We were extremely fortunate and thankful to have attended the 2016 US / Canadian State Dinner After Party. The After Party was held at the top of The W Hotel which overlooks the White House, Capitol Hill, and Lincoln Memorial, among other American Landmarks. The event was hosted by the Canadian American Business Council (CABC) which is an organization focused on private sector issues that affect both Canada and the United States.
There were 250 people in attendance at the State Dinner After Party which enabled our leadership to meet a number of very interesting and exciting, past and present, politicians and business leaders. Not surprisingly, the atmosphere at the After Party was extremely electric and energizing, and went on into the early hours.
One of the by-products of the 2016 State Dinner, which was certainly echoed by the After Party’s atmosphere, is that Canada and the US are now closer than ever. Obama and Trudeau have a renewed commitment to work together on key environmental issues, more effective energy policies, more efficient border security, and on building cleaner and more innovative economies. And while there were more than enough secret service agents on site, Obama and Trudeau unfortunately did not attend the After Party, which given all they had accomplished during the day is certainly understandable.
What is more interesting though is that these types of bi-national events are bringing about a real change in the way Canadians and Americans view each other. During the trip to Washington DC, we encountered and spoke with many Americans who were eager to learn about the new Trudeau Government, its Policies, and Justin Trudeau himself. There is a notable difference with how Americans are viewing Canadians and our new government. It really does seem that Justin Trudeau and his government have captured much of the american political audience in a very positive and inspiring way.
Our leadership came away from attending the 2016 US/Canadian State Dinner After Party with a very strong sense of Canada and its values, and we as an organization are very proud of Canada and excited for its future.