AmCham Canada Endorses Columbus Statement on U.S.-Canadian Relations

Monday, February 13, 2017

DETROIT, Mich., February 13, 2017 – As U.S. President Trump and Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau meet in Washington, D.C. on February 13, 2017, the leading Canada-U.S. business associations, companies, and policy experts have issued the Columbus Statement on U.S.-Canadian Relations that prescribes the general principles that should guide the management of the world’s largest security, trade, and cultural relationship.  According to AmCham Canada National Chairman Rick Tachuk the assembly of stakeholders supporting the Columbus Statement represents “unparalleled cooperation and alignment by business groups and opinion leaders on both sides of the U.S. – Canada Border.”

The signatories convened in June 2016 on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio to discuss the future of the Canada-U.S. relationship in the next U.S. Administration.  The result of that June summit, the Columbus Statement on U.S.-Canadian Relations, calls for the respective leaders to address innovation; expanded labor mobility; regulatory alignment; border security; trade and travel facilitation cooperation; enhancing the role of states, provinces, and municipalities, and addressing Canada-U.S. in the global context.  

“The United States and Canada are friends because the American and Canadian people are friends. The Columbus Statement comes from the heartland of America and speaks to how stakeholders and citizens of the two countries expect President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau to lead both countries forward. You cannot make America great again if Canada is not a partner in that success, and when Trudeau says Canada is back, this has to mean that Canada has America’s back at home and around the world.” says Dr. Christopher Sands of Johns Hopkins University, a principal author of the Columbus Statement. 

Dan Ujczo, an international trade and customs attorney at Dickinson Wright, advises that the “Columbus Statement is a key first step toward establishing the shared priorities of the Canada-U.S. business community. Our ongoing efforts will be to assist our government officials by increasing public awareness of the importance of the Canada-U.S. relationship by having an active network of cross-border groups mobilized throughout the continent.”

Nearly 40 major organizations have signed the Columbus Statement including Amcham Canada, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Business Council of Canada and regional Canada-U.S. groups spanning Ohio, New York, Michigan, Arizona, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and the Pacific Northwest.  

“Our goal is to enhance and expand the network of Canada-U.S. business and policy leaders throughout the continent in order that strong decisions are made as we renegotiate NAFTA and build the world’s most vibrant two-way partnership for the twenty-first century” says Dickinson Wright’s Ujczo.  

The Columbus Statement on U.S.-Canadian Relations is available at

The U.S.-Canada S.A.G.E. (Strategies, Advocacy, Gateways, Engagement) network was founded by Dickinson Wright PLLC, the Cross-Border Institute at the University of Windsor, and the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.  More than 300 Canada-U.S trade associations, companies, policy experts and universities participate in S.A.G.E. proceedings.  For more information visit or contact Dan Ujczo at 614.271.8355