Canada's ambassador to the United States was in Palo Alto Friday to officially open the new Canadian Consulate there.
The new consulate, one of 23 Canada maintains in the U.S., will focus on trade, investment and academic relations. Previously Canada maintained a consular office in San Jose. The country's main Bay Area consulate is located in San Francisco.
"California is a dynamic trading partner for Canada. There are many strong ties already between Canada and California in areas as diverse as trade, energy, food products, clean technology, computers and software, transportation, innovation, research and development, tourism and investment.
"I see many new exciting opportunities ahead to enhance this vital partnership," Ambassador Michael Wilson said.
Canada is the second largest market for California exports. As an example, California exported more than $1 billion worth of computer equipment to Canada in 2006, according to a statement from the Canadian consulate.
"California represents a significant market for Canada. Our new Consulate in Palo Alto, right in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the world's leading high-tech hub, will be promoting Canada as the ideal partner for California businesses," Canadian Consul General Marc LePlage said.