in their neighbors’ country.”
Mr. Raymond is Senior Vice President for CGI in the greater Boston Region, located in Andover, MA. Founded in 1976, with headquarters in Montreal, Canada, CGI is among the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in North America. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in India and Canada. Website: www.cgi.com.
ACSUS was formally established during a conference held at Duke University in 1971. Until 1975, the Association was managed through the Canadian Center at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. Between 1975 and 1984, ACSUS was an affiliate of Meridian House International. In 1982, through the generous assistance of the Exxon Education Foundation, ACSUS established its secretariat in Washington, D.C., and in 1984, ACSUS became completely independent and relocated to the National Center for Higher Education; the relocation was due in part to the Association’s rapid and dramatic growth and the assistance of the William H. Donner Foundation. After thirteen years at One Dupont Circle, ACSUS’ sub-lease was terminated and the Association relocated to new office space at 1424 16th Street, NW, Suite 502, Washington, D.C. Website: www.acsus.org.
The New England-Canada Business Council, Inc. (NECBC) was formed in 1981 to bring together businesses and individuals with an interest in the relationship and, more specifically, New England-Canada political, business and cultural issues. Today, the Council’s membership is composed of business leaders from a wide range of sectors including banking, law, consulting, energy, and high technology, as well as government and academic officials and individuals with links to Canada. Membership in the NECBC is open to all with an interest in stimulating the growth of New England-Canada ties. Website: www.necbc.org.