Press Release

Scott announces Canadian trade and business representative as border reopens

Governor Phil Scott announced yesterday the selection of Montréal -based economic development firm CIDEP as the new Vermont Trade and Investment Representative and Liaison in Canada. CIDEP’s main priority will be to initiate contact with Canadian businesses looking to expand into the U.S. market and then generate quality leads that have high potential to turn into Vermont investment projects. CIDEP will also represent Vermont at key trade events in Canada touting Vermont as a business and tourist destination.

“Our connection with Canada runs deep, and as the land border reopens, communities and families are reconnecting, Canadian travelers are returning, and businesses can once again focus on expanding operations and increasing trade with Vermont,” said Governor Phil Scott. “We hope this reconnection will remind Canadian companies what Vermont has to offer when thinking about expanding or doing business here, while also creating interest in Vermont products north of the border.”

“The relationship between Québec and Vermont is more than business. For more than 100 years, we have shared the same values,” said Michel Belval, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Québec. “We support environmental projects, family’s businesses, and small and medium enterprises. The opening of the new Vermont Office in Québec is a sign that our relationship can only continue to grow and that our partnership is better than ever.”

In 2020, Vermont exported over $918 million in goods to Canada and imported $1.7 billion in goods, 76% of which were used in the production of American-made products. There are also 66 Canadian-owned businesses employing over 2,900 workers in Vermont.

CIDEP was selected through a competitive bid process administered by the Vermont Department of Economic Development. In addition to business recruitment, CIDEP will promote the state as an investment destination and encourage greater bi-lateral trade with its top market.

The funding for this two-year initiative was proposed in Governor Scott’s budget address calling for investments in Vermont’s economy, workforce, and communities. The funding was approved and included in Act 74 by the Vermont Legislature in June 2021.

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  1. Why choose a Canadian firm? Aren’t its loyalties entrenched in Canadian incentives? That CIDEP was chosen by PA and AZ in the same vein doesn’t change the fact that its loyalties are Canadian. What were the other firms bidding on this Vermont contract? Sometimes, the lowest price doesn’t foretell the better service.

    • I guess like so many other positions with the SOV, there were no Vermonters capable of doing this ?

  2. What is the advantage of this over Tourism and Marketing under the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. ? Wasn’t this part of their mission ? Why do we need this now ? Weren’t they doing their job ? Will it bring in more $$$ than it costs ?

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