Travels in Canada — Happy Labour Day: A Tribute to Prosperity
The first Labour Day event in Canada was celebrated in 1872 and the first in the US took place a few years later, in 1885. That is a long history of celebrating the contributions of the millions of workers in both countries who have helped shape one of the world’s most dynamic relationships. Nearly nine million jobs in the United States depend on that business partnership. It’s a two way street – few people know that Canada is the US’s largest customer of American goods.
And so on this Labour/Labor Day, the Canada-US Cross Border Business Practice wishes to recognize the gains companies on both sides of the border have made in a very competitive and ever shifting world.
In 2015, Arent Fox LLP launched the Canada-US Cross Border Business Practice. Our mission statement is to provide clients with a whole-company and whole-industry advice about the competitive forces in the US marketplace. Our belief is that the Canada-US business relationship, and by extension the North American link, is a unique and very complex partnership, one deserving our best talent and strategic thinking.
Companies in Canada doing business in the US marketplace are hardly monolithic. They differ from size, style, and ownership. But they share an important goal – to maintain their long established access to the US marketplace, to improve upon it, and to discover new market segments.
What makes our practice unique? In short, we connect the dots and cross the T’s. We go beyond basic transactional advice by alerting our clients to developing issues on the regulatory or legislative front to keep them well apprised and positioned to make appropriate operational changes. And when Congress acts, we make sure that clients understand those changes in terms of their compliance obligations and the new competitive landscape. Beyond that, we offer our clients with fresh thinking on how their bottom line can be improved or safeguarded.
Why did we set up this practice? Readers of our alerts will know that the US market has dramatically changed since the signing of the NAFTA more than 20 years ago. Companies have changed, product lines have changed and the legal environment has certainly changed. In addition, the competition in the US market has grown with retail ready imports arriving at US ports in record number. For these reasons, we know that companies in North America need fresh and thoughtful advice.
The Canada Practice benefits from a team of experts at Arent Fox LLP. Our colleagues can address a wide range of issues for our clients. In the months ahead, I will be introducing our readers to various members and their expertise on specific issues – from corporate tax to intellectual property protection.
This month, we start with Cybersecurity & Data Protection leader Sarah Bruno, who practices in our San Francisco office. In recent months, Sarah has partnered with the “Canada Practice” to share her insights in the exciting world of autonomous driving and data privacy. She also leads a team that produces the Behind the Scenes blog, which focuses on key advertising, privacy, and data security issues.
Sarah counsels in all areas of data security and privacy and routinely evaluates and advises on the applicable state, federal, and international requirements related to data collection, storage, use, and transfer. She advises her clients on issues related to behavioral tracking, anonymized data, in-store data collection, and cloud storage. Sarah also conducts privacy audits and works with her clients on developing internal and external privacy policies for employees, customers, and contractors. Many of Sarah’s clients are international, and she routinely advises on the data transfer issues in countries around the world. Sarah is IAPP CIPP-US certified.